Choosing Eco-Friendly Rugs for a Child’s Room

You love your kids, and you would do anything for them, but sometimes the décor can get a bit tricky. You paint fluffy clouds along the walls, you adorn the living space with endless Hello Kitty (or perhaps Ninja Turtle) accoutrements, and you ensure that there is no shortage of shelves to showcase the colorful parade of toys, dolls, action figures and other reflections of your child’s imaginative personality. But what about the flooring? Have you given any thought to choosing the appropriate area rugs to provide that much-needed finishing touch?

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Isles Shag Rug

Choose Eco-Friendly Rugs

Sisal rugs, shag rugs, jute rooms, wool rugs…what do they have in common? They’re all natural and eco-friendly. When it comes to choosing rugs for a child’s room, of course you want to give some thought to the aesthetic appeal, but first and foremost, you need to consider your child’s safety. When you head out to the local rug store—or to your local home improvement store—in search of area rugs for a child’s room, you may find yourself surrounded by inventory that may look attractive, but is in fact marinated in volatile organic compounds and other toxins. It’s essential that you choose eco-friendly area rugs that not only look great, but are conducive to healthy breathing.

 

Choose Bright Colors

When it comes to babies and infants, it’s always best to choose vibrant, warm colors that create an inviting and attractive atmosphere. When choosing from among natural fibers like sisal and wool, you have a veritable cornucopia of color selections available to you, and it’s surprisingly simple to create the ultimate safe haven for your little one.

But what happens when you get beyond the toddler stage? No matter how fantastic a particular selection may look to you, it’s always a great idea to get the child’s opinion (assuming that the child has reached the age where he or she can communicate with words). After all, it’s great to have uniformity and complementary design throughout the room, but it’s even greater to let your child’s imagination soar. So what if the area rugs don’t match the walls? When you foster creativity at an early age, who knows what kind of long-term spark you may be igniting?

 

Find Your Perfect Area Rugs

If you still have trouble deciding, check out Natural Area Rugs for a wide selection of colors and designs for children of all ages. If you need any advice or can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we’re here to serve you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Your kids deserve the best, and with Natural Area Rugs, it has never been easier to turn a simple room into a child’s paradise.

Designing with Layered Rugs

At Natural Area Rugs we love rugs and are always looking for new and inventive ways to spruce up a room. Whether it’s adding accent rugs to make a small room look larger or allowing our shoppers to customize their rugs so their rug will truly be one of a kind.

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Layering rugs

We specialize in natural fiber rugs and sell everything from seagrass rugs to wool rugs, shag rugs, to sisal rugs. We even sell rug pads and carpet stair treads. But we don’t stop there. If you ever have any questions our customer service representatives are always just a phone call or email away to help you decide the best look for your living room or if your new bamboo rug looks better in your kitchen or dining room.

 

So without further ado we want to tell you about a new trend that’s taking over homes across the country, one that is easy and affordable and looks really nifty and cool. Chances are you’ve heard about “layering rugs” and the name says it all. Layering rugs is basically when you layer rugs on top of each other in different angles. For example; if you have a rug that is rectangular, you may want to put a round rug on the left hand corner of the rectangular rug or another rectangular rug at the top right hand corner. This will add texture to the room as well as color and artistry that the room may not otherwise have had.

 

When layering rugs there are a few important things you’d like to keep in mind. First; decide what look you want to go for. For one, pick rugs that have the same color and pattern scheme so it’s not too jarring when placed on top of each other. Natural fiber rugs tend to be neutral in color so placing a more vibrant rug on top can breathe life into an otherwise dull room.

 

Rugs are useful for many reasons; they are stain-resistant, sound absorbent, and often times fire-retardant. But they also tell a thing or two about the rug owner. Pick rugs that speak to you and are a great expression of yourself and your family. If you don’t like stripes, don’t get a striped rug. If you find a cute rug that you love, but it’s not big enough, try placing it over a larger neutral colored rug.

 

These are just some of the ways you can layer your rugs at home. Remember make sure that the rugs go together before you just pair them. Layered rugs that add vibrant colors and textures add to the room. Layered rugs that are frumpy and don’t go well with each other take away from the room. If you are unsure, get a second opinion.

Redesiging Living Room

One of our customer, Chandler Quarles, recently redesigned her Living Room with one of our rugs! Check out photos and excerpt of her blog post below:

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug

After quite a bit of research, I realized that Jute would be my softest option and have the look I wanted. I looked all over the web and at a few stores, and it was a bit of a challenge to find something that fit all the descriptors.

Finally, I found this rug at NaturalAreaRugs.com. It came in just the right size, was just the look I was going for, and with the $50 off coupon code they were running, it came in at $119 with free shipping. The perfect price! I also read great things about the expediency and quality from Natural Area Rugs. So I took the plunge and pressed the button.

And in just a few days, I unrolled our rug, and it was love! The perfect way to warm up the space just in time for the cooler months.

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug

 

Author: Chandler Quarles
Source: http://allpreciousandpleasant.com/2013/10/01/living-room-updates/

Incorporating different style rugs into interior design

Whether it is placed on hardwood flooring, laminate, carpet, or cork, an area rug can really change the feel of a room, instantly adding coziness, warmth, depth, and texture to a living space. A bold, bright rug can help to liven up a plain room decorated in neutral shades, while a simple, pale rug can work to tone down a room buzzing with color and drama.

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Interior designers often use rugs to provide natural borders as well as links between different sections of a room, defining seating areas in large, open-plan kitchen living rooms, for example.

Rugs also have a practical purpose: They help prevent carpet wear and tear in a busy living room where the constant tread of many feet can take its toll.

What type, color and size of rug are best for a room depends not only on the size of the space but also on the dominating interior design style. For example, a shabby chic look, with a vintage country vibe, reclaimed wooden furniture and pretty floral cushions can be completed with a lightly patterned rug in muted shades.

With area rugs available in so many different styles and textures, a bright, contemporary design can help to liven up a modern minimalist look in much the same way as an abstract painting, while playful, quirky designs are ideal, not only for the children’s bedroom but also for those wishing for a look that is bold and unique.

Natural Fiber Rugs come in a wide variety of textures: They can be smooth, rough, woven, flat, or deep-pile. When choosing which texture to go for, consider the flooring it will be placed upon. The rule of opposites creates a greater level of interest: Pair patterned rugs with plain floors, black with white, textured rugs with flat surfaces, etc.

The color and pattern of a rug ought to tie in with the other colors and styles in the room, but whether you opt for low-key tones that will allow the rug to blend in easily or a contrasting, striking color that will make the rug the focal point of the room all depends on the desired effect.

Selecting a bright block of color in a rug can create pleasing contrasts in tone, while a plain rug can help to tone down a bold feature wall or heavily patterned furnishings. Bright colors make any space appear larger and help create a warm, cozy environment, especially during the cold winter months.

Also essential to consider when buying a new rug is the furniture. For example, a bedroom filled with knotty, grainy pine furniture can look even more warm and cozy with a plush, deep pile rug to step onto first thing in the morning.

In the living room, the color and texture of the sofa and its cushions and throws should be matched and complemented in the rug. Even with an intricate pattern, the overall effect remains unified.

When placing an area rug in a room dominated by a chaise sofa, avoid adding too much additional bulkiness to an already full room. In a room with hardwood flooring, position the rug partially underneath the sofa to define a distinct seating area.

Jute Rugs for Allergy Sufferers

Allergy sufferers, unite! Tracking allergens into your home will be absorbed by most other carpets, not your new Jute Rug. When looking to keep pesky dust mites and outdoor pollen out of your home it is important to start at the source, where you rest your feet. The Jute Rug, made out of non toxic fibers and tannins actually repel dust mites!

Jute Rugs and Allergies

When kept in dry areas, mold and mildew is kept at bay and eliminated with the natural fibers. With regular cleaning and the proper placement of your Jute Rug in your home, you can nip allergies in the bud.

Remember, normal maintenance and care is important for your Jute Rug! Due to the bound, course rug; regular vacuuming is crucial to increase your carpet’s life and eliminate additional allergens. Keep your Jute Rug out of outdoor areas, this will defeat the entire purpose of keeping allergens out of your home.

Noticing an increase of mold or mildew? The humidity may be too high in the space you have put your Jute Rug. Moisture will compromise the integrity of your Jute Rug. If you are an allergy sufferer, the Jute Rug will be the perfect addition to the entryway of your home. Check out the Santana Jute Rug for your allergy needs.