MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:

Yes indeed, the calendar says March. As I look outside, the daffodils are pushing hard to burst forth with their happy yellow flowers and the cherry trees, too, with their beautiful pink blossoms, ready to share their bounty with the world.

However, much of the country is still experiencing winter with its cold, rain, and snow—not quite ready just yet to bring spring into our home.

And that includes replacing our area rugs with the lighter weight ones we enjoy during the spring and summer months.

As beautiful as area rugs are, we might forget how they can contribute to our well-being. This week’s article is a guest post that reviews 5 ways this design feature also help[s with insulation and keeping our bodies feel comfortable.

5 WAYS TO KEEP A ROOM WARM WITH AN AREA RUG

This guest post is from Steph Clarke who is part of the content & community outreach team at LandofRugs.com. Steph is obsessed with interior design trends and how new technology influences design.

Area rugs are more than just for decoration, especially in places with cold climates and your floor is of hardwood material. Depending on the material of which you base your area rug on, you will realize that the rug you placed at the halls or right in the middle of your bedroom is very warm and comfortable to sit or lie on. Below, we review 5 ways to ensure that your area rug is insulating your house flooring for you.

  1. Materials

While cotton and nylon can be part of the most common materials used to make up an area rug due to their affordable pricing and how easy it is to clean, wool is actually the best material for insulating your floor. While this material can be a little pricey, they definitely feel much better to the touch with its softness and the woolly properties makes the rug feel luxurious. This material has one of the best insulating properties, but it might not be good for damp areas since rugs of this material tend to absorb humidity.

  1. Size

Understandably, the bigger the area rug is, the more it helps to insulate the floor surfaces. However, if the large mats are a little beyond your budgets, you can also opt for smaller rugs that can adjoin to form matching or coordinating patterns. Since rugs can help to counter the heat loss from a house from cold floors [ up to 10% of heat loss is accountable if there are no floor insulations], the more rugs you place or if you have a bigger area rug, less cold air will seep into the room and this can definitely help you keep cold feet away.

  1. Location

Which areas feel the coldest to you? Where do you walk by and frequently do tiny
jumps here and there due to the coldness? It is best for you to place these area rugs
where your feet frequently touches the floor such as right underneath the couch, or at the sitting area in front of the TV or in the playroom so that you never need to sit on the cold surfaces as much as you did without your large and comfortable insulating rugs. With our feet in contact with area rugs where we frequently pass by, you will also feel less cold!

  1. Stitch Count

Similar to how we might choose beddings and blankets based on its thread count, the same concept applies to area rugs. Stitch count is also referred to as needle count, and it is defined as the amount of threads used to make up your rug. When there is a higher stitch count, you can be sure that the area rug is denser and heavier, which is even more effective at insulating you from the cold floor. Most of the area rugs with a high stitch count will usually be thicker as well, but it is best to refer to the stitch counts to really make sure that it is insulating enough.

  1. Heat Source

If at all applicable, you should also place your rugs where there is sunlight coming in – such as by the large glass window that you have or perhaps just by the balcony door. A good area rug – thick with good stitch count, large enough and perhaps made of wool, can absorb heat from the sunlight that streams in through the window and keep the room warmer than if your room was to be without the area rug by the window.

As such, it could be a good idea to remove blinds or curtains that block off the sunlight in the morning, although you can still use good quality blinds to keep away the cold at night.

In short, how much an area rug can insulate an area depends on the materials used
to make the rug, the size and thread count involved in its making, as well as where you place the area rug – preferably having one or two by the heat sources in the morning when the sun shines through.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that affect happiness and well-being

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Area rugs offer a functional and a visual layer of design.
They anchor the seating group they’re under and add to a room’s design appeal.
In a neutral space, this decor element can even be a focal point. Or just add to the overall warmth of a space.
The trick is determining the scale of area rugs. You don’t want it to be too small or too large. Usually I find clients choosing a rug that is smaller than it should be for the area it’s anchoring.
MODERN-RUGS.CO.UK (an online rug company) has a wonderful infographic that takes all the guesswork out of this design dilemma. It will make all the difference in the overall look and feel of your rooms.
http://nancymeadowsdesigns.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/rugdont.jpg
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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When you think of flooring, what first comes to mind?
Usually, carpets, hardwood, or tile.
But there are so many other choices you may not have thought of. Different flooring selections that are interesting, very appealing, and functional as well.
Take a look at these examples and see if it doesn’t give you some new ideas to give your home a fresh sense of personality.
They’re presented by YANIC SIMARD, Houzz contributor and Toronto interior designer.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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I love visiting showhouses. I see them with a designer’s eye and enjoy them from that viewpoint. However, they are usually over the top in terms of size and content. After all, they are a “show” house. While we can gather good ideas that we can apply to our own design, most of us don’t live in them, nor do we want to.

It’s the same with the photos we see in shelter magazines. They look perfect and they are because they’ve been staged to make them the most photographically appealing.

The thing is, we don’t live that way, and we’re not perfect, nor should we be. We don’t want invisible signs that read, “don’t sit here or don’t touch that.” We want our homes to be warm and welcoming, but we want a place where we can feel free to put our feet up. If the bed isn’t perfectly made, so what? If we are too tired at night, if we choose to fling our clothes over a chair until morning, who cares?

In a sentence, we want a home that is esthetically pleasing and supports us in the way we choose to live.

The photos shown below are from Home Decor Arcade. They may not be your particular style, but they are fresh-looking and simple. They are uncluttered, but not perfect. They’re real-looking and they look like real people live there— free to laugh, cry, quarrel, and love in. Isn’t that what we all want from our home? Real people, real life, a real lived-in home.

Interesting Living Room Design
interesting living room design

Interesting Living Room Design Bright
interesting living room design bright

Interesting Living Room Design Colorful
interesting living room design colorful

Interesting Living Room Design Stylish
interesting living room design stylish

Interesting Living Room Design Bedroom
interesting living room design bedroom

Interesting Living Room Design Passage
interesting living room design passage

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

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I recently helped one of my baby boomer clients re-create a space that she wanted to use for her grandchildrens’ room when they came to stay over. The room had hardwood  floors and they needed softening, esp. for “little rug rats.”

One of my favorite flooring solutions are FLOR carpet tiles. They’re inexpensive and very easy to install. The best part? If a tile becomes stained, you can just replace it with a new one. No glue is used, so it’s not difficult at all.

They come in a gazillion colors, patterns, and textures. They even have round shapes available. As they are tiles, you can unleash the “artist” in you and design your very own pattern.

Other things I love about this company, is their ultimate goal is to use only renewable and recycled raw materials. They already are Green Label Plus certified as low VOC emitting material. This is important when you have little ones who are playing on them. You don’t need a carpet pad as they are virtually skid-proof.
contemporary kids by Alexander Johnson Photography

eclectic kids by Elizabeth Gordon

modern kids by Rachel Reider Interiors
If this sounds like it could for you, call 866.281.3567 or www.FLOR.com for a free catalog.

Until next time…

Blessings,
Nancy

 

Images: houzz.com

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