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.

 

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.

What is the Best Area Rug for the Kitchen?

In regards to kitchens, there are natural area rugs that are specially made to be able to take the high traffic that one would expect in a kitchen.  Areas that get a lot of foot traffic need a rug that is quite sturdy.  Kitchens in particular need rugs that will retain their pattern and/or color while not fading and that are not made from materials that will wear quickly.  While your first thought is to cheap out and save money on a rug for the kitchen, in the long run you might actually be spending more that way.  There are quite a few advantages to spending a bit more on a natural area rug for the kitchen.  Consider this, the rug in the kitchen will get wet, have food and dishes dropped on it and get folded over.  Buying cheap rugs for the kitchen means that you will need to replace them frequently.  Spending a bit more at the outset for a natural area rugs for the kitchen can actually save you money.

Here are a few tips for choosing an area rug for the kitchen.

  • Figure out where in the kitchen the foot traffic is highest. This will assist you in deciding where the ideal spots for your natural area rugs will be.  Typically, it is a god idea for you to put rugs in front of any entries or doors.  Other good places are under the kitchen table and in front of the sink.  The area where the rugs will go determines the size of the rug.
  • Think about the textures. Kitchens usually look best with rugs that have a flat weave and are made from natural materials such as wool.  These materials are more padded for comfort.  Kitchens typically have hard floors so having a rug with a bit of padding will be optimal not just for comfort but also for resistance to stains.
  • Consider your décor. What color scheme is in your kitchen?  What colors are on the walls, decorations and furniture?  When you are choosing colors, you need to think about options that will complement the color scheme that is already in place.
  • Keep various shapes in mind. Shapes are important.  Consider this, if you have a square table in the kitchen and are considering rugs to put under it, you need to get a square rug to complement the shape of the table.
  • As far as an actual finer goes, seagrass is great for kitchens. Because this fiber grows in saltwater marshes, it is non-porous which makes it incredibly resistant to water.  Originally, seagrass is light green but it fades to khaki.  Rugs made with this type of material are typically bound in leather or cotton so you will not need to worry about them staying where you put them.

 

How To Install Your Carpet Stair Treads

If you happen to have a beautiful oak staircase but it is beginning to show wear, or maybe it is a bit slippery for your precious toddler, get the traction back with carpet stair treads.  These treads also provide the stairs with a cover for protection without completely covering the gorgeous wood.  The newer types of adhesives will actually dissolve in just a bit of oil when you decide that you are ready to go back to the original stairs or are ready to upgrade to newer treads.  Natural fibers such as sisal or seagrass are beautiful and look amazing on stairs.

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When you are ready to retread the stairs here are the steps that you need to take.

  1. Scrub your stairs with water and an oil soap that has been made for wood. Use an old toothbrush for removing any dirt that might be between the riser and the tread as well as around the baluster base.  Don’t forget the area that is right underneath the tread lip.  Wipe it all down with a soft cloth and then allow the entire thing to dry.
  2. Measure between the base of the baluster and the wall on a step and then mark the very center.
  3. Find the very center of the tread and then put it on top of the mark you made in the center of the stair. Center it from 1 or 2 inches back from the edge of the front of the tread.  Mark a line along each side of the carpet tread as well as across the edge that is nearest to the front lip of the tread.  Make these lines either with a pencil or with carpenter’s tape.
  4. Lay an adhesive pad or a strip of double sided tape along that front line and between the edges on one of the steps without removing the backing of the mounting. Place the tread directly on the top of the tape and then add tape under the remaining sides of the tread.
  5. Add padding that has been cut to fit inside the dimensions of the carpet tape. Choose a type of padding that is not thicker than the carpet itself as this can serve to lift the actual carpet off of the tape.  Also, use webbing made from latex that has been covered with an adhesive to affix the pad and the carpet tread.
  6. Take the facing off of the tape and then set the tread down carefully on the tape, smoothing out the edges.
  7. Repeat the process with the rest of the stair treads, making sure that they are all spaced the same. Smooth the carpet treads down onto the tape as you go.