Arranging an Area Rug

If you are in the market for an area rug and want it to ideally highlight your décor, you will need to think about more than the materials, color and style.  You will also need to take shape and size into consideration.

Typically, a good rule of thumb is to allow for there to be 18 inches of bare floor space around the edges of the rug.  That being said, the location and size of the room also play a part in this.  The rule just mentioned is best used in rooms that are separated or closed off from the areas surrounding it, while rooms that are smaller might look best with less of the floor exposed.

Remember that rugs that are too small can make the room it is in appear to be smaller as well as bringing an overall uncoordinated look to the room.

Before you go out and make that rug purchase, take a good look at the room it will be going in.  Think about the size of the furniture, where the doorways are and how much sun the room gets.

Living Room

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How large your living room is will tell you what the ideal shape and size of your area rug should be.  If you want a rug that has flamboyant and bold patterns, consider going with one that is small enough that all of the legs of the furniture will be off the rug and surrounding it.  For a bit larger rug, consider having it go underneath the front legs of the furniture.  For a larger and more ‘together’ look, go with an even larger rug and place all of the furniture (and all legs) on the rug.  This is great in large living rooms.

Dining Room

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When you are selecting a rug for your dining room, ensure that it is large enough for all of the chairs at the table to fit comfortably on it…even when they are pulled back from the table.  This should roughly be about 24 inches from the table.  For smaller dining areas, use a smaller, rectangular rug.  Larger rugs with measurements of 8’x10’ or even 9’x12’ can typically be large enough for up to 8 chairs.  Round rugs work well with square tables.

Bedroom

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The dimensions of your bed are important here.  If you have a full size bed, a rug that measures about 5’x8’ might be best and should be placed underneath the bed with the rug showing on the sides and the front of the bed.

For larger beds, go with larger area rugs, just remember to have the rug showing at the sides and the front of the bed.

 To check out great rugs and get more assistance with choosing the ideal one, head on over to Natural Area Rugs.

A Quick Overview of the Advantages of Natural Rugs!

Once upon a time somebody said that natural fiber area rugs have come to be the jeans of home interior design.  You can dress them down or up or even layer them.  They are easy to afford and since they made their debut, we are finding more and more of them everywhere.  It is time to face facts.  The natural fiber area rug is here to stay.

Sisal

Sisal comes from the agave plant, which is the same plant family that tequila and aloe are from.  These are grown in places like Africa, Brazil and Mexico.  The strong fibers are found inside the leaves and once they have been separated, they will be washed and then dried before being spun into the fiber used for making rugs.  Sisal fibers are known for their ability to accept color and for that reason, you can often find them dyed.

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Seagrass

Seagrass is just what it sounds like – grass.  It is grown in Asia and is often found in rice paddies.  It grows rather quickly and is super easy to harvest and because of this, it is a truly sustainable option for floor coverings.  It also has a rich history because of being used in reed mats that are centuries old.  It can add that eclectic look to any space.

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Because of the fact that seagrass is grown right in water, it is strong and resistant to most stains and spills.  The fibers are not dyed and are mostly found being used in their natural forms.  You can find seagrass rugs in a wide variety of shades that are natural.  They range from neutral greens to olives and then back to lighter shades like sage.  You can also find it in beiges and browns.

Jute

Jute also comes from Asian countries.  This is what is known as a bast fiber – which basically means that it comes from the stem as opposed to the leaves of a plant.  Out of the fibers discussed here today, jute is the one that is the least durable.  It shouldn’t be used in areas that get a lot of foot traffic.  Rugs made from jute have a texture that is rich as well as a tonal variation that is soft underfoot while also being durable.

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If you are considering getting a few natural fiber rugs for your home, think about which ones will best suit your needs as far as where they will go – what type of traffic will they get?  Sisal works best on hard floors because of the fact that any dirt will fall right through the weave.  Seagrass rugs can be used in quite a few locations and if you have any rooms that tend to be high in humidity, this is an ideal area for seagrass rugs because they can actually absorb some of the moisture from the air.  Jute will look great in any space, but is best used in places that don’t get heavy traffic.  Think as a border under and around a bed or in the formal dining room.

If you still have questions, the friendly staff at Natural Area Rugs will be more than happy to answer them for you.

A Shopping Guide for Rugs Made From Natural Fibers!

There are quite a few reasons for rugs made from natural fibers becoming so popular.  Seagrass, sisal and jute rugs are all easy to take care of, Eco – friendly, and affordable.  They have a texture that is natural and earthy and this means that they are incredibly versatile as well as being a foundation for any décor that is ideally neutral.  In fact, many designers are opting for a more natural look and as a result are using rugs made from natural fibers in every room in the house.

They might share some similarities, but there are differences between seagrass, sisal and jute.  You might come to find that one of them will be more suited to your home than the other.

Jute

Jute is a natural fiber that comes from the stem of a plant that is grown in India.  It is also used to make twine and burlap.  Jute fibers tend to be smooth and soft and have a sort of waxy sheen, which makes it the softest choice.  Jute rugs also have a texture that is rich and a tonal variation that is natural which means that they are great at hiding minor spills or stains.  However, they are also not as durable as seagrass or sisal, so they are better for use in bedrooms, dining rooms, or other medium traffic areas.

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Sisal

Sisal comes from the plant known as the agave.  This is the same type of plant that is used to make things like tequila and aloe.  These plants are grown quite a bit in Central America but are also found in East Africa and even Brazil.  Out of the three natural fibers we are discussing here today, sisal is the strongest and the most durable.  Because of this, it is often also the most expensive.  Rugs made from sisal tend to have a weave that is hardy enough to stand up to pets that scratch.  That being said, sisal rugs can fade if you leave them in direct sunlight and even water can discolor them.

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Seagrass

To find seagrass in its natural habitat, you would have to go to the waters in the Asian Pacific region.  This plant grows in water and is quite reedy.  It produces a non – porous, strong yarn that is resistant to all sorts of stains.  Once water spilled on a seagrass rug dries, the rug will return to its former color.  Rugs made from seagrass also feature a tight weave that make them ideal for high traffic areas and they will last you for years.

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None of these rugs are recommended for use in rooms like bathrooms or even outside.
Now that you know a bit more about them, stop by Natural Area Rugs to see the massive selection you can choose from.

Changing Up Your Décor for the Spring and Summer

Now that the temps are getting higher and you have thrown the winter clothes back to their hiding places, and changed out the flannel sheets for the cotton ones, and even replaced your winter window dressings for ones that have a more summery look, it is time to get to work on the rest of your home.  You may have even gotten brighter colors displayed in your home now in order to match the flowers that are blooming… and why shouldn’t you?  You are ready to welcome the warmer months with open arms like as not.  As you get ready to embrace the warmer temperatures, you might also want to think about switching out your rugs with everything else.  It might be a comfort to have those plush shag rugs and thick wool rugs in the colder climes, but they can be a bit much for those months when the air conditioning in running.  Try using natural fiber area rugs instead when you are looking for an option that is light, warm, and ideal for decorating in the spring and summer.

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Using rugs that are made from natural fibers such as sisal and jute allow for you to bring earthy colors as well as an added layer of texture to any room in your home where you see fit to place them.  These rugs are made from natural fibers that are renewable too…which means that they are more friendly to the environment.  They are also incredibly durable and this means that they are great for use in hallways or in the living room where you get a lot of foot traffic…well, the sisal rugs.  Jute rugs are not as durable but are great for use in those lower traffic areas such as bedrooms, formal dining rooms and formal living rooms.  You can use a rug that is made from sisal to be a complement to your brighter accents in any room while it also warms the entire look up.  If you think that you still need a bit more color, think about putting a smaller, brightly colored rug on top of the sisal rug in order to create a chic layered look that is always trending.

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There is also another benefit to using natural area rugs.  These rugs are great to be used in every season!  You might choose to continue layering the rugs in order to incorporate new patterns and colors with your existing décor and you can always rely on your rugs that are made from natural fibers to be that timeless accessory that will always look elegant and cool.

Head on over to Natural Area Rugs to find the ideal rug for your home and style today.

Picking the Perfect Area Rug

 

 

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Every room in your home can use an area rug.  That being said, there are things to consider beyond simply the pattern and color of a natural area rug.  When choosing the ideal area rug, you will also need to consider your family dynamics, space and lifestyle.

The following tips will assist you in determining which natural area rug is ideal for your home and yourself.

Typical Rooms for Area Rugs

If you have limited floor space in your bedroom, get a natural area rug and center it under the bottom end of your bed allowing it to cover the bottom and side areas surrounding the bed.  If your master bedroom is one that is very large, you will easily be able to fill that floor space while also completing the décor in the room with a natural area rug that is both complementary and practical.

A great place for a natural area rug is in a nursery.  In this room, a natural are rug can truly add to the overall décor.  While doing that, it can also ease the tired feet of a parent walking and rocking baby to sleep while also providing a soft place on the floor for baby to play.  If you have hard floors in the nursery, go with a larger rug and a rug pad to both keep crawling babies safe and to insulate he room from echoes an excessive noise.

In the family or living room, it is critical to choose an area rug based on the amount of foot traffic these rooms get.  The more durable the natural area rug is, the better.

When it comes to your dining room, having a natural area rug underneath the table will look great.  However, the dining room is one room where choosing the perfect area rug is essential.  Look for natural area rugs that are repellent to stains, easy to clean and that have darker patterns or colors.

Before you go out and just buy the first natural area rug you find, take a minute to look at the room it will be going in.  What type of foot traffic does the room get?  What is the size of the room and what type of décor is showcased in it?  What colors in a natural area rug would complement these colors and what size should the rug be?  Additionally, what type of fiber should your natural area rug be made from?

When you have all of the answers to these questions, head on over to Natural Area Rugs and take a look at the massive selection that is available.  When it comes to area rugs made from natural fibers, they are the only place to go.