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6 Great Rooms for a Natural Fiber Rug

6 Great Rooms for a Natural Fiber Rug

Affordable, versatile and eco-friendly, natural fiber rugs are fantastic additions to almost any room in your home. Utilizing popular fibers like sisal, jute, bamboo or seagrass, these rugs work in a variety of styles ranging from ultra-modern to pristinely traditional. From bedrooms to cozy kitchens, there’s a room in every house that can benefit from this casual rug – especially if you live in an apartment.

Says Jeremy Blackburn of Corporate Housing by Owner, “Most apartment units are going to be very neutral, so bringing in a rug will give the room some character.”

Let’s take a look at how they work in a range of rooms, colors, styles and materials. Some property managers will  let the tenant know the rugs can be used anywhere throughout the unit so feel free to move around.

Traditional Living Rooms

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    Natural fiber rugs do wonders at bringing an air of casual sophistication to a living room. In traditional interiors, these rugs can add a touch of simplicity and modernity to a room while still complimenting elegant upholstery and delicate chandeliers.

    A heavy Persian rug or ornate tapestry would make a room feel more serious – instead, add a woven natural fiber rug for a calming, casual touch. Natural fiber rugs can add a sense of airiness to traditional living rooms with darker, richer color palettes – they’ll lighten up the space while still anchoring the seating area with texture and dimension. Traditional living rooms with white, cream and light-colored palettes go hand-in-hand with these rugs – neutral upholstery and woven finishes are a timeless combination.

    Modern + Eclectic Dens

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      Modern and eclectic dens are all about unique combinations of textures, colors and silhouettes. Natural fiber rugs provide a neutral backdrop while subtly adding dimension and texture, allowing colors and patterns to pop. Because of their ability to blend with a whole range of styles, natural-fiber rugs are wonderful choices for anchoring eclectic dens that play with Mid-century modern furniture, vintage accessories, whimsical artwork or industrial lighting.

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      Office

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        Is your office large? Does it have an interesting layout? Many natural fiber rugs are often flat woven, which allows them to be easily layered with other rugs of various weaves, colors, materials and patterns. They also work easily with adding another element under hides or round rugs, since they blend in fairly easily while still providing an interesting element and surface coverage. Have a small oriental rug or vintage heirloom that’s too small for your space? Layer a natural fiber rug underneath for an easy solution.

        Bedroom

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          Feel that natural and earthy texture under your feet every morning. Natural fiber rugs are pleasant surprises in the bedroom. Bamboo rugs offer a great alternative to wool, while other flat woven rugs blend easily with carpet and hardwood floors. Sisal rugs may be too rough for little feet, so avoid using these rugs in children’s rooms – they’re more ideal for guest rooms or your master. Bedrooms with nautical-inspired decor or cozy transitional furniture work extremely well with natural fiber rugs, as do warmer color palettes.

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          Dining

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            Warm tones and nubby textures are perfect for creating a welcoming dining room for entertaining your family and friends. Because of flyaway crumbs and drink spills, 100 percent natural fiber rugs aren’t considered the most practical choice for dining areas. Instead, go for an indoor/outdoor natural fiber rug or one with a stain-resistant weave for that same cozy texture with increased durability.

            We love the look of these rugs as they blend in easily with hardwood floors and a variety of styles. Whether it’s a formal Christmas dinner or a casual dinner with old friends, a natural fiber rug will add a comfortable touch while still complementing your everyday decor or delicate china.

            Kitchen

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              Can you imagine a shag rug in a kitchen? Neither can we! Natural fiber rugs are great for the kitchen – they add a fresh texture while still staying useful and manageable.

              As Blackburn notes, “People spend a lot of time in the kitchen with their shoes off, so a rug will give some comfort on the hard floors.”

              Naturally dirt repellant, these rugs can be taken outside and shaken easily. Sisal rugs are flame-retardant and durable, and seagrass rugs are wonderful for high-traffic areas – both are ideal choices for a long-lasting kitchen rug.

              Where have you used a natural fiber rug?

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              Last Updated on January 21, 2020

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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