Urban lifestyles and rising real estate prices are making smaller living places the go-to choice of young couples and older retirees. The art of micro home décor is all about minimizing clutter and paying more attention to walls, floors and even ceilings.
If you’ve already made the decision to live small, you probably understand that it can significantly untangle many of life’s complications. By choosing the micro-lifestyle, you’re committing to a life of simplicity and sustainability, so it makes sense to incorporate eco-friendly, natural décor into your small space. Whether you’re decorating a challenging urban apartment or sprucing up your tiny home, opting for natural flooring is the smart choice for savvy homeowners.
Complement your petite living space, bedroom or office with earth-friendly natural area rugs. Natural fiber rugs use weaving sourced only from plant-based fibers like jute, seagrass, bamboo and sisal. Unlike traditional carpet-making techniques, these fast-renewing materials don’t require an excess amount of water, energy or pollutant-causing machinery to manufacture. Natural area rugs are also free from harmful chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can even help purify the air in your home, so they’re much safer and healthier than synthetic rugs or carpeting.
When you’re living in a small space, common areas tend to see a high amount of foot traffic. Your living room may also be your study, dining room, den and library, so you want to ensure that you’re choosing quality flooring that will hold up through years of use. Sisal rugs, seagrass rugs and bamboo rugs are well-suited for high-traffic areas like the family room or hallways because of their natural resilience and tight weaving. When you’re committing to a high-quality product like natural rugs, you buy less often and save money while reducing waste. As an added bonus, many natural rugs, especially jute rugs, are reversible for twice the wear.
The most obvious reason to decorate with natural fiber rugs is because they bring a warm, cozy and upscale feel to any living space, no matter its size. Elegant, simple flooring in natural, earth-toned colors can turn a drab and lifeless room into a welcoming retreat that’s inspired and artful. Small spaces shouldn’t rely too heavily on statement furniture or dramatic designs, but should instead incorporate subtle, simplistic décor elements to create a more open and functional feeling.
Natural fibers are beloved thanks to their casual, comfortable appeal, exquisite sheen and texture and airy, inviting appearance. While it is most common to see fiber rugs left to display their naturally beautiful color and texture that can range from sandy beige to golden copper, today’s selection of beautiful natural flooring comes in a huge assortment of bold solid colors and elegant or ornate prints. Eclectic rugs made from patchwork leather or cowhide are great for adding a unique texture to a floor that should still remain somewhat muted.
Naturally, neutral area rugs in beige, gold, hunter green and white, are common choices in micro décor because they cater to the space’s inclination towards the simple and uncluttered. Solid-colored, earth-toned natural flooring can create a tidy and relaxing backdrop for dressing up a space with punchy colors and patterns. Natural rugs are also a popular choice among eclectic and artsy interior designers because they all feature their own natural variations, making each one a true work of art.