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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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              12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

              12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

              Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

              But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

              I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

              Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

              1. Nuts

              The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

              Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

              Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

              Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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              2. Blueberries

              Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

              When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

              3. Tomatoes

              Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

              4. Broccoli

              While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

              Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

              Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

              5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

              Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

              The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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              Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

              6. Soy

              Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

              Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

              Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

              7. Dark chocolate

              When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

              Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

              15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

              8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

              Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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              B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

              Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

              Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

              To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

              9. Foods Rich in Zinc

              Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

              Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

              Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

              10. Gingko biloba

              This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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              It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

              However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

              11. Green and black tea

              Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

              Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

              Find out more about green tea here:

              11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

              12. Sage and Rosemary

              Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

              Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

              When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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