Decorating Secrets: How to get Your Home Decorated Beautifully with Natural Area Rugs

 

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The reasons that you should decorate your home with a natural fiber rug are abundant. Rugs like jute, seagrass and even sisal are among the fastest and easiest to take care of. They cost a fraction of what most other quality rugs do and they are great for the environment as well. These types of rugs can be used just about anywhere for any purpose that you might have in mind. Most of the top designers today tend to want to go natural and get natural fiber rugs for every room in their homes.

These rugs tend to share some of the same qualities but they are no totally alike.  Some people will find that one may work better for them than the other. Many people have a hard time deciding if they should go with the sisal rug that is great for high volumes of traffic or something softer which could be a jute rug in your living area. If you need to know more about these rugs just keep reading.

Jute Rugs

Jute is a fiber that is derived from natural plant stems. You can normally find these types of plants growing primarily in India and Bangladesh. This product is also what you will find in twine and burlap as well. The fibers of the Jute have a soft texture with a wavy sheen to them which makes it great for those that like to walk barefoot around the house. If you want something that is amazingly soft you want to look for a jute rug that is mixed with chenille. The way they are weaved together you will get a much softer rug than normal.[Untitled]03112016 - 162323

The jute rug is best used in areas of the home that do not see a lot of foot traffic as they are not as durable as some of the other types. They can however, help to cover up bad stains that may be soaked into your floor. Jute rugs have a great organic feel to them. You may see some shedding of these rugs because of the natural plant fibers. This will only last for a while, once it gets a bit older the shedding will cease.

Sisal Rugs

The sisal in these rugs is derived from the agave plant; this is also the same plant that is used to make tequila and aloe. The plant is grown mainly in Central America. However, when it comes to major production of the fibers, it comes from East Africa and Brazil. When you want something strong and durable, you definitely want to go with Sisal. It may cost you a bit more than the others but it will be worth it when it comes to durability and having them in high traffic areas is the best. One thing to be careful of with a sisal rug is to keep them out of direct sunlight as they will fade in coloring.

 

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Seagrass Rugs

The seagrass rug is perfect for areas of the house that tend to get a lot of spills and other accidents as it stands up perfectly to stains. The weave of this rug is very tight which makes it extremely soft.

One thing to keep in mind is that you should never put natural fiber rugs in areas with a lot of moisture like the bathroom. If you want to do some comparing to find the best rug for you, check out the selection at Natural Area Rugs.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Natural Fiber Rugs

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Since we are a company that specializes in rugs made from natural fibers, we could tell you all kinds of things about them and how they compare to and surpass everything else on the market. Instead, here is a list of 20 things that you might not know about them.

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  1. Rugs made from natural fibers are durable. It doesn’t matter how much traffic they get, they will last for years.
  2. Rugs made from natural fibers are diverse. They don’t all look or even feel alike.
  3. Rugs made from natural fibers are not always expensive and can even be quite affordable…especially when compared to cheap, synthetic rugs.
  4. These rugs are friendly to the planet and you can help reduce your carbon footprint by using one of them in place of one made from synthetic materials.
  5. They are not always a pain in the neck to clean. Contrary to popular belief, these rugs can be quite easy to clean.
  6. Each rug made from natural fibers is unique just as each fiber they are made from is. The natural hues and even the shapes of the fibers can make each one beautifully unique.
  7. You will always be able to find an ideal rug for each room, regardless of what the other décor is like.
  8. Rugs made from natural fibers can be central to the design of a room
  9. These rugs can look casual and airy or give a room a look that is more formal
  10. Aside from being environmentally friendly, there are not as many chemicals used in the production of these rugs when compared to rugs made from synthetic materials
  11. Choosing a natural area rug for any space means that you have tons of options
  12. Natural area rugs are typically flat woven – meaning there is no pile and many times, they can be reversible
  13. These rugs are created from fibers that are plant based and then tightly woven together
  14. Although cotton might sometimes be added to make the rugs softer, the rugs are mainly made from fibers that come from seagrass, jute and sisal or wool
  15. Many people choose to use these rugs in entryways but they work well in every space
  16. These rugs are resistant to stains and very tough
  17. Rugs made from natural fibers can are able to hold dyes in order to be made more colorful
  18. Many of the natural fiber rugs can be resistant to pet hair, which makes it easier for your vacuum to get all of it up
  19. Natural area rugs can go hand in hand with any type of décor
  20. You can even split large rooms up into specific spaces that can be delineated by different natural fiber rugs.

Natural Area Rugs specializes in rugs that are made from natural fibers.  For the best selection and great prices, head on over now to find the natural area rug of your dreams.

 

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.

 

What is Jute?

Jute is a natural plant fiber produced mainly in India. It is most often used to make twine or rope, which is then woven or blended into different products, such as floor coverings, fabrics and clothing. Jute is extremely durable, affordable and eco-friendly, making it an ideal material for a variety of products.

Jute Production

The plant from which jute is made grows well in extremely rainy conditions. It is inexpensive to grow because it flourishes in wet weather and is resistant to pests and disease. The production of jute is second only to that of cotton, and jute is much easier and cheaper to grow because it does not necessitate excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Continue reading

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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