Vinyl Tiles and Rug Combination: A New Approach

Everyone is trying to save a penny, while creating a new and fresh look in their home or office. Many people overlook one of the most affordable ways to update their living space with a modern and classy touch.

Vinyl tiles are an easy way to rid your office or home of old carpet and create a solid floor look. It’s as easy as pulling up your old carpet, removing the backing of each tile and sticking it to the floor. Vinyl tiles come in hundreds of styles and décor options. You can create a design on the floor of make it look like hard wood. Vinyl tiles are easy to clean and will give the room a clean and organized feel.

Finish the remake off with an area rug. Placing an area rug on top of vinyl tiles will give the room a complete and finished feel. The vinyl tiles act as a background to showcase the area rug you choose. If you’re going for a neutral environment, keep the area rug simple in color and design but if you want to create a little spice, choose an area rug that is colorful and loud to make a statement.

Vinyl tile is making a comeback and is incomplete with pairing it with an area rug. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars in order to create a whole new look for your room. Just use a little innovation and creativity to save some money and showcase your home.

Creating an Earthy Look With Seagrass

One of the best area rugs to decorate with is seagrass rugs. Seagrass rugs are grown in China and are a sustainable material, much like bamboo. If you’re looking for ways to decorate your home with seagrass rugs, here are a few tips and suggestions.

Consider the color and texture of the seagrass rug you’re purchasing. Many are brown in color with a braided look. These rugs work great in high traffic areas such as the living room or dining room. Place the seagrass rug in an area of the room where it will draw attention. Many people like to place a seagrass rug in the middle of the room as an area rug under a table or sofas.

Seagrass rugs are easily complemented with plant life to bring the outdoors, inside. Use potted plants or bamboo-looking house plants to add a special touch of the earth. Placing the green plants in various locations throughout the room will help to create that dazzling, refreshing outdoor feel.

Another great place to use seagrass rugs is as a runner by your front door. Seagrass rugs are extremely durable and naturally stain and water resistant. You won’t have to worry about the rug becoming worn because of it’s depth and braided manufacturing techniques.

Decorating a Nursery? Keep Baby’s Health in Mind and Use Natural Fiber Rugs

Decorating a nursery for a newborn that’s on the way? Or the baby’s already arrived and you’re wanting to redecorate?

When doing so, keep your child’s health in mind. Some experts claim that nurseries are the “sickest” room in the house, because parents think more about how a room will look rather than about what’s best for the child’s health.

Unknowlingly, parents buy what they think will look cute, rather than what’s safe and healthy. Everything in a baby’s room, from the paint on the walls to the carpet on the floor, can emit harmful volatile organic chemicals (VOC), which can cause breathing problems.

And lung disease and breathing problems, which are frequently associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), are the number one cause of death in infants less than a year old, according to the American Lung Association.

What can you do to prevent potential health problems for your child? Here are a few suggestions–

  • Use eco-friendly paints
  • Avoid vinyl wallpaper which can trap moisture and help mold grow. The plasticizers in the vinyl can also emit VOCs.
  • Furnish the room with solid wood furniture and avoid particleboard, which emits VOCs.
  • Select a mattress that does not contain vinyl.
  • Use Natural fiber rugs

By using natural fiber rugs, such as sisal, seagrass, mountain grass, jute, bamboo or wool, you are using materials that do not emit harmful toxins into the air. In fact, many natural fiber rugs absorb dust and toxins that might otherwise be released into the air in a room.

Bernadette Upton, who has created a nursery in the American Lung Association’s Designer Showhouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, to illustrate that a beautiful room can be healthy and breathable, says, “People don’t realize they could be compromising the baby’s health.”

Using the wrong materials “could be the trigger of asthma and lifelong illness.”

So, if you’ve got a newborn in the house, or one on the way, you’ve got the most important reason in the world to use natural fiber rugs in your home. And Natural Area Rugs is your source for the largest selection and best prices on natural area rugs.

Guide to Buying Your Natural Fiber Rug

Buying an area rug may not be as simple as the novice buyer would hope. Being a room’s centerpiece, choosing the right rug is perhaps one of the most critical decisions you or your interior designer can make in creating the desired ambience or atmosphere for your home. But there’s really no reason to panic. The fact that you’re considering to purchase a natural fiber rug already indicates that you’re moving in the right direction. Natural fibers such as seagrass and wool have always proven to be more durable than synthetic materials such as nylon or olefin. In terms of aesthetics, natural fibers have always gotten the nod of designers since handwoven rugs posses an inherent beauty that cannot be replicated by mass-produced or machine made carpeting. These products’ natural colors and basic patterns can easily match any furniture and décor.  Pattern differences make natural fiber rugs “perfectly imperfect”. When tackling environmental issues, synthetics are out of the question as they’ve often been frowned upon for emitting harmful gases in the atmosphere. On the other hand, natural fibers are hypoallergenic and actually help to filter the air by helping trap contaminants.

To make things easier for you or your designer, we’ve listed a few things that you might want to consider before purchasing your new natural fiber rug.

Request a Sample

Obtaining a sample is one of the best ways of assuring that your rug’s color or pattern would match your room’s furniture. A sample allows you to readily compare the rug material to your floor, walls, furniture and drapes. The last thing you’d want to do is to re-wrap and return a rug in exchange for a new one (there are no returns for made to order or customized rugs).

Take Photos of Your Room

Taking a picture of your room allows you to get a better perspective of how your rug would blend in with your furniture, which is important in choosing the right shade or pattern for your rug. This enables you to compare your rug with other elements inside your room.

Check for Measurements

Avoid the hassle of having to return or repair a rug just because it’s a few inches longer or smaller than what your room requires. Using tape to outline the area that will be covered by the rug will help you visualize the appropriate rug size for your room.

Determine Your Rug’s Purpose

Is your rug to be used in a hallway where you expect significant amount of traffic or under the dining table where you expect spills? Or are you looking for a material that’s soft enough for you to walk on barefoot? It’s important to compare your needs with the characteristics of each type of rug to assure that your needs are met. Please click the following links to get a better idea of the basic characteristics of our natural fiber rugs:

Sisal
Seagrass
Mt. Grass
Wool-Sisal
Wool
Bamboo
Jute

Use a Rug Pad

One thing that a lot of customers overlook is the importance of buying a rugpad, which could be the best thing you can do for both your floor and your rug. Rug pads provide extra cushioning and that added grip which helps anchor your rug to your floor without damaging its surface. Rugpads create a breathable space between your rug and your floor which promotes air circulation, preventing dirt and bacteria buildup. Using rugpads is one of the most economical ways to help maintain your rug and floor.

These are just some useful tips that might help you decide which rug material would be appropriate for your room. Remember, shopping for rugs should be a fun and enjoyable experience, so don’t restrict your imagination. Go ahead and test your creativity. But if you still have apprehensions about making these decisions on your won, you can always consult a local designer.

Selecting Area Rugs for Your Home or Office

By: Roger King -1st Home Decor

Imagine the desired total look of the room. Do you want a room that’s organized or a room rich with colors or texture? If you start with a totally empty room, choose an area rug, then paint or wallpaper the walls in colors to match it.

Keep in mind the area rug has to fit the room. Think how the room is used, how much traffic the area gets and who will view it under what light. For high traffic areas such as hallways and foyers, you may want a tough, decorative rug.

If you start with furniture, choose an area rug to pick up the colors used in your furnishing pattern. The fundamentals of a rug design can be more included into the overall design.

Size up the dimension of the room and the area you want to cover up. The most common area rug sizes are 4×6 and 6x9feet. They work well under small tables.

An 8×11 foot area rug or bigger can cover an entire room. Smaller area like in front of a kitchen sink adds color and warmth. A rug with a courageous, overall design can be the focal point of a room with furniture’s in solid or passive patterns.

Light colored area rugs make a room look more open. Choose a rug that will execute well, with the right grouping of thickness and fiber. The denser the mound, the better your area rug will be.