Great First Impression – Enriching Entry Halls with Sisal Rugs

blog blog blog blogWe all know that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression, and yet many times people will neglect or only pay a little bit of attention to the hallways and entry ways to their homes. The fact is that these areas in your home DO matter. Some people might hang a picture or two or they might even throw down a small decorative rug and call it finished before forgetting all about it. The unfortunate thing about this is that these people are missing out on a unique chance to create a magnificent first impression to their home and also of themselves. Additionally, guests will tend to get more of a feel of importance when they enter a home through a welcoming and impressive entry way. An entrance that is only halfway decorated is boring at best and easily forgotten at its worst. It can also give your guests the completely wrong impression of your home and yourself.

Entrances and Hallways are Great Areas to Showcase Your Individuality

The entry to your home is where you will make your first and your last impression. Instead of looking at an entryway and thinking that it is boring, look at it as your opportunity to let your personal style shine. In fact, these areas of your home give you the opportunity to let loose in styles that are not accessible in the other areas of your living space. Homebuyers these days are opting more and more for open floor plans. These floor plans typically lack your normal hallways. While the homeowners do love the layouts (if they didn’t then they wouldn’t buy a house with this type of layout), they also tend to miss that sense of separation and definition that can be found with a hallway.

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When you are decorating your entryway or hallway, here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Think of these areas as actual rooms in your home. Consider what color you would like to paint the walls, what sort of lighting you would like and what type of natural area rug would look great on the floor to tie the look together.
  • Don’t be afraid to go bold. If you have a design style that is a bit wild, let it run free. Line your entry or hallway with modern art or you can even use colors that you might not want to use in the rest of your living space. The goal here is to transform your hallways and entry way from a space that is boring to pass through to a dazzling area of self-expression. Sisal area rugs will help you gain the look and feel that you want and your entry and hallways will not only give a great first impression, they will also give one that is lasting.

Decorate Living Rooms with Geometric Rugs

promoIf you are like most people, you will want your home to look nice.  You will want to make sure that each space has its own style that is a reflection of your own personality.  You can do a lot of that decorating with area rugs if you wanted to.  Natural area rugs come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and patterns.  They also come in a vast array of different shapes.  In fact, there is so much of a variety to choose from that you might find it difficult to narrow down your options because you will fall in love with quite a few of them.

What is a good way to decorate your living room with a natural are rug that has a geometric shape though? You don’t need to have a degree in interior design to be able to decorate with a natural area rug that has a geometric shape, even if it seems like a daunting task.

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Here are a few tips that will help you along in the right direction when it comes to this.

  1. The natural area rug with a geometric shape that you choose does not necessarily have to be an overly large one. You can use a small rug to create quite a few different looks in your living room.
  2. If your living room has a theme with a deep color, or strong pattern, go for a geometric rug that has highly contrasting colors to tie it all together and create a look and feel that is intense.
  3. If you want to have the maximum amount of flexibility and want to showcase cooler colors then you should go with a geometric rug that is in a soft color, such as gray or beige. Neutral colors will work best in this situation.
  4. For those who are looking to create a space that is warm and inviting, think about a geometric natural area rug that features warm colors or patterns.
  5. As far as getting the feel that you want in that living space, check out the various textures that are available. You can get anything from a shag natural area rug to ones that have a super tight weave.
  6. If you want your living room to offer a calmer sort of mood, then you should opt for a geometric area rug that has colors that are softer and quieter.
  7. When you want to make your living room a space that is full of movement and energy, choose a rug that has high contrast colors.

By following these tips, you will find that using geometrically shaped natural are rugs to decorate your living room isn’t as difficult as it might seem

Enhance an Ordinary Room with Custom Rugs

When talking about decorating a home, often, people will have the assumption that bigger is better.  The thing is, to redecorate, many times you will just need to change a few things.  A great way to redecorate any home or space is by creating a custom area rugs.  The right natural area rug can transform even an ordinary room into one that is extraordinary.

Welcome Them in Style

While most people don’t ask their guests to take their shoes off when they visit, it is still not likely that they want to have med and dirt tracked into their home.  It is easy to get a small custom natural area rug and place it at the doorway or entrance to your home.  This includes in front of doors to the balcony and even doors to the patio.  This can not only create a great first impression but it can also keep the mud and dirt from being tracked throughout your home.  Getting a natural area rug, such as one made from seagrass or sisal is best because these materials are both sturdy and long lasting.1

Break That Space Up

Many modern homes now have open floor plans where there are just a few, if any, partitions or walls that are meant to separate the kitchen from the living area.  At times, home owners will still need to have that visual aspect that will help to separate the areas.  This is easily done with a natural area rug that is large and has a color that is contrasting in order to add both visual appeal and dimension from one of the room to the other.

This is also able to be done in studio apartments in order to separate the bedroom area from the living area.  That being said, in a studio try using alight colored, smaller rug since adding one that is dark and large can actually overwhelm the space and make it look way smaller than it actually is.2

Cover Those Blemishes

Many home owners will either have a large stain on the carpeting or have a bit of their hardwood floor that is faded or otherwise blemished.  This might make you want to get it repaired or replaced, but often the expense is just too much and that is a really big hassle.  Instead of going through all of that, you can cover it with a natural area rug.  Get one that has a contrasting color or fun pattern and this will make a visual statement to that space and can bring it back to life.  For those home owners who want a new look with no hassle, an area rug can be the ideal solution.3

5 Tips for Creating a Cozier Living Room

As you hosted your friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday, did you find your space lacking a certain inviting feel? Prepare for the rest of the holiday season by using these five pro tips to cozy up your living room.

Raise Your Curtain Rods

Curtains are a perfect way to add warmth and style to any room, but most people hang them too low. Imbue your living room with a grandiose quality by  raising your curtain rods to about the midpoint between the tops of your windows and the edge of your ceilings, but make sure your curtains are still long  enough to kiss the floor!

This will give the illusion of your windows being larger, making any room feel more sunny, comfortable and bright. Choose a delicate, sheer curtain to  lighten up a room or a heavy fabric in warm-tones for a more snug, inviting living space.

 

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Support a Local Artist

Hanging art on your walls is not only a wonderful way to fill empty space and make your room more inviting, but purchasing art from a local artist is also  an excellent conversation starter. A great place to look for local talent is your favorite café or at events like city art walks.

Generally, you want art that will bring contrast to your space – and don’t be afraid to go BIG. Choose a piece which speaks to you and it will make a world  of difference in creating a home from any house.

Pro Tip: Many people don’t know that wall art is meant to be hung at eye-level! It can be tempting to hang it too high, but even a massive painting is better  hung low, so you can see near the center of the painting while standing six inches away without tilting your head back.

 

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Dress Your Floors

No floor should be left bare, not even a carpeted one. Invite your guests to take off their shoes, sit back and relax with a cozy area rug to curl their toes into. Area rugs make lovely complements to your home décor, allowing you to personalize any room and add some flair where it’s often badly needed, but forgotten.

A natural area rug is an excellent choice for your family and the environment, as they’re safely organic, highly durable and naturally one-of-a-kind. Go bold and snuggly with all-natural shag or wool rugs or choose the defining texture of natural sisal or jute rugs.

For a truly personal touch, create your own custom area rug.

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Bring in More Lights

Lights breathe life into a room, and while there is no beating natural light, most homes could use a supplement for those shadowy corners. Choose lamps which cast an inviting yellow light to warm up a room full of cool tones or a white light to brighten up a dark-toned room.

Lamps and light fixtures are a great permanent solution to low-light living rooms which double as gorgeous décor even when not in use. If you want to take it up a notch for a special occasion, skip the lamps and go straight for strings of fairy lights for a soft, enchanting atmosphere.

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Throw in Plenty of Pillows

Nothing says comfy like an overstuffed armchair, but if you’re not looking for new furniture right now, you can achieve the same effect with some contrasting throw pillows and soft blankets. Give your guests something to snuggle into by decorating your living room with plump pillows and thick lap blankets.

Not only will this make your space a more comfortable place to relax, it can also add beautiful accents of color to bring cheer into your living room this holiday.

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Natural Area Rugs One-Day-Only Cyber Monday Sale

Natural Area Rugs, the preferred online retailer of all-natural and custom rugs, is giving cyber shoppers a one-day-only opportunity to purchase quality natural rugs at a discount during its 2015 Cyber Monday Sale Nov. 30. Using code CYBER15, shoppers can save 20% off sitewide or choose any custom rug and receive $75 off*.

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Custom Rug SaleOn Monday, Nov. 30, distinguished online retailer NaturalAreaRugs.com is holding a one-day-only Cyber Monday sale. Online shoppers can save 20% off sitewide or receive a $75 discount on custom rugs using discount code CYBER15.

Celebrated the Monday following Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives online shoppers a chance to skip the lines and receive great discounts on quality products, shipped straight to their doors. Natural Area Rugs will not only be offering steep discounts to shoppers, but is also shipping all orders for free!

All day Monday, Nov. 30, shoppers can visit www.NaturalAreaRugs.com to take advantage of low prices on all-natural sisal, wool, mountain grass, seagrass and jute rugs in a wide variety of styles to suit any home. Natural Area Rugs offers everything needed to transform a bare room into a cozy masterpiece this winter with stair treads, rug pads and environmentally-friendly, fashionable rug and carpet styles.

Natural Area Rugs also offers shoppers a unique opportunity to order a completely custom rug specifically for their space. The custom rug ordering tool gives shoppers the flexibility to select their own rug material, style, weave and border.

Choosing an all-natural rug is a safe, organic way to refresh any space. Natural rugs are fashionable, durable and healthy for families and the environment.

*Minimum purchase of $100 for 20% off discount and $299 for $75 custom rug discount required.