How to Choose the Best Natural Fiber rug for a Room: 12 Tips

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Yes, it is true that area rugs are becoming the “in” thing again. There is good reason for it too. They are gorgeous and can enhance the look of any space. Here are some tips on finding the ideal rug for your space.

  1. Know what you want. Natural fiber rugs are not like the ones made with synthetic materials. Also, not all natural fiber rugs are the same. Choose from natural fibers such as mountain grass, sea grass, wool, jute and sisal. They are all stunning and all different.
  2. Choose the one that will complement your If you have pets inside, then you might want to choose one that is resistant to dirt. Then again, it might be for a high traffic area and if so, it will need to be hard wearing. If you have allergies, choose one that will not aggravate them.
  3. Size matters. How large do you need it to be? Will a standard size work or will you need one with a custom size?
  4. Cover what needs to be covered. Rugs will always look their best when they are large enough to get underneath everything in the space that they are in while not being wall to wall.
  5. Get the color right. Remember that natural area rugs will naturally come in natural colors. While any of them will be in shades of green, tan or brown, the shades have a diversity that means no two are alike. Also, cowhide and wool rugs can always be dyed if you like.BELOW
  6. Don’t forget the border! All of the rugs that can be found here at Natural Area Rugs come bordered in a canvas of high quality that comes in 14 color options. These borders really make the rug stand out.
  7. Which weave?  These rugs are available in different patterns for the weave. Choose from herringbone, basket or tight knit.
  8. Never go padless. Area rugs are notoriously slippery. Having a pad underneath one can take the slip factor out of the equation. It can also protect both the rug and the floor underneath the rug while adding more cushion for your feet.
  9. The smell will pass. When natural fiber rugs are new…they smell like the natural fibers. Just as a new car smell will fade, this too shall pass.
  10. Know the fiber. If you are choosing a rug for a stairway, don’t go with sea grass because it can be slippery. Choose the fiber that will work the best for the area where it will be.
  11. Keep It clean. While these rugs are resistant to stains and can absorb spills. Still, when you clean them, do it right.
  12. Rotate it. If you don’t want the traffic to wear a path through your rug, rotate it on a regular basis.

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When choosing your area rug, remember these tips and you won’t go wrong. Our professionals at Natural Area Rugs are standing by to help you with your choice.

 

How to Enhance an Ordinary Room with a Custom size Rug

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When it is time to redecorate your home, you might find yourself making the mistake of thinking that you need to make massive, sweeping changes.  However, when you are in the mood to redecorate, you can make a big difference by changing only minor things.  A great way to change up the look and feel of your home is to add a few custom size rugs.  These rugs can make any ordinary room into one that is extraordinary.

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It isn’t a custom in America to have your guests take their shoes off when they come into your home.  That being said, you don’t want mud and dirt to be tracked into your home either.  This is a great reason to put a small, custom size rug at the doorway or entrance to your home…and even in front of porch, patio or balcony doors.  This will keep that mud and dirt from getting into the other areas in your home.  Get a rug that is made from a material that is sturdy, such as seagrass or sisal.  This will ensure that the rug continues to look great and allows it to have a long life even when it is in an area that sees a lot of foot traffic.

Break up Large Spaces

Many modern homes have a sort of open floor plan with fewer of the internal walls and/or partitions that serve to provide a physical separation for the various rooms…such as the kitchen, dining and living rooms.  However, you might still want there to be a visual aid that will work to separate these spaces.  This can be achieved easily with area rugs.  Get one that is large and has a contrasting color when you want to add visual appeal and dimension from one of your rooms to another one.

This is also a great idea for those who live in a studio apartment.  It can assist you in separating the bedroom area from the living room area.  That being said, smaller and lighter colored rugs are what should be used in rooms or apartments that are short on space.  Adding a darker or larger rug could actually overwhelm it and make the space appear considerably smaller than it actually is.

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Custom Sized Area Rugs

Getting a custom sized area rug that is large and has a contrasting color or a fun pattern will actually serve to add a sort of visual statement to any space and bring it a new vitality.  For those home owners who might be bored with the look in their home, getting something as simple as a custom area rug can be just the spark of redecoration that they need.

 

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.

Extend the Life of Your Rug by Providing a Smooth, Supportive Rug Pad

You protect your carpets and floors by using a pad underneath your carpet so why would you not use one with an area rug?  Rugs get quite a bit of traffic and when you use a pad, you will not just be protecting the floor under the rug, you will also be increasing the life expectancy for your rug.

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Keep it Still

Rugs are known for shifting out of where you put them and even for sliding on un-carpeted floors.  This can be dangerous.  Using a rug pad means that there will be a surface that is non – slip between the floor and the carpet so that the rug will stay in place.

Keep it Looking Great

When you put a rug down flat on a hard surface, the foot traffic that it will see can bend the corners and even roll the edges.  When you have a rug pad under it, the rug will not get underfoot or slide easily.  Once the edges get rolled, it is hard to get them straight again and this can actually destroy the rug in time.  Preserve the look and life of your rug with a rug pad.

Ergonomics at Work

We all know that surfaces that are soft are better for our feet than surfaces that are hard.  If you spend your day walking on surfaces that are unpadded, it can take its toll on your feet as well as on your back and knees.  When we are outside, we use our shoes to take the impact of hitting the ground with each step.  Inside though, we go shoe-less a lot and without carpet on the floor, this can lead to your back and your feet getting tired and even hurting.

It Isn’t Forever

Rug pads are non – slip without using any type of adhesive.  Now, it is true that you can get double sided tape or carpet tape to make sure that the corners of your rugs don’t bunch or roll, but this is something that uses an adhesive that can collect dirt and even leave a nasty residue on your hard floors.  When you want to move the rug, you will have to peel the tape off and then scrub the marks that it will leave behind.  With a rug pad, you will be able to easily lift up the rug as well as the pad and put them in different places whenever you feel like it with ease.

Using rugs can have many issues, but with a rug pad, those issues become moot.  They protect your floors as well as your rug and even your feet.

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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