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Amazing Ideas To Help You Decorate a Floral Couch and Rug
August 29, 2014
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Using floral patterns in home decor can make everything look cheerful and fresh, but if you want to decorate around a rug and a floral couch in the same room, then things can get tricky. If you have two large floral pieces and you want to coordinate them properly, then you’ll first of all need to think about how you can balance the design. This way, your room won’t look old fashioned or too crowded. With the right accessories and pieces to surround your rug and couch, you’ll be able to come up with a design that’s both charming and has plenty of character.

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Going For The Right Combination

Decorating with floral patterns on your rug and couch is a great idea, but at the same time it can also lead to an overwhelming of the room. If you don’t want this to happen, then you’d better spend some time in choosing the perfect combination of floral patterns. Therefore, the only way to unifying 2 pieces is by making sure you’ll share a background color. For example, black based, ivory and white patterns are excellent options since you can tone down the design’s overall look thanks to the neutral shades.

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On the other hand, you mustn’t forget about the scale of the patters as well and if you want your room to have a decidedly feminine look, then it’s best if you use 2 small floral prints. Yet if you want to achieve a really bold design, then using large scale floral prints is going to do the trick. Most of the times, if you want to add dimension to the space and balance the design, then choose a bold and large pattern for the rug and a small floral print for the sofa.

Keep Things Simple

There’s plenty of pattern in your room thanks to the floral print on your area rug and sofa. Because of that, everything else needs to be kept simple, since this way you’ll avoid overwhelming the space. As for the walls, it’s recommended you choose a natural color, such as gray, tan, cream or white. As for the accent shades, instead of bright and bold hues, go for muted tones. In fact, colors such as butter, brick, sage and blue-gray are all very much recommended.

Now for the rest of the room’s accessories you don’t actually need to avoid pattern, but just limit the designs to small doses and always keep them simple. You may want to add a striped vase to a side table or maybe a dotted lampshade, but other than that, it’s not a good idea to incorporate dramatic curtains in a bold print or other patterned furniture.

Mix in Modern Touches

There is the risk of achieving a design that looks much like your granny’s sitting room when pairing an area rug and a floral sofa, so if you want to avoid this, then give the space a contemporary and fresh feel by incorporating modern elements. You can do that by pairing the sofa with easy chairs with simple and clean lines, but also sleek leather upholstery. A glass top coffee table is also a winner, since it brings the look up-to-date. Then again, don’t be afraid to give your room a quirky feel by displaying contemporary decorations or even some pop art.

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Flower Power

It’s very important that the pieces you chose in order to design your room blend in with one another. How can you do that? Well, by introducing some floral accents in the decor of course. However, it’s best that you don’t go for the larger items, since this way they’re going to directly compete with the rug and the sofa. They just need to be focused and small, since this is the best way to create impact and make the room look stunning.

As an example, you could use a throw pillow with a floral motif on one of the (usually) wooden chairs in the room, but hanging a grouping of artwork pieces or small floral paintings is also a great idea. Better yet, if you want, you can even incorporate flowers themselves, especially if you don’t like using real flowers which need to be updated once in a few days. In this case, going for top quality silk options that you can place in a simple vase is going to greatly help with unifying the looks of the room.

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Increase the Lifespan of your rug with rug pads
August 5, 2014
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Have you ever had an area rug? If you have, you definitely noticed that it starts to show signs of wear and tear especially when it is placed in a location where people are passing through often. Area rugs are usually placed in business premises as well as the front door of a large family. The wear and tear that is usually seen on area rugs can be greatly reduced by making use of rug pads in the home. In the next couple of sections, we will take a look at a number of benefits you get to enjoy when you have a rug pad and why you need them.

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1. Reduced Slipping and Accidents

this is perhaps one of the best benefits you get to enjoy when you install rug pads. Your entire area will be made slip proof. This is more evident when the area rugs have been placed on hard floors such as hardwood or tiles. Sooner or later, an accident may happen if you haven’t installed rug pads and this may lead to other unexpected costs. With a rug pad, the area rug will be stationary and in case you have children, you will avoid a trip to the hospital.

In case of injuries in the workplace, you may face a very serious lawsuit which can be avoided in the first place by installing rug pads. With rug pads, you don’t have to worry whether the area rug is secure or not.

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2. Prevention of Mold

Rug pads have been designed in such a way that they eliminate the growth of bacteria and odor. Rugs are the most common places in the home where mold and other allergens are found. With area rugs that do not have a rug pad, mold and mildew will grow very easily during humid months of the year. Mold may cause severe allergic reactions and end up in critical medical conditions. With rug pads, the fibers of the rug are raised from the floor underneath with a material that is mold-proof. This way, unpleasant smells that come as a result of mildew will be eliminated as well as the allergens that come as a result of mold in the rug.

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3. Extend the Life of your area rug and keep it looking as good as new

One huge benefit of using rug pads for your home or business premises is that they extend the life of area rugs. In offices and living rooms, area rugs are subjected to a huge amount of foot traffic leading to wear and tear where people walk on most of the time. However, a rug pad prevents most of this wear and tear leaving your valuable are rug looking as good as new. This is due to the fact that the rug pads absorb the impact instead of getting the rug fibers being ground between a shoe and the hard floor.

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As you can see, using a rug pad has a lot of benefits for you. The investment you make into buying rug pads can add life to your area rugs as well as improving their look. Without a rug pad, your area rug will have a shorter lifespan forcing you to buy a new one. This can be avoided by having a rug pad which will protect you from accidents and prevent rug wear and tear.

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Change the Mood of Your Home with an Area Rug
September 15, 2014
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Redecorating an apartment takes a lot of hard work, creativity and an eye for balance. When you really want your apartment to stand out from the rest, you can make use of a rug to give it a much needed face-lift. With an easy to clean and stain resistant rug, you will be able to enjoy a stylish look to your home for a long time as well as upgrading your home’s interior decoration. In the next few sections, we will take a look at some tips that may come in handy when you are selecting a rug for your apartment.

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1. Enhance a Huge Room with Rugs

With rugs, you can quickly change and improve the look of a huge room without having to spend a lot of time and money. With the right balance of colors, you can create an overall ambiance in your home that brings harmony and a cozy feel to your home. One important thing to keep in mind when redecorating a large room is that you should not use too many small rugs.

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Instead, accentuate key areas of the living room such as the coffee table. When you have more than one rug, make sure that they are not the same size since they can cut your room in half visually.

2. The Patterns You Choose affect a Certain Mood

The pattern of your rug can be used to create and enhance the overall appearance of your home. When you want to create a serene and peaceful look and feel to a room, you should go for the rugs that have a floral or traditional pattern. A colorful pattern can create a striking effect in your home. There is no limit to the patterns you can choose for your apartment and the final decision will depend on your personal tastes, preferences and the effect you would like to achieve.

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3. Use the Rug as a focal point in the living area

For apartments that have a more modern styling, you can make use of the rug to create a focal point in your living area. Your walls should have a hue that echoes one of the accent colors of your rug in order to achieve a better overall experience. Rugs are not always rectangular and you can select a shape that looks best for a certain area.

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4. Take note of the texture when choosing a rug

The rug you choose for your floor should be able to withstand foot traffic. Densely tufted rugs are more durable than other kinds of carpets regardless of the materials. You can also make use of rug pads to increase the life of the rugs as well.

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5.Woven Rugs can be used as wall hangings

In order to add flair to the décor of an apartment, you can make use of a woven rug. A rug can be used as art for your wall hence enhancing the overall look of your home. In conclusion, rugs add a whole new aspect of decoration to your home. They are easy to install and can be moved around to enhance the look of the house.

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Keep Your Home Safe With Non Slip Rug Pads & Area Rug Pads
August 16, 2014
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Are you planing to purchase new rugs for your home? Then you should probably consider purchasing rug pads to keep you new rugs in place and make your flooring a little softer, especially if you are using slippery area rugs over hardwood floors.

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Why invest in rug pads?

Rug pads are an important investment in homes where area rugs are used over tile or hardwood flooring to prevent accidents caused by slippage. The need for rug pads is even greater in homes where high quality area rugs made with a smooth felt bottom – which makes them very slippery – are used.

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Rugs pads are designed with non-slip materials that create a bond between the floor and the rug thus keeping it anchored. Moreover, they also provide a barrier for dust and dirt from the floor which extends the life span of area rugs and makes it easier to vacuum them out.

Rugs pads are also the ideal addition to your living space flooring if you want to create a softer, more comfortable area in your home. It becomes a lot more comfortable to perform exercises like yoga when your floor has a soft rug pad beneath it.

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Features of rug pads

A high quality rug pad should be resistant to mold and bacteria, which means that your rugs will remain fresh and clean between vacuuming sessions. You can also cut the rug pads to different sizes and they are reversible so that you can face any of the sides downwards.

Cleaning a rug pad is a fairly straightforward exercise; all you need is some warm water and mild soap to clean the surfaces. High quality rug pads are typically made with a vinyl-coated polyester interior which helps secure your floor rugs.

Carpets are another great way of reducing slippage, but Rug pads can still be used to help clean area rugs and prolong their lifespan.

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What to consider when ordering rug pads

Ideally, your rug pad needs to be hidden under you carpet. This means that the roof pad has to be slightly smaller in size. But if you can’t quite find the ideal size, then you can still order a size that is close to what you need then trim it to the right size.

If you use a number of small rugs or runners and need to install rug pads beneath them, then you should consider ordering a single large rug pad and cutting it to fit under the small area rugs. While this is very cost effective, you’ll have to set aside some time to do it properly.

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However, if you do not wish to create your own custom-made rug pads, then you should ideally order you area rugs complete with matching rug pads. This will not only help you save time and effort during installation, but also ensure that you only spend you money on rug pads whose size matches that of your area rugs.

What is the cost of rug pads

The price of rug pads varies depending on the quality as well as where you order them from. However, high quality rug pads generally retail at around one dollar per square foot. While this may initially seem expensive, it is a cost saving investment in the long since the pads will protect your more expensive area rugs, decreasing the cost of maintaining them and prolonging their life span.

 

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A Guide to Preventing Damage to Your Oriental Rug
September 4, 2014
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Preserving your handmade Oriental rug is likely very important to you, as these items are valuable and beautiful. They require that you take some steps to safeguard them, to prevent common issues from damaging your beautiful rug. You need to be especially vigilant when it comes to moth and water damage, as these can ruin your Oriental rug, if not attended to quickly. Yet, the best policy is to prevent these from occurring in the first place, which will ensure that your rug last for years to come. So, to help you learn steps you can take to keep your rug in excellent shape, let’s cover these two types of damage in more detail below.

Moth Damage

Moth Damage

Though you may associate moth damage with garments hanging in your closet or stored in a trunk, they can also damage your Oriental rug if you’re not careful. While full-grown moths will not feast upon your rug directly, female moths will use your rug as a place to lay their eggs. This can cause a significant problem, as they lay great amounts of eggs. These will eventually hatch, and moth larvae eat both silk and wool. As your Oriental rug is doubtlessly made from one of these two materials, you can see that quelling any moth infestation is critical.

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Identifying an Infestation

There are some telltale signs which you can look for, which will give you clues as to whether moths are present. In terms of adult moths, these are typically brown and quite small – less than half an inch long. However, when it comes to protecting your Oriental rug, it is larva which you must worry about. If you do have an infestation, you will see signs of their presence, as they eat various types of fibers.

For example, you’ll likely notice bare spots on your rugs, though these may not be consistent. How so? Moth larva many times will choose a color of fabric which they like better, which may have to do with the dye or material used. In a full-blown infestation you should see filaments of gossamer spreading out in a web-like pattern upon your rug.

 

Other signs you can search for are their excretions, which take the form of little granules that look like sand. After eating the silk or wool in your rug, this is the waste material which they produce. You may even be able to identify the larva themselves, which look like tiny white grains of rice. Finally, the larva will form cocoons so that they can complete their metamorphosis into a full-grown moth. These are quite small and will likely match the colors of your rug, as the larva will attempt to camouflage themselves.

Prevention Tips

Regularly vacuuming your Oriental rug can make a significant difference, as it does not allow the larva to take hold. While you may already perform this important step, you probably don’t flip your rug over and vacuum the underside. To prevent a month infestation, your best bet is to vacuum the hard surface underneath your Oriental rug, your pad and the underside of your rug a few times per year at minimum. For very large rugs which are difficult to flip over, you can simply vacuum the underside along the edges instead.

Common measures to prevent moth infestations of your garments have no effect upon your Oriental rug. This means that putting down mothballs, crystals or flakes won’t keep your valuable rug from falling prey to these pests. Why is this the case? All of these products are simply designed to repel moths, and they do nothing to kill the larva.

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For this reason, to ensure that you do not experience an infestation, you have to take different steps for any areas where you cannot vacuum the surface regularly. This includes Oriental rugs which are beneath heavy furniture, or a rug which you have chosen to display upon your wall. As you cannot vacuum these rugs easily, you may be looking for another option.

Fortunately, there are some special insecticide sprays, which have been made expressly for the purpose of killing moth larva. Be sure that you find one which is non-staining, as you don’t want to damage your rug. The most common active ingredient within these types of products are pyrethrins, and you should know that this is a poisonous substance. If you are at all sensitive to environmental toxins, you should use these types of products with great care. However, these have been approved for use within your home, as the pyrethrins disperse quickly.

Water Damage

As you likely already know, many Oriental rugs are crafted from wool fibers. What you may not be aware of is that many use a cotton backing for their foundation. While the wool may not suffer damage if your Oriental rugs gets wet often, this cotton material can start to decompose. What are common sources of water that you must take care to prevent?

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Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are often placed upon Oriental rugs, and this can create a smart design that will enhance your home’s décor. However, where there are living plants there is water, and this can lead to problems. When you water your plants sometimes this liquid can filter down through the potting soil, and leak out through the bottom. Bear in mind that water damage can occur very quickly (in as little as two weeks), if the water is constantly present. In just a short amount of time the fibers in your rug can deteriorate to such an extent, that you will be able to easily pull out strands by hand.

To solve this problem, rather than putting your potted plants directly upon your Oriental rug, place them upon another service instead. This can be as simple as purchasing a plastic tray, that is designed to sit below your potted plant – which has a raised lip that will catch any water.

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Basement Seepage

If you place your Oriental rug in your basement, you should be aware that this area of your home is particularly susceptible to water problems. While a flooded basement is a clear issue that you have to deal with quickly, it is probably not the most common form of water damage to occur to a rug. Instead, the floor of your basement may be a little damp, constantly inundating your rug with moisture. You can’t always tell that this is the case, simply by running your hand across the floor.

How can you tell if your rug is being damaged, if you can’t detect the moisture easily? The best way is to bend and roll a small section of your rug, and if it is unusually stiff this means that moisture is present. You may also hear the rug’s backing making popping or cracking sounds when you bend it, which is another clue.

If you find this to be the case, the only surefire remedy is to remove your rug from the affected area. In this type of scenario, it is best not to take chances, and you should simply remove your Oriental rug from the basement completely. This will ensure that no damage occurs, so you can enjoy your beautiful rug for many years to come.