painted rug - Mem Foam Runner from Costco ($22) in Benjamin Moore's Hawthorne Yellow (stencil from "Cutting Edge Stencils" called Anna Damask (post lists 4 other paint colors she used from dark gray to blue)
DIY: How to Paint an Area Rug - Awesome step by step tutorial on how to paint a plain rug - via Iheartnaptime
Take those foam, interlocking playmats (they come in red, yellow, blue, and green squares) and paint them whatever design you like. Now you have a great mat that you can stand on for long periods of time! Brilliant idea! This article shows step by step how to paint them.