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Brighten Homes with Decorative Sisal Rugs

Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:11:19 AM America/Los_Angeles

Carpets and rugs have many uses to home decorators. They can be used to soften the feel of a room and make the floors comfortable to walk on. They can be installed to muffle sounds and make a work space or living space quieter. Carpets come in many colors and can add a variety of looks and feelings to a room, and area rugs are often used as accents to add color and interest to a single-colored floor. However, not all carpets and rugs are created equal, and when you're choosing an area rug for your home. We, Natural Home Rugs recommend our line of elegant and durable sisal rugs for a number of reasons.

Sisal Area Rugs are Beautiful

Sisal rugs are woven from natural fibers harvested from the sisal plant, a type of agave plant native to warm places like Mexico and Brazil. Like most natural materials, sisal has a warm and authentic beauty that synthetic fibers just can't quite duplicate. Its natural color is soft, neutral beige that complements a wide variety of home design themes. Sisal also takes dye very well and can be colored with a variety of lovely shades and hues to match any color scheme imaginable. Our sisal rugs are weaved with a variety of patterns ranging from a simple, tight weave to more complex square or diamond patterns. We take pride in making a gorgeous product for your home, but there is so much more to our sisal rugs than their stunning looks.

Sisal Area Rugs are Durable

Most people have had the unpleasant experience of dropping a treasured decorative item due to clumsiness or sheer bad luck. In the course of an average home life, things can be dropped, bumped and spilled with varying degrees of unfortunate results. Natural Home Rugs is dedicated to creating a product that can withstand the wear and tear that comes with being part of a lived-in home. Sisal fibers are resistant to spills and stains, making them ideal accents for dining rooms or kitchens. Woven sisal is naturally durable, making it ideal for high-traffic areas in your home. After all, what's the point of having a rug that you can't step on? Our rugs are a practical product as well as a beautiful one.

Sisal Area Rugs are Earth Friendly

Sisal, as a plant fiber, is an easily renewable resource. While synthetic fibers must be created in factories which can involve harmful chemicals, sisal grows just like any other plant without harming the earth. It also doesn't contain any chemicals or residues that could harm your family. People with allergies will find that sisal rugs don't aggravate their condition the way synthetic rugs sometimes do. They are easier to clean and keep free of dust and other allergens.

A Lovely and Sustainable Choice

We at Natural Home Rugs are proud of our sisal throw rugs and hope that you make this simple, natural and utterly gorgeous material a part of your home decor.

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Enhance Beauty and Enjoyment of Your Homes with Custom Sisal Rugs

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:29:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

For many people spring is the perfect time to start renovations, but even if people are not planning to renovate they can use spring as an opportunity to redecorate. There are many small changes that people can make to enhance the beauty, functionality, and enjoyment of their home.

Clean

Before people begin plans to renovate or redecorate their homes, or any room in their home one of the first things they can do is some spring-cleaning. Cleaning will help give people an idea of how much space they have to work with for redecorating, and they may rediscover items that they have forgotten about. If an item is no longer working or being used on a regular basis, then people can donate these items. Getting rid of the old brings in room for the new.

Rearrange Furniture

If people have the space, sometimes just rearranging furniture can bring new life to a room or a home. People can try rearranging their couches and chairs in a living room, or can switch where their dresser and bookshelf is in a bedroom. Even moving smaller pieces of furniture like an end table can help change the look and feel of a room.

Paint

Painting the wall of a room or even painting just one wall (as an accent) can transform a space. Neutral colors like white, off-whites, tans, and beige colors are always a safe choice, but adding a bold paint color can transform the look of a room. Certain colors are said to evoke feelings. For example a color like blue has a calming effect that is perfect for a bedroom, while yellow is a vibrant and stimulating color that is perfect for a busy room like a kitchen.

Add Decorations

Redecorating a home does not have to cost a lot of money. Some people might want to purchase new furniture for their living, for example, but perhaps a new living room set might not be in their budget. Instead, they could purchase smaller items to help change the look of a room. Some throw pillows can completely change the look of a couch, chair, or even a bed. Adding custom sisal rugs to a room with a hardwood floor can break up a space, particularly in an open concept style home.

                                                              A sisal rug can help to add beauty and new life to this room

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that attempts to increase a person’s life force (or chi energy) in a home or room through the items (including furniture and decorations) used in a home. According to Feng Shui, certain items should be placed in certain areas of a home to increase a person’s wealth, health, and happiness. For example, the middle of a room is representative of the Earth element, so items with a yellow or earth tone, like a neutral colored sisal rug would be perfect for this area of a room.

No matter what people choose to do some cleaning, rearranging furniture, painting, adding new decorations and adding some Feng Shui principles can help change the look of a home or a room.

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How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:59:51 AM America/Los_Angeles

You vacuum your area rugs on a regular basis, and you try your best to keep them clean, but if you have pets, it sure can seem like an uphill battle. Those furry little bundles of joy can wreak serious havoc, like little shedding time bombs filled with love and dander. Sometimes vacuuming alone doesn't do the trick when it comes to eliminating pet hair, so what's a baffled pet lover to do? Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and grab that area rug. We have work to do. How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

The Rubber Glove Approach

Here's a little known but highly effective secret for pet hair removal. Take a rubber glove or sandal, place it over your hand, and firmly rub the carpet in the direction of the pile. You'll be amazed by how quickly the hair separates from the rug. This handy little trick is also effective for removing pet hair from clothing and blankets.

The Damp Sponge Approach

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

Take a damp sponge and gently brush it over the carpet. Make sure not to soak the sponge, as excess water may only make your problems worse (did somebody say mold?). It's best to vacuum the carpet first, and it's also worth noting that this approach works best on low pile rugs. After you have finished with your pet hair removal effort, allow the rug to air dry.

The Baking Soda Approach

This final technique is especially useful if your area rug has become plagued by pet odor. Gently sprinkle baking soda over the rug, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum. The hair will clump together and lift from the rug more readily, along with the baking soda. Your area rug will smell fresh, and your pets will be free to shed again (hey, it's a never-ending job when you love your dogs and cats).

Tips and Tricks

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

When vacuuming, try using your thin hose extensions. Not only is this approach much easier on the rug fibers, but it's more effective for targeting pet hair and dander. The more often you vacuum, the easier it will be to remove the pet hair. Finally, remember to brush and otherwise groom your pets often, as this will minimize the accumulation of dander.

Pet Lovers Unite

We love our dogs and cats; they bring us tremendous joy, and a bit of hair is a very small price to pay for the unconditional love that these wonderful animals afford us. Still, we want to keep our décor looking ship shape, and with a bit of elbow grease, we can do just that, pets or no pets. If you're looking for some new eco-friendly area rugs of your very own, check out the wide selection at Natural Home Rugs. Our rugs are sustainable, all-natural and affordable. Get yours today.

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Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:31:39 AM America/Los_Angeles

Shopping for area rugs can be a daunting enterprise. It's not about the colors, the patterns, or the materials. These decisions are easy, because you know what appeals to you visually. The real challenge is choosing the ideal size. You explore various dimensions and weigh your options, but even if you take careful measurements, the mystery remains. After all, it's not as simple as finding a rug to fit the room. There are important aesthetic considerations, like how much space to leave for borders. If you're grappling with the complexities of rug size, consider some general guidelines.

Let Your Dining Room Table Be Your Guide

One of our most frequently asked questions pertains to the issue of dining room area rugs. Obviously it's not enough to just measure your dining room table and choose a corresponding rug size. You need room for the chairs as well, and those chairs need room to back up. Here are some general rules of thumb: six chairs will need 8x10; eight chairs will need 9x12; and ten chairs will need 10x14. Of course, these figures may vary according to the size and dimensions of your table.

Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big?

 

Measure According to Your Furniture Arrangement

For living rooms, consider the amount of space taken up by your furniture. For instance, you might measure the rectangular dimensions between your sofa, entertainment center, love seat and chairs – assuming that they're situated in a reasonably rectangular formation. Once you have your measurements, shave a couple of inches off of each side and let that dictate your rug size. By choosing a rug that's slightly smaller than the furniture space, you can effectively create a central focal point, while leaving only the front legs of each piece of furniture on the rug.

Never Cover the Entire Floor

Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big?

The biggest area rug “don't” is to take a wall-to-wall measurement and choose an area rug that fills the entire space. Not only does this look ridiculous, but the whole purpose of the area rug is to create contrast and allow for visual focal points. The last thing you want is an overbearing area rug that covers the entire floor. Always leave a border at the very least.

Natural Home Rugs Can Help

If you're still struggling to determine the ideal size for a new area rug, take a photograph of the room and send it to us. At Natural Home Rugs, we specialize in customization, and we'll be happy to lend our expertise and advise you on how you can bring out the best. We'll even design a custom rug to meet your needs. Email us today, or give us a call at 1-800-601-6062.

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Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:18:25 PM America/Los_Angeles

When you think of restaurants, you think of food, laughter and more food. Unless you're the owner of the restaurant. Then you probably think about things like bringing in new customers, balancing the books and avoiding those negative Yelp reviews. But as a restauranteur, have you given much thought to the interior design of your eatery? We've all seen the eclectic dining establishments with moose heads on the walls and vintage celebrity photos plastered from booth to booth, but you really don't need anything so flamboyant to make a good impression with customers. In fact, even a simple area rug can go a long way in sprucing up your interior.

Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs

Restaurant Design for the Modern Age

This is the 21st century. No longer are restaurants restricted to booths, tiled floors and jukeboxes (okay, granted, it's not 1955, either). Many of today's trendy metropolitan eating establishments are equipped with love seats, coffee tables, zebra print chairs, modern art displays, fountains, track lighting, and even beanbag chairs. And let's not forget area rugs. The point is that the tide is changing in terms of restaurant décor. In past generations, restaurants were specifically designed to take you away from the home environment and make you feel like you were in a uniquely social setting designed specifically for dining. But today, many of the hottest restaurants strive to create an elegant home environment right within their walls. And the public can't get enough of it.

Why do restaurant area rugs matter? They provide the establishment with a sense of warmth, openness and sophistication. They're especially great for country kitchens, mountain lodge eateries, local diners and trendy cafes, but any restaurant can benefit from a selection of dazzling area rugs. The trick is choosing the right ones.

 

Finding Your Perfect Rugs

When shopping for restaurant area rugs, there are just a couple of things that you'll want to keep in mind. The first is color. Over the years, restaurants have invested millions of dollars in research to find the best evocative colors to keep customers coming back again and again. As it turns out, reds and blues should be avoided at all costs. The color red is shown to raise heart rate and blood pressure, while blue evokes feelings of thirst but not hunger. Your best colors are neutrals, yellows and greens. 

Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs

Your second consideration is the fiber type. If you have rugs in your restaurant, they're going to see quite a bit of abuse. From spills to ceaseless foot traffic, your rugs will be put to the test. That's why you need to select rugs made from the most durable and stain-resistant natural fibers, such as sisal or seagrass. Natural Home Rugs carries a wide selection of restaurant area rugs that not only look great, but can withstand all that comes their way. Try adding a touch of area rug class to your restaurant, and see how it brightens up your interior. No matter how good your breakfast sausage or filet mignon, you don't want to overlook your aesthetic needs.

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Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet

Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:22:38 AM America/Los_Angeles

Area rugs can add a touch of refinement to just about any home, but when it comes to placing these decorative touches on top of wall-to-wall carpeting, there is quite a bit of debate and controversy. Some people argue that area rugs should be reserved for hard surfaces like wood floors, while others contend that area rugs can flourish in any room. So who is right? Is carpet-on-carpet a disastrous design idea, or just another eclectic touch?

Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet

Find Your Style

Understandably, if you lay your favorite area rug in a room with wall-to-wall carpeting, some people might assume that you're trying to hide something underneath, perhaps a stain that just won't go away. To the solid floor purist, carpet-on-carpet is nothing more than a redundancy and an eyesore. Granted, if you place area rugs in a carpeted room, not everyone is going to like it. However, if you go about it in the right away, you can still make a reasonable impression with even the most hard-nosed interior design enthusiast. It's all a matter of color, style and placement.

For starters, you want to give careful thought to the contrast between your area rug and the flooring beneath. If your primary carpet is a solid color, consider going with a patterned area rug. This will create a pleasing contrast and allow your area rug to serve as a visual focal point, rather than just a rug tossed on top of a rug. Location matters as well. Center your area rug around furniture to create harmony and uniformity.

Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet

You'll also need to consider your texture. There are a number of great natural rug fibers that are as durable as they are aesthetically pleasing: sisal, wool, jute, seagrass. These are just a few worthwhile options to consider. But whatever texture you choose, be sure to go with a thinly cut rug. You don't want to cover your base carpet with a thick, overpowering area rug that draws too much attention to itself. Your area rugs should blend seamlessly into the existing floor.

Finally, consider your own design preferences. People are forever debating tastes and styles, but in your home, you have the privilege of realizing your own decorative dreams. So forget about the naysayers, and organize your rooms in ways that are pleasing to you. Your décor should reflect your personality, so experiment with different area rugs over different surfaces, and find the arrangements that speak to you.  

Update Your Home

If you need some beautiful rug ideas to get you started, check out the inexpensive area rugs at Natual Home Rugs. Not only are they affordable, but they look great, and they're all made from natural, eco-friendly fibers. Wherever you shop, remember that style is all about communicating without words. So find your style today, and communicate it to the world.

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How to Decorate Around Your Area Rugs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:14:23 AM America/Los_Angeles

Let's turn conventional wisdom on its head for a moment. You don't have to purchase area rugs to suit your interior design. Instead, you can fashion your interior design around your area rugs. Sound crazy? Well, think about it for a second. Area rugs provide a centralized focal point for any given room, and they're far more integral to the overall essence of the room than we give them credit for. So rather than treating them as afterthoughts, let's consider ways in which we might utilize them to their full potential. 

Decorate Around Your Area Rug

A Splash of Paint

Let's start with your walls. I mean, chances are your walls could use a good coat of paint right about now anyway. So how might you be able to decorate your walls in such a way that complements your rugs? Start by observing the color or your rug. If you have a neutral color, you might choose a paint color that closely—but not exactly—matches the color of your rug. The key is to create uniformity while still allowing for a touch of contrast. If you have a bold, dark colored rug, look for the most neutral color available. For instance, a dark red Persian rug may have strands of chestnut or vanilla separating the various patterns.&nbsp

Balance and Harmony

Situate your furniture around the rug. This is the easy part, and it costs nothing. Nevertheless, it's critically important. I mean, your area rug serves a purpose. It's not meant to sit haphazardly in a corner somewhere. In a dining room, it should be centered beneath the main table. In a living room, you might surround it with sofas, love seats and perhaps an entertainment center, with a coffee table right in the middle of all the action. Consider how your area rug will bring the room together.

With that said, don't obsess over symmetry. Yes, your area rugs serve a purpose, but that doesn't mean that everything must be perfectly uniform. For instance, if you have two couches surrounding your area rug, you might situate one with all four legs on the rug, and the other with only two legs on the rug. These subtle touches can go a long way in enhancing the overall appeal of the room. Experiment with different arrangements.

One is Never Enough

Use multiple rugs to separate large rooms. With a variety of area rugs at your disposal, you can really take your interior design to the next level. Just make sure to vary your sizes, because identically sized rugs can actually have the opposite effect, creating an overly simplistic and visually unappealing vibe. Again, you'll want to experiment with different placements to achieve just the right look for your home. Don't be afraid to get creative. If you need ideas for rugs, Natual Home Rugs carries a wide selection of jute, sisal, seagrass and even bamboo area rugs. Check out the selection.

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Uses of an Anti Fatigue Comfort Mat

Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:01:02 AM America/Los_Angeles

Your back hurts, your legs are sore, you feel tired. These are all just some of the symptoms of standing on a hard surface all day. Don't think you need an anti fatigue comfort mat? You may want to think again.

Standing on a hard surface causes stress to your feet, legs, and back. Standing for a little while is OK, but when baking cookies, cleaning your garage, or doing multiple loads of laundry, you may need a little added comfort.

At Natural Home Rugs we offer our customers three distinct varieties of anti fatigue comfort mats. Whether you pick the Mastro, the Lanai or the Fiore that is made with 100% premium quality PVC vinyl surface, you'll be getting a comfort mat that is not only sound absorbent and stain resistant, but easy to maintain (detergent and water), and is so durable so it'll last for years on end.

If you're still not convinced think about this:

- Anti fatigue mats like Natural Home Rugs' comfort mats have been shown to increase productivity. So if you're cleaning out the garage you'll get it done faster.

- Anti fatigue mats also give you more energy. That means you won't be winded after making a five course meal, you will have the energy to walk it off with an evening stroll around the neighborhood instead of crashing on the couch because you're too tired to do anything else.

- And finally, after a few uses you will realize that those aches and pains in your back due to standing on cement, hardwood floors, and tile have subsided. Your feet don't hurt nearly as much and your legs don't ache. 

You have nothing to lose when purchasing an Anti Fatigue Comfort Mats from Natural Home Rugs. With free shipping, and a 30 day return policy, you'll love your new mat, and if not, simply return it. 

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How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:45:24 AM America/Los_Angeles

How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs

Sisal rugs have been around since the 1960s, but no carpet is better poised to turn your dull living space into a modern spectacle of interior design. It's simple and yet complex, extremely uniform but highly customizable, understated and yet capable of bringing an entire room together in ways you have never imagined. If you haven't given any thought to the wonders of sisal rugs, consider how they can add a vibrant touch of class to any home.

The Key Benefits of Sisal Area Rugs  

  • - Sisal rugs are completely natural, with fibers derived from a specialized form of agave. If you're looking for a chemical-free, eco-friendly alternative to your typical area rug, sisal is the way to go. When shopping, just make sure to buy from a reputable dealer who specializes in natural, sustainable carpeting. Even sisal can be deemed environmentally disastrous if woven through an irresponsible manufacturing process.
  • - Sisal is just about the most attractive carpeting you will find. The fibers are delicately woven together for an overall presentation that is uniform, symmetrical and almost hypnotic. But not all sisal rugs are created equal. Depending on your personal style, you can opt for a variety of gorgeous patterns and colors. 
  • - Due to the extremely dense weaving, these rugs are also extremely durable, easily capable of withstanding day-to-day foot traffic and abuse for years on end.

How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs

 Modernizing Your Home with Sisal Rugs

If your interior is starting to look a little outdated or just bland, you can easily spruce up the area with a sisal makeover. The first step is the most important: start shopping!

Simply by bringing sisal area rugs into your home, you're already donning your floors with a valuable touch of modern sophistication, because you're introducing a style that's not only aesthetically pleasing, but also pleasing to the environment. And while the green movement is certainly trendy at the moment, we hope that this is one trend that will never, ever go out of style, but will only continue to catch on like wildfire. Here are some other simple tips for modernizing your home with sisal: 

  • - Opt for bright colors like beige and ivory. Colors like these are warm, inviting, and even mood altering. There is one exception to this rule: If you have pets who shed, you may want to consider slightly darker colors, in order to more effectively mask the stray hairs that accumulate.
  • - Purchase a rug that's large enough to cover all of the furniture, without covering the entire floor. The flooring underneath should still be visible, at least along the perimeter of a small room.
  • Got a larger room? Use multiple area rugs of varying styles and colors to distinguish different sections of the room.
  • - Think complementary colors. Your sisal rug doesn't need to match the colors of your walls and décor, but it does need to blend nicely with those colors. So when comparing your options, always keeps the big picture in mind.

So if you're ready for a simple but profound homemaker, check out the infinite possibilities of sisal. This is one style that you'll be proud to call your own! 

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How to Decorate a Modern Living Room

Monday, February 24, 2014 11:58:33 AM America/Los_Angeles

Home décor has many facets, but it all comes together in the living room. This is where you greet and entertain guests, and for many, it provides the first impression of a home. As a result, you want to ensure that your living room reflects the best of your interior design prowess. We have good news for you. Even if you don't consider yourself to be the most design-oriented, you can create an awesome living room with just a few simple tips and considerations. Here are our top recommendations.

Consider the Visual Focal Points

When it comes to any décor project, you want to keep the essentials at the top of your list. You're going to need—at the very least—a stylish sofa, a coffee table, and a bit of artwork to adorn your walls. These touches alone will go a long way in bringing the room together. When it comes to modern sofas, solid colors are best. Avoid bold patterns unless you're absolutely certain of what you're doing.

 How to Decorate a Modern Living Room

Color Your Walls with Caution

Wallpaper is so yesterday, but there's still a place for it as long as you don't make it a visual eyesore. If you just can't bear to paint those barren walls, choose wallpaper wisely. Vertical stripes and flowery arrangements were once all the rage, but this isn't 1977, and so we're going to apply the same rule that we applied to your sofa. Stick with solid colors for best results, or add a bit of personality with subtle textures and gradients. The key is to create the right atmosphere without drawing too much attention to the walls. Remember, less is more.

Add Plenty of Personal Touches

How to Decorate a Modern Living Room

Flowers, potted plants, candles, decorative clocks...these are just some of the items that you can use to add a touch of personality to your living room. Choose wisely, and let your accessories serve as a reflection of both your personality and the mood you're trying to create. If you're wild about the sea, you might want to adorn your living room with a ship in a bottle. If you're addicted to citrus fragrances, purchase some fine scented candles. This is where you can really get creative.

Don't Forget the Area Rugs

We probably should have included this in tip #1 (the visual focal points), but it deserves a section of its very own. Area rugs not only look great, but they really do bring the room together, and it's so critically important to choose the right area rugs when decorating a living room. Neutral colors are also a safe bet, perhaps adorned with subtle floral patterns, but there's something to be said for the traditional Persian and Asian varieties as well. Check out the selection at NaturalHomeRugs.com, and see just how affordable beautiful area rugs can be.

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