Choosing a Rug for a Child’s Room

Your child’s room is like their own private retreat, and one way to create that cozy feel is by using a rug. A rug not only warms up a space, it softens the floor and provides plenty of room to spread out and play. Even if you have carpet in the room, rugs add a layer of color and pattern, enhancing the décor. When it comes to choosing a rug for a child’s room here are four things to consider.

Choosing a rug for a child’s room
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Size

Decide where you want to use a rug. In a bedroom, you can use a rug to anchor a bed, placing it completely under the bed or under two-thirds, leaving the space around the nightstand. A general rule of thumb is to have 18 to 24 inches of rug around the sides and foot. If one side of your child’s bed is against a wall, you can place the right to the side where they get up. In this case, a 5’ x 7’ rug is ideal. You can also use a rug to define a special area, such as a play corner or reading nook.

choosing a rug for a child's room
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Material

The rug material is especially important in a child’s room. From jumping and playing to food and craft materials, you need a rug that is durable and easy to clean. Wool rugs last a long time, but they’re also more expensive. Blends are stain resistant and more affordable, making them perfect for kids. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and patterns, so finding one that fits your child’s décor will be a breeze.

choosing a rug for a child's room
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Color and Pattern

Your child’s room is a place where design rules go out the window, and the more playful or whimsical the style the better. Decide if you want use a rug to complement the décor? Add a pop of color? Or introduce a fun pattern? The sky’s the limit, so have fun with this rug.

choosing a rug for a child's room
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Safety

Finally, when choosing a rug for a child’s room, make sure your child’s rug is safe. If it isn’t anchored under the bed, make sure you use a non-slip rug pad beneath it. This will ensure that the rug doesn’t slide under your child, causing them to fall and possibly become injured.


How To Accessorize a Nightstand

It’s the last thing you look at before you fall asleep, and the first thing you see when you wake up. It’s your nightstand, and it could be helping to set a calm and soothing atmosphere or filling your eyes with stressful clutter. Instead of just using it as a holding place for a glass of water, accessorize a nightstand with items that set the tone for your bedroom style. Here are four things to keep in mind:

accessorize a nightstand
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1. Consider your clock

Technology is great, but you’ll add lots of charm if you choose an analog clock. From contemporary to vintage to traditional, find something that underscores your design aesthetic and gets rid of that pesky light that comes from a digital version.

 

Accessorize a nightstand
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2. Add something personal

Accessorize a nightstand by including a framed photo of a loved one or a cherished memento that reminds you of a fond memory. This small item can instantly trigger happiness.

 

Accessorize a nightstand
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3. Vamp up your lamp

While a lamp will provide light for reading, it’s also a great way to make a design statement in your bedroom. Pick something that matches your décor or adds a pop of personality.

 

Accessorize a nightstand
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4. Display your books

Use your book as part of your nightstand décor, especially if it’s a beautiful hardcover edition. It can help elevate items on your nightstand to create depth and interest, then be picked up and opened when you’re ready to read.

 


Create An Inviting Guest Bedroom With Tips From Fine Hotels

Opening your home to friends and family is part of the holiday season, and you want your guests to feel welcome. If you will be hosting anyone overnight in the upcoming weeks, take some time now to plan ahead and create a wonderful retreat for your guest bedroom. Here are 10 things fine hotels do to make their guests feel special so they look forward to coming back:

Guest bedroom
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Use soft linens

Launder linens the day before your guests arrive, so they smell fresh and feel crisp. Invest in a high-thread count set of sheets, which will be soft and comfortable. If your guests are visiting during winter, make sure to provide extra blankets, and consider flannel or microfiber sheets, which will be warmer.

Provide a clock radio

If your guests want to wake up early, make it easy by providing a clock radio with an alarm. This will also allow your guests to listen to music while they fall asleep.

Prepare the bathroom

Make sure your guests have extra towels in the bathroom, so they can easily freshen up during they stay. Put out a basket of toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and consider offering a robe they can use if the bathroom is down the hall or shared with others.

Pay attention to the details

Fresh flowers on the nightstand of a guest bedroom are a nice touch, as is including candies, bottled water and a book or magazine for reading. Be sure the room has adequate light for reading.

Ask about food preferences

Before your guests arrive, find out if they have any food allergies or diet restrictions. You’ll want them to feel at home; set up a coffee and tea station in the kitchen so they can help themselves if they wake before you in the morning.

guest bedroom
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Provide easy access to electronics

Help your guests connect online by writing your WiFi password on a notecard on the nightstand in your guest bedroom. You can also give a quick tutorial on cable remotes, and provide a cable guide so your friends can find their favorite channels.

Plan activities

If sightseeing is on the agenda, provide information on all your area has to offer. You can plan this ahead of time, and pre-purchase tickets to ensure you get your first choice.

Provide a place luggage

Think about where guests can set their luggage in your guest bedroom, such as a luggage rack, bench or chair. Suitcases can be dirty, and your guests will be glad they don’t have to place them on the bed.

Clear room in the closet

Make space in the closet for guests to hang clothes. Be sure you provide enough hangers, as well as floor space for shoes.

Think about the kids

If there will be children, consider their special needs. Look into renting a crib if you don’t have one. Place socket protectors on outlets, and gather age-appropriate games and activities.

Final tip: Before guests arrive, consider spending the night in your own guest bedroom. You’ll experience firsthand your own hospitality, and will welcome them with confidence later.


Four Ways to Use Pouf Ottomans in Your Home

Pouf ottomans—they’re fun to say and fun to use! These portable, soft accent pieces can serve a variety of purposes, and they work well in any room of your home. Pouf ottomans introduce color and style to your space. Here are four ways a pouf ottoman can make a statement in your room:

pouf ottomans
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As a Bench

Add two pouf ottomans to the foot of your bed and you have the look of a bench. The great thing about pouf ottomans is that you can separate them and use them as seating or as a footrest while you relax in your accent chair.

As a Stool

Use a pouf ottoman with a desk or vanity. They’re the perfect solution for small spaces, as they easily tuck under the table surface, freeing up maximum floor area in the room.

pouf ottomans
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As a statement piece

Choose a pouf that’s covered in an interesting texture, such as Tibetan sheep fur. The luxurious piece will attract attention and warm up the room. Or bring home a pouf in a bold shade or pattern to add a pop of color and design to your space.

pouf ottomans
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As a Kid-Friendly Accent

Turn your child’s bedroom into a fun friend hangout by using one or more pouf ottomans in their décor. Since they can be easily moved around a room, they can turn into whatever your child can imagine—from mini stage to a chair to a nightstand or table.


How to Choose Bedroom Flooring

When it comes to your bedroom, the flooring needs to serve two important purposes: enhance your furnishings and “greet” your feet first thing in the morning. Before you had out to the showroom or schedule an in-home consultation, spend time thinking about the best bedroom flooring for you and your lifestyle. Here are the three most popular options:

bedroom flooring

Carpet

The most popular choice for bedroom flooring is carpet. It provides a soft, warm surface that’s perfect for bare feet. It also adds insulation, which is welcome in winter and can help drown out noises from outside as well as lower levels of your home. Carpet is one of the most cost-effective floorings, plus it’s easily installed.

A potential drawback to carpet is that it doesn’t last as long as some of the hard surface flooring options. You also have to consider maintenance. Carpet can be stained. You will need to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. And carpet can attract dust or germs, which can negatively impact those with allergies or asthma.

 

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Hardwood

The second most popular choice of bedroom flooring is hardwood. While it’s not soft, it adds beauty and warmth through its beautiful grain. Available in a wide variety of finishes and plank sizes, it complements any style décor. It can be warmed up with the use of rugs, which not only add texture to the floor; they can add impact and design. And hardwood can last for years and is low maintenance.

The drawbacks to using hardwood in bedrooms include the noise factor. You will likely hear footsteps, especially if your bedroom is on the second floor. Hardwood doesn’t offer insulation against drafts, either, which will make using rugs in winter almost a necessity. Finally, hardwood is among the most expensive flooring option.

bedroom flooring

Laminate

Laminate flooring is another choice for the bedroom, giving you the look of hardwood without the price. The underlayment padding softens the surface and insulates it.

Laminate flooring does have drawbacks. It’s not as resilient as hardwood, and it can fade over time. Unlike hardwood, you cannot refinish the surface to restore it.

Which is your favorite bedroom flooring option?