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. Samantha says

    I have to admit it’s a little too much pink for me :) But it sounds like you guys love it, and I’m sure you’re right… once the rest of the room is put together it will balance out better. And even if it doesn’t, I love that you’re building this room around what Clara wants!

  2. Lizzie says

    The price for a 100% wool rug that size is awesome! I have been ogling a few Joss & Main rugs that I might have to pull the trigger on.

    The dresser would look awesome in a metallic. Taupe with some gold brushed over it. Her Big Girl room is definitely going to make some teenagers jealous!

    • Stacey says

      I saw a dresser very similar to Clara’s painted with metallic paint on pinterest and it is stunning! I would love a metallic paint tutorial. . . No pressure!

      I don’t often comment on something I don’t like because it seems so negative on a blog full of positive. . . But here goes. I really love the rug but I would rotate it so that the daybed side of the room doesn’t look so busy?

      Otherwise. . . I’m nearly 28 and I’m envious of Clara’s lady-pink room!

  3. says

    Great rug, for sure! I’m getting geared up to put the finishing touches on my boys’ shared bedroom. They’re 6 and 4 and they love bunking together. Their room has been in “process” for the last 6 months, so I’ll be happy to have it completely put together and done.


  4. Sarah says

    Oooh I LOVE IT!!! The gradient is so cool and kind of gives it a painterly touch!! Can’t wait to see the room progress! I’m simultaneously loving and hating doing my guest room. I love the process, but I’m so antsy to get it done!

  5. says

    Gosh, you guys are amazing. I’m not the biggest fan of pink but I must say you guys do pink right! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  6. Gillianne says

    Have to say that I like the matching mommy-daughter toenail polish best of all. (Not a fan of pink myself, except in its strongest raspberry tones, but what a fun room for a pink-loving girl that’s shaping up to be!)

  7. Sarah C says

    I love that you are selecting things that Clara loves now, but easily can grow with her. I’m 26 and would love that rug in my room!! When you guys try out different patterns and styles, it gives me confidence to do the same AND you have me addicted to daily “window-shopping” on Joss & Main! One day I’ll actually buy something haha.

  8. Amanda B says

    Seriously you guys? I *just* yesterday was agonizing over my first online rug purchase. I have wall-to-wall beige carpet in my house, but I’m looking to branch out with a bold round rug in my baby-on-the-way’s nursery. So tough to commit to such a large purchase sight-unseen, but free shipping is a big plus when you can find it!

  9. Sarah says

    Is it kind of weird that I would have put the light side under the bed? I think I may have a little OCD and I keep thinking the the highest traffic area being the lightest will show so much more wear and tear.

    • says

      Hahaha that was totally my inclination too! We tried it both ways and John convinced me that walking into the room and seeing it get darker was cool, so it’s this way for now. I love the polka dots with the bedding as well, but I’ll totally spin it if I want to hide a stain under the bed :)


    • Charity says

      Does it fit going the other way? So you can have it graduating across the length of the bed and not from underneath? Either way I LOVE it.

    • JG says

      Yeah, I thought that too – especially since it would graduate towards the white of the bed, which would be cool!

    • says

      We tried it both ways – I promise :) John and I just both liked it better with the polka dots playing with the chevron blanket. And this way when you walk into the room, you walk towards the party. Hahah!


  10. says

    What a great find! How perfect! It really adds the splash of color to bump up the color factor in there! Did you guys try the dots on the other side of the room near her dresser? I think that might be fun, it would also be like the dots would gradiate into the chevron on her bedding. Just a thought to spread out the pattern side of the room a bit. It looks great as is though!!!

    • says

      We actually tried it both ways and like the dots with the bedding and the gradient near the door (so it gets brighter as you walk into the room) but who knows where we’ll end up as the room continues to come together :)


    • says

      It was from Joss & Main back during Christmas sales (many prices on their site fluctuate a lot so I’d recommend checking back and watching the price go up or down – and pouncing when it gets low enough!).


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