Don't think of beige as boring — think of it as a blank canvas. Look for geometric rugs in bright colors to punch up your bland carpet. If you can't settle on a hue, designer Holly Marsh suggest to "start with a color or a toy that makes you feel happy. You'd be surprised how far that one element can take you."
Bright colors are great for kids' rooms, but if you can't make a commitment with new carpet, snag these soft tiles. Great for toddlers, these spongy pieces are easy to clean and they reduce the risk of dangerous falls. Best of all, you can pack them up and transport the color to any room in your home. Photo courtesy of SoftTiles
If you're feeling brave, slather on a coat of color for an unforgettable floor. We love this bright green floor because it's reminiscent of a grassy knoll. If you're going with a solid color, be smart about the decorative details you choose. Go with different shades and textures to balance out the room. Photo courtesy of IKEA
Start with a bright, bold rug as a base for the rest of your kid's room design. The pattern on this rug inspired the design for the walls. The room's theme blooms from the ground up. Photo courtesy of notNeutral
Teen Investment Rug
While fun patterns are great for kids, they're just not fit for your cool teenager. Look at your rug as an investment piece and go for neutral designs. Find an option that your kid can grow into, not out of. Design by Kelley Proxmire; photography by Erik Johnson
Soft Hardwood Tiles
Hardwood floors are a great neutral palette for which to build gorgeous designs upon. Plus, they're much easier to clean than carpet, a great feature for parents. However, they are — by definition — hard. That means higher risks for bumps and bruises for new crawlers. This great soft tile not only protects a baby from falls, but it also protects your hardwood floors without sacrificing that clean, simple design you love. Photo courtesy of One Step Ahead
Girly Gone Chevron
A whimsical nursery decked in pink ribbons and girly accessories is great to welcome home your new baby girl, but the adults have to spend a lot of time in this room, too. Designer Stacie Bloomfield picked up this trendy chevron rug because she "wanted something to ground the room's design and to balance all of the pinks and reds in the girl's room."
If you're going with carpet, choose something that can be both fun and flexible. While the starry detail makes this carpet appropriate for kids, it wouldn't be out of place in an office or guest room due to its rustic color palette. Design by Kelley Proxmire; photography by Erik Johnson