How to Create a Cozy Room Using Natural Fiber Rugs

Winter is here, and a change of décor is in order. It’s time to cast out the autumn leaf rugs and harvest-themed accents and introduce something a bit more appropriate to the season. But if you’re at a loss to determine how to best accentuate your living space for the winter, you have come to the right place. The answer is actually quite simple, and it’s all about utilizing your creativity while honoring time-honored interior design traditions.

We could offer a lot of valuable tips, but the place to start is right beneath your feet. Your area rugs don’t just improve the look of your flooring. They bring the entire room together, from the aesthetics to the acoustics. Area rugs should be at the top of your list when it comes to winter redecorating. There are a lot of options to choose from, but there are a few specific rules that you’ll want to keep in mind above all else.

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Winterizing Your Home With Area Rugs

First, let’s look at the textures. To create a cozy winter living space, you’re going to want plenty of dense, soft fibers. Wool makes an excellent choice, and so does sisal. Best of all, these fibers are all-natural, so you can score one for the environment while you spruce up your bedroom, dining room or entry way. Shag also makes for an excellent, cost-effective choice.

Second, we must consider the color. I know it’s not the most stain friendly, but white really is the ideal winter color. It conjures up images of snowflakes, winter cottages, and most importantly, purity. And isn’t that what winter is all about? Winter is the first season of the year, a time for rebirth and second chances. What better way to signify this than with a collection of stunning white area rugs.

And then there are the patterns to consider. Fortunately, this is where you can let your creativity truly shine. You can of course go with traditional styles consisting of blizzard and snowflake designs, or you can go with simple uniform patterns that invoke feelings of winter without being overly ostentatious. Compare a variety of styles and find the one that works for you.

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Getting the Best Deals on Winter Area Rugs

If you’re looking for some ideas, check out the selection at Natural Area Rugs. Your winter area rugs will be with you for a long time, so it’s important to choose variations that are durable and timeless. At Natural Area Rugs, you’ll find just that, and at extremely affordable prices. So start modifying your home for the winter, and take your interior design to the next level.

How to Situate a Living Room Area Rug

The living room is where people gather for fellowship and great conversation. It’s no mystery why home decorators spend the bulk of their time in this cozy, communal section of the home. When it comes to area rugs, you have a lot of freedom to be creative, and a number of arrangement options to bring the room together. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to area rug arrangement, and your own layout should reflect your personality and tastes. Here are just a few of the options you might consider.

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The Partial Furniture Approach

This classic arrangement remains popular in homes throughout the world. Basically, you have a centrally located area rug, with furniture partially covering the material on multiple sides of the room. For instance, on the north side of the room, you might have a sofa with the front legs on the rug and the back legs hanging off. Then, on the west side, perhaps you’ll have a love seat – also with front legs on the rug and back legs hanging off. To visualize it another way, the furniture surrounds the rug, without completely covering it.

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The Undisturbed Rug Arrangement

Just as you can situate your area rug with all of your furniture resting comfortably on the fibers, you can also take the opposite approach by centering your rug in the room, with all of your furniture gathered around it. For a bit of visual perspective, imagine a stage in the center of a theater, with seats that surround it from a few inches away. This is the kind of arrangement you’re going for here. The rug still complements the furniture, but with greater distance and openness. This is the uncluttered, feng shui approach.

The All-Encompassing Arrangement

If you’re fond of large area rugs, it’s perfectly acceptable to have your furniture sitting entirely on the rug, with nothing hanging off. For instance, you might have a sofa on one side and two chairs on the other side, with a coffee table in between. The rug covers the entire space, including all of the furniture. Your rug doesn’t necessarily cover your entire floor, but it is large enough to engulf an entire furniture arrangement, effectively separating the room into neatly organized sections.

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The Multi-Rug Arrangement

Who says you need to have one central area rug? Multiple rugs work great in large living rooms, as they allow you to divide your room into various decorative sections. Experiment with different colors, shapes and sizes to achieve just the right effect for your home. You can even layer rugs on top of one another for a modern touch. Just make sure that your base rug is slightly larger than your top rug, and that you have noticeable visual contrast between the two. Don’t be afraid to get creative with all aspects of your area rug arrangement, because ultimately, your personal sense of style should rule the day.

Round Rugs vs. Oval Rugs vs. Square Rugs

When it comes to area rugs, your choices aren’t just limited to color and pattern. On the contrary, the shape can have a tremendous impact on the aesthetics of the overall environment, so it’s important to choose carefully. But the big question is, how do you choose the ideal shape for a particular space? It’s a hot topic of debate for interior decorators, but ultimately your own taste should dictate your final decisions. Consider a few basic guidelines to get you started.

Where Will the Rug be Situated?

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 For instance, common sense might dictate that a round rug would be suited for a round table, and that’s quite often true. But there are exceptions, of course. For instance, are you going for symmetry or contrast? If you want to emphasize uniformity, make sure that the shape of your chosen rug closely matches the shape of the object beneath which—or against which—it will be situated. On the contrary, if you like to experiment with non-traditional and eye-catching dichotomies, feel free to choose rugs that are directly contrary to the shapes around them.

 What Type of Space are you working with?

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Aside from the objects, consider the shape and arrangement of the room itself. A square or rectangular rug can look awkward in a round room, so try to imagine how your area rug will appear when contrasting against the larger environment. In addition, if you plan to incorporate multiple area rugs, you may want to choose a variety of similar or contrasting sizes based on the needs of your individual décor. The key takeaway here is to consider all of the big-picture design elements before shopping.

How Much Space Do You Need to Cover?

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For instance, if you’re trying to cover the length of a sofa, a round rug is probably not in your best interest. Likewise, if you have a narrow table with a long rectangular rug, you may find yourself with too much additional rug space to the east and west, and no space to the north or south. This isn’t so much a comment about shape, but about dimensions. You can place a round rug beneath a square table, assuming that you maintain relatively even space on all sides. It only becomes problematic when you have too much rug spilling over in one direction, or not enough rugs to adequately cover the desired space.

Find Rugs in All Shapes and Sizes

If you’re still scrambling to find the perfect rug, check out the wide, affordable selection of eco-friendly area rugs at Natural Area Rugs. We specialize in affordable, custom-made rugs that look fantastic and stand up to the test of time. So get yours now, and achieve home decorating perfection without breaking the bank.

Layering Area Rugs – Not Just a Fad

Do you love your area rugs? They can certainly go a long way in sprucing up an otherwise dull living environment, and once you begin decorating your floors with these stunning highlights of interior design, you wonder how you ever lived without them. But have you ever considering layering your area rugs? If you haven’t already done so, you’ll be amazed at how a simple dual rug combo can take your area rug appeal to the next level.

 

Tips for Layering Your Area Rugs

Stick with neutral colors if possible. They blend beautifully into any environment, and they’re just subtle enough to beautify the room without insisting upon themselves. If neutral colors don’t appeal to you, go with colors that complement the color scheme of the room. Your two layered rugs should be similar in color, but not identical. The key is to achieve contrast without pitting your colors against each other. For instance, you might go with a solid color on one rug, and an attractive pattern on the other, all while maintaining a consistent color scheme.

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Choose a slightly larger rug for your base. The dimensions of your two rugs should be about the same, allowing you to present the illusion that your layered rugs were made for one another. Of course, you can toss this tip aside if you’re going for a specific artistic touch. The great thing about interior design is that you can let your creativity flow and think outside the box.

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Vary your textures. For instance, you don’t want to toss one wool rug on top of another. That’s boring. Remember that the beauty is in the contrast, so try layering sisal over seagrass, or wool over bamboo.  We recommend materials like these because they’re gorgeous as well as sustainable. You might also consider jute area rugs and shag area rugs.

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Finally, look to the Web for creative inspiration. Sites like Pinterest are rife with gorgeous high-res images of area rug arrangements and custom interior designs, and these visual depictions can really get the creative juices flowing and help you to determine what styles suit you best. You can also email us if you need ideas or have questions. We’re all about customization, and we work with customers each day to turn their vague ideas into breathtaking household trends.

 

Find Your Perfect Area Rugs at Natural Area Rugs

Before you can start layering, you’ll need to find the perfect area rugs for your home. At Natural Area Rugs, we carry a wide variety of all-natural, custom area rugs that are perfectly suited to any home décor. If you’re looking for rugs that are affordable, eco-friendly, durable and altogether gorgeous, check out our inventory. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to make it your own. That’s what interior design is all about.

 

 

How to Choose an Area Rug for the Kitchen

Living rooms and dining rooms seem to monopolize all the attention when it comes to area rugs, but what about your kitchen? Your kitchen deserves a well-appointed floor just as much as any other room in your home, right? So why is it so often neglected? Well, if you have decided to embellish your kitchen floor with one or more beautiful area rugs, there are just a few simple considerations you’ll need to make.

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Choosing the Best Kitchen Area Rug

  • Determine the areas where your kitchen sees the greatest amount of foot traffic. This will help you to determine the ideal spots for your kitchen area rugs. It’s usually a good idea to situate rugs in front of doors and entries, near the kitchen sink and beneath the kitchen table. The ideal size will best be determined by the location. For instance, rugs beneath tables should be large enough to cover the entire table and chairs, with room to spare for backing up. When placing a rug near a sink, the rug should be slightly wider than the sink, allowing for plenty of room to stand.
  • Consider your textures. For kitchens, you’ll want a flat weave rug made from wool or other natural materials, with extra fabric for cushioning. Since kitchens tend to have harder floors, this will allow for optimal comfort and stain resistance. Wool is especially nice because it’s abundant, natural, cost-effective, and extremely comfortable on the feet.
  • Reflect on your overall décor. What kind of color scheme are you working with? Note the walls, the furniture, and the decorations. When choosing colors, you must consider options that complement your general theme. The colors don’t have to match necessarily, but they shouldn’t clash either. So, for instance, if your walls are turquoise, you might want to avoid area rugs with a strong yellow tint.
  • Don’t forget about shapes. Yes, shapes matter, too. Let’s say, for instance, that you’re placing an area rug beneath a kitchen table. If your kitchen table is round, your area rug should also be round. Likewise, if the table is rectangular, the rug should also be rectangular. Shapes are an oft-overlooked but critically important aspect of interior design.

 

Find Area Rugs for Your Kitchen

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If you’re looking to find the perfect area rugs for your kitchen, be sure to compare plenty of different options. Only then can you be absolutely confident that you’re making the right choice. Natural Area Rugs has a wide selection of excellent, affordable area rugs made from natural, organic fibers. So check out the full selection, and spruce up your kitchen like never before. After all, it’s not just a place for breaking eggs and washing dishes. It’s an important piece of your overall home décor puzzle. So make it count.