Decorate the natural way: A guide to natural-fiber rugs

Photo credit: Iridescence

Photo credit: Iridescence

I’ve noticed more and more people choosing natural-fiber rugs lately. If you’ve read some of my earlier entries, you already know that I am a fan of natural rugs (although synthetic rugs have their place, too). Natural-fiber rugs are durable, stylish and depending on which fiber you choose, they can also be very affordable. If you’re considering a natural-fiber rug for your home, use this guide to narrow down your options and choose the best material for your space.

Wool: If you’re searching for a soft, high-quality rug, wool is a great option. Wool rugs are soft, durable and stain-resistant, which makes them well-suited for high-traffic areas.wool rug

Jute: Jute is the softest fiber you can choose and also often the least expensive. It is also much less durable than other natural fibers, though. Choose a jute rug for low- or medium-traffic areas.

Bamboo: They might not be as soft as other rugs, but bamboo rugs are long-lasting and great for areas like the entryway. Bamboo rugs also feature a unique, earthy style that many homeowners love.

Hemp: Hemp, also known as mountaingrass, is a renewable and pesticide-free fiber. If you prefer colorful rugs with patterns, consider using a hemp rug as a layering piece.Cotton: If you like the look and feel of wool but don’t want to pay a higher price, cotton rugs can be a great alternative. Keep in mind, however, that cotton rugs aren’t as durable and may need to be replaced more frequently.

Seagrass: Most natural-fiber rugs are absorbant, making them bad for high-moisture areas. Seagrass, however, grows in marshes and can repel water. These seagrass rugs are also very durable and can handle years of wear.

Silk: Silk is very soft and gives rugs a shiny appearance. If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your space, a silk rug is a great choice.

Leather: Leather rugs bring texture and a unique style to any room. Use a leather rug to give your space a rustic appearance.leather rug

Depending on which one you choose, natural-fiber rugs can add style, warmth, color and function to your home. Before you buy one, consider where you will be placing the rug so you can choose the fiber that is best suited for the space.

By Wendy Weinert

Layer your rugs for an interesting look

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Photo credit: The Glitter Guide

I don’t know if you all have heard, but layering rugs is in style – and I love that it is. I think there are many benefits to laying one rug on top of another. For example, if you have a beautiful rug that you want to display in the living room, but it is too small, layering a larger rug underneath is often the perfect solution. Layering rugs can also lend a designer look to your home, as it is bold and sometimes tricky to pull off.

If you like the layering rug trend as much as I do, here are some ideas for making it work.

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Photo credit: Carla Aston

1. Combine bright colors and interesting patterns with a neutral rug

One of the easiest ways to pull off the layered look is to pair a natural fiber rug in a neutral color with a very detailed and colorful one. When placing the colorful rug on top, make sure there is an equal amount of exposed rug around all sides underneath. Bonus point: this could also help you save some money, as large Oriental rugs can get expensive!

 

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Photo credit: Pinterest

2. Use two or more rugs to create one larger rug

Instead of placing one rug directly on top of another, try setting them up side by side, with the edges slightly overlapping. This style is popular when using cowhide or sheepskin rugs, but you can try the look with other shapes, fabrics and styles as well. Just be sure the two rugs complement each other in some way.

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Photo credit: SF Girl by Bay

3. Create an eclectic style by layering two different patterns

Layering a neutral rug with one that features intricate patterns and a variety of colors is easy. Pairing two or more rugs together that all show different patterns is much harder! To create a cohesive look, try finding different rugs that all feature a similar style. Two tribal-print rugs make sense together, but a tribal print mixed with a floral pattern might not.

These ideas will help get you started, but there are other ways to layer rugs as well. Play around with what you have and see what works!

By Wendy Weinert

Find the right rug type for you in 3 easy steps!

Rugs can be made in many ways so when it comes time to purchase the decision can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to selecting a rug that will work best for you home and space.

Tip 1: Make sure the rug you choose is functional for you. If you have pets you do not want a looped product as dogs and cats nails tend to pull the tufted loops out. Shag rugs or cutpile rugs are best with pets. Here is an example of rugs that will wear excellent with pets. Strata rugTip 2:  If you are placing the rug in a high traffic area woven rugs will perform best and stand up to the challenge. These rugs have fibers that are woven through the backing providing stability to the face fibers. You may also need a rug pad to keep the rug in place. If the area gets a particular amount of traffic or if its in an area where you pivot. The rug may need something heavy duty to keep it in place. In this case our Mohawk Home Rug tape works very well.

Here are some examples of woven runners for hallway spaces. Mohawk Bellingham

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Tip 3: Print off images of multiple rug choices and lay them in the room you are thinking of placing it. This helps you envision the rug with the furniture and paint all together. Make sure you view the rug and room with all types of lighting that could be used including natural light. Different light sources can dramatically change the colors you see in a room.

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Cozy up your home décor this fall with rugs

Ah, autumn. Who doesn’t love this beautiful and fun-filled season? Every year around this time, the leaves start to turn colors, the air begins to feel crisp and there is a certain feeling of mystery in the air. As the temperature lowers, people long to feel warm and begin to bundle up with layers of clothing. The same concept can be applied to your home décor. Just like you throw on scarves and sweaters in the fall to keep warm and comfortable, you can create a cozy room by laying a rug down to cover your hardwood floors.

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Even if you love the look of hardwood and prefer it to carpet, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort. Rugs are the perfect solution because they allow you to keep your beautiful wood floors, but offer a nice and cozy touch. The key to choosing the right rug for the fall season is to look for intricate patterns and warm colors which will have you wanting to cuddle up on the couch. Incorporate colors found in the fall season like deep reds, oranges, yellows and even browns. Amer’s Soumak Red Rectangle rug has a stunning detailed design and uses a rich red that will warm up any room.

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Rugs are very versatile, so while you might have wanted to warm up your living room or bedroom with an area rug, you can just as easily roll it up when summertime comes. If you prefer a cozy environment all year round, leave the rug. A snug and comfy home environment is always in style.

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Tips on how to select an area rug

With all the styles and colors available choosing an area rug that integrates with your decor is a breeze.  Consider the following factors when deciding upon your rug…

Consider your room’s focal point

•Choose a rug with a center medallion, if you need to create a dynamic focal point.

•If your room already has a focal point, such as a fireplace choose a rug with an all over pattern.

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Consider wallpaper and upholstery patterns within your room

•If your furniture has an upholstered pattern consider choosing a rug with a more subtle pattern, or pick out and accent color and choose a solid rug.

• An ornate wallpaper also should be considered, if you choose a rug with a busy pattern the two patterns will compete with each other and create a frenetic design statement.  However, if your room is more subdued choose a rug with bold pattern to breathe life and excitement into your design.  If you fancy an updated look for your room, pick and accent color from the rug and paint an accent wall in your room to coordinate.

•For high traffic areas you want to consider rugs made from durable fibers, that are easy to clean and stain resistant.

•The main family room that is used as a gathering place would require a more durable rug than a guest room that is used twice a year during the holiday season.

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Consider textures

•Several different fibers within a rug or high and low pile areas can add depth and dimension to your room’s design.

Rugs made of sisal, sea grass or jute can add an interesting textural element to hardwood or tile floors.

Consider Shapes

•Don’t limit yourself to rectangles.  Ovals, circles and octagons can add symmetry or a unique design twist to a room’s decor.

Select a rug that coordinates with your decor.  Remember the colors in the rug don’t have to match the colors within the room, but at least one color should coordinate.  Color is necessary and, without it a home can look lifeless. Vibrant patterns and colors can strengthen the look of almost any room. Although it can seem simple enough, adding color to a plain room isn’t always easy. An addition of a bright area rug can offer a welcome reprieve from neutral design schemes. If you want an area rug that conforms to your room’s general appearance, then you may want to opt for neutral tones and designs that blend with your existing decor.  A textured shag rug is also a great option as a backdrop for you furnishings.

Be it contemporary or traditional, both styles account for your self-expression and taste. Geometric patterns are best suited for modern settings, whereas traditional floral patterns are the ones you can use to enhance the vintage style of the old world. When mixing patterns, it is important to remember that either the color or the pattern should be in sync with each other. This helps to create cohesion within your decor.

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