How to Situate a Living Room Area Rug

The living room is where people gather for fellowship and great conversation. It’s no mystery why home decorators spend the bulk of their time in this cozy, communal section of the home. When it comes to area rugs, you have a lot of freedom to be creative, and a number of arrangement options to bring the room together. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to area rug arrangement, and your own layout should reflect your personality and tastes. Here are just a few of the options you might consider.

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The Partial Furniture Approach

This classic arrangement remains popular in homes throughout the world. Basically, you have a centrally located area rug, with furniture partially covering the material on multiple sides of the room. For instance, on the north side of the room, you might have a sofa with the front legs on the rug and the back legs hanging off. Then, on the west side, perhaps you’ll have a love seat – also with front legs on the rug and back legs hanging off. To visualize it another way, the furniture surrounds the rug, without completely covering it.

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The Undisturbed Rug Arrangement

Just as you can situate your area rug with all of your furniture resting comfortably on the fibers, you can also take the opposite approach by centering your rug in the room, with all of your furniture gathered around it. For a bit of visual perspective, imagine a stage in the center of a theater, with seats that surround it from a few inches away. This is the kind of arrangement you’re going for here. The rug still complements the furniture, but with greater distance and openness. This is the uncluttered, feng shui approach.

The All-Encompassing Arrangement

If you’re fond of large area rugs, it’s perfectly acceptable to have your furniture sitting entirely on the rug, with nothing hanging off. For instance, you might have a sofa on one side and two chairs on the other side, with a coffee table in between. The rug covers the entire space, including all of the furniture. Your rug doesn’t necessarily cover your entire floor, but it is large enough to engulf an entire furniture arrangement, effectively separating the room into neatly organized sections.

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The Multi-Rug Arrangement

Who says you need to have one central area rug? Multiple rugs work great in large living rooms, as they allow you to divide your room into various decorative sections. Experiment with different colors, shapes and sizes to achieve just the right effect for your home. You can even layer rugs on top of one another for a modern touch. Just make sure that your base rug is slightly larger than your top rug, and that you have noticeable visual contrast between the two. Don’t be afraid to get creative with all aspects of your area rug arrangement, because ultimately, your personal sense of style should rule the day.

Round Rugs vs. Oval Rugs vs. Square Rugs

When it comes to area rugs, your choices aren’t just limited to color and pattern. On the contrary, the shape can have a tremendous impact on the aesthetics of the overall environment, so it’s important to choose carefully. But the big question is, how do you choose the ideal shape for a particular space? It’s a hot topic of debate for interior decorators, but ultimately your own taste should dictate your final decisions. Consider a few basic guidelines to get you started.

Where Will the Rug be Situated?

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 For instance, common sense might dictate that a round rug would be suited for a round table, and that’s quite often true. But there are exceptions, of course. For instance, are you going for symmetry or contrast? If you want to emphasize uniformity, make sure that the shape of your chosen rug closely matches the shape of the object beneath which—or against which—it will be situated. On the contrary, if you like to experiment with non-traditional and eye-catching dichotomies, feel free to choose rugs that are directly contrary to the shapes around them.

 What Type of Space are you working with?

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Aside from the objects, consider the shape and arrangement of the room itself. A square or rectangular rug can look awkward in a round room, so try to imagine how your area rug will appear when contrasting against the larger environment. In addition, if you plan to incorporate multiple area rugs, you may want to choose a variety of similar or contrasting sizes based on the needs of your individual décor. The key takeaway here is to consider all of the big-picture design elements before shopping.

How Much Space Do You Need to Cover?

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For instance, if you’re trying to cover the length of a sofa, a round rug is probably not in your best interest. Likewise, if you have a narrow table with a long rectangular rug, you may find yourself with too much additional rug space to the east and west, and no space to the north or south. This isn’t so much a comment about shape, but about dimensions. You can place a round rug beneath a square table, assuming that you maintain relatively even space on all sides. It only becomes problematic when you have too much rug spilling over in one direction, or not enough rugs to adequately cover the desired space.

Find Rugs in All Shapes and Sizes

If you’re still scrambling to find the perfect rug, check out the wide, affordable selection of eco-friendly area rugs at Natural Area Rugs. We specialize in affordable, custom-made rugs that look fantastic and stand up to the test of time. So get yours now, and achieve home decorating perfection without breaking the bank.

My Area Rugs are Riddled with Pet Stains – What Do I Do?

We love our pets. In fact, the American Pet Association estimates that Americans provide homes to more than 130 million animal companions. But with great companionship comes great responsibility (to borrow and amend a quote from the Spider Man film franchise), and our pets do have a way of leaving their mark on our homes. If you’ve noticed an unwanted “gift” on one of your area rugs, there is no need to worry. You just need to take a deep breath, give you pet a big hug, and then tackle the stain like a pro.

 

Locating Pet Stains

When it comes to pet urine, it’s important to act quickly, because the sooner you clean up the mess, the easier your job will be. Sometimes the stain is obvious, but sometimes it can be hard to detect, especially if you have an extremely dense or dark-colored rug. If you can smell the stain, but you can’t quite see it with your eyes, try shining a black light over it. The urine should emerge as a yellow or green shade.

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Cleaning Pet Stains

Locating the stain is easy. The real trick is getting rid of it. For this, you’re going to want to use a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. Use a soft cloth or sponge to dab the stain, and then use colorfast towels to dry the liquid. It’s important that you use a damp cloth, but not a dripping cloth, as you want to minimize your use of water. After you finish, place colorfast towels over the stain and weigh them down with heavy objects over night, in order to absorb all of the water.

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Of course, if the stain has had time to set and dry, you may find mere water and vinegar to be ineffective. If you need something a bit stronger, add a drop of mild household detergent to your homemade cleaning solution. This will help to loosen those older, stubborn stains, and make your cleaning efforts much easier.

 

Warnings

Avoid using ammonia-based cleaning products on urine. Pet urine also consists largely of ammonia, and the smell may encourage your pet to relieve itself in the same spot again. Finally, never steam clean pet stains on an area rugs, as the excess heat will actually set the stain, leaving you with a truly frustrating situation on your hands.

 

The Joys of Area Rugs

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Area rugs can add an enormous touch of class to a room, and you shouldn’t allow pets to dissuade you from incorporating these gorgeous accents into your home décor. Just be proactive about keeping them clean, and remember that accidents will happen.

Layering Area Rugs – Not Just a Fad

Do you love your area rugs? They can certainly go a long way in sprucing up an otherwise dull living environment, and once you begin decorating your floors with these stunning highlights of interior design, you wonder how you ever lived without them. But have you ever considering layering your area rugs? If you haven’t already done so, you’ll be amazed at how a simple dual rug combo can take your area rug appeal to the next level.

 

Tips for Layering Your Area Rugs

Stick with neutral colors if possible. They blend beautifully into any environment, and they’re just subtle enough to beautify the room without insisting upon themselves. If neutral colors don’t appeal to you, go with colors that complement the color scheme of the room. Your two layered rugs should be similar in color, but not identical. The key is to achieve contrast without pitting your colors against each other. For instance, you might go with a solid color on one rug, and an attractive pattern on the other, all while maintaining a consistent color scheme.

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Choose a slightly larger rug for your base. The dimensions of your two rugs should be about the same, allowing you to present the illusion that your layered rugs were made for one another. Of course, you can toss this tip aside if you’re going for a specific artistic touch. The great thing about interior design is that you can let your creativity flow and think outside the box.

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Vary your textures. For instance, you don’t want to toss one wool rug on top of another. That’s boring. Remember that the beauty is in the contrast, so try layering sisal over seagrass, or wool over bamboo.  We recommend materials like these because they’re gorgeous as well as sustainable. You might also consider jute area rugs and shag area rugs.

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Finally, look to the Web for creative inspiration. Sites like Pinterest are rife with gorgeous high-res images of area rug arrangements and custom interior designs, and these visual depictions can really get the creative juices flowing and help you to determine what styles suit you best. You can also email us if you need ideas or have questions. We’re all about customization, and we work with customers each day to turn their vague ideas into breathtaking household trends.

 

Find Your Perfect Area Rugs at Natural Area Rugs

Before you can start layering, you’ll need to find the perfect area rugs for your home. At Natural Area Rugs, we carry a wide variety of all-natural, custom area rugs that are perfectly suited to any home décor. If you’re looking for rugs that are affordable, eco-friendly, durable and altogether gorgeous, check out our inventory. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to make it your own. That’s what interior design is all about.

 

 

The 7 Major Benefits of Seagrass Area Rugs

Seagrass isn’t just a buzzword for another area rug solution. It’s a gorgeous and highly practical material that’s perfect for any living environment. If you’re looking for an area rug that provides an astounding array of benefits, you can’t go wrong with seagrass. Many people, though, are still clueless about this unique and extremely practical material. Consider just a few of the issues that make seagrass stand out from the pack.

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Sustainability. Seagrass area rugs are constructed from natural, eco-friendly fibers. To give you a bit of a botany lesson, seagrasses are flowering plants found in marsh wetlands. When used for area rugs, the gorgeous fibers are meticulously woven for symmetry and density.

Affordability. Who says that style has to cost a fortune? Seagrass might sound expensive based on the quality of the material, but these rugs are highly affordable. So if you want the best, but you can’t afford to spend a fortune, you can easily have your cake and eat it too.

Durability. Seagrass area rugs are some of the most stain-resistant flooring accents that you’ll ever find. Dirt is easily swept away, and these carpets are designed to withstand the heaviest of foot traffic. Even pet stains are no match for the power of seagrass, because urine is not easily absorbed into the fibers. Which brings us to our next benefit…

Hypoallergenic properties. Are you an allergy sufferer? Then seagrass is definitely the rug for you. It’s virtually allergen free, and it contains no dangerous toxins (just make sure to buy from a reputable manufacturer).seagrass

Extreme water resistance. Seagrass is virtually non-porous, so you need not worry about water damage, excessive staining or mold accumulation. Cleaning stains is always a breeze, and the material’s resistance to water absorbency only heightens its long-term durability.

Maximum comfort. Have you ever felt the wonders of seagrass beneath your feet? If not, you’re truly in for a treat. The soft fibers gently tickle the nerves without a hint of abrasion or discomfort. Every time you walk across the rug, it’s as though your feet are being pampered.sgrass

Ultimate beauty. Of course, a great rug is only a great rug if it’s pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint, and seagrass does not disappoint. Just check out the stunning seagrass rugs available from Natural Area Rugs, and see what we’re talking about.

So if you’re looking for an area rug that’s as easy on the eyes as it on the toes, and as affordable as it is eco-friendly, you’re going to want to invest in one (or two, or three…) of your very own. Seagrass is an excellent way to brighten up your home while saving money and benefiting the environment. And that’s something we can all get on board with.