Home Decor

Discover the Wide Variety of Area Floor Rugs Available Today

02/25/2016

We live in a world and age where
every homeowner wants to be unique and enjoy his own custom area floor rugs.
The good news is that there is a wide spectrum of area floor rugs to choose
from. You can try anything, from today’s modern Bamboo, Sisal or Jute rugs to the
glamorous and vintag e Oriental, Persian or Turkish rugs that reflect the
cultures they come from. Whether you want to decorate your home or add more
color and beauty to our office, it is paramount to know all the styles of area
rugs available on the market, because you want to make an informed decision and
choose the right one for your needs.

Here is a list with the main types of area
rugs available today.

1. Persian

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Although the Persian and Oriental are often
considered to be the same, there is still a major difference. Persian area rugs
come from Middle East countries like Turkey, Iraq and Iran (the Old Persian
Empire). Just like Oriental rugs, Persian rugs vary in color and size and are
extremely appealing to the eye, being very colorful and ornate. What’s really
unique about these rugs is that they will look better the older they get,
making Persian rugs a perfect family possession.

2.
Oriental

Most Oriental rugs originate from China.
These rugs are the finest in the entire world, featuring a very elaborate,
intricate and complex design, with tons of colors and patterns. These handmade
rugs can be found in the finest palaces, hotels and institutions in Asia.

3. Tibetan

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In Tibet, manufacturers and braiders create
unique rugs that reflect harmony and spirituality. Tibetan rug makers are keen
on expressing their spiritual values through their work, infusing amazing
designs and imagination to their designs. Most Tibetan area rugs have their own
symbolic meanings, being more decorative than their Oriental or Persian
counterparts.

4. Natural

Modern rugs are mostly natural, as more and
more people are becoming aware of the tremendous importance to protect the
environment. Hence, with the exponential growth of natural materials, people
choose to go green and purchase natural area rugs made of Sisal, Sea Grass,
Mountain Grass and Jute. Some of the benefits of natural carpets include
durability, ease of clean, and affordability. When compared to silk, wool or
cotton, these natural materials are much cheaper and definitely more unique.

5. Hand Knotted

Probably the most laborious and definitely
the oldest method of rug making is hand knotting. All hand knotted rugs are the
result of the extensive effort of experienced craftsmen, who would spend up to
one year to make a single rug. The amount of knots per square inch is extremely
high, which make these rugs extremely strong. As a general rule of thumb, 160
knots per square inch is regular, 600 or more is an exquisite piece of rug and
over 1000 is a rare work of art. Rug makers usually use silk, cotton and wool
to make these exquisite hand knotted rugs.

6. Braided

Braided area rugs can be made from either
silk, cotton, wool, as well as cheaper materials, such as olefin or nylon.
These rugs come in an array of shapes and sizes for every taste. These unique
rugs are practically made using strips of fabric braided into ropes, creating
beautiful round patterns. Being extremely easy to clean, durable and very
appealing, these rugs are perfect for both interior and exterior.

7. Hand Tufted

Lastly, hand tufted rugs are made extremely
fast. Rather than tying knots, the rug maker pushes the yarn through the back
of the foundation using a special tuft gun. Then he stretches the yarn in place
on a frame. The process is also called “gluing the yarns”. Even thought hand
tufted rugs are more expensive than hand knotted ones, they are not that
resistant in time. However, they can look just as nice as hand knotted or
braided area rugs.

The Bottom Line

Regardless of your choice, you need to make
sure you enjoy your new area rug and that is exactly what you wished for. When
choosing a new area rug, you need to take these three aspects into the
consideration:


What your love.


How to clean and maintain it.


Where to place it.

Choose wisely and you will never regret
buying the area rug of your dreams.

Home Decor, Rug pads, Rugs

Keeping the rug pads in order

04/15/2016

Quality rugs have a habit of improving homes they are placed in, but they always come with an added sense of responsibility. Once you have gotten a more expensive rug, you will often start obsessing over it, trying to eliminate anything in the vicinity that might cause accidents. But if you did buy such a rug, hopefully you were also instructed in the various types of rug pads and the benefits they provide, and chose the right one for your rug. You are ready to take all the necessary steps to care for your carpet, but what steps are you taking to guarantee proper rug pad care? Or did you think such a thing wasn’t of concern? If you wish to keep your rug pad in pristine condition for as long as possible, you will have to treat caring for it no different than you would treat caring for that expensive rug of yours. The methods often aren’t that far from each other. Whenever cleaning your rugs, look to also clean all the rug pads underneath them as well. Start off by lifting your rug pads in the air – do not simply leave the rug pad lying down as there can be ample dirt and debris between the rug pad and the floor – then taking them outside for a good shakeup.

Next, examine the rug pad to check for any traces of dirt still lodged in. If there are some left, you will need to vacuum the entire rug pad carefully to remove it. This is all part of appropriate rug pad care. Once done with dry removal of debris, you are ready to clean the rug pad manually with a mixture of detergent and water. Sponges or rags work well to apply the detergent. After cleaning, you will need to completely dry out the rug pad before restoring it to its original place. How you choose to do this largely depends on the material your rug pad is made of. Fiber will likely take quite a bit longer to dry and so you might want to leave fiber rug pads outside of your home until they can dry properly in the sun. A collection of moisture inside the rug pad is often overlooked and can lead to rotting, bad smell and being left with no choices but to discard your rug pad. You may have noticed that rug pad care is a lot like rug care itself, and you are right: dust off, vacuum dirt, rinse, apply detergent, rinse again and leave out to dry.

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Let’s hope this helps you keep in mind that it’s just as important to clean your rug pads as it is their carpets, because a dirty rug pad placed back under a clean carpet is a fast track to having that carpet dusty and dirty again in record time. Cleaning the same carpet twice in a short period of time or having to buy whole new rug pads because the previous ones rotted seems like a lot more effort than adding some care for the rug pads whenever cleaning your carpets.

Home Decor

How to Choose Bath Rugs and Bath Mats

01/12/2016

Introduction

Bath mats and bath rugs can create a
big difference in the manner in which your bathroom looks. They also make your day to day morning experience
much simpler and more convenient. This  however depends on if you are able to match
your habits well with your bath rug or bath mat. Therefore it is very important
to take time and do good research on bath mats and bath rugs before purchasing
one. This will make it much easier for you to choose a new bath rug or bath mat
and at the same time ensure that you get the perfect mat for your bathroom. Below are some steps on how to choose the
best bath mat or a bath rug for your bathroom.

1) Take measurements of your bathroom

It is very easy for people to assume
that they know the dimensions of their bathrooms. This is not always true and it
can be misleading and you may end up purchasing a bath rug or a bath mat that appears
to be of the correct size but will actually be smaller or larger on your
bathroom. It is therefore very important to take measurements of your bathroom
floor so as to have the actual dimensions. You can easily do this with the help
of a measuring tape and this will greatly guide you when searching for the bath rug or mat.

original_bath-mats-in-wisteria-celery-smoke-blue2) Who will be using the bath mat or bath mug

This is a very important thing to consider when choosing a bath mat or bath rug. Is it going to be used by an
elderly person (e.g. a grandparent)? Or is it going to be used in the kid’s
bathroom? Asking yourself such questions will greatly help you choose the
perfect bath rug or bath mat. If it is
going to be used in a grandparent’s bathroom for instance, you will definitely
go for a no-slip bath mat and if it is going to be in the kid’s bathroom, a
brightly colored bath rug which is easy to wash will be the best choice. You
may also have to go for a cheap but durable bath mat or rug if the bathroom is
often used by a large number of people or a unique one for a master bath. You should therefore take time to think about
how the bath mat or bath rug is going to be used and this will make it much
easier for you to choose the best.

3) Take a good look at the different bathroom pictures

You can easily get this information from
different bed and bath magazines & books.
The internet also has good information the different bathroom pictures.
When you have this information, see the kind of bath rugs or bath mats that are
used in those designs. Doing this will help you have good ideas on the different
types of bath rugs or bath mats available out there. This will help you choose
a good one for your bathroom.bath-rugs-10

4) Go through various bath mat and bath rug reviews

Once you have a rough idea of the bath mat
or rug you are looking for, the next step is to visit an online bath department
and read the reviews of the different bath mats and bath rugs. It is important
to go through all the reviews (i.e. both the positive and the negative) so as
to have a good understanding. Going through the various reviews help you have a
better understanding on the different bath mugs or mat rugs (both their
advantages and their disadvantages).

5) Choosing your bath rug or bath mat

After you have gone through the above
steps, the next step is to choose the bath rug or bath mat. You already know
who will be using the bath mat or bath rug, the dimensions you are going for,
the different brands available and you have also gone through the various
reviews. The final step for you is to simply go for the best deal with the
perfect, durable bath mat or rug.

Conclusion

The above steps are very simple and
easy to follow. Going through them will be of great help to you when choosing the
best rug or mat for your bathroom. Do enough research and you will get the best
quality with the best deal.

Bathroom, Home Decor

What You Should Consider In Bathroom Remodeling

06/17/2016

A bathroom is very essential to your home. It is a place where you normally take a shower every day. It is one of the areas of your house that offers solace and comfort. This is the reason why you should give it a lot of attention when it comes to bathroom remodeling. You will realize that a little planning will actually ensure that the remodeled bathroom suits the décor of your home. Bathroom remodeling can be costly. The cost ranges from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. It all depends on your budget.

Do you know that you can actually remodel your bathroom on a low budget? You do not require to dig deep into your pocket when remodeling your bathroom. You just need to be creative. You can get some of the bathroom remodel ideas reading magazines, talking to friends and so on. You can also check online so that you can get more insights on how to remodel your bathroom. The following are some of the considerations that you should make when remodeling your bathroom:

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Light is very essential to your bathroom. You ensure that your bathroom has enough light. You can install translucent windows so that you can enjoy natural light. You can also fix electric bulb so that you can enjoy light at night. Some people usually install skylights so that you can access natural light from above. In addition, you can use finishes and surfaces that can reflect light. This will go a long way in making your bathroom brighter.

2. Choose finishes that are easy to maintain.

It is important that you choose finishes that are easy to maintain. They should have low maintenance. You will realize that when you choose these finishes, you not only save money but also time that is spent on maintaining them. These finishes will extend the life of your remodel by looking fresh and new for longer periods. It is advisable to choose quartz counters instead of marble. When choosing facets, you should choose quality facets so that they can last for many years. This will go a long way in ensuring that you have a low maintenance bathroom.

3. Be more eco-friendly.

It is important that you be more eco-friendly when remodeling your bathroom. You can actually use energy-efficient light bulbs and so on. You will realize that fluorescent bulbs are 90% more efficient compared to incandescent lighting. This will go a long way in minimizing electricity bills at the end of the month.

4. Minimize water wastage.

A bathroom is a place where a lot of water normally gets used in a day. It is mostly used for bathing and flushing toilets. You should consider having low flow toilets and faucets in your bathroom. It is also advisable that you have tankless water heaters. In addition you should consider low-flow showerhead or air shower. Do not forget to replace old fixtures such as leaky faucets. This can help you a great deal.

Those are some of the considerations you should make when remodeling your bathroom. There are many benefits of remodeling your bathroom. Remodel your bathroom today and you will enjoy the results.

Home Decor

The Different Types Of Floral Rugs

12/20/2015

In today’s home care market, there are many top designers who
specialize in making accented floral rugs. One of the most popular, and a
favorite among many, is Martha Stewart. Her diverse collection has left
homeowners lusting for more of her unique floral rugs. When it comes to design,
she uses a special approach that clearly brings out the bold and colorful
blossoms found in most of her floral rugs. She also has some special designs that
are specifically meant for more modern and contemporary décor. They come in
wide a range of beautiful bold colors with ripe motifs that will give any home
a botanical flavor. rugs

Floral designs are basically carved into the pile of the
rug. Their boldness gives the rug a dramatic depth. Martha also has a variety
of accent accessories that match most of her designs. They are suitable for the
bathroom, living area, bedroom and kitchen.

These sorts of rugs are usually carved by hand to highlight
their dimensions and give them depth. This allows them to have a beautiful rain
forest appearance that captures scenes from the past and present. The botanical
designs are also ideal for the living room floor, or on the patio. Most of them
are normally hand hooked using 100% polypropylene. This makes taking care of
them very easy.

You can purchase hand hooked country floral rugs in a
variety of sizes, shapes and colors. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Most of the rugs are hand hooked, hand knotted and hand tufted to give them
that old country appearance. This fine design work delivers a unique look that
can brighten any home with a modern transitional theme.J25032-Modern-Floral-Oriental-Rug

Floral rugs are excellent for your home. They can be an
inviting focal point in any room, or a lovely accent on the sun porch. Subdued colors, bold colors or soft muted
tones can make your floral rug a stunning piece of art. Such colors are
well-known for setting the trend in terms of style. Most floral rugs are either
handmade or machine made. However, all of them are quite durable, especially in
areas with high amounts of traffic. The sophistication of a beautiful rug can
change the atmosphere of any plain and colorless room.

Sphinx by Oriental Weavers has managed to create an Andy
Warhol Collection of wonderful abstracts and rugs. They feature 20th
century art that is either handmade or machine made. These floral rugs are available
in a wide range of sizes and matching runners. They are inspired by the huge collection
of floral themed works brought forth by the creative mind of Andy Warhol. You can
try introducing a bit of iconic charm in different rooms with these unique
floral rugs. The Andy Warhol originals offer pure, 100% wool that is durable
and hand crafted into different floral styles. You can also choose to go with
the machine made contemporary style.

Asian inspired designs are quite unique. They usually have a
timeless effect that raises the level of elegance in any room. Most people will
agree that they are quite exceptional. Asian rugs are also constructed in a
very structured that is inspired by traditional themes. This is one of the main
reasons behind their success.

Asian floral rugs are available in both silk and velvet like
materials. It all depends on what you are looking for. In addition, they are
very good at complimenting the oriental décor of a home. They are simply the
perfect choice for this sort of theme.

If you intend to set your own style, there are many affordable
online sites that sell beautiful rugs. You can find something that will suit
your décor in a very short time. In addition, most of these online websites
offer some offer discounts on some of their sale prices. Others have their own
customer incentives, for instance, free shipping.

Today’s designers are very keen on perfecting their art.
They want to create rugs using their own unique designs that will charm the
average customer. Adding a touch of class to a rug goes a long way. It gives
the homeowner a sophisticated perspective of their decor. This is one of the
main reasons why these floral rugs are so desirable. With just a touch of
creativity and a bit of patience, you can find the most beautiful pieces
currently available in the market.

Home Decor, Living Room

Decorating Ideas for Small Living Rooms

07/05/2016

Vast majority of decoration ideas for small living rooms actually are about making the area appear roomier. And, such décor ideas indeed turn even closed up and confines spaced into beautiful and comfortable living areas. Space and light are essential when decorating but importantly, use the combination of scale, color and weight in a manner that brings out the best of the rooms you are decorating.

Trying new stuff is exciting because sometimes, improving small spaces comes not from old ideas. For instances, long flowing drapes can replace blinds on the windows because drapes make the vertical space apparent and as such, expands the room.

Your living room, in spite of its size, should be your entertainment and relaxation space. Here as such, are some of our tested and preferred décor ideas for making it roomier.

Use mirrors to decorate

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/59/33/b9/5933b90813d45fc3dbc434a3c9c64308.jpgDesigners prefer to use mirrors in tiny spaces to give the rooms a spacious feeling. Hanging a large mirror especially in a central point so it is the major attraction, is one such idea. You can make the most of this décor idea by putting the mirror behind a source of light such as a pendant lamp or candle. The mirror will thus reflect the light and in the process, improve ambiance. Better yet, position the mirror across from the window so it reflects the view of the room.

Focus the attention on the upward direction

Like a plane, a room to has a vertical and a horizontal dimension. Rooms with high ceilings present a great opportunity because you can expand the house upwards if you decorate while paying attention to the vertical space. There are various options of achieving this including using stylish floor-to-ceiling drapes.

You can also opt to fill this vertical space with a collection of artwork. These two techniques will give the living room a roomier feel because they expand the focus over and above the traditional eye-level.

Expand Small Living Rooms using Neutral Colors

Using neutral colors especially on walls, ceiling, floor, and furniture upholstery is an age-old décor idea. It has three impressive effects; beige or off-white palettes expand your space by ‘pushing’ back the walls while soft colors brighten the room because they reflect light. These colors also give the living room a calming effect full of sophistication.

Shop for furniture with lighter visual weight

Visual weight is an important aspect. It describes the perception that an item’s heaviness has something to do with its color, size or design. Based on this perception, you should pick furniture pieces that appear light, as they will help free up space.

Pale colors do great over darker hues. In addition, pieces with legs create a roomier feel as opposed to those that have boxy designs. Glass end or coffee tables are preferable to wooden ones. Essentially, any furnishing that does not limit views creates spacious feeling.

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It goes without saying that a small living room needs size-appropriate furniture. Pieces that don’t take up all the space or overpower the room are preferable. A thin sofa with equally thin arms and a back with correspondingly tight upholstery fit well in such a space as opposed to one with fluffy arms and a huge cushioned back.

Alternatively, you can discard the couch completely especially if you have a tiny space. Instead, go for a love seat or four chairs that fit snugly around your coffee table. Here, armless chairs that take lesser space are preferable.