Layering Area Rugs – Not Just a Fad

Do you love your area rugs? They can certainly go a long way in sprucing up an otherwise dull living environment, and once you begin decorating your floors with these stunning highlights of interior design, you wonder how you ever lived without them. But have you ever considering layering your area rugs? If you haven’t already done so, you’ll be amazed at how a simple dual rug combo can take your area rug appeal to the next level.

 

Tips for Layering Your Area Rugs

Stick with neutral colors if possible. They blend beautifully into any environment, and they’re just subtle enough to beautify the room without insisting upon themselves. If neutral colors don’t appeal to you, go with colors that complement the color scheme of the room. Your two layered rugs should be similar in color, but not identical. The key is to achieve contrast without pitting your colors against each other. For instance, you might go with a solid color on one rug, and an attractive pattern on the other, all while maintaining a consistent color scheme.

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Choose a slightly larger rug for your base. The dimensions of your two rugs should be about the same, allowing you to present the illusion that your layered rugs were made for one another. Of course, you can toss this tip aside if you’re going for a specific artistic touch. The great thing about interior design is that you can let your creativity flow and think outside the box.

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Vary your textures. For instance, you don’t want to toss one wool rug on top of another. That’s boring. Remember that the beauty is in the contrast, so try layering sisal over seagrass, or wool over bamboo.  We recommend materials like these because they’re gorgeous as well as sustainable. You might also consider jute area rugs and shag area rugs.

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Finally, look to the Web for creative inspiration. Sites like Pinterest are rife with gorgeous high-res images of area rug arrangements and custom interior designs, and these visual depictions can really get the creative juices flowing and help you to determine what styles suit you best. You can also email us if you need ideas or have questions. We’re all about customization, and we work with customers each day to turn their vague ideas into breathtaking household trends.

 

Find Your Perfect Area Rugs at Natural Area Rugs

Before you can start layering, you’ll need to find the perfect area rugs for your home. At Natural Area Rugs, we carry a wide variety of all-natural, custom area rugs that are perfectly suited to any home décor. If you’re looking for rugs that are affordable, eco-friendly, durable and altogether gorgeous, check out our inventory. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to make it your own. That’s what interior design is all about.

 

 

Redesiging Living Room

One of our customer, Chandler Quarles, recently redesigned her Living Room with one of our rugs! Check out photos and excerpt of her blog post below:

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug

After quite a bit of research, I realized that Jute would be my softest option and have the look I wanted. I looked all over the web and at a few stores, and it was a bit of a challenge to find something that fit all the descriptors.

Finally, I found this rug at NaturalAreaRugs.com. It came in just the right size, was just the look I was going for, and with the $50 off coupon code they were running, it came in at $119 with free shipping. The perfect price! I also read great things about the expediency and quality from Natural Area Rugs. So I took the plunge and pressed the button.

And in just a few days, I unrolled our rug, and it was love! The perfect way to warm up the space just in time for the cooler months.

Trieste Jute Rug

Trieste Jute Rug

 

Author: Chandler Quarles
Source: http://allpreciousandpleasant.com/2013/10/01/living-room-updates/

How to Clean Jute Rugs

The choice of a natural fiber based carpet such as the jute rug may be a preference for many. The natural brown shades of jute makes it the perfect accessory to accentuate the ambiance of the room. Although it can be dyed in a number of colors to suit the requirement, it is much desirable in the natural form. An extensive variety of the best quality jute rugs is available at http://www.naturalarearugs.com/jute-area-rugs/

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Jute is a cheap and abundant natural fiber grown in a number of Asian and Middle-Eastern countries. It is environment friendly and completely biodegradable which makes it popular among the environmentalists. However, jute rugs require extra care and maintenance efforts to ensure its longer life.

Jute and moisture are foes for each other. The fibers tend to get stained and damaged in humidity. It is therefore advised never to use jute rugs in moist areas like kitchen and washrooms where greater chances of spills exist. Moreover, one should never to use liquid cleaners on jute carpets as it will result in exactly the opposite.

In order to care for a jute rug, the following procedures are prescribed which assures longer life for the rug:

Vacuuming twice in a week: The jute rug fibers are loosely woven. It is highly unlikely for dust to get lodged in a jute rug. Instead the dust remains loosely locked between the fiber mesh. Vacuuming is sufficient enough to remove the dust and make the carpet look fresh and new. It is better to swipe the vacuum head in all directions over a specific area to make sure all dust is removed.

In case of a spill: If a liquid is accidentally spilled on the rug, one should blot it out. Rubbing the affected area will not only spread the liquid but also leave an unsightly stain on the rug. Moreover, it is highly recommended not to use a jute rug in areas where spills can occur.

It is favorable to immediately dry the moisture from the carpet after a spill using a hair dryer or blower. The longer the moisture remains, the more damage it is likely to do.

If the spill is of any solid, it can be removed using a blunt utensil like a butter knife after it has dried. Be careful not to damage the fibers so that the rug does not tear or fall apart.

Annual Cleaning: In the long run, the jute carpet is likely to soil and discolor from mildew. One can use a solution made from one part mild bleach mixed with six parts water. Test the liquid on a small stained part of the rug to see if it is the right concentration and dilute it further if necessary. Spray it lightly over the rug and clean it with a soft cloth. Even in this case, blotting motions will prove to be better than rubbing motions.

Prevention is better than Cure: It is a good idea to treat the rug with jute sealers and protectors so that the fibers can sustain the daily wear. This is a proactive action which can increase the life of the rug.

Great Room Layouts That Utilize Jute Rugs

Jute rugs are loved for their natural feel and extensive designs. It is one of the most popular natural fiber rugs sought by the masses. At the same time, its sensitivity to environment restricts its placement in certain areas. Nevertheless, there are several ways jute rugs can be utilized to accentuate the room layout.

Natural Fiber Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs

Jute rugs make excellent center pieces. It can be most conveniently employed in the living room underneath a center table. It adds its own touch of scenic beauty to the room, a pleasing sight for new and old visitors alike. Moreover, even in the absence of a center table, it works perfectly in the middle of a sitting area. Since the jute rugs are fragile, its use in commercial settings may not be appropriate. However, in a home, jute rugs can add that appealing decor one seeks.

Size and shape customizations allow jute rugs to be used wall-to-wall, covering the floor completely beneath its exotic natural feel. Such floor covering can be employed in the living room, dining room and bedroom. However, care needs to be taken in order to avoid spills and soiling as jute rugs are not resistant to stains unless properly treated with sealers. It will be extremely painful to let go of a wall-to-wall jute rug simply because a stain in the middle refuses to vanish.

For the jute rug lovers who cannot make the special effort to maintain it and cannot live without it either, they can employ them as wall hangings. The special and unique weaving patterns and embellishments make it possible to mold it into an unmatched decoration piece for the wall. Not only is this an effective way to include jute rugs in home decor, it also eliminates the need of extensive care and maintenance. Throw in a photo or a mirror and the wall hanging will serve more than just a single purpose.

Custom Stair Rugs

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In houses where staircases exist, one would be well aware how important it is to cover them up with materials that make them less slippery and therefore, safer. The good news is that jute rugs can be molded into staircase treads, which serve both these purposes in addition to the touch of elegance and majesty it will bring along. Covering up the stairs with jute staircase treads will make you want to walk these every day. Moreover, its anti-slip feature will make every inhabitant safe from slips and falls.

Everyone has a special spot in the house where they relax and can spend hours at a time. For book lovers, it will be a dedicated reading area. Jute rugs can do wonders in libraries and small reading spots like those in a home. It gives an impression of cozy comfort and enhances the relaxing experience gained while reading.
Jute rugs can be utilized in a number of ways to get that perfect feel in your home. It is nature’s way of saying, “I am beautiful!”

Customization Options in Jute and Sisal Rugs

When choosing a rug to decorate the house, one searches for the right size and shape which fits in perfectly to give that complete look. Imagine a large rug being stuffed in a small space or vice versa. What one would achieve is exactly the opposite of home decoration.

All spaces are not the same. It may be very difficult to find the right rug made up of the right material for that special place you are looking forward to cover with it. Most general sizes may work just fine for some, while others would need to make that extra effort in acquiring that ‘perfect’ piece.

With customization options, it is possible to achieve this without all the hassle which was previously involved. The customization options available at Natural Area Rugs are unique and elaborate. All one needs to do is to select the material, the weave style and give measurements of the rug to the manufacturers. After a certain time period required for customization, one will be able to receive it on the doorstep.

Custom Sisal Rug Options

Custom Sisal Rugs

It is also possible to customize the material of the rug. Jute and sisal rugs can be made with a 60/40 composition including wool or grass along with the original fiber. Such a hybrid adds additional features to the rug, making it even more rare and precious. For instance, a jute and cotton rug is likely to be softer and smoother than pure jute rug. A sisal and mountain grass rug can become an invincible carpet, as both fibers with their combined tensile strength can be virtually impossible to wear out.

The weave patterns can completely change the look of the rug. For most people, weave style is the most endearing aspect for buying a natural fiber rug. This feature is almost always missing in a synthetic fiber rug and is the distinguishing characteristic of a natural fiber rug. If you come across an exceptionally brilliant weave style, which works amazingly with your room requirements, but the color or size is a major disappointment, customization is your easy escape from tortured look-backs in the future.

There are some tricky parts of house like the staircase or corridors, which require absolutely faultless fitting in order to make it safe and beautiful at the same time. In such cases, standardized sizes are most likely to be fruitless. Size and shape customizations as available at leading rug stores is the only way out. So if you feel like covering every inch of your floor with rugs, there is nothing to hold you back. Not only is it effortless, it is also unbelievably possible!