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.

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

What is Sisal?

Agave sisalana, better know as sisal, is a green plant with long, sword-shaped leaves. Sisal is indigenous to Mexico, but today it grows in parts of the world as diverse as Morocco, Hawaii, Thailand and Nepal. Sisal’s fibers are used to make dozens of products including cloth, carpet, rope, twine, paper and dartboards. The word “sisal” can refer to either the plant or its fibers.

The Sisal Plant

The leaves of a sisal plant can grow to over 6.5 feet tall. During the course of a 10 year lifespan, a single plant can produce up to 250 commercially viable leaves, each of which contains about 1,000 fibers. Fibers are extracted from sisal through the process of decortication, which involves beating the leaves against a spinning wheel. The fibers must then be thoroughly dried before being sorted.

Sisal Rugs and Carpet

One of the most popular commercial uses for sisal is the production of rugs and carpet.
Sisal doesn’t attract static electricity nor dust; therefore, sisal carpets require very little maintenance. Unless properly treated with a fiber sealer, sisal fiber expands when exposed to water, so sisal rugs and carpet are not ideal in high-spill areas or near doors where they might be exposed to rain and snow. Dry cleaning powder should always be used for spot removal.

Other Sisal Products

Commercial use of sisal dates back thousands of years ago to ancient Aztec and Mayan societies, which made primitive papers and fabrics from the plant. By the 1800s, sisal was being cultivated in the Caribbean and Florida as well as several African counties like Tanzania and Kenya. Presently, Brazil is the world’s top sisal producer.

A number of qualities make sisal a versatile fiber: It is strong, durable and stretchy. Sisal fiber also easily absorbs dyestuff and is resistance to saltwater deterioration. Unsurprisingly, sisal has long been the fiber of choice for making ropes and other general cordage. Sisal can be found in spa products, slippers, geotextiles, cat scratching posts, mattresses and disc buffers. Aside from its many practical uses, the sisal plant can also be distilled into a liquor that resembles tequila.

What is a Sisal rug?

Although popular in today’s environmentally sensitive environment, sisal rugs have been around for centuries. Sisal rugs are created to provide the utmost durability and an attractive appearance to your home décor. Sisal rugs are neutral enough to complement any design scheme, whether your home is modern chic or traditionally classic.

What is Sisal?

A member of the agave family, sisal is thought to be native to Mexico but is now grown in many other areas. The ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations used sisal to create paper and rudimentary fabrics. The plant is now farmed in many countries specifically for the production of sisal fiber, with Brazil being the prime producer. 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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