There are two categories your house can fall into…. with kids or without kids. That makes a huge difference on the best rug for your home. Trust me, the pretty white rug from Pottery Barn that my sweet toddler decided to add purple paint too almost brought me to tears. Now I find rugs that work for our home and our price point in case we have another paint incident
I tossed all the freaking non-washable paint too!
Jute and Natural Rugs
These rugs are beyond durable and so great for high traffic areas. Plus they clean very easily. We have jute under our kitchen table and it gets the toughest messes! I wouldn’t typically put these in a bedroom or area you will be snuggling, but it’s not rough to walk on!
I have always gravitated towards everything striped. It is just a classic look that never will go out of style. I think stripes are perfect for every area of the home, from the living room to the kids play room.
The Pinterest worthy neutral rugs. I love that they can help to brighten up every space, but do not love the fight they lose with kids. A few things that still allow me to keep them in my home are… Scotchguard + yelling at everyone in your home to keep their filthy shoes off of the pretty rug. Carley has the one below and she says it’s super durable and easy to wipe clean! Bonus- it doesn’t shed.
Have you ever seen something more pretty than all the vintage rugs floating around on Instgram?! Totally a trend that I am jumping on! If you have always been a fan of color in your home then you are likely ahead of the rest of us. I started small with a runner in my kitchen and I swear it makes me smile as I slave over dishes.
For the kids playroom I am all about durability and wash ability ha! Girl trust me go with a indoor/outdoor rug. They are so easy to clean and can last through crayons + play dough + scissors + crazy toddlers. A little warning is that they aren’t soft and fluffy, but if your kids are like mine they usually are dragging blankets or pillows out to play on the floor so its a non-issue for me!
If you were wondering what prompted this post it was my need for one little runner in my bathroom – then spiraled into my kitchen – then playroom – entryway.
Rug Placement and Size
I always think that bigger is better, but I will leave this area to the design experts. Also, recently I have seen the web explode with people placing rugs over carpet. Initially it makes me question their sanity, but I wear “jorts” on the regular so to each their own. If you’ve got a neutral carpet and want to add a rug over – go for it!
Here is a great guide from Wayfair on how to place your rugs in each room.