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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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.

6 Gorgeous Natural Area Rugs to Revitalize Your Space

You moved into a new place, want to redesign a room or maybe just can’t get quite that red wine stain out of your carpet. No matter your motivation, it’s important that you find just the right rug to tie your room together or be the centerpiece of your new décor. These five unique, Earth-friendly rugs are just what you need to inspire your home.

 

Optimum Seagrass Rug

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This area rug perfectly embodies the sentiment that there is great beauty in simplicity. The wide cotton border gives it a sleek, defined look while the cross-grained texture of natural seagrass lends an organic feel to your space. Its soft, natural variations make it flexible enough to complement any décor, while its inherent durability makes it an excellent choice for the entryway.

Made of 100% natural seagrass and hand crafted in the U.S.A, this is an Earth-friendly choice you can take pride in.

 

Summit Carpet Stair Treads

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Rich, chocolatey browns infused with deep red and enfolded by soothing cream resonate an idea of luscious softness, perfectly delivered in the luxurious, fine yarns that make up the Summit style carpet stair treads. The warm, inviting tones transition your steps from lower-level openness to the cozy closeness of upper floors.

 

Essence Cotton/Jute Round Rug

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The raw, natural qualities of pure cotton and Jute bring the allure of barefoot summer days in the grass into your home. Paired with a modern interior styling, this alluring area rug is a unique way to lend a serene, organic elegance to your space. It makes a great addition to any home office space or dining area.

Made from 65% cotton and 35% Jute, hand woven and soft against bare feet, this graceful rug is also reversible and ready to take on twice the normal wear.

 

Charlotte Jute Rug

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Made from 100% natural Jute, a fiber made from the stems of a tropical Old World plant, our selection of natural Jute rugs harbor an innate warmth and singular texture soothing to the eyes and the feet of your family and guests. Its soft, geometric patterns embody the simple pleasure of rolling fields, a natural sensation amplified by its Earth-friendly components.

It’s the quintessential way to imbue your living or dining space with the essential purity of nature.

 

Gallia Sisal Rug

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A showpiece rug for any room, the Gallia Sisal Rug comes highly recommended for your living space. Its one-of-a-kind texture is artfully crafted from natural variations in the colors of the sisal fibers, providing a naturally durable, easy to maintain, stunning inspirational hub for your living room.

The complementary cotton canvas border lends a soft solidity to this rug and makes it a terrific match for the transitionally styled home.

 

Impressions Wool Rug

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This modest area rug serves as an excellent accent to any bedroom décor or kitchen style. Soft to the touch and hand crafted to last a lifetime, it’s a piece that brings to life any room it’s in with a subtle, yet powerful, pop. Its hand crafted nature ensures that each product is one-of-a-kind, yet the smooth design makes it flexible enough to be precisely what your space is missing, no matter where it is in your home.

 

A Custom Rug

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These six natural area rugs are great inspiration, but a custom rug personally tailored to your home décor is a truly unique way to enhance your home.