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.

Liven up the Playroom & Nursery with High-Traffic Rugs for Kids

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Have you ever thought about decorating your kid’s rooms with area rugs, but decided against it because you were worried about the rug becoming damaged or ruined? Well, you’re not alone. Thankfully for you, and millions of other concerned parents, there are plenty of options at NaturalAreaRugs.com when it comes to decorating your child’s room with area rugs that are durable, safe, and perfect for your little ones.

Good Rugs for Kids Rooms

The first thing that you want to look at is materials. Only consider easy-to-clean and “high-traffic” materials when choosing an area rug for your kids. Some good materials to consider are sisal, wool, mountaingrass and seagrass. Rugs made of these materials are are naturally stain-resistant, fire-retardant, and suitable for high-traffic. Additionally, wool rugs, like a wool shag rug, are good choices too because they are hypoallergenic, repel odors and bacteria and are easily cleaned using warm water and soap.

You Don´t Have to Spend a Fortune to get High Quality Rugs
The best part about decorating your children’s rooms with high quality area rugs is that you can easily find the best deals to be had online. Look for merchants that have top online ratings, offer free shipping, a price-match guarantee and free return shipping. This way you can rest assured that you are getting the best deal for your money on a rug that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Customer Review: Lauren Liess

Lauren Liess posted a detailed review of Rugs that everyone should read! Check out her “Low-Down” on Natural Rugs below.

“Natural” Rugs: Seagrass, Sisal, Jute, Synthetic & Wool Rugs: The Low-Down


I have (or have had) almost all of these rugs somewhere in my home with the exception of sisal. And there’s definitely a time & place for each of them, depending upon the maintenance, kid, pet & softness factors. Here’s a quick overview of my thoughts & experiences with the rugs.

1— SEAGRASS— In my family room/ office/hangout room, we installed wall-to-wall seagrass just like this (below) and we absolutely LOVE it:
And here’s the lowdown on seagrass:
1) THE WAIVER: The company we bought it from made us sign a waiver saying that seams would be visible and that we understood it would fray and that there would be a smell. The seagrass we purchased also came with its own attached rug pad which would make for a quicker install.
2) THE SMELL: On the day of the install, the smell was SO BAD I was scared. I have a really sensitive nose & whatever glue they used when mixed with the straw-smell of the seagrass honestly smelled like animal urine. BUT a few days later, when all of the glue had dried, we were left with just the “hay smell” of segrass, which I love.     …I have learned from my mistake and it’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you ask your installer to use a glue with little or no smell.  We used a different glue in our bedroom and the hay smell is all we have. :)
3) THE SEAMS: The seams are not visible. (we had a good installer & he did seal down the seams and all edges) But the rug is also connected so that the natural lines in the rug are in a row… It looks perfect and you can’t even tell even when trying to find the seams.
4) THE FRAYING: So far, so good and we have a dog with long nails who runs all over it. I’m sure it will (and probably already has & I haven’t noticed) pull up in places but it’s pretty simple to just snip loose fibers with a pair of scissors. It’s a natural rug & will get flaws, but they really aren’t very noticeable.
5) THE CARE: A-mazing! It’s recommended to vaccuum once a week (okay, okay, when things slow down I’ll get to that) and you can even sweep these rugs clean! I hate to gross you all out (but want to give you the REAL scoop) — My toddler had an accident on it last week and it all just pooled in one spot without soaking in and I was able to blot it up really easily. Then I sprayed it down with a natural cleaner (probably a no-no but I was grossed out) and wiped it up with towels. There’s no mark, no smell and it looks just like the rest of the rug. Because the grass is from the water, it resists stains & water marks. You also really can’t see dirt at all and when we have gotten mud on it, we just allowed it to dry and then swept up the dirt.
6) THE SOFTNESS FACTOR: Seagrass is actually pretty smooth and hard. It’s actually more like a hard floor than a rug. It’s just as fine for kids to crawl across as hardwood or any other hard surface but isn’t ideal for play areas where they’ll spend a lot of floor-time. BUT it’s GORGEOUS with other rugs layered over it. In our family room in the TV/ play area, we layered an old wool rug over it, which is perfect for playing, lounging & wrestling… (I thought I’d let you see it in all its messy-primary-colored-toy-glory)   Many people complain that it hurts their feet and I have to admit that late at night and early in the morning when it was first installed, it hurt my feet, but now it doesn’t bother me at all, even when I’m tired.

7) EXTRA INFO: Since it’s natural, its color changes over time. It starts out with more of a green tinge and eventually tans. If you are layering rugs, the area under the rug might stay green longer because the moisture is being protected under there so keep that in mind of you plan on moving rugs around seasonally. (Similar to sun discoloration on hardwoods) Eventually, after being exposed for long enough, the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. Weels also work on this rug which is perfect for the wheely desk chairs in my office & also for Christian’s scooter. Joni from Cote de Texas has a beautiful & information-packed post about seagrass which (if you haven’t already read) you should definitely check out here.