By Marni Fogelson

Published on March 24, 2017

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As cute as that rug shaped like a baby duck looks in your freshly painted and carefully curated nursery, it will only work for a very short time. Your little one will request a big-kid upgrade sooner than you think. We picked out 10 options from the Domino shop that are colorful and cozy enough for a baby’s room yet chic and eclectic enough that they won’t get tossed out with the Diaper Genie.

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These rugs are intended to grow with your kids, outlasting the inevitable, frequently evolving phases of childhood and seamlessly imbuing kids with the importance of good, quality design. From rugs featuring basic prints and colors to statement rugs that look like hand-crafted works of art, any of these options can be used in adult rooms or family spaces, making them some of the most versatile and long-lasting home purchases you’ll make.

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Marrakech Ivory Shag Area Rug

This beautifully understated piece exudes elegance in every sense of the word. Its pared-down design inspires versatility, allowing it to stand out within a variety of styles and spaces, nursery rooms included. 

NuLOOM Marrakech Ivory Shag Area Rug, $138.99

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Distressed Floral Anabel Rug

The bright and cheerful colors make this rug kid-friendly, yet they are chic enough for changing tastes, too. A funky pattern is a key design element in a little one’s room—it hides hot chocolate stains, magic marker, and more. Design-savvy children will love having a grown-up looking rug, while parents will adore the price and durability.

Nuloom Distressed Floral Anabel Area Rug, $143.99

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Hekli Navajo Blue Area Rug

Serene and sweet, we love this rug’s versatility. Its soothing color palette and pattern were inspired by traditional Southwestern motifs. A wonderful, hand-woven nursery piece, this stylish and simple rug is one your child will love forever. We’d even hang this on the wall as art.

Safavieh Hekli Navajo Blue Area Rug, $80.49

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Pozzallo Rainbow Rug

What child wouldn’t want a rainbow rug? These hand-tufted zigzag floor covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are guaranteed to add a groovy vibe wherever they are placed. They’re fun for little ones to point out all the different color variations, but the palette is more mature than most overly bright children’s offerings, making it ideal for girls and boys as they mature.

Safavieh Pozzallo Pink Area Rug, $62.49

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Pink Sheepskin

This cotton candy-colored rug would look super sweet on a nursery floor and  is great for logging plenty of hours as a tummy-time mat. We can also easily imagine using it in a pre-teen’s room to create a nest-like space. The rug does double duty as a throw, a cushy chair backing, or even a creative princess cape.

Natural Brand New Zealand Pink Single Sheepskin, $54.99

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Shapes Maroon Combo Rug

Little ones will adore this geometric rug for practical reasons. The lines seem custom-made to serve as tracks for mini cars, trucks, and trains to roll along. They’ll love tracing the outlines and learning shapes at the same time; as they age, they’ll appreciate the sophisticated modern design.

Hawkins New York Shapes Maroon Combo Area Rug, $59.99

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Maldives Jute Rug

When in doubt, go back to color basics. This jute and sisal chevron rug is easily placed among other colors and patterns without competing with them, which is a major bonus considering kids’ ephemeral interests and preferences. And the hardiness of the natural fibers makes it a no-brainer.

Safavieh Maldives Jute Black Area Rug, $69.99

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Atlas Beni Rug

This Moroccan-inspired rug almost reminds us of a piece of child’s artwork. Hand-crafted on a loom using 100-percent New Zealand wool, this playful technicolor rug feels as heavenly as it looks. The high pile provides padding when kiddos are beginning to crawl or taking their first steps, and the interesting and intricate design is a feast for the eyes.

Olli Ella Atlas Beni Area Rug, $460

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Thea Area Rug

Inspired by tribal designs from Kenya, this bold rug is cool enough that grown kids will want to use it in their first apartment or home. Offered in three large sizes, the rug will be the star of any room in which it is placed. With a combination of natural shades and lively orange, yellow, and black designs, this rug effortlessly inspires wanderlust and an eye for gorgeous global design influences.

Safavieh Thea Area Rug, $604.49

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Giselle Fiesta Rug

We love this vibrant rug for aesthetic reasons as well as its green backstory: It’s made entirely from refurbished sari silks. Luxuriously colored and textured, the rug is a unisex statement piece that is at both appealing to kids and naturally chic.

Loloi Giselle Fiesta Area Rug, $687.60

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Hand-Tufted Belini Rug

Playful and cheery, this hand-tufted rug could be the colorful focal point of any kid’s room. Hand-knotted, this rug’s turquoise background is simultaneously calming and inspiring. The nubby texture makes it an inviting place to curl up with a book.

Nuloom Turquoise Hand Tufted Belini Rug, $41.99