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.

6 Gorgeous Natural Area Rugs to Revitalize Your Space

You moved into a new place, want to redesign a room or maybe just can’t get quite that red wine stain out of your carpet. No matter your motivation, it’s important that you find just the right rug to tie your room together or be the centerpiece of your new décor. These five unique, Earth-friendly rugs are just what you need to inspire your home.

 

Optimum Seagrass Rug

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This area rug perfectly embodies the sentiment that there is great beauty in simplicity. The wide cotton border gives it a sleek, defined look while the cross-grained texture of natural seagrass lends an organic feel to your space. Its soft, natural variations make it flexible enough to complement any décor, while its inherent durability makes it an excellent choice for the entryway.

Made of 100% natural seagrass and hand crafted in the U.S.A, this is an Earth-friendly choice you can take pride in.

 

Summit Carpet Stair Treads

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Rich, chocolatey browns infused with deep red and enfolded by soothing cream resonate an idea of luscious softness, perfectly delivered in the luxurious, fine yarns that make up the Summit style carpet stair treads. The warm, inviting tones transition your steps from lower-level openness to the cozy closeness of upper floors.

 

Essence Cotton/Jute Round Rug

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The raw, natural qualities of pure cotton and Jute bring the allure of barefoot summer days in the grass into your home. Paired with a modern interior styling, this alluring area rug is a unique way to lend a serene, organic elegance to your space. It makes a great addition to any home office space or dining area.

Made from 65% cotton and 35% Jute, hand woven and soft against bare feet, this graceful rug is also reversible and ready to take on twice the normal wear.

 

Charlotte Jute Rug

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Made from 100% natural Jute, a fiber made from the stems of a tropical Old World plant, our selection of natural Jute rugs harbor an innate warmth and singular texture soothing to the eyes and the feet of your family and guests. Its soft, geometric patterns embody the simple pleasure of rolling fields, a natural sensation amplified by its Earth-friendly components.

It’s the quintessential way to imbue your living or dining space with the essential purity of nature.

 

Gallia Sisal Rug

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A showpiece rug for any room, the Gallia Sisal Rug comes highly recommended for your living space. Its one-of-a-kind texture is artfully crafted from natural variations in the colors of the sisal fibers, providing a naturally durable, easy to maintain, stunning inspirational hub for your living room.

The complementary cotton canvas border lends a soft solidity to this rug and makes it a terrific match for the transitionally styled home.

 

Impressions Wool Rug

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This modest area rug serves as an excellent accent to any bedroom décor or kitchen style. Soft to the touch and hand crafted to last a lifetime, it’s a piece that brings to life any room it’s in with a subtle, yet powerful, pop. Its hand crafted nature ensures that each product is one-of-a-kind, yet the smooth design makes it flexible enough to be precisely what your space is missing, no matter where it is in your home.

 

A Custom Rug

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These six natural area rugs are great inspiration, but a custom rug personally tailored to your home décor is a truly unique way to enhance your home.

When Creating a Neutral Room, Texture is Everything

Texture is an incredible tool when it comes to carefully curated interior design. Much like crown molding or hardware, a rug’s texture can add surprising detail and dimension to a design scheme. Texture can also mean the difference between a cozy, welcoming space and a cold, unfriendly interior. Because of this, texture should be a major consideration when choosing all décor elements, but especially rugs. Whether you’re going for rustic, coastal, contemporary or traditional, there’s a rug texture that will help complete your scheme.

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Jute
Jute, generally harvested in India and Bangladesh, is the softest natural fiber next to wool. It provides a pleasant cushion underfoot, making it great for cozy bedrooms or lounge spaces where bare feet are expected. Visually, jute brings a natural, down-to-earth texture that’s versatile enough for just about any space. Jute rugs are made from the same fibers as burlap and share the material’s earthy color tone. Jute’s sandy-beige texture makes it great for coastal décor. Choose a jute rug if you’re looking for something that’s soft to the touch but not fluffy or spongy.

Sisal
Sisal rugs are constructed from the fibers of the agave plant and then dyed and woven into a durable floor covering. Sisal is naturally versatile and adaptable, so its texture really depends on the weave. Generally speaking, the flatter and wider the weave, the softer the sisal product will be. Sisal rugs can also be blended with wool and other materials for a soft, silky texture. The all-natural look and detailed weaving of sisal rugs makes them great for all kinds of interior design schemes, including rustic or woodsy living spaces, as well as clean, minimalist interiors.

Wool
Wool is, of course, one of the softest rug materials available. It’s constructed from high-quality hair sheared from sheep and other animals and provides a delightfully soft feeling for bare feet and hands. Wool, much like sisal, is an incredibly adaptable fiber to work with, so its texture can range from soft and fluffy to thin and welcoming. Wool is also very absorbent and takes dyes well, so you can find super detailed and colorful wool rugs to complement your room’s theme. Wool rugs are a desirable choice for any laid-back, comfortable living space.

Shag
Every eclectic home should have a shag rug or two. Typically constructed from synthetic fibers or wool, shag rugs feature an extra thick, rich pile for a super soft and welcoming feeling. Shag is great for any cold, rigid space that needs some warming and whimsy. Because shag rugs are made from varying materials, they can take on many unique colors and designs to suit your precise design vision. Shag texture is a wonderful choice for any chic and contemporary living space or vintage-inspired pad.

Bamboo
Bamboo rugs are made from fibers derived from the bamboo plant, so they can take on many unique textures. When you think of bamboo you may think of the woody bark of the bamboo tree, which also makes a desirable material for mats, blinds and room dividers. Bamboo rugs, however, are often woven from fine bamboo fibers to create a soft yet woodsy natural texture that’s similar to jute or sisal. Bamboo rugs are a great choice for any living space that aims to bring the outdoors in.

Think Like a Designer: Secrets to Picking the Perfect Rug

Curating home décor from scratch can feel a lot like filling an empty canvas — the opportunities are truly endless. This can be an overwhelming task for many, but if you learn how to think like an interior designer, you can achieve the space of your dreams. Expert interior designers recommend first surveying the space and keeping a close eye on natural light and architectural elements. Once you’ve determined a theme, start with the walls and flooring. Here are some secrets to picking the perfect rug like an interior designer.

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Keep it Simple
The fact is that if you’re decorating for a furniture-heavy room — like the living room or dining room — the rug is likely not going to be showcased. If you want your furniture and artwork to do the talking, choose a simple wool weave in a natural color. Rugs that are heavy on design or texture can deter from the draw of unique pieces of furniture. Living room rugs should be sized based on your furniture, so make sure you choose a rug large enough to accommodate all of your pieces. There’s nothing worse than a sofa placed outside the edges of the rug.

Think Beyond Convention
Conventionally speaking, American designers start with a rug and build a room outward. Take a more European approach by doing things the other way. Choose statement pieces first — distinct accent chairs or large wall hangings — and opt for a rug that will complement them, not match them. It’s far more difficult to weave in unique pieces than it is to add simple accompaniments. European designers also suggest approaching a room’s décor naturally rather than strategically. It’s better to have a room that feels like it has evolved along with you rather than to have it feel overly decorated or staged.

Keep it Custom
Interior designers are big on creating custom-shaped and -sized rugs for particularly challenging spaces. If you want a custom rug, choose a natural fiber rug like jute or sisal, as they’re much more affordable to order in custom sizes compared to Persian or Oriental rugs. The beauty of choosing custom is that you can design a room to your tastes and needs, rather than around the space and its constraints. Custom rugs can be also be ordered with whatever border and binding you want, ensuring that every detail is tailored to you.

Focus on Practicality
Contemporary interior designers aren’t always focused only on aesthetic. Choosing sensible, practical pieces that are appropriate for your space and lifestyle is a big part of thoughtful, responsible design. Before you select a rug for your home, determine the foot traffic of the space. If it’s a high-traffic room like the foyer or kitchen, durable natural rugs made from sisal or seagrass are a fine choice. If the rug’s main use is mainly for decorating or to rest beneath furniture, a rug made from jute or wool might be a better choice. Remember to reserve white- or light-colored rugs for low-traffic, occasional-use rooms.

Everything in Moderation
Although today’s designers love the eclectic and out-of-the-box, it’s important to remember that big and bold statement pieces should be used sparingly. Keep a neutral base and decorate around it or choose specific spaces and rooms to express your unique personality. Every room should be a reflection of yourself, your tastes and your personality, but you never want to deter from a room’s organic spirit or architectural feel.