In an ideal world, children would be surrounded by fluffy loveliness at all times. Everything would be white and sumptuous, like clouds. This is how we quite often begin our room decorating as parents, when we are imagining that cute little bundle of joy that will occupy the pastel coloured nursery. However, that is before we discover that our little bundle of joy has a mind of its own and is usually sticky. By the time they are crawling, we are starting to wish we had plastic wrapped everything.
Gone are the pastels and in comes any colour that doesn't show the dirt! Which is tricky, because child-generated dirt isn't one colour. One day, it could be ice cream, the next chocolate and don't get me started on crayons. I have actually rearranged furniture to hide the etchings of a three year old!
So, when it comes to flooring, it's well worth considering the post-baby years, of which there are many. There's 'Toddling-with-Sippycup' and 'Getting Arty with Crayons', followed by, 'Bringing in the Outdoor Sports', 'Discovering Make-Up' and various other stain-wielding phases of childhood. If you are careful, your flooring choice may last all the way through childhood and right into; 'Lounging on the Bed Scoffing Contraband Snacks' and 'Falling Asleep Clutching a Coffee'. IF you choose carefully. Which is why I am seriously considering not-carpet for Luke's room. I will admit, I have never been a fan of laminate, though. It often looks artificial and just... so... boring! The Husband started it, when he compared a recently laminated floor to a 1970's Social Club. Not out loud, obviously, that would be rude. But times have moved on and there seems to be a lot more choice of wooden floor these days, many offering more of the fabulous than the fakery.
Oak flooring is something I could definitely warm to. Perhaps because it's a darker colour and not unnecessarily shiny. This example of engineered wood flooring looks so much more natural and warmer than traditional laminate.
It is also ridiculously easy to keep clean. If you have a steam mop, a quick whizz round is all it needs and you don't even have to establish who smooshed face paints into the floor or, indeed, why. They just glide away, no scrubbing, chemicals, or cursing required! Which is the main reason why I have really started considering it. It occurred to me that the main reason I wasn't keen was because there is something infinitely comforting about having somewhere soft and warm to plonk your bare feet when you get out of bed of a morning. However, surely a couple of strategically placed rugs could do the trick? Our bedrooms aren't huge, so if you had one by the bed and another near the door, I reckon you could make it from one end to the other, lilypad style, without toes ever meeting chilly floor. I found some lovely examples of rugs suitable for a small boy's room (my current obsession) but wouldn't it be brilliant, if you decided to change the use of a room, you could just get a totally different floor covering? And, should an unfortunate stain occur, you would never have to worry about replacing the whole carpet. This idea is growing on me, the more I write this. Check out some of my favourite rugs I've found and let me know what you think!
|Tiger Felt Rug from Aspace|
|Burton Rug by Delightfull|
|Gumball Rug from Nubie Modern Kids Boutique|
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