A Fun Pink Polka Dot Rug For The Playroom

You’ve heard of rolling out the red carpet, but what about the pink one? It’s Clara’s favorite color, and a nice warm tone (after filling most of the house with cool blues, greens, and grays, it’s nice to bring in some warm tones to balance things out). Plus the way the playful dots in the rug mix with the bold colors in Clara’s big girl bedding = almost more fun than my brain can handle. In person it’s even more happy! Seriously. Come over right now.

As for the price? Pretty darn hard to beat. We’ve had our eyes peeled for a while for something that would work with the blanket and general color scheme that we’re doing in there (red + pink with a lot of other pops like navy, yellow, teal, etc) but everywhere we looked (local decorating outlet, Overstock.com, Target, etc) was selling larger 7 x 9′ rugs for around $400-700, which was a little more than we wanted to spend. We even tried craigslist and ebay to no avail.

So we held out and kept looking and finally spotted this 7′ x 9′ guy for $236.95 (marked down from $629) on Joss & Main. It’s 100% wool, hand tufted, and the gradated color and fun imperfect dots that appear to be drawn on just felt so “Clara” to us. So we went for it. Not gonna lie, I was giddy when we clicked that order button. Especially since they were running a free shipping special (shipping fees can really add up on a big item like a rug).

Then after clicking that order button all giddiness subsided and we did that thing where we silently freak out about ordering a rug sight unseen. But since it worked out so well with our living room rug, we just tried to hope for the best.

Then it arrived and this happened:

Apparently rugs are fun even before they’re unrolled in the room.

Then when Clara was napping we finally got to see it in her big girl room/playroom. This space definitely started out super tame with very soft milky-tea colored walls…

… and now it’s looking pretty crazy-pink thanks to the bedding and the rug…

… but we think once we add in the art, curtains, new light fixture and other items that will break the pink up and balance things out (there will definitely be a large object or two on the rug and we’re thinking about navy for some of the frames and maybe even the light fixture). Remember how the middle makes no sense? Well I’m crazy impatient. Haha. Can’t wait to see it after a few more steps!

In the meantime we’re soaking up some of the plushness and pattern (polka dots + a gradient!) that the rug adds. Most of our rugs are the same tone throughout, so we’ve never had one that gets darker as you step into the room.

The polka dots are definitely my favorite part though. No doubt.

Are you guys ordering any rugs online and holding your breath until they come? Are you working on a room that’s only about 20% done so you’re in that giddy-can’t-wait-for-this-to-come-together stage like us? It’s so funny how this room has been a pretty even combination of paint, furniture we already had, craigslist finds, and now there’s a new rug in the mix. Gotta love a smorgasbord…


  1. says

    Ordering rugs online is SOO hard! I’ve found if I snag a good enough deal online that I can unload them on craigslist, if it turns out I really just don’t like it…

    I think this one is super cute for Clara’s space though, ya nailed it! I bet she is super pumped about her big girl room! Can’t wait to see it all put together. :)

  2. erin says

    I always want to order one on-line, especially when I see such good prices. I just get worried about the quality and not being able to feel it for myself. I also owrry about the no return policy at alot of places or the high cost of return. You will have to let us know how you like the quality of this rug as time goes on.

  3. Kelly says

    Love the rug!

    And John, I think you should paint all your book tour stops onto the map. Kinda like a visual of how far and how many places you guys go to show the love, eh???

  4. Ellen says

    Love how it’s different on each side!

    I actually just unrolled a sight unseen rug in my living room this weekend and I gaze at it lovingly everytime I walk by. And I’ve already ordered another one online with a groupon I had…still holding my breath on that one.

  5. says

    My dad used to work for an interior decorator and as kids my sister and I loved to visit him at his work. There were rolls and rolls of carpet that were perfect “balance beams” for little girls!

  6. amy says

    The “OCD” side of me wishes the pinks matched a little more closely. It appears that the pink in the comforter is a little more “red/orange pink” and the rug is a little more “blue pink.” Then again, I’m one of those matchy-matchy types, and I definitely don’t have a blog or a best-selling book about my home improvement. So what do I know?! Ha! :)

    • says

      In person it’s pretty close and I think once we layer more stuff in there will be many tones of pink and red and other colors (like teal, yellow, and navy) so it’ll all just mesh, ya know? Can’t wait for it to come together :)


  7. says

    What a fun carpet! It would be super for my guest bedroom! I snatched up a great fuchsia colored one at an awesome price, but it is not quite as big as I’d love it to. “How to grow your rugs” would be a great tutorial you guys could post ;-)

    Love Clara’s room!

    • Elizabeth says

      We ordered a rug from there, too! So inexpensive and probably my favorite thing in our house

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