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Colorful Rugs to Design a Fun Kids’ Room

Colorful Kids Room

A fun bedroom is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child. Creating a space in which your kids can play, rest, and feel safe not only teaches them important lessons about self-worth and self-expression, it can be a terrific bonding activity for you both! Encourage your little ones to take ownership of their bedrooms by inviting them into the decorating process. They’ll not only exercise their imaginations but also practice sticking to a budget and committing to their choices.

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Give your child permission to mix colors, patterns, and styles to his/her liking! A wide variety of kids’ room rugs offers the perfect opportunity to inject a vibrant sensibility. Try layering a few different rugs for a dynamic effect, and look for soft natural fibers to set the stage for long hours of playtime on the floor. With your gentle guidance and enthusiastic support, kids will grow up confident that their room is more than just a place for sleep; it’s an authentic statement about who they are!

Shopping Guide: 1. Animal Print Rug 2. Purple Patterned Rug 3. Colorful Rug 4. Rag Rug

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Beach House Living

Who doesn’t dream of living in a beach house? We may not all be able to have a beach house getaway to call our own, but thankfully, beach-inspired style is well within reach. To create a beachy vibe in your own home, start by paring back the clutter and brushing on some fresh white paint. Lightweight wicker furniture, natural toned rugs, and white slipcovers are essentials. Think simple and breezy.

Natural materials like seagrass and jute bring welcome texture to a crisp, white beach style pad. Big cushions on the floor give a space a laid-back mood, and of course, you can’t go wrong with anything made from seashells!


Beachy style doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, some of the best beach-inspired decor is quite budget-friendly. Try framing surf photos from a magazine (new or vintage), prop up a surfboard against the wall, line up seashells along the windowsill, or hang a map of the coast.

And so what if you don’t live anywhere near the beach? Anyone can claim beach style for their own! To translate the look for the suburbs or city, embrace a clean blue-and-white palette, and let your love of the sea shine through your choice of art and accessories.

To create your own beach-inspired look, start with classic, crisp white upholstered (or slipcovered) furniture, like the club chair above, hang some seaside art on the wall, and punch things up with a bright rug and throw pillows in blue and white. Start a collection of shells and driftwood on your trips to the shore, and soon enough your home will start to feel like your very own beach cottage…just add flip flops and something cold to drink!

Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Cape Hatteras Lighthouse artSurya indoor-outdoor pillow in mint and tealTrans Ocean Imports Liora Manne Visions II Coral rug in blueSafavieh Trenton club chair.

Photo sources: (from top to bottom) The Style FilesCanadian House and HomeSF Girl By BayLauren Christine Henno via Houzz.

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Indigo-Go

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

A few weeks ago I chatted about pastel blues, but today I’m heading in the complete opposite direction. Rich, deeply saturated tones of indigo. One of my favorite things about this color is that no matter your personal style there’s something in it for you. Traditional, contemporary, even country aesthetics all welcome indigo with open arms.

Our Labor of Love
Our Labor of Love

A great starting point is to gather a few accessories in a robust color – throw pillows, planters, or even books – if you’re trying to incorporate it into your existing space. This small collection of indigo looks immediately at home!

trendenser
trendenser

Any and all shades of blue look amazing in the bedroom. Maybe it makes us think of blue skies and calm waters, but whatever the case it’s one of my go-to colors for bedding. The indigo lends a freshness after winter that’s most welcome!

Robert Holden
Robert Holden

Of course one of the most affordable ways to embrace any vivid color is to paint a wall or an entire room with it. Indigo pairs well with any number of other colors, making it an easy integration.

Elephant Ceramics
elephant ceramics

I’ve saved the best for last, one that combines two earlier tips. Why not combine a small indigo collection on an indigo painted wall? I was sold the moment I set eyes on this set up, and think it would look amazing in a dining room.

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1. Surya Continental COT-1935  2. Surya Smithsonian SMI-2112  3. Oriental Weavers Pantone Expressions 5501  4. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne – Spello Coral Border  5. Oriental Weavers Riviera 4771  6. Safavieh Retro RET-2144

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Quick Tips to Extend the Life of Your Rug

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Photo: Loloi Rugs featuring the Madeline Rug

 

Tip #1 – Rotate your rug 180 degrees at least once a year. Doing this will ensure the rug gets even exposure to light and wear and will maintain a consistent look over time. Any fading will be spread evenly and no pile will be worn down more than any other.

Tip #2 – For braided and flatwoven rugs, flip them in addition to rotating. These rugs are great because they’re made to be reversible. Flipping them over will help even out the wear and will double the life of the rug!

Tip #3 – Trim loose threads. If you encounter a pull or loose thread on your rug, go to the drawer, get a pair of scissors and carefully trim the offending fiber close to the surface of the rug. Do not pull as this might damage the entire structure. Remember, a rug is a very intricately woven product and most be handled delicately.

Tip #4 – Invest in a quality rug pad. Rug pads can do more than just keep your rug from slipping on a wooden floor, it also cushions and protects the rug. It helps to keep the rug looking new much longer by protecting it from being crushed into the floor when being stepped on. The pad helps absorb the weight instead of the rug’s fibers.

 

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