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.

 

Enhance an Ordinary Room with Custom Rugs

When talking about decorating a home, often, people will have the assumption that bigger is better.  The thing is, to redecorate, many times you will just need to change a few things.  A great way to redecorate any home or space is by creating a custom area rugs.  The right natural area rug can transform even an ordinary room into one that is extraordinary.

Welcome Them in Style

While most people don’t ask their guests to take their shoes off when they visit, it is still not likely that they want to have med and dirt tracked into their home.  It is easy to get a small custom natural area rug and place it at the doorway or entrance to your home.  This includes in front of doors to the balcony and even doors to the patio.  This can not only create a great first impression but it can also keep the mud and dirt from being tracked throughout your home.  Getting a natural area rug, such as one made from seagrass or sisal is best because these materials are both sturdy and long lasting.1

Break That Space Up

Many modern homes now have open floor plans where there are just a few, if any, partitions or walls that are meant to separate the kitchen from the living area.  At times, home owners will still need to have that visual aspect that will help to separate the areas.  This is easily done with a natural area rug that is large and has a color that is contrasting in order to add both visual appeal and dimension from one of the room to the other.

This is also able to be done in studio apartments in order to separate the bedroom area from the living area.  That being said, in a studio try using alight colored, smaller rug since adding one that is dark and large can actually overwhelm the space and make it look way smaller than it actually is.2

Cover Those Blemishes

Many home owners will either have a large stain on the carpeting or have a bit of their hardwood floor that is faded or otherwise blemished.  This might make you want to get it repaired or replaced, but often the expense is just too much and that is a really big hassle.  Instead of going through all of that, you can cover it with a natural area rug.  Get one that has a contrasting color or fun pattern and this will make a visual statement to that space and can bring it back to life.  For those home owners who want a new look with no hassle, an area rug can be the ideal solution.3

How to Choose the Right Rug Color for Your Living Space

Area rugs can be tricky but finding the right one can add the perfect finishing touch to any space.  On the other hand, choosing the wrong one can leave the space feeling unfinished or even awkward.  Considering the fact that area rugs can be expensive, making the decision on the right one is something that you want to be sure of.  When you are in the market for a new area rug, there are three main things to keep in mind.

Color

The obvious starting point will be the color of the rug.  If you already have a pattern or color scheme in the space where the rug will be going, you may want to choose a rug that has a single color.  That color should be either a shade that will complement what you already have going on in that space or a neutral color.  On the other hand, if you want to decorate around the rug, choose the rug first and then add complementary accessories and furnishings.

A rug can be as important as the furniture in a room.  Be sure to consider the shades in y
our walls, flooring and other finishes when you are choosing one.  You don’t need to be afraid to choose bright colors or bold patterns though as this can be just what your space needs to take the look of it to the next level of style.

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Texture

If there is one thing that is often overlooked when choosing area rugs, it is the texture.  However, this is a vital element.  Rooms that have a mixture of various textures can feel layered and rich.  An easy way to get that look is with the texture of an area rug.  Allow the finishes of your furniture be a guide.  Aim for rugs that will contrast these finishes.  If you have soft fabrics such as velvet, go with a harder material for the area rug…something like sisal.bohemian-red

Size

This is the easiest part of choosing an area rug.  If you are looking for a large one, it needs to fit the seating area of the room that it is meant for.  The idea is to have the furniture on the rug but it can also include just the front legs of the furniture.  The idea here is for your feet to be on the rug when you are seated as opposed to on the bare floor or carpet.

Keeping these things in mind when you are shopping for an area rug will mean that you are staying on the right path.  Check out all of the gorgeous, eco – friendly rugs at Natural Area Rugs for a wide variety of high – quality options.heritage

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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Is it Necessary to Have a Rug Pad for Area Rugs?

People might wonder whether or not a rug pad is necessary for an area rug.  The answer is yes.  There are several reasons for this.

  • Having a rug pad under your area rug makes vacuuming easier. Dirt is the major cause of the degradation of rugs.  Having a rug pad in place will keep the rig from shifting and therefor allow you to pick up more of the dirt than what you would be able to without a rug pad.  This will aide in prolonging the life of your rug.
  • Why would you need a rug pad when you have larger rugs?   With a larger area rugs using a rug pad is helpful for keeping the corners of the rug down and also to make sure that they do not buckle.  People might be of the mind that rug pads are not necessary for larger area rugs because they are less likely to slip.  They may be less likely to slip than smaller ones but they are more prone to wrinkle or buckle at the corners.
  • A rug pad will also give your floor protection. A good quality one will keep the dye from transferring from the rug to the floor.  In some instances, dyes in some rugs can bleed into the floor or even react with the coating that is on your hardwood floor.  Although this is a rare occurrence, it can happen…though it is even rarer when you use a rug that is made from natural fibers…such as a jute rug.
  • Using a rug pad that is thicker will give your rug more support. This will relieve the stress of traffic through the years.  A rug pad that is cushioned will help to prolong the life of your area rugs as well as protecting the floor underneath.

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There are some instances though when the use of a rug pad is entirely left to the preferences of the customer.  There are some cases when a rug pad might not be necessary because the rug will be able to lay flat while not wrinkling, buckling or slipping, etc.  To check and see if your area rug needs a rug pad, all you have to do is to lay your rug out flat on your floors and see if the rug will slide or shift.  The area rug should be around 7 to 10 feet or larger and thicker than smaller rugs.  Thinner rugs that have a flat weave always need rugs pads since they tend to wrinkle and buckle.

Regardless of the size of your area rug, when you do not use a rug pad, you are leaving your floors unprotected, which means that over time they can be damaged or discolored.