Area rugs can be both a financial and a visual investment…this is especially true when it comes to natural fiber area rugs. The right rug can make or even break the overall look of a space and change the entire way that it feels. Choosing the right rug is as much about how it feels underfoot as it is about looks. It is also imperative that it be practical for your home.
Things to Consider When on the Lookout for Natural Area Rugs
- What is your lifestyle like? Do you often chase pets or children through the house? If so, you probably want to skip looking at the white rugs. That being said, natural fiber rugs do hold up quite well when it comes to not getting stained.
- What is the purpose of the rug in the room where it will go? Is it meant to create a focal point in a more formal living room or will it be used as a great place to sit when you are playing a variety of board games or just for the kids to sit on and watch TV in the family room?
- What is your style like? Try to find a rug that will complement the inherent style of the room it will be placed in. That doesn’t mean that it should match every single thing in the room. It should work with the textures and tones of the furnishings that are already in that space.
- How easy or difficult is it to clean? Is it going to be used in high traffic areas and need to be cleaned more often, or in spaces that are little used, where it will stay relatively clean? Even though natural fiber area rugs are resistant to stains, they do still need to be cleaned and this is an important factor in choosing one that will be ideal for you and your home.
- What feels best to your feet? For a rug with a softer feel, go with one that is made from cotton or wool. This isn’t to say that sisal and jute are not soft, but they don’t have the type of physical warmth as some of the other natural fibers do.
- How often does your style change? With the seasons? Will the rug you are considering now work with your décor a year from now?
- Will you be moving? If you are moving, then you will want to get a rug that will still fit in your new space. It isn’t a pretty sight to see a large rug being folded under so that it will still work in a smaller space.
- You might spend a bit more on a natural fiber rug, but it will be worth it when compared to the low quality rugs that are found at bargain stores. They will last longer and not need to be replaced as often and you will also be able to tell a difference in the quality.