The Nursery Gets a Rug

The area rug for the nursery arrived in the last 24 hours, so the corners are still a little curled, but the rich color is a stunner!
It’s the Bursa wool rug in merlot (currently sold out) from West Elm. We had actually been going back and forth getting the 9×12 navy one for our living room–sooo pretty!!– and I was watching it and watching it and waiting for it to go on sale (as everything does from West Elm, you know) and then as we were going to pull the trigger, it sold out and I was so over-dramatically sad about it. There was ice cream involved. Then I found that they had this pretty purple merlot color left in 2 smaller sizes, one being a 5×8 and I thought it would be the most perfect landing for this little girl nursery. It was on super sale for $200 and I didn’t even think twice. I just ordered it right then! Perhaps the irony in all of this is now that 9×12 navy option from West Elm is back in stock. Gah! But we are loving the richness the purple adds to the room and feel like it’s the perfect jump start to decorating the rest of the nursery.
The entire room is 9×12, so not very large at all, and I thought that a 5×8 would be perfect, but it feels a little on the small side to me. I think it could be due to the crib being nearly 5′ wide, and leading the area rug right up to it dwarfs it a bit.
Once we get the carpet up and new flooring down and a glider and curtains in this room, maybe it will magically look larger? What do you think? Have you ever been so excited about an area rug and so let down by the size when you unroll it–at the same time?

26 Comments

  • That blue rug!!!!!!!!! So gorgeous. 5×8 SOUNDS big. But rolled out, up against the crib, it doesn’t look big enough. I think you’re right though, with new flooring, the glider and some other fun accessories, it will look perfect.

    • Reply January 9, 2014

      Julia Marcum

      I know! Part of me wants to get the blue one for the living room STILL, but a little variety is good. I’ll keep looking.

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Callie

    Sooo gorgeous! I agree, I think it will look bigger when it’s not competing with the cream carpet underneath and when you have the other accessories in the room. What a great steal!!

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Morgan S.

    That is a beautiful rug! I’m decorating a nursery right now too – can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

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  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Nikki B

    Could you rotate it 90 degrees so it doesn’t lead up directly to the crib?

    • Reply January 9, 2014

      Julia Marcum

      Worth a try!

    • Reply January 9, 2014

      assortedannie

      We JUST did this with our nursery rug! I didn’t like it running up to the crib, and was ready to send it back, until my husband suggested rotating it 90 degrees. And it was perfect. He’s usually dismissive of my home decor angst but this time he was so observant, and right! Worth a shot!

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    wignallsandiego

    beautiful! i’m sure you put the crib in that spot for a reason, but maybe move it to another wall or float it the other way on top of the rug? i’m sure it will look wonderful once you’ve added more “stuff” and played with the floorplan.

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Megan Schlueter

    I got a rainbow rug for my twins nursery…. I loved it so much I would go in there and lay on it before there was anything else in the room :) I think that the size will be good – any bigger might be too big! Once you get the stuff in there you can try it at different angles.

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Catie Fry

    Just a thought…another idea would be putting the rug at an angle to the walls of the room. If nothing else, a way to mix it up sometime. :)

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Casita Knapp

    I am sure you are going to make it look beautiful, like you do with everything you touch.But right now and through the pictures, it looks kind of… weird to me like not for a little girl’s nursery. I don’t know.

    • Reply January 9, 2014

      Julia Marcum

      We are going for charming and calming for her and with a touch of sophistication for me (since I’ll be spending a LOT of time in there).

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Carrie

    What if you put the dresser on the crib wall and the crib on the dresser wall?

    • Reply January 9, 2014

      Julia Marcum

      I tried that. The crib is about twice as wide as the dresser, so it kind of blocks the entry and doesn’t allow the dresser to be centered on the back wall. I’m gonna keep playing with the arrangement.

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Caroline Nolazco

    Oh I love the drama it adds! Cant wait to see where this goes :)

  • Reply January 9, 2014

    Rachel

    The rug looks patchy to me in some areas – like the pile is low or missing? (It looks white in some areas, like you can see the rug backing from the top.) I like more sophisticated nurseries, too, but I’m thinking with the size/possible pile issues it may be better to return and try something else. Not said to be snarky :) Excited to see what you guys do with the nursery! And maybe if you return this one you can get the blue one for your living room?

    • Reply January 10, 2014

      Tracy

      It’s hand distressed to look vintage. It’s supposed to look like that. ;)

    • Reply January 10, 2014

      Rachel

      Ah, you are right! Whoops :)

  • Reply January 10, 2014

    Dawn

    This purple merlot is a prettier color in my opinion! That size will also let your future wood floors show which will be beautiful.

  • Reply January 10, 2014

    Tracy

    Trying turning the rug the other direction?

  • Reply January 11, 2014

    Tiffany Hevel

    I’ve been seeing a lot of layered rugs, lately. One of my favorite looks has been the natural sisal/jute rug layered with a softer rug. Have you considered getting a larger 8×10 natural fiber rug and putting it under it? I know the recommended “perfect” rug size is 6 inches remaining on all sides of the rug between the baseboards, so the 8×10 would fit the bill. And hey, don’t you have a natural fiber 8x10in the living room right now? If you steal that one, then you will HAVE to pull the plug on a new living room rug. It’s a win-win!

    • Reply January 12, 2014

      Julia

      Oh Tiffany! You’ve read my mind. I think that might be a perfect solution. :)

  • Reply January 11, 2014

    Tiffany Hevel

    I’ve been seeing a lot of layered rugs, lately. One of my favorite looks has been the natural sisal/jute rug layered with a softer rug. Have you considered getting a larger 8×10 natural fiber rug and putting it under it? I know the recommended “perfect” rug size is 6 inches remaining on all sides of the rug between the baseboards, so the 8×10 would fit the bill. And hey, don’t you have a natural fiber 8x10in the living room right now? If you steal that one, then you will HAVE to pull the plug on a new living room rug. It’s a win-win!

  • Love that rug! It’s gorgeous!

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