I rue the day I insisted on a neutral-coloured carpet for the bedrooms in our house – particularly my children’s room. Now I have to enforce a code whereby my eight and 11-year-olds have to take their slip-ons off at the entrance to their bedroom, where the wooden floorboards meet the shade of beige that I was once so enamoured of. As do I, their father, visitors, friends and family. It was parental arrogance in its most punishing form and it still hasn’t stopped the carpet from becoming a little less pristine (although nothing that a steam clean can’t fix).
What I should have done is embraced colour in my kids’ room – doing away with the constant concern for cleanliness and monitoring. Colour is energising, creative and playful for children – providing a dose of happy energy that reflects their somewhat kaleidoscopic world view. Plus, for parents, a coloured carpet is hugely forgiving as a floorcovering, especially when the carpet style chosen has stain resistance and in-built durability.
If I could live life over again I’d go for a rich and deep red such as Medford Mirch. Medford is an affordable nylon carpet that’s easy to maintain and has superior stain resistance. This particular red is a gorgeous and quite sophisticated hue. It’s not blindingly bright or in any way a fire-engine red. I’d then work back the drama with classic or timeless furniture that would see them through to the teenage years and maybe even beyond (given how long children now remain in the family home!).
Or, I’d think about a bluey-grey such as Movada in Spatial. This is a nylon-twist carpet with Stainmaster and TruSoft so it feels soft underfoot (because what child doesn’t forgo a chair to lie on the floor?) and has the kind of stain resistance required for children’s rooms. It’s a great colour too for when children of different genders are sharing a space. It easily works as a base for a pared back look or for that ‘eclectic’ decorating style that involves a mishmash of coloured furniture and the collected detritus of kids’ lives.
For a charcoal-based carpet that really would hide all manner of stains, there’s a nylon plush carpet called Circa in the fabulously named colour, Galactica (that alone would probably get the kids’ vote). It’s dramatic with a touch of gravitas and is utterly forgiving of the kind of treatment it’ll get at the hands of its occupants.
Or, if I couldn’t get over my love of wool, I’d consider Accolade in Provence, a wool twist floorcovering that holds its form beautifully and has a slight lavender tone. It’s very calming and provides a beautiful light base for a room. It’s the kind of colour that would work wonders in a home with a country aesthetic – and still be very forgiving for the space. Because in the end, kids just wanna have fun and don’t want their furnishings to stop them. Lesson learnt.