Should You Place Your Living Room Furniture on the Natural Area rug or Off of It?

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If you have ever read any of the interior design blogs that are everywhere on the internet, you will notice that interior design has a plethora of rules that should be followed when it comes to decorating your home.  However, these rules basically serve as mere guidelines and have been created to help you as opposed to limiting you.  There are many exceptions to these rules.  At the very least, you have a variety of options to choose from.  For example, area rugs in your living room are able to be arranged in quite a few different ways depending on the size of the rug and the setup of the room.

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There is a decorating rule about furniture needing to be placed on the area rug.  What does that really mean though?  Do you need to have your chairs and sofa all the way on the rug or is that rule meant for just the front legs of the furniture?  That will depend on the size of your area rug as well as on what look you are trying to achieve.  To begin with, let’s take a look at why this is even a rule.  For the most part, it has to do with the size of the rug.  A large rug will allow for furniture to be arranged on top of it as opposed to around it.  A rug that is smaller might can actually make a small space appear to be even smaller while making a larger room feel like it is missing something.  Putting your furniture on top of your rug will also keep people from tripping on the edges of the rug when they are walking around the space.

Now that you have an idea of why people put furniture on the area rugs, let’s talk a bit about your options.  You might choose to put entire pieces of furniture on the top of your area rug or you might choose to put just a part of your chairs and/or sofa on it.  If your floor plan is an open one, putting all of your furniture on the rug will assist in anchoring the space.  Aside from that, it all boils down to what you like.  Try it in a variety of ways to see which look appeals to you more.

Will there be situations when a living room will look best with only the coffee table on the area rug?  Yes, but there will also always be exceptions to the rule.  If the rug you currently own is one that is smallish, try this.  However, if the look doesn’t seem to be right, you will more than likely need a larger rug, like those that can be found at Natural Area Rugs.

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.

 

Decorate Living Rooms with Geometric Rugs

promoIf you are like most people, you will want your home to look nice.  You will want to make sure that each space has its own style that is a reflection of your own personality.  You can do a lot of that decorating with area rugs if you wanted to.  Natural area rugs come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and patterns.  They also come in a vast array of different shapes.  In fact, there is so much of a variety to choose from that you might find it difficult to narrow down your options because you will fall in love with quite a few of them.

What is a good way to decorate your living room with a natural are rug that has a geometric shape though? You don’t need to have a degree in interior design to be able to decorate with a natural area rug that has a geometric shape, even if it seems like a daunting task.

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Here are a few tips that will help you along in the right direction when it comes to this.

  1. The natural area rug with a geometric shape that you choose does not necessarily have to be an overly large one. You can use a small rug to create quite a few different looks in your living room.
  2. If your living room has a theme with a deep color, or strong pattern, go for a geometric rug that has highly contrasting colors to tie it all together and create a look and feel that is intense.
  3. If you want to have the maximum amount of flexibility and want to showcase cooler colors then you should go with a geometric rug that is in a soft color, such as gray or beige. Neutral colors will work best in this situation.
  4. For those who are looking to create a space that is warm and inviting, think about a geometric natural area rug that features warm colors or patterns.
  5. As far as getting the feel that you want in that living space, check out the various textures that are available. You can get anything from a shag natural area rug to ones that have a super tight weave.
  6. If you want your living room to offer a calmer sort of mood, then you should opt for a geometric area rug that has colors that are softer and quieter.
  7. When you want to make your living room a space that is full of movement and energy, choose a rug that has high contrast colors.

By following these tips, you will find that using geometrically shaped natural are rugs to decorate your living room isn’t as difficult as it might seem

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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