Thinking about carpeting as I consider my toddler’s bedroom makeover

I never got around to giving June a proper nursery when she was a baby and I almost feel bad about it. I know, I know, it’s dumb and superficial to ruminate over such stuff; she doesn’t know she was deprived of monogrammed crib sheets, so why should I care?

The underlying reason I feel bad is because that time of her life is already over, gone, never to return, and I didn’t take the time to give it its proper due.

Which is why I’m so psyched to overhaul her room now…not simply because I want to give June her own special space, but it’s a way for me to try to capture and commemorate this all too brief phase of her life before she moves on to nail art and One Direction.

And that, my friends, is a rough transition into a post about carpet options for a toddler’s bedroom makeoever.

Should I go with wall-to-wall carpeting? An area rug? What about color?

The rug that’s in there now is from Afghanistan, shipped to me by Jake during his deployment last year.

I love this rug. But it just doesn’t say “cute little girl’s bedroom” to me so…it’s gotta go. (I’m moving it into the master bedroom.)

I’ve been doing a lot of research about the impact carpeting has on a space — particularly a toddler’s space — which will guide me as I prepare to make my purchase. Click through my slide show to see what I’ve learned so far. (And click here to see what color I just painted her room.)

  • Area rugs break up or minimize a space 1 of 6
    Area rugs break up or minimize a space
    Area rugs are great for defining a specific area, providing a shot of warmth or color. The general rule is that furniture should be placed either completely on or off the area rug; half and half can look incongruous (though beds seem to be the exception to this rule). The downside to area rugs is that they can be easy to trip over, making them not so ideal for a child's room.
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting enlarges a space 2 of 6
    Wall-to-wall carpeting enlarges a space
    For small or oddly shaped rooms, the unbroken sweep of a single color on the floor makes a space feel larger and less cluttered; there is no sharp break to stop the eye. Patterned carpeting is great for rooting a space, fostering a sense of intimacy. Wall-to-wall carpeting in a kid's room gives them a maximum cozy and plush space to play.
  • If youre on the move, think room size rugs 3 of 6
    If youre on the move, think room size rugs
    Room size rugs have the comfort of wall-to-wall carpeting but without the permanency, making rugs a great option for families who move around a lot. The general rule when decorating with a large area rug is to leave a minimum of 6 to 8 inches from the wall, making it big enough to feel like wall-to-wall carpeting but not so big it makes cleaning the perimeter difficult. A rug pad will stabilize the rug and extend its life by reducing the impact of foot traffic and heavy furniture placed on it.
  • Texture gives depth 4 of 6
    Texture gives depth
    If a space has a lot of smooth surfaces (smooth fabrics, furnishings, clean lines), a heavier carpet with a nubbier weave provides a nice contrast to give the room depth. Stain-resistant, low pile broadloom is an ideal option for kids' rooms.
  • Weave is key 5 of 6
    Weave is key
    A shag rug is great for informal and relaxed spaces with low foot traffic (where ever shoes aren't worn, such as right around a toddler's bed). Tight, stain resistant carpet in a neutral color (not super bright or super dark), on the other hand, is ideal for the rest of the bedroom as it's soft but still holds up well to rough and tumble play, cleans easily and doesn't show every speck of dirt. I've been looking at Martha Stewart stain resistant carpet options at the Home Depot.
  • A colorful carpet is a fast and easy focal point 6 of 6
    A colorful carpet is a fast and easy focal point
    For those low on time cash or creativity, a brilliantly colored carpet can "finish" a room in a hurry. All that's left to decorate is a few well chosen accent pieces and a fresh coat of paint and the room is done.

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