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.

Should You Place Your Living Room Furniture on the Natural Area rug or Off of It?

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If you have ever read any of the interior design blogs that are everywhere on the internet, you will notice that interior design has a plethora of rules that should be followed when it comes to decorating your home.  However, these rules basically serve as mere guidelines and have been created to help you as opposed to limiting you.  There are many exceptions to these rules.  At the very least, you have a variety of options to choose from.  For example, area rugs in your living room are able to be arranged in quite a few different ways depending on the size of the rug and the setup of the room.

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There is a decorating rule about furniture needing to be placed on the area rug.  What does that really mean though?  Do you need to have your chairs and sofa all the way on the rug or is that rule meant for just the front legs of the furniture?  That will depend on the size of your area rug as well as on what look you are trying to achieve.  To begin with, let’s take a look at why this is even a rule.  For the most part, it has to do with the size of the rug.  A large rug will allow for furniture to be arranged on top of it as opposed to around it.  A rug that is smaller might can actually make a small space appear to be even smaller while making a larger room feel like it is missing something.  Putting your furniture on top of your rug will also keep people from tripping on the edges of the rug when they are walking around the space.

Now that you have an idea of why people put furniture on the area rugs, let’s talk a bit about your options.  You might choose to put entire pieces of furniture on the top of your area rug or you might choose to put just a part of your chairs and/or sofa on it.  If your floor plan is an open one, putting all of your furniture on the rug will assist in anchoring the space.  Aside from that, it all boils down to what you like.  Try it in a variety of ways to see which look appeals to you more.

Will there be situations when a living room will look best with only the coffee table on the area rug?  Yes, but there will also always be exceptions to the rule.  If the rug you currently own is one that is smallish, try this.  However, if the look doesn’t seem to be right, you will more than likely need a larger rug, like those that can be found at Natural Area Rugs.

Finding the Softest Natural Fiber Area Rug

An embracing, warm natural area rug can make all of the difference in the world after you come home from a long day at work and need to soothe your aching, tired feet.  Having a soft layer beneath your feet can be just the soothing touch that your body needs in order to rejuvenate and relax.  There is a myth about natural area rugs and it is that this type of area rug is too coarse to be of much use in the relaxation department.  This is simply not true.  In fact, many of the natural fiber area rugs on the market are incredibly soft, which makes them the ideal choice for your home.  Take a quick peek at some of them now.

Sisal Wool

This rug is made from a combination of wool and sisal.  It is one of the softest choices when it comes to area rugs that have been created from natural fibers.  Sisal wool rugs give you the best of both worlds.  They have the incredible durability and unique texture that comes with sisal and they also have the smooth feel that you get from wool.  You can choose from a variety of colors and even from a variety of different weaves, which means that you will always be able to find the ideal match for your interior design or floors.

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Jute

When it comes to natural fibers that rugs are made from, Jute is one of the most durable and softest ones around.  This means that it is absolutely ideal for area rugs.  You can get jute area rugs in a variety of different weaves and even in a variety of different colors and shades.  The jute rugs are stunning and have a texture that is naturally soft.  Because of the softness and durability of jute area rugs, they are among the most sought after when it comes to area rugs that have been made from natural fibers.

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Sisal

Sisal rugs are also available in a variety of colors and weaves.  The weaves that are chunkier and larger tend to be the ones that are the softest.  Sisal rugs are great for use in most rooms in your home or office and will add a touch of class where ever you place them.  The shades that sisal rugs are available in range from light to dark so you will have no trouble finding just the shade you are looking for.

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To get a closer look at all of the types of natural fiber area rugs that have been discussed here today, and more, head on over to Natural Area Rugs and see all of the options that you have.