Changing Up Your Décor for the Spring and Summer

Now that the temps are getting higher and you have thrown the winter clothes back to their hiding places, and changed out the flannel sheets for the cotton ones, and even replaced your winter window dressings for ones that have a more summery look, it is time to get to work on the rest of your home.  You may have even gotten brighter colors displayed in your home now in order to match the flowers that are blooming… and why shouldn’t you?  You are ready to welcome the warmer months with open arms like as not.  As you get ready to embrace the warmer temperatures, you might also want to think about switching out your rugs with everything else.  It might be a comfort to have those plush shag rugs and thick wool rugs in the colder climes, but they can be a bit much for those months when the air conditioning in running.  Try using natural fiber area rugs instead when you are looking for an option that is light, warm, and ideal for decorating in the spring and summer.

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Using rugs that are made from natural fibers such as sisal and jute allow for you to bring earthy colors as well as an added layer of texture to any room in your home where you see fit to place them.  These rugs are made from natural fibers that are renewable too…which means that they are more friendly to the environment.  They are also incredibly durable and this means that they are great for use in hallways or in the living room where you get a lot of foot traffic…well, the sisal rugs.  Jute rugs are not as durable but are great for use in those lower traffic areas such as bedrooms, formal dining rooms and formal living rooms.  You can use a rug that is made from sisal to be a complement to your brighter accents in any room while it also warms the entire look up.  If you think that you still need a bit more color, think about putting a smaller, brightly colored rug on top of the sisal rug in order to create a chic layered look that is always trending.

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There is also another benefit to using natural area rugs.  These rugs are great to be used in every season!  You might choose to continue layering the rugs in order to incorporate new patterns and colors with your existing décor and you can always rely on your rugs that are made from natural fibers to be that timeless accessory that will always look elegant and cool.

Head on over to Natural Area Rugs to find the ideal rug for your home and style today.

Should You Place Your Living Room Furniture on the Natural Area rug or Off of It?

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If you have ever read any of the interior design blogs that are everywhere on the internet, you will notice that interior design has a plethora of rules that should be followed when it comes to decorating your home.  However, these rules basically serve as mere guidelines and have been created to help you as opposed to limiting you.  There are many exceptions to these rules.  At the very least, you have a variety of options to choose from.  For example, area rugs in your living room are able to be arranged in quite a few different ways depending on the size of the rug and the setup of the room.

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There is a decorating rule about furniture needing to be placed on the area rug.  What does that really mean though?  Do you need to have your chairs and sofa all the way on the rug or is that rule meant for just the front legs of the furniture?  That will depend on the size of your area rug as well as on what look you are trying to achieve.  To begin with, let’s take a look at why this is even a rule.  For the most part, it has to do with the size of the rug.  A large rug will allow for furniture to be arranged on top of it as opposed to around it.  A rug that is smaller might can actually make a small space appear to be even smaller while making a larger room feel like it is missing something.  Putting your furniture on top of your rug will also keep people from tripping on the edges of the rug when they are walking around the space.

Now that you have an idea of why people put furniture on the area rugs, let’s talk a bit about your options.  You might choose to put entire pieces of furniture on the top of your area rug or you might choose to put just a part of your chairs and/or sofa on it.  If your floor plan is an open one, putting all of your furniture on the rug will assist in anchoring the space.  Aside from that, it all boils down to what you like.  Try it in a variety of ways to see which look appeals to you more.

Will there be situations when a living room will look best with only the coffee table on the area rug?  Yes, but there will also always be exceptions to the rule.  If the rug you currently own is one that is smallish, try this.  However, if the look doesn’t seem to be right, you will more than likely need a larger rug, like those that can be found at Natural Area Rugs.

Finding the Softest Natural Fiber Area Rug

An embracing, warm natural area rug can make all of the difference in the world after you come home from a long day at work and need to soothe your aching, tired feet.  Having a soft layer beneath your feet can be just the soothing touch that your body needs in order to rejuvenate and relax.  There is a myth about natural area rugs and it is that this type of area rug is too coarse to be of much use in the relaxation department.  This is simply not true.  In fact, many of the natural fiber area rugs on the market are incredibly soft, which makes them the ideal choice for your home.  Take a quick peek at some of them now.

Sisal Wool

This rug is made from a combination of wool and sisal.  It is one of the softest choices when it comes to area rugs that have been created from natural fibers.  Sisal wool rugs give you the best of both worlds.  They have the incredible durability and unique texture that comes with sisal and they also have the smooth feel that you get from wool.  You can choose from a variety of colors and even from a variety of different weaves, which means that you will always be able to find the ideal match for your interior design or floors.

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Jute

When it comes to natural fibers that rugs are made from, Jute is one of the most durable and softest ones around.  This means that it is absolutely ideal for area rugs.  You can get jute area rugs in a variety of different weaves and even in a variety of different colors and shades.  The jute rugs are stunning and have a texture that is naturally soft.  Because of the softness and durability of jute area rugs, they are among the most sought after when it comes to area rugs that have been made from natural fibers.

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Sisal rugs are also available in a variety of colors and weaves.  The weaves that are chunkier and larger tend to be the ones that are the softest.  Sisal rugs are great for use in most rooms in your home or office and will add a touch of class where ever you place them.  The shades that sisal rugs are available in range from light to dark so you will have no trouble finding just the shade you are looking for.

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To get a closer look at all of the types of natural fiber area rugs that have been discussed here today, and more, head on over to Natural Area Rugs and see all of the options that you have.

Interior Designs that are Trending

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Do you spend a lot of time on Instagram and Pinterest looking at pictures of gorgeous homes?  It might get to be a bit tempting to even imagine that you live in an era where trends are a thing of the past.  This is not reality though.  If you pay close attention, you will see that these pics all have a common theme.  Let’s take a peek at the décor trends for this season.

Patterns That are Bold

Abstract patterns, large scale graphic prints, floral prints and chevrons will stay in style this season and will impact your pieces and accessories that are upholstered.  That being said, there are times when even classic patterns can make a big difference… think fabrics with thin stripes for furniture upholstery or wall coverings.

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Right now, there are great things happening when it comes to interior lighting.  The trend is actually a resurgence of pieces that are clean and simple.  There is also a trend for more modern looking pieces as well.  You can change the look of any space with a great lighting fixture.

Details

We all know that a well – tailored skirt is a must for every woman’s wardrobe.  When it comes to upholstered furnishings though, it needs to have a bit of flourish in order to get that refined look.  Think pleats, gimps and fringe here.

Made in the USA

This trend is actually more of a movement.  Designers are supporting their local brands and even the workshops that are making their goods right here in the US.  Many designers prefer to use a piece that has been created by an artisan or artist right here in the States as opposed to going for pieces that have been mass produced.  Regardless of whether it is fabric on throw pillows that has been woven by hand or even a chair that has been upholstered or even a piece of hand – made pottery, these items are unique and will add a touch of unique style to any space.

Natural Area Rugs

Getting an area rug that has been made from natural fibers such as seagrass, sisal or jute can make an instant impact or whatever space you put it in.  These rugs can be found in a variety of different colors, sizes and shapes.  Rugs made from natural fibers are an ideal way to transform the feel and look of a room instantly.

If you are looking for a natural area rug or are curious about why you are hearing so much about them lately, head on over to Natural Area Rugs now and find out what all the fuss is about.  You won’t be disappointed with what you find.

Flashback to the 70’s in a Good Way

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When you hear the phrase – shag rug – you might cringe while you are plagued with flashbacks to the 70’s.  Until just recently, these rugs were not in style, but fashion follows a cycle and that cycle has brought shag rugs back to us…even if disco and bell bottoms haven’t made it full circle yet.

The shag rugs of today are more plush than ever before.  They add a bit of luxury to whatever room they are in and they are incredibly soft.  Additionally, they are practical.  The thick, deep pile is able to withstand heavy traffic and this makes them ideal for those areas in your home where you have a lot of traffic.  They are ideal for those who have pets or children.

If you are of a mind to add a new rug to your décor, don’t just immediately pass over the shag rugs.  With a bit of research, you will be able to get the best from a shag rug while transforming any space with a feel of a contemporary and fresh throwback.

Before you just go out and buy the first shag rug you find, do a bit of research on the quality of the rug.  One that is low quality will begin to look matted and tattered rather quickly and lose that inviting plush quality.  The quality of any shag rug begins with the material it is made from and the way it was built.  Look for ones made from all natural fibers.

If you are doing your shopping in a store, examine the build of the rug.  High – quality shag rugs will be hand woven and have a backing that is strong.  Feel the actual pile and make sure that it is plush and soft as opposed to crunchy and stiff.

If you tend to shop online, you might still want to feel the rug before buying it.  Ask for samples of the ones that you are looking at and make sure to order from a quality place like Natural Area Rugs.  Also make sure that you are getting the best deal.

One more thing to think about before your purchase is the type of lifestyle you live.  Shag rugs tend to be more high maintenance than other types of rugs, so be sure that you will have the time to properly care for it.  This type of rug should be shaken and vacuumed on a regular basis.  Also, keep in mind that you will want a good rug pad to keep it in place as well as to protect the floor from the rug and the rug from the floor.  You might also want to look for rugs made from natural materials such as wool.

Take care of your shag rug and it will look great regardless of the decade.