5 Tips For Decorating With Your New Sisal Rug

A home represents what you find appealing and it is only natural to sometimes want something different. You could definitely rip down wall paper, paint the walls or even buy new furnishings but there is one, often over looked, decoration that is not only useful but can enhance and change the appearance of any room. Those overlooked items are sisal rugs.

Sisal rugs are eco-friendly rugs made of the natural fibers found in cactus plants. They are naturally water resistant as well as fire resistant. An additional benefit to the material is that the rugs do not allow dust particles to adhere which is a fantastic benefit to those who suffer from dust allergies and they do not attract any static electricity. These rugs are the ultimate way to redecorate a room without breaking your budget.

Sisal Rug

Decorating with sisal rug

Here are 5 tips to use sisal rugs to help bring a new sense of style to any room:

Layering
Many people erroneously place a rug atop hard wood floors, tile or even carpet but there is an additional decorating tip to consider. Sisal Rugs are naturally a neutral color that varies but the border can be changed to any color depending on where you shop. While a neutral color can be exactly what a room needs, A Sisal rug can be used as the foundation for a lighter throw on top. If you are decorating with a Western theme you can easily throw a leather, faux cow hide on the rug and instantly you have transformed the look.

A Pop of Color
While a typical Sisal rug may be neutral in style; you always have the option of buying one colored. You can throw in a splash of color with a bold, vibrant pattern or color. You also can paint designs on the rug yourself, allowing you to personalize the rug to match your personality and unique decorating style.

Protection
A common decorating, and safety, design employed with those that have stairs is to lay down carpet as a runner. Skip that heavy and hard to vacuum carpet and instead use a Sisal rug that is cut to fit the width and length of the stairs. You can easily affix them atop of the stairs with a non-slip bottom layer and then place the rug over. When you need to clean, take them down and clean!

Centerpiece
One unusual use for Sisal rugs may be to use them as a centerpiece in the room. Paint a single wall in a contrasting color to the remaining walls. Then paint a design, or buy a Sisal rug in a vibrant design and then use it as a tapestry. You can change the look of the tapestry by repainting as needed. This is often one of the most overlooked uses of a Sisal rug in decorating.

Define Areas
Sisal rugs can also be used to define certain areas. If you have a large room that is used as a great room for a living room and a dining room, you can use a Sisal rug to define the areas. Use one rug in the dining area and a different one for the living area. By choosing colors that complement each other, but still provide a distinct decorating style you can help define the areas.

Decorating or redecorating a room is very simple and it can be incredibly inexpensive if you utilize Sisal Rugs. They are versatile, hardy and a natural and eco-friendly way to change the entire look of the home.

Great Room Layouts That Utilize Jute Rugs

Jute rugs are loved for their natural feel and extensive designs. It is one of the most popular natural fiber rugs sought by the masses. At the same time, its sensitivity to environment restricts its placement in certain areas. Nevertheless, there are several ways jute rugs can be utilized to accentuate the room layout.

Natural Fiber Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs

Jute rugs make excellent center pieces. It can be most conveniently employed in the living room underneath a center table. It adds its own touch of scenic beauty to the room, a pleasing sight for new and old visitors alike. Moreover, even in the absence of a center table, it works perfectly in the middle of a sitting area. Since the jute rugs are fragile, its use in commercial settings may not be appropriate. However, in a home, jute rugs can add that appealing decor one seeks.

Size and shape customizations allow jute rugs to be used wall-to-wall, covering the floor completely beneath its exotic natural feel. Such floor covering can be employed in the living room, dining room and bedroom. However, care needs to be taken in order to avoid spills and soiling as jute rugs are not resistant to stains unless properly treated with sealers. It will be extremely painful to let go of a wall-to-wall jute rug simply because a stain in the middle refuses to vanish.

For the jute rug lovers who cannot make the special effort to maintain it and cannot live without it either, they can employ them as wall hangings. The special and unique weaving patterns and embellishments make it possible to mold it into an unmatched decoration piece for the wall. Not only is this an effective way to include jute rugs in home decor, it also eliminates the need of extensive care and maintenance. Throw in a photo or a mirror and the wall hanging will serve more than just a single purpose.

Custom Stair Rugs

Carpet Stair Treads

In houses where staircases exist, one would be well aware how important it is to cover them up with materials that make them less slippery and therefore, safer. The good news is that jute rugs can be molded into staircase treads, which serve both these purposes in addition to the touch of elegance and majesty it will bring along. Covering up the stairs with jute staircase treads will make you want to walk these every day. Moreover, its anti-slip feature will make every inhabitant safe from slips and falls.

Everyone has a special spot in the house where they relax and can spend hours at a time. For book lovers, it will be a dedicated reading area. Jute rugs can do wonders in libraries and small reading spots like those in a home. It gives an impression of cozy comfort and enhances the relaxing experience gained while reading.
Jute rugs can be utilized in a number of ways to get that perfect feel in your home. It is nature’s way of saying, “I am beautiful!”

Customization Options in Jute and Sisal Rugs

When choosing a rug to decorate the house, one searches for the right size and shape which fits in perfectly to give that complete look. Imagine a large rug being stuffed in a small space or vice versa. What one would achieve is exactly the opposite of home decoration.

All spaces are not the same. It may be very difficult to find the right rug made up of the right material for that special place you are looking forward to cover with it. Most general sizes may work just fine for some, while others would need to make that extra effort in acquiring that ‘perfect’ piece.

With customization options, it is possible to achieve this without all the hassle which was previously involved. The customization options available at Natural Area Rugs are unique and elaborate. All one needs to do is to select the material, the weave style and give measurements of the rug to the manufacturers. After a certain time period required for customization, one will be able to receive it on the doorstep.

Custom Sisal Rug Options

Custom Sisal Rugs

It is also possible to customize the material of the rug. Jute and sisal rugs can be made with a 60/40 composition including wool or grass along with the original fiber. Such a hybrid adds additional features to the rug, making it even more rare and precious. For instance, a jute and cotton rug is likely to be softer and smoother than pure jute rug. A sisal and mountain grass rug can become an invincible carpet, as both fibers with their combined tensile strength can be virtually impossible to wear out.

The weave patterns can completely change the look of the rug. For most people, weave style is the most endearing aspect for buying a natural fiber rug. This feature is almost always missing in a synthetic fiber rug and is the distinguishing characteristic of a natural fiber rug. If you come across an exceptionally brilliant weave style, which works amazingly with your room requirements, but the color or size is a major disappointment, customization is your easy escape from tortured look-backs in the future.

There are some tricky parts of house like the staircase or corridors, which require absolutely faultless fitting in order to make it safe and beautiful at the same time. In such cases, standardized sizes are most likely to be fruitless. Size and shape customizations as available at leading rug stores is the only way out. So if you feel like covering every inch of your floor with rugs, there is nothing to hold you back. Not only is it effortless, it is also unbelievably possible!

Decorating with Layered Rugs

One of my favorite looks as of late is layering with rugs. Similar to a sweater over a t-shirt, layering a rug over another rug or carpet brings depth, scale, and unique interest to a space.

Decorating with Layered Rugs: Layer rugs over another rug or carpet to achieve depth, scale, and an overall interesting and unique space via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

My office + family room {see more here}

An eclectic mix of function + color + depth.

The last time I shared this space, the hide rug was the only decorative floor covering in the space on top of the wood.  It was pretty, but the room swallowed it up.  It got lost with everything else going on.  It was too small for the overall scale of the room.  By layering the sisal rug underneath which I got from Natural Area Rugs, the space finally feels grounded.  It looks complete.  The hide is still the focal point of the floor, but the layered sisal rug with midnight blue border underneath provides the appropriate scale for the room.

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Customer Review: Lauren Liess

Lauren Liess posted a detailed review of Rugs that everyone should read! Check out her “Low-Down” on Natural Rugs below.

“Natural” Rugs: Seagrass, Sisal, Jute, Synthetic & Wool Rugs: The Low-Down


I have (or have had) almost all of these rugs somewhere in my home with the exception of sisal. And there’s definitely a time & place for each of them, depending upon the maintenance, kid, pet & softness factors. Here’s a quick overview of my thoughts & experiences with the rugs.

1— SEAGRASS— In my family room/ office/hangout room, we installed wall-to-wall seagrass just like this (below) and we absolutely LOVE it:
And here’s the lowdown on seagrass:
1) THE WAIVER: The company we bought it from made us sign a waiver saying that seams would be visible and that we understood it would fray and that there would be a smell. The seagrass we purchased also came with its own attached rug pad which would make for a quicker install.
2) THE SMELL: On the day of the install, the smell was SO BAD I was scared. I have a really sensitive nose & whatever glue they used when mixed with the straw-smell of the seagrass honestly smelled like animal urine. BUT a few days later, when all of the glue had dried, we were left with just the “hay smell” of segrass, which I love.     …I have learned from my mistake and it’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you ask your installer to use a glue with little or no smell.  We used a different glue in our bedroom and the hay smell is all we have. :)
3) THE SEAMS: The seams are not visible. (we had a good installer & he did seal down the seams and all edges) But the rug is also connected so that the natural lines in the rug are in a row… It looks perfect and you can’t even tell even when trying to find the seams.
4) THE FRAYING: So far, so good and we have a dog with long nails who runs all over it. I’m sure it will (and probably already has & I haven’t noticed) pull up in places but it’s pretty simple to just snip loose fibers with a pair of scissors. It’s a natural rug & will get flaws, but they really aren’t very noticeable.
5) THE CARE: A-mazing! It’s recommended to vaccuum once a week (okay, okay, when things slow down I’ll get to that) and you can even sweep these rugs clean! I hate to gross you all out (but want to give you the REAL scoop) — My toddler had an accident on it last week and it all just pooled in one spot without soaking in and I was able to blot it up really easily. Then I sprayed it down with a natural cleaner (probably a no-no but I was grossed out) and wiped it up with towels. There’s no mark, no smell and it looks just like the rest of the rug. Because the grass is from the water, it resists stains & water marks. You also really can’t see dirt at all and when we have gotten mud on it, we just allowed it to dry and then swept up the dirt.
6) THE SOFTNESS FACTOR: Seagrass is actually pretty smooth and hard. It’s actually more like a hard floor than a rug. It’s just as fine for kids to crawl across as hardwood or any other hard surface but isn’t ideal for play areas where they’ll spend a lot of floor-time. BUT it’s GORGEOUS with other rugs layered over it. In our family room in the TV/ play area, we layered an old wool rug over it, which is perfect for playing, lounging & wrestling… (I thought I’d let you see it in all its messy-primary-colored-toy-glory)   Many people complain that it hurts their feet and I have to admit that late at night and early in the morning when it was first installed, it hurt my feet, but now it doesn’t bother me at all, even when I’m tired.

7) EXTRA INFO: Since it’s natural, its color changes over time. It starts out with more of a green tinge and eventually tans. If you are layering rugs, the area under the rug might stay green longer because the moisture is being protected under there so keep that in mind of you plan on moving rugs around seasonally. (Similar to sun discoloration on hardwoods) Eventually, after being exposed for long enough, the difference shouldn’t be noticeable. Weels also work on this rug which is perfect for the wheely desk chairs in my office & also for Christian’s scooter. Joni from Cote de Texas has a beautiful & information-packed post about seagrass which (if you haven’t already read) you should definitely check out here.