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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 March 25, 2020

              How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

              How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

              When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

              So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

              1. Exercise

              It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

              2. Drink in Moderation

              I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

              3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

              Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

              4. Watch Less Television

              A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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              Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

              5. Eat Less Red Meat

              Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

              If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

              6. Don’t Smoke

              This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

              7. Socialize

              Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

              8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

              Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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              9. Be Optimistic

              Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

              10. Own a Pet

              Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

              11. Drink Coffee

              Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

              12. Eat Less

              Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

              13. Meditate

              Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

              Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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              14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

              Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

              15. Laugh Often

              Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

              16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

              Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

              17. Cook Your Own Food

              When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

              Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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              18. Eat Mushrooms

              Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

              19. Floss

              Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

              20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

              Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

              Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

              21. Have Sex

              Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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              Reference

              [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
              [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
              [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
              [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
              [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
              [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
              [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
              [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
              [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
              [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
              [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
              [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
              [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
              [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
              [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
              [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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