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Design With Beautiful Jewel Tones

During the past few years, pale pastel colors such as flesh and millennial pink have been popular, but now have fallen out of favor. Vibrant, rich and strong jewel tones are gaining ground as trending decorating colors. If you want to join in on the fun, learn how jewel tones are being added in current interior spaces. Seven Useful Tips For Infusing Any Room With Jewel Tones Decorating with jewel tones can be as easy as adding some highly pigmented bauble-hued accessories or covering a whole room in a deeply saturated gem-inspired shade. With The Study, Sheila Bridges, an ever-talented Manhattan-based interior designer and author gave 7 tips for infusing any room with jewel tones.
  1. Go Big!
Invest in smaller pieces of jewel-toned furniture — a pair of side chairs, an ottoman or a stool — whether their upholstery or their frames contain the color. This way, if you ever have second thoughts, you can simply remove these small pieces from the space. Going through the trouble of reupholstering a sofa and a pair of loungers isn’t exactly cost-effective.”       2. Layer Up! “Successful decorating with jewel tones has much to do with layering so that rooms don’t fall flat. Layers and varying textures always create interesting interiors. Experiment by layering one rug over another — say, a large sisal or sea grass one underneath a pretty hand-knotted silk jewel-toned area rug. I love layering rougher-hewn, natural elements with jewel tones. This rough-luxe contrast always prevents bold colors from looking too precious.
  1. Emphasize with Metallic’s!
“Jewel tones look great with metallics. Using metal finishes like gold. Antique or unlacquered brass, nickel and silver always emphasizes deep hues of sapphire, ruby, amethyst and others, creating a space that looks luxe and bold.”       4. Use Black & White! “Using the shades black and white in any space will dampen a jewel tone’s intensity. It’s a contemporary, stylized way to diminish a jewel tone’s loudness, thus it almost becomes a neutral. If you cover your walls in a really brilliant shade of green, add black and white, whether it’s via a zebra rug, white furniture with black trim or a powerful print. These accent colors will be what really create the mood of the space, and dictate which direction the jewel tone takes.”  

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  1. Create a Jewel Box Room
“Colors inspired by gemstones are great for creating drama in small spaces. That’s what’s meant when boldly colored interesting small spaces are referred to as ‘jewel boxes.’ Likewise, if you use jewel tones in a larger living or dining room, you have to strike the proper balance. If walls are bright and bold, you’ll also need to reintegrate the color via some upholstered pieces, too. A larger room shouldn’t be as concentrated with color as a smaller one.”
  1. Temper Bold with Bold!
“Here’s what I love about highly pigmented jewel tones: They beget more color! It’s almost like you’re forced to introduce another just-as-bold tone in order for the space to look balanced and anchored — like a rug or furniture containing that same color. When you have a strong color, you have to use another strong one with it in order to make it stand out.”
  1. Hide and Camouflage!
“In awkward spaces that contain some sort of ugliness — a contractor-grade fire door, an electrical panel or a weird transom, like I have in the back pantry area of my apartment, shown above — making them disappear is a priority. In this space, I sought to draw the eye to something more interesting, my Van Doe wallpaper, which contains reinterpretations of iconic paintings (with deer heads) in a plethora of jewel tones on a deep black, or onyx, background. Black cabinets and moldings that match the wallpaper mask all of the other things I didn’t want to see. Sometimes it’s not just about accentuating the beautiful things — it’s also about camouflaging the things that aren’t. Covering walls’ imperfections and awkward details with highly pigmented color tricks the eye into seeing only the color, and any unsightliness just goes unnoticed.” Read more on this article by ALLEGRA MUZZILLO – HOW TO DECORATE WITH JEWEL TONES

Jewel Tone Colors

Red A darker shade of red that is bold, loud, and explosive, ruby red creates an atmosphere of passion and love in bedrooms. You can use it everywhere else in the house in small doses, such as kitchen accessories, to bring some life to monochrome or pale living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. Combine ruby red with blue for a fancy contrast. Purple and Pink The serene, muted colors that accompany amethysts and garnets are associated with calm and beauty. If you want to evoke a relaxed, subtle feeling, pair them with colors such as white, silver, and deep blue. If you prefer vibrancy, combine them with green. Use purple and pink on accessories such as shutters, throws, and cushions to emit cozy feelings. Yellow Topaz and amber yellows create an overwhelming feeling of warmness and emotional balance to any types of room they are in. Yellow is perfect to evoke gold when used in metal furniture or accessories. Alternatively, you can combine these yellows with any type of blue for a modern contrast between cool and warm colors. Blue and Green Sapphire blues and emerald greens are sophisticated and cool. Blues will seriously cool down any room and need yellow or even green accessories to bring some balance. Emerald greens have a slight warmth to them, and when they match with gold accessories, they become downright regal. Blues and greens are the most ideal combination. Looking for the right jewel tones area rug? Koeckritz Rugs has the perfect area rug collections for your decoration needs, such as the Milliken Charthouse Pattern and the Tuftex Europa Moroccan Lantern Pattern. You can customize these rugs to your liking, just search “jewel tones” to find more options for these fashion forward hues your project.  

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Special Projects: Every Project Has Its Challenges

We get many unique requests from potential customers inquiring about our custom cutting rugs for special shapes, sizes, color, texture and material guidance. With several options available, it may be difficult to locate exactly what you are looking for (especially if a project is just as unique as this one). I wanted to share the following unique customer experience with you because it’s just one of the ways it makes our team at Koeckritz Rugs special. Not too long ago, designer Ouida contacted us with a special request. Her client recently had her home repaired from a recent fire. Fortunately the homeowner, Mrs. Clark, was uninjured.. Unfortunately her space which she came to love was mostly destroyed by smoke and fire. Mrs. Clark’s home was formerly designed and decked out in a 1970’s  southern country style with teal, rose and green, blue and gold floral wallpapers and custom drapes. The task at hand was to recreate what the fire had destroyed.  

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  The designer had the task to recreate the 70’s styled home as close to the original as possible. Within the space, she needed floor coverings to tie into the color scheme. Being in a small southern town, the local carpet and rug stores just did not have best complement of products to give the original design justice. So the designer contacted the experts at Koeckritz Rugs. Shopping online for a rug can be difficult… trying to match color on a computer screen or smartphone can be a bit of a challenge to say the least.  The designer sent us fabric swatches to help us find a color and texture that would work in the space. We were able to find a few options that met the criteria of the look they needed and sent rug samples for approval. Sure enough, these were some options that would work within the space, budget and time frame! Within just three weeks, the rugs were custom cut, bound, and delivered to the client’s home. The best part of this experience was to be able to find something that would work for this special project. Every project has its challenges, this one.. to find the right shade of Green, Rose and Teal for the 1970’s inspired space! It is always a great feeling to be able to solve some of our client’s most difficult tasks or projects. It all makes it worthwhile for what we do.     “Thank you for all your help in making her project easier to work with!”  – Ouida – Ashley K. Customer Service and Sale Representative at Koeckritz Rugs   Wallpaper from Project: Special Project                  

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Winter Warrior Rugs Your Home Needs As The Season Gets Colder

Winter is fully upon us. While 48% of homeowners planned to decorate their homes in 2018, there are many of us that need that decor to be practical as well. Nothing beats the dynamic duo of beauty and practicality. Area rugs are perfect examples of that dynamic duo and as winter winds get stronger and snows get deeper, you’ll wish you had some draped around your house. Whether you’re thinking of custom rugs, outdoor rugs, or those braided rugs your aunt was so fond of, winter calls for a few places that rugs are extremely convenient.

The Garage

The perfect place to have an outdoor rug is the entrance from your garage to your home. Tramping snowy, slushy, salty boots into your house isn’t ideal. Having a place to remove those boots outdoors without having to tread on the bare garage floor will save your entrance way. Of course, having a rug there will also help deter the risk of slipping from a wet or frozen garage floor surface.  

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The Foyer

Tis’ the season for entertaining, so set up your entryway as such. Wherever people enter your house the most should have a sturdy, spacious rug in the entrance. Shoes come off and are left there, saving that entryway from becoming a slippery, muddy, disaster zone as a first impression. Make sure the rug is big enough to let people inside so they aren’t standing in the doorway trying to get their boots off on a rug that’s too small.

The Pet Entrance

Our furry friends still need to go outside to do their business in the winter. While the summer doesn’t cause us much need to wipe paws, the winter is a whole different animal. Wherever your pet exits and enters your home after they finish their business should have an area rug. This way your excited doggo won’t be trouncing around dirty paw prints while you struggle to wipe those wet paws off. You know how people and pets are entering and exiting your home this winter. Put some area rugs in the appropriate places and you’ll find yourself doing a whole lot less floor cleaning than you would’ve without them.  

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Why You May Want to Add a Rug to Your Kitchen

Luxury kitchen rugRugs are fantastic décor additions to any room in the home – including the kitchen. There’s no reason not to add a rug to your kitchen, and plenty of reasons to do so. A rug in the kitchen can complement your spaces’s design, make slippery floors safer, and provide joint relief when standing for long periods of time while cooking or doing dishes. Putting a rug in the kitchen can be the best décor decision you can make.

Safety First

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and falls send about one million people to the hospital every year. The majority of serious and fatal slip and fall accidents happen right at home. Spills and wet floors in the kitchen can cause a dangerous slip and fall accident. Adding a rug to your kitchen, however, can help keep you safe. A rug can soak up spilled liquids, keep your feet dry, and keep you from slipping in wet areas.

Joint Relief

Your joints can suffer when you have to stand on hardwood, linoleum, or tile kitchen floors while you chop, cook, and clean. If you’re constantly switching from leg to leg for relief from pain in your knees, hips, or other joints, the right rug could work wonders. Standing on a thick, cushiony rug can provide much-needed relief from pressure on your joints. With a rug, you can stand longer to cook (or clean) without feeling pain or soreness in your joints.

Create a More Comfortable Space

A rug (or a few rugs) in your kitchen not only improve your personal health and safety – they can boost the overall look and feel.. The right rug in the perfect size, shape, and shade can enhance your areas design and complement your existing décor, such as a colorful backsplash or minimal white marble countertops. Consider which rug color and material would look best. Then, upgrade your space with the perfect room addition.

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Winter Is Coming, But Fall Is First: Is Your Interior Decor Up To Snuff?

We hear you. You love summer. We love summer, too, but our love for the balmy breeze and long days doesn’t keep the cosmos from doing its thing. Autumn is a beautiful season and we think more people need to get behind the majesty of the autumnal equinox. The leaves are changing colors and your interior decor has a marvelous influence that doesn’t need a calendar. It’s time to decorate for fall and prepare your home for seasonal entertaining. How should you go about it? We thought you’d never ask.

Color Palette

Arguably the season that naturally boasts the most beautiful tapestry of colors is happening right in front of our eyes. The leaves turn deep red, golden, and burning orange, while the days get shorter. Tone down the brightness of summer with subtle, rich earth tones that sing in harmony with the soft colors of the season. Incorporating autumn colors in your interior decor builds an illusion of being outdoors while bringing the comforting warmth the fiery colored leaves so deceptively embody.

Get Rustic

Americans are pretty set in their ways when it comes to their home’s look. About 44% prefer traditional, 22% like modern, 13% lean toward eclectic, 10% to country style, and a mere 2% for global inspiration. Subscribing to certain looks can be limiting, we think. Autumn calls for a certain embrace of naturally rustic motifs. We discussed color above, now it’s time to implement more accessories. Wood, burning candles, autumn fruits, and natural light are just some things that help speak the palette of the room and set a mood. Don’t be bound by classifications.

Area Rugs and Hardwood

Don’t forget your floors. Lots of people have lovely hardwoods that were born to emulate the fall season. Show them off. On top of that, earth-toned custom made area rugs strewn about the hardwood gives the floor even more personality, spreading splashes of color all while providing little islands to keep cool feet warm. How you decorate your home is entirely up to you, but we’re mightily fond of following the seasonal influences. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we can help you out. It doesn’t matter if you want an outdoor rug, luxury rug, or a few custom cut rugs you’ve dreamed about, we’re happy to help. We want your home to be as cozy as possible as the days grow cooler.

Sprucing Up Your Entryway with a New Indoor Rug

Entryway indoor rugAn entryway indoor rug should be both fashionable and functional. Your rug should make an impression on your guests the moment they step through your doors, while also catching dirt and debris. Choosing the best rug for your entryway takes looking at the décor of the rest of the room and home, as well as the size and shape of the rug you’ll need. Find the ideal fit for your entryway floors with these tips.

Measure Your Entryway

Before you get to the fun part, you have to find out the dimensions of your ideal entryway rug. Most entryway rugs are either runners, rectangle-shaped, or oval depending on the shape of the area. Long, hallway-style entries, for example, do best with runners. Take out a measuring tape and take the measurements of where you want to put your rug. Leave space around the edges for a clean look.

Choose Your Style

Once you know what size and shape you’re looking for, focus on the style. Consider the material, thickness, type, color, pattern, and features of your perfect rug. If you don’t know where to begin, browse a site like Pinterest for entryway décor inspiration. Some of the trendiest options are bold patterns and faux-fur rugs. Make your entryway rug pop to set the tone for the rest of your home.

Place Your Rug Perfectly

Entryway rugs should be directly in front of your front door to make the most impact and collect the most dirt. If you have a double-door entryway, get a rug that’s large enough to sit in front of both doors for the most powerful look. Otherwise, place your rug where it will be the most useful. If you have an area of your room for shoes, for example, place a rug in that vicinity to collect debris. Don’t be afraid to combine entryway rugs with area rugs in an open floor plan home!

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Carpeting Crimes You Need To Not Be Guilty Of

Carpeting crimesHave you ever taken the time to reflect on things you thought were cool? Years later, do some of those ideas make you shudder a little? We’re right there with you. In 2018, a Houzz study found that 48% of participants planned on decorating their homes. Why this number isn’t 100%, we’re unsure. We specialize in custom cut rugs. area rugs, braided rugs, luxury rugs.  Whatever you need, we have you — and your floor — covered. However, we won’t deny that there have been some historical design flaws in the world of rugs and we’re here to address them so those unfortunate histories don’t repeat themselves.

Bathroom carpeting

This has always been a mystery to us. We love rugs, but we know they don’t belong in a bathroom. For sanitary reasons we’re certain you can reason without us having to be explicit, this once-upon-a-time carpeting fad needs to be laid to rest. Some things in the design world make comebacks, but this is one we’ll fight tooth-and-nail to keep out of the rotation for good.

Carpeting on places that aren’t floors

Stemming from the past propensity to puts carpets in bathrooms, the same era thought it was cool to put them on walls. Even ceilings. A decorative, luxury rug hanging on a wall is artistic and fun. It can give a museum-esque feel to a room. Carpeting that just continues from the floor and creeps up the wall is not cool. Keep your carpets on the floor and everything is going to be fine.

That poor rug that needs to be retired

Whether an outdoor rug or an indoor rug, there’s always that one that needs to go. Luxury rugs or not, they don’t last forever. Knowing when your rug has gone from aged-stylish to gross-filth-sponge is supremely important. Keeping one around that’s run its course is never chic. There aren’t many rules to successfully laying rugs, but these few pillars are strongly suggested. If you follow those guidelines, your stylistic and creative choices beyond them are totally up to you. At least you now know that, no matter what, carpeted walls are not an option.

Five Places Where A Child’s Crazy Circle Seat Thrives

Children's Crazy Carpet Circle SeatImagine you are a teacher reading a book to your classroom.  The story is moving along well and the children are listening until you see a few of them become restless near the back.  Rather than pulling them to the side and into time out, you give them a circle seat to sit on. Problem solved!

So, what exactly IS a Children’s Circle Seat?

A crazy circle seat is a fun, creative, and innovative rug that is available in the shape of small-to-medium sized circle. These carpet circles provide an alternative seating option for young students and children when they are fussy . These 18-inch round rugs come in a rainbow of different colors, making them an easy solution to brighten up a kid-friendly space (and keep the noise level down!). Kids love the way carpet circles look and feel – making it fun to listen and learn! Learn all the ways buying carpet circles could benefit you at one of the following places or establishments.

Daycare Center or Preschool

Crazy Circle SeatCarpet circles are excellent additions to any daycare environment. They are safe and easy to clean – perfect for use as floor seats or fun decorations. Adding carpet circles can help reduce the risk of toddlers getting injured if and when they fall down. Children will fall onto the carpet circles instead of the hard floors. Young children also respond well to bright pops of color in the room. Colorful carpet circles can help kids in daycare centers learn colors and shapes. Filling your daycare center with cute and comfortable carpet circles can improve the look and feel of the space.

Elementary/Middle School

Carpet circles in elementary and middle schools can work as flexible floor seating options, as alternatives to desks. Children can each pick their own carpet circle to use during group activities such as reading time or show and tell. Carpet circles can also mark certain areas of the classroom, such as the part of the room dedicated to reading. That way, children know when and where to conduct activities. Get the right color to match your room or a variety of colors for a bright and colorful learning space. Carpet circles are a classroom favorite and fit easily in most cubbies.

Public Library

Libraries are one of the best places for carpet circles. They provide fuzzy, comfy areas for people to sit on the floor and read or study. Place carpet circles in kids’ book sections to encourage them to sit still and read. They can prevent fidgeting and distraction, allowing kids to focus on their books instead of their uncomfortable chairs. Carpet circles in libraries add a warm, cozy touch to reading areas that can help make kids and parents feel more at home.

Church

Church classrooms, bible schools, camps, and kids’ areas can all benefit from colorful carpet circles. Kids who find it difficult to sit still and focus in church may do better while sitting on a colorful floor mat. Sitting on the floor is a change of pace that many restless kids respond well to, especially in church settings such as Sunday school. Offering carpet circles as an alternative to traditional desks can be the key to making kids happier, more comfortable, and more willing to listen and learn.

At Home, Of Course!

Carpet circles also work great right at home. Add them to your kids’ rooms, playrooms, or play areas in your home to brighten up a space and create more seating options. They are unique, versatile, and come in a wide range of colors to match any décor. Flexible seating is a popular trend today. Using a circle seat is a great way to join the movement in your home or elsewhere.

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DIY Rug Repair: 5 Minor Rug Repairs You Can Do on Your Own

Rug repairGoing to a rug repair shop can be an expensive process. Sometimes, there’s no getting around it, but there are a few small repairs you can do at home to save a little bit of money. Now don’t get the wrong idea – unless you’ve studied for years in the art of making wool rugs, you don’t want to be too ambitious, but a small tear in the back or frayed edge is well within your ability. Here are five small fixes you can do at home to save your rug, and your wallet.
  1. Edge Repairs

Worn and torn fringes are the most common – and permanent – issue with a wool rug. As your rug sees use, the fringes start to come undone, until slowly but surely the rug unravels and shrinks. The small knots that make up your fringe need maintenance and attention. Whatever you do, though, do not use a machine – they are not delicate enough to properly thread the fringes together and can make your situation even worse. When repairing an edge, use upholstery thread that is sturdy enough to hold together a thick rug. You want to thread that string through the warp and weft of your rug to hold the ends together, and most importantly – you want to do this as soon as you notice a problem. The less yarn on a rug, the less likely it is to be fixed. Sew your thread through until you cover the frayed region and tie off the knots.
  1. Back Tears

A hole in the back of your rug is relatively easy to fix. There’s always the low budget option of covering it with adhesive tape. For double-fabric sided rugs, however, you should push the displaced fabric through the cut to the proper side and tie off the holes.
  1. Loose Backing

If your rug has a rubber backing and it’s coming apart, cut a piece of replacement backing and apply a thin layer of hot glue systematically from left to right where the old backing is undone. Press the edges together and keep them together until the glue dries.
  1. Braided Rugs

Damaged stitches in a braided rug can pull apart the entire weave. Uncoil the damaged area and pull out the broken stitches. From there, replace the damaged material and braid them back together. Sew the coil and edges together with linen thread tightly.
  1. Body Cuts

If a piece is cut or torn from the top side of your rug, cut a line parallel to the tear into both sides of the rug. Once you have an even, clean cut, sew the two ends together tightly and securely to cover up the tear altogether.

Why Summer Is the Best Time for a New Outdoor Rug

With much of the United States baking in warmer weather, it has come time to start thinking about outfitting your patio. You have the furniture that you need, but the next necessity is a new outdoor rug. Read on for some reasons to get an outdoor rug this summer and some of the recommended rugs. Without colored walls to make the design of the room pop, an outdoor rug is a handy way to bring some color and design elements to your patio. Laying out a beautiful outdoor rug will make your backyard feel even more like a cozy, comfortable part of your home. The same material used for boat carpets goes into outdoor carpets, so water can pass through them quickly, allowing them to dry much faster than indoor rugs. There are many great options for outdoor rugs. One of them is the Cape May. It has a fun, trendy design that goes well with coordinated pillows and is ideal for adding accents of color around the patio space. Curacao is another stylish choice for an outdoor rug. It has stripes of assorted colors. You can clean it easily with water and a rag if anyone spills on it during your summer parties. Kona rugs feature lovely colors and to add extra character to your patio’s floor. Outdoor rugs are not only ideal for patios. A non-slip Oelefin rug is perfect for placing on a dock. It brings a fun and relaxing feel to the area, whether you are getting ready to jump in the lake or relaxing and reading a book. When people are picking out patio furniture, they often forget about outdoor rugs, but a stylish outdoor rug can help your backyard reflect the comfort and style of the inside of your home.

Cleaning Tips: Refreshing Your Outdoor Rug for Guests

Outdoor rugNow that we’re right in the middle of summer, the draw to go outside and take advantage of your patio space after is strong. An outdoor rug can make your outdoor space feel welcoming. However, a little cleaning may be necessary to make sure everything is ready to impress your guests. Follow these tips to clean your outdoor rug for the remainder of the summer season.

Scrub It Down

You should clean your outdoor rug at least once a month when it is outside, because outdoor rugs often get extremely dirty. Use soap and water to scrub it down. Clean both sides – not just the side that people have been stepping on. Rinse it with a hose after you are done to get all the soap out of the rug fibers.

Dry It in the Sun

It is important to thoroughly dry your rug after scrubbing it down, because if it stays damp, mold could grow. Hang it over the side of your porch or lay it out flat and let sunlight dry it. Do not forget to flip it so that both sides dry.

Kill Any Moss

Another large risk for outdoor rugs is moss developing. It is important to kill any moss as soon as you notice it. Scrub it with white vinegar and let the vinegar sit in the rug fibers for at least 10 minutes. Scrub it again to clear the moss off. After killing the moss, lay the rug in the sun and make sure it dries completely.

Put in Storage When Not in Use

To maintain it for as long as possible, store your rug when it is not in use. Take it inside and store it before winter hits, so that snow and ice will not damage it. If you do not have space to store the rug, roll it up and wrap it in a tarp, securing it with bungee cords. Then you can store it outside without it suffering any damage.

Layering Rugs and You: Using Several Rugs to Add Texture to Your Room

Layering rugsThe ‘layered rugs’ look has gained popularity, adding to the style benefits a rug can bring to any room (image shown is for reference only). Layered rugs can add texture and pattern to the decoration in your home, make the room feel larger. Consider some of these things the next time you are deciding what rugs to place in the rooms around your home.

Layer Two Patterns

One great option for rug layering is putting two patterns on top of each other. Take a larger rug with a simple pattern and lay another, smaller, more eccentric rug on top of it. Make sure the patterns contrast enough to see a difference, while still looking as if they fit together. The look is especially fun if the base rug has tassels that can provide more texture.

Replace a Runner with Multiple Rugs

Most people place runners in their hallways. Consider choosing two smaller rugs and layering them together to fill the long space. You can even put the rugs at an angle if you want your home to seem even more unique.

Use Different Colors

One of the reasons layering rugs has become more popular is because they want fun colors in their rooms but do not want the entire floor to be covered in a bright color. Vibrant colors will pop if they are layered on top of a more neutral-colored rug. If you want to add more color, you can layer two brightly colored rugs and give the room a whimsical look.

Layer a Smaller Rug in Your Bedroom

Many people have begun layering rugs by laying several large area rugs to cover their bedroom floors. Try adding a smaller rug next to your bed where you usually put your feet when you are getting out of bed. It will provide a fun accent and add some cushioning when you are trying to get moving in the morning.

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Making the Match: Picking the Right Rug Color

Indoor rug colorColor is a fundamental part of room design and finding the right color scheme can be tricky. A rug is a great opportunity to enhance the colors in your home. With an area rug, you can coordinate with the rest of your space or bring out one of the minor colors in your design. Follow these tips to pick the right rug color. Contrast With the Color of the Wood Floors Some people forget to consider the color of their wood floors when deciding on a rug color. However, this is a major factor. Make sure that there is a clear contrast. For example, if you have dark wood, you want to get a light-colored rug. It will be a striking visual for your room. The only situation in which you should not have a contrasting rug is if you want to accentuate other parts of the room such as the furniture or curtains. Be Careful With Heavy Patterns in a Pre-Existing Room Heavily patterned rugs can be a risky choice. If it does not match, the rug could be overwhelming and make your room look cluttered and loud. If you want a rug that has a strong pattern, it is a safer choice to buy the rug first and then choose furniture and accessories that match the rug. This will ensure that you do not have clashing colors and patterns in your room. If you already have the room outfitted and are set on getting a heavily patterned rug, take your time deciding and be careful about what you choose. Do Not Play a Rug Color too Safe On the flip side, make sure you are not playing it too safe. A bold, striking rug can sometimes be the perfect addition to a room. Neutral rugs combined with neutral furniture and accessories may make your room significantly less exciting.

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Three Hot Rug Style Trends for Summer 2018

Rugs have always been a classic, timeless way to improve a space. Lately, though, consumers are branching out and picking rugs that say so much more than step on me. Over the past few years, people have expressed a rising inclination for hardwood flooring over carpet. As a result, carpets have become more of a design presentation used to provide a finishing touch for a room with hardwood flooring. Nowadays, rugs are a design statement. Check out the following 2018 rug trends to keep your space fashion-forward with the perfect rug to make a memorable statement. Carpet Runners Rug style 2018With the growing popularity of hardwood floors, we have noticed a marked rise in the prevalence of carpet runners for steps and area rugs in a home or building. While carpet runners have become a major decorative trend, they are also vital for safety purposes. For the most part, area rugs look their best when they establish a variance in color or texture in between themselves and the hardwood flooring. When it comes to runners, however, many prefer simple and modern patterns rather than oriental styles. Instead of standardized runners, people are now favoring custom-made runners cut especially for their stairways and steps. Most designers are also avoiding carpet rods in order to create a more sleek, crisp look. Carpet Tiles With the ability to be replaced easily after being damaged, carpet tiles are a logical choice for commercial environments and high-traffic areas in a building. Throughout the past couple of years, they have also become a key choice for residential homes, particularly in basements or playrooms for children. Carpet tiles are available in a large selection of colors and patterns, so they are an excellent means of enhancing the creativity and richness of a room. Neutral Colors When it comes to rug style trends in carpeting colors, you might have noticed the expanding desire for neutral colors, such as grays and taupes. Rugs with these softened tones enable you to incorporate more color flares in a room’s decorative accents and create a harmonious appearance when used on dark hardwood flooring.

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3 Life Hacks to Get Your Apartment Security Deposit Back

Apartment depositGetting your security deposit back from a rental takes planning well in advance – from the second you move into a new place to the second you move out. The good news is there are ways you can take action in hopes of getting your deposit back in full. Adhere to the following three tips to keep track of and maintain the condition of your apartment this year.

Take Pictures

Before and after you move in, make sure you take pictures of the apartment’s condition. If you detect any signs of damage before move-in-day, make sure to get images of the issue and document the date you find the damage. This will protect you from being held accountable for the problem later. If you find any large damages, reach out to your landlord and notify them before you move in.

Prevent Damage with an Area Rug

Taking preventative measures is the best way of preventing damage to hardwood floors and carpeting. Common damages, such as stains on rugs and large scratches on hardwood floors, are relatively common, but they can destroy your chances of getting your full security deposit back. Covering areas where people frequently walk with a decorative area rug can protect hardwood floors and carpeted spaces from potential damage, leaving the underlying area clean, fresh, and spotless for move-out day.

Conduct Repairs and Clean Before Leaving

If damage has been done to your unit during your lease, take the proper action in order to repair it before you move out. Patch up holes in the walls, and correct unhinged cabinets. If your unit has a dishwasher, give it a comprehensive clean along with the oven and refrigerator. Don’t forget to give the bathrooms a thorough wash in order to remove signs of grime. After you move all of your belongings out of the apartment, be sure to vacuum, sweep, and mop the floors accordingly. Finally, take pictures of all areas in the apartment to document its condition at the end of your lease

Three Benefits of Choosing a Custom Cut Rug

Customizing the size of your wall-to-wall carpet or area rug might sound like something you’d only need if you were a home builder or contractor, but this is a common misconception. In fact, it’s trendy right now to order custom-cut rugs for those unusually-shaped areas in your home. Customizing your carpets doesn’t have to break the bank or be a hassle. If you are considering investing in a unique rug, or if you just want to learn more about going custom instead of pre-made, check out the following list of benefits of designing and ordering custom rugs. Perfect Fit One of the most appealing advantages of ordering a custom cut rug is the fact it will be able to fit perfectly inside your oddly-shaped rooms, nooks, and cranny’s. Since rooms and walkways can have dissimilar designs and strange shapes, generic pre-made rugs aren’t always the best option. Oftentimes, standard rugs do not fit correctly and can make an area look sloppy and unsymmetrical. A customized rug can provide your room with the balance needs to look orderly and harmonious. Color Coordination Many individuals waste countless hours at carpeting and home stores in an attempt to find the optimal color rug to match the colors of their walls. When you opt to design a custom area rug, you have the opportunity to coordinate its color with the room you plan to place it in. With the chance to select all the colors in your rug, you won’t have to worry about potential tone clashes or spending days searching for the shade your room requires. Personalized If you have a certain material you want your rug to be made out of, going custom is the right option for you. When designing your custom cut rug, you will have the chance to choose not only the material, but other intricate details as well, such corners designs, borders style, and more. These choices will create design with the capacity to reflect your own individual style, which is why custom rugs are an excellent means of adding a personal touch to your home.

Four Easy Ways to Keep Your Rug Looking Like New

See It Now Area RugRugs are excellent investments because they can last forever with proper cleaning and care. While it’s important to occasionally deep-clean your favorite rugs, it’s just as important (if not more so) to keep up a daily cleaning regime. Luckily, keeping a rug like new doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Here are four easy things rug-owners can do daily to improve the appearance and lifespan of their rugs. Vacuum Regularly Rugs and carpets are prone to accumulating dust on their surface quickly and easily. Daily vacuuming will ensure these substances don’t remain trapped in the carpeting fibers and cause deterioration and dull colors. Routine Carpet Cleaning While many rug-owners don’t get their carpet cleaned professionally until it becomes stained, it is best to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. The longer you permit dirt and stains to remain in a carpet, the harder it is to get them removed. Routine carpet cleanings can help purge dirt and bacteria embedded deep inside your rug, which can extend its functional lifetime. Take Swift Action on Stains Whenever your carpeting is stained, it is important to blot the affected area with a clean dry cloth as soon as possible. If the spill sits on top of your rug for too long, it can become permanent. For the best chance of removing a stain without damaging your carpet, call a professional carpet cleaner. Be Cautious with Carpet Cleaning Products While there are numerous carpet cleaning products available at your local stores, not all of them are safe to use on all kinds of carpeting. Many of these products might contain harmful chemicals with the potential to damage your carpet permanently. Before using a store-bought carpet cleaning solution, always read the directions carefully and conduct research on the product to ensure it is safe to use on your rugs.

How an Area Rug Can Solve Common Interior Design Challenges

Interior design challengesDecorating homes can present several challenges. Some rooms in your home may seem too small, while others don’t have enough light. Even if making structural changes like adding extensions, skylights, and windows isn’t an option right now, you can still your interior design challenges without breaking the bank. The fact remains that an indoor rug can be used to solve several very common design challenges, so you don’t have to endure the stress and cost that comes along with a major home renovation. The following list describes three ways that rugs can resolve frequent design issues in your home:
  1. Brighten Dark Rooms

Bringing light to a dark room is a sure-fire way to make it more appealing. To brighten a room that lacks radiance, it is important to lighten the floors. If you can’t replace a dark floor, cover the area with a light-colored rug. This not only illuminates the area, but it makes it appear more open.
  1. Unify furniture

When your room is missing harmony it appears to lack an authentic “finished look”, the addition of a neutral area rug can help bring a scattered room together by anchoring your furniture around the centerpiece of a room, like the bed in a bedroom, or the coffee table in a living room. Rugs can also connect parts of a room that may otherwise appear to be disjointed like blinds, side-tables and dining tables.
  1. Enlarge Room Size

When using a rug to help your room look bigger, it’s important to make sure it is a properly sized. Though there are no official rules within interior design for choosing specific rugs for particular room sizes, a common mistake people make is buying a rug that is too small for their space. Experts say the best way to determine the correct rug size for a room is to make sure that it is big enough for all of the room’s furniture to sit upon.

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3 Simple Home Improvement Projects to Do This Winter

DIY home improvementIf you’re like most people, there are several more months of winter to get through before spring will be sprung. As nationwide cold temperatures make it difficult to get out and about, you might find yourself feeling bored and stir-crazy. But before vowing to move to somewhere that has a warm climate year-round, why not consider making the most of being trapped indoors by working on some home improvement projects (indoors of course)? Help improve the atmosphere of your home overall by following these three easy home improvement projects that you might want to attempt before the spring comes:
  1. Repaint
If you want to brighten your mood – or if you’re tired of looking at the color of your walls, repaint them with a cheery color to lessen the effects of the gloomy weather. A new coat of paint can lift the spirit and the atmosphere of the entire room, but don’t forget to open your windows to let fresh air in while painting.
  1. Brighten Up Your Room(s)
It may be dark outside, but this doesn’t mean that it has to be dark inside your home as well. Installing new lights, lamps, or a brand new area rug can be a simple and affordable project that will have a lasting effect on the radiance of your home. Rugs provide the added benefit of warming up your space throughout the remaining cold months and will be good for trapping pollen once spring arrives in full.
  1. De-clutter
Winter is the best time to work on getting organized before the nice weather arrives. After all, no one wants to spend a sunny day indoors sifting through a cluttered garage or closet. Rather than trying to tackle your entire home at once, commit a few hours each day to cleaning out various areas. Start with something small like a shelf or set of drawers, and work your way up to larger spaces like your closet and the garage. Not only will taking it slow help you pace yourself, but you’ll be able to see the progress you make as the days go by.

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New Year, New Space: Cure Your Winter Woes With a New Rug

New rug for 2018Now that the holiday season is over, it’s not uncommon for people to feel down as they return to their day-to-day lives. A great way to keep the post-holiday blues away is to create a serene and calm environment in your home with  new rug. Most people instinctively recognize that rugs can change the way they feel about a room, but what many don’t realize is that a good rug is more than a simple decoration. Here are three reasons why the effects of a fresh new rug can brighten up your winter and keep the post-holiday blues at bay. Warmth With the cold months of the winter still ahead, a new rug is a great way to insulate your home after the holiday season. Most know that rugs and carpeting are warmer than hard surface flooring, but many are unaware that they also have greater insulating value, especially if the rug has a pad under it.  Though a good rug can help increase the warmth in any room, they offer a special benefit to basements and areas where the floors can get outright cold. Relax Energy Flow Many people intuitively know that a rug can make a room feel more comfortable. Feng shui provides additional insight to this idea, as energy travels faster over hard surfaces and slower over soft surfaces according to these principles. Fast flowing energy can create an atmosphere of anxiety. Rugs assist in this area by slowing the energy flow down, thereby creating a more serene atmosphere inside a room. Harmonize Furniture Without a rug, furniture can seem as though it is floating aimlessly within a space. A rug can help anchor your furniture, but it should be large enough that the main pieces of furniture can all sit on the rug, or at least have the front legs fit comfortably. This anchoring technique can help create a more stable and comfortable environment for you and your family throughout the new year. Ready to order your new rug?

The Ultimate Rug and Carpet Selection Guide

“Some find a beautiful space, others make a space beautiful.”

H.I. Khan

  As technology continues to flourish, we often forget about basic things in life that does not have a battery or screen.  Things that bring stability and comfort in one’s life.  Simple things that can be brought into a room and add color. Yes, we’re talking about a rug.  Not only does a rug bring comfort to a person, but it also brings out the creativity that may be locked away.  Rugs are a great inexpensive solution to showing your creativity, but, choosing the perfect rug can be daunting. In recent years the rug business has evolved; choosing the best rug for your home or business has become an exact science with the help of carpet experts.  From selecting the correct size of a rug to the steps to color and finally ordering, the process has been streamlined to you, the consumer. Koeckritz Rugs, provides complementary samples to make selecting your perfect rug easy! This article will be your ultimate rug and carpet selection guide from beginning to end!

Selecting the Size

Will you need to cover the entire floor or just part of it? What if you only have a small confined space, what’s the right proportion of the size of the rug?   Lesley Myrick, an interior designer in the above YouTube video, provided a quick guide in choosing the proper size of rug(s)s for your space. It even provides recommendations about rug placement. In a more detailed approach, here are more tips regarding rug size broken down room-by-room:

Bedroom

If you are narrowing your search to one large rug to be placed adjacent to your bed, we recommend that the rug extend at least 2-3 feet on either side of the bed. If a rug of that size is simply out of your price range, a good alternative is to opt for a traditional “bedside” layout. This features two small rugs on either side of the bed and one rug at the foot of the bed. For a guest room or kids’ room with two beds, consider placing one rug between them.

Hallways

Many people forget about hallways when they are decorating with rugs.  A runner is a beautiful solution to make a statement in this often neglected space. First, measure the hallway and then subtract 12 inches from the length and width. This will allow for a six-inch border all around. If you have an extra long hallway, using two runners laid end to end is perfectly acceptable.  You may also want to consider investing in a rug pad, which will protect both the rug and the floor from scuffs.

 Complete article: http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2015/04/odds-ends-how-to-choose-the-right-size-rug-for-your-room-lulu-georgia/

However, should you need further assistance regarding the best rug size, please contact the experts at Koeckritz Rugs at (847) 859-5459.

Choosing the Right Color

Solids and colors and patterns! Oh, my! You’re almost ready to really begin your rug shopping. Your next step should be taking a quick inventory of your color scheme. To tie the look of the room together, you’ll want to select a rug that complements the main colors in the room. If you visit a physical store, we suggest you take along a throw pillow and a color swatch of your drapes, furniture or wall colors with you. It’s incredibly hard to visualize how the colors will work together without any reference. Use these basics to get you started on your hunt: 1) If your primary furniture, such as a sofa, is a solid color, consider selecting a patterned rug. 2) Match the secondary color in a patterned rug to your sofa. Match the third rug color to your pillows, drapes, wall color or other accents in the room. 3) If your primary furniture is upholstered in a pattern or is elaborate in design, a solid-colored rug would work really well. 4) Make sure a solid-colored rug complements your sofa color, and match it to the accent colors in the room, such as artwork or a vase. 5) Since a rug serves to anchor the room, the color and style of your rug can establish the mood. Dark, rich colors help define a more intimate space while lighter colors make a smaller space appear larger. Spicy hues such as yellow, orange or red add warmth while cool colors create calm, especially in a sunny room.

Excerpt from http://www.howtodecorate.com/2011/02/choosing-the-right-rug/

Choosing a Color Scheme

Color is important. It helps to define our mood and our overall sense of style. Cool colors like purple, blue and green are said to be calming and relaxing. Warm colors such as red, orange and yellow lift our mood and pump up our energy levels. Rich, dark jewel tones such as burgundy, burnt orange, mahogany and hunter green often set a more traditional and formal style. Bright blues, yellows, greens and reds create a more Provencal or Scandinavian feel depending on which textiles and furniture you choose. Sleek black and silver usually lend themselves to a contemporary look. Pastels lend well to shabby chic, country, cottage and beachfront-inspired décor. When choosing color schemes for your home it is often best to choose colors that are either directly opposite from one another on the color wheel (complementary colors) or directly next to each other on the color wheel (tertiary colors). These are the colors that are most harmonious with each other and they tend to produce the best looking interiors.

Source article: http://www.arearugfacts.com/decorating_with_color.php

Alternatively, you can call 847-859-5459 and a Koeckritz Rug expert will be happy to assist you in choosing the best rug color for your home.

Consider the Traffic

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The infographic above shows that we also need to take into consideration foot traffic. There are rugs more suited for entry ways rather than for bedrooms.  Also, how do you want the rug to feel?  Plushy?  Woven?  The infographic will be your guide in choosing the right material from the four categories.

Choosing the Material

The look, feel, durability and value of a rug has a lot to do with the materials used during manufacturing. If you want a rug that meets your needs immediately and are not concerned with its longevity, then any rug will do. However, if you prefer to get many years of use, then select luxury materials are a much better choice. Let’s start with an overview of the various types of materials commonly used in manufacturing rugs. Just as the characteristics will vary between the types of rug materials, so will the cost. In-depth information on various types of materials can be found on their respective pages. There are two groups of rug materials: Natural: Animal or plant fibers, including wool, cotton, sisal, jute, seagrass or bamboo. Synthetic: Man-made material such as viscose, rayon, nylon, acrylic or polypropylene/olefin. Wool is widely used and it is the main component of higher quality pile area rugs. Most wool comes from sheep, but it can also come from goats, llamas or alpaca. Wool is a resilient material and it has greater durability than synthetic material. Wool absorbs and retains dyes amazingly well. It is naturally resistant to fire, water and stains. Wool area rugs also naturally resist dust mites, which is important to people with allergies, because dust mites can aggravate allergies. Cotton is a natural fiber that is strong and durable. Area rugs made of cotton can easily absorb and retain a wide variety of dyes, which provides the user with a multitude of color choices. In rug making, cotton is often used in conjunction with wool. Area rugs made with the cotton-wool blend have a nice feel, especially on bare feet. Cotton-wool rugs usually cost less than all-wool rugs, but people should be aware that cotton has a tendency to wear out sooner than wool. Sisal, extracted from the leaves of the ‘Agave Sisalana’ plant, is the most popular of the plant fibers used for rug making. This plant, sometimes called the American Aloe or Century Plant, is native to Central America, but is now grown all over the world, especially in Java, East Africa and Mexico. Even though sisal is only one of the plant-based rug materials, the name has come to be used generically for all plant-based rug materials. Sisal has long, fine fibers that allow it to be made into smooth textured yarn. Sisal rugs are anti-static, sound absorbing, flame retardant and long lasting, all of which make sisal rugs worthy of your consideration. Jute, made from stem fiber plants, comes mainly from India and China. Jute is well-suited for making durable yarns and fabrics because of its stability and firmness. Like other plant fibers such as sisal and coir, jute has a nice look when made into rugs, but it can be coarse and also susceptible to stains. This is just one of the reasons that natural and synthetic rug materials might be blended together to make area rugs. Seagrass (also spelled sea grass, with a space) comes from a tall plant found in wetlands areas. It has grass-like stems and is a durable material for rugs. Seagrass is known for its non-porous surface that gives it a naturally smooth texture. It has a hay-like smell and color, both of which will fade over time. Nylon, another of the synthetic rug materials, is widely used in rug making. Nylon rugs have great characteristics such as uniformity and strength as well as stain and soil resistance. Nylon area rugs come in an unlimited variety of colors and they can be easily cleaned. The resilient nature of nylon rigs makes them a good choice for placing under furniture and for areas of heavy traffic. The cost of a nylon rug is usually less than that of rugs made from natural materials. However, nylon rugs do not hold their value as well as a quality wool or silk area rug.

For further reading regarding rug materials: http://www.area-rug-tips.com/rug-materials.html

As you can see, there are numerous materials to choose from with different pros and cons. If you feel a bit overwhelmed after reading that, please do not hesitate to call our rug experts at 847-859-5459.  We’ll guide you thru the process.

Thickness

If your rug is very thin or delicate, you probably shouldn’t dust it yourself. In fact, the looser the weave in the rug, the less dirt and grit will stay in the rug. The thicker the weave, the more particulates it can hold – up to 1 pound per square foot!

Source: http://www.noorandsonsrugs.com/rug-care-tips.cfm

This is a short and sweet tip, but nonetheless an important consideration in buying a rug. However, if you’d like to talk about the thickness of a rug in more details, feel free to call Koeckritz Rugs at (847) 859-5459 and an expert will be more than happy to speak with you. Here’s another quick tip from Twitter regarding thickness: https://twitter.com/Channel9/status/570871565396520961

Settle on a Budget

Carpet dealers at most specialty rug stores will show you a range of rugs styles at various price points. Choosing a wool/polyester blend over silk or even wool will mitigate costs without sabotaging style. Or consider a machine-made rug while you save up for that hand-woven masterpiece. Luxury rugs are designed to last a lifetime. Before handing over your credit card, take a rug home on approval to ensure you love your choice, the coloring is correct, etc.

Read more: http://www.styleathome.com/shopping/buying-guides/buying-guide-rugs/a/1016

How to Gift the Perfect Rug This Holiday Season

Gifting the perfect rugYou know you want to gift something that lends opulence and luxury to any space, but you might not be sure which rug is best for the person you have in mind. You don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you want to purchase one the recipient is sure to love. Luckily, you can gift the perfect rug by answering a few simple questions.

What Type of Personality Does the Recipient Have?

Rugs can be highly expressive of the owner’s tastes and personality. For example, a custom cut rug in a bold color and plush material can speak volumes about the owner’s style. It’s important to get a rug that matches the recipient’s personality. The perfect rug can match traditional, modern, country, eco-friendly, or luxury décor. Ask yourself what type of personality the recipient has, and start your search from there.

What Room Are You Shopping For?

Have a specific room in mind when you rug shop for someone else. That way, you can decide on the color, size, and style of the rug accordingly and know for sure it will be the perfect fit. Next time you’re at the person’s home, look around for a space that a rug would improve. Rugs look great anywhere, but a few common places are beneath furniture, on stairs, next to sinks, and covering outdoor spaces. Take note of the color scheme and décor of the room, and think about a rug style that would complement the space. Take measurements if possible, and shop away!

Do You Need a Versatile Rug for Anywhere?

If you’re not exactly sure what type of rug the person would love, go with a rug that will improve any room. Perform a search for monochromatic background colors and mild, small-scale designs that won’t overwhelm picky recipients. Maximize versatility with a medium-sized rug. Make sure to only purchase from a company that has a return policy, just in case your gift recipient needs to return or swap the rug for a different style or size.

Four Affordable Rug Styles for Any Taste

You might see dollar signs when you think of purchasing a new rug, but there are thousands of rug styles that fit virtually any holiday shopping budget. The person who receives the rug will think you spent a lot, when in reality you bargain shopped for a small, high-quality rug at KoeckritzRugs.com! Affordable rugs are thoughtful and long-lasting gifts that people will treasure for years to come. It’s the perfect gift for anyone this season. Sports Team Rugs sports rug stylesSports-themed rugs are great unique gifts for sports lovers in your family or circle of friends. They’re small and affordable, with a variety of favorite team logos and colors available at Koeckritz Rugs, Inc. A sports rug is a great gift for hard-to-shop-for men. They’re functional, durable, and stylish – a gift the sports lover in your life will truly appreciate.  Choose from 4 different rug styles for each team! Braided Jute Rugs Know someone who’s eco-friendly? This year, impress him or her with a beautiful braided jute rug in color schemes that fit in anywhere. Koeckritz Rugs, Inc. has small to medium braided rugs suitable for any budget, with fun and attractive designs. Find braided rugs that feature fish, deer, bear, and moose for a nature-loving friend, or a simpler pattern that will complement existing décor. Stylish Stair Treads Virtually anyone with a hardwood staircase could use a set of stylish, safe, and functional stair treads. Stair treads are a safety must, especially for households that include the elderly or pets. Stair treads can add flair to any staircase, as well as an element of safety when they come custom-cut with treads that reduce slippage and increase traction. Circle Seats Circle seat rugs in fun, bright colors are ideal gifts for kids’ rooms, creative spaces, or classrooms. They are available in a wide range of sizes and colors at Koeckritz Rugs, Inc. at prices that start at just $35. Purchase individual rugs, mix and match colors, or get a bargain when you buy sets of six.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – For an Indoor Area Rug

Area rugIt may be the season for giving, but who said that doesn’t include giving a little something to yourself? Spread the holiday cheer around your own home by buying yourself a beautiful new area rug. Koeckritz Rugs has options for every style and budget, from luxury collections to small outdoor rugs. Rugs are excellent, long-lasting investments that can be just what you need in the midst of holiday shopping, baking, and decorating.

3 Benefits of Buying a New Rug

It’s always a good time for a new rug. Buying a new rug for any room can make it more stylish, comfortable, and livable. Rugs are great for indoor and outdoor spaces, and are some of the most affordable décor options that update and freshen entire rooms. Here are three reasons you should buy yourself a new rug this season:
  1. Home insulation. Covering your floors with area rugs can improve the comfort of your home during cold winter months. Rugs provide extra insulation and keep your toes warm while you walk around. Thick wool rugs are ideal for insulating cold rooms.
  2. Noise reduction. If you live in a home with high ceilings with irritating echoes, investing in a rug can help. Rugs are especially important in apartment complexes, where downstairs neighbors will appreciate the noise reduction when you have holiday guests.
  3. Add timeless style. Area rugs are accent pieces your home simply can’t go without. Rugs fill out and finish off a room, adding a touch of style and sophistication. There has to be at least one room in your house that would look better with a new rug!
Shopping for a new area rug for your home or apartment can be a fun and rewarding way to break up the holiday stress this year. Treat yourself to a new rug this holiday season and enjoy great limited-time sales at Koeckritz Rugs, Inc.

How to Choose the Right Color Rug for Kids’ Rooms

Color rugColor is tied to emotion. When parents decorate a child’s room, they may design around a popular theme or character without realizing the impact a color rug has on childhood behavior. When choosing a rug for nurseries, playrooms, and bedrooms, parents should take the impact of color into consideration. Here are some colors that energize and excite along with hues that relax and soothe.

Warm Color Rug

For most people, warm colors create feelings of security as they visually warm cold spaces. They can also have an energizing effect. Here’s a breakdown of each hue’s impact on mood and behavior.
  • Red – Energizes the body and mind. It stimulates breathing and heart rate, and in some cases, it can increase aggression. Use red as an accent color but avoid it as a whole room choice when areas are used for sleeping or study.
  • Orange – This friendly color boosts confidence and communication, making it an excellent choice for siblings who share a room. An orange rug incorporates the color without making it too overwhelming.
  • Yellow – Cheerfulness results whenever this sunny color is used. Pale yellow helps children concentrate. Consider a soft yellow rug in the reading corner of a room.

Cool Colors

Cool blues and greens make children feel calm and relaxed, but they can also worsen feelings of sadness or depression. Here are some things to consider when decorating a child’s room with cooler hues.
  • Blue – This color lowers anxiety, aggression, and blood pressure. If your child has a hard time reining in his or her temper, a blue rug might offer a soothing place to cool off.
  • Green – Don’t hesitate to use green in any environment. This color improves reading comprehension and creates a feeling of positive well-being.
Koeckritz Rugs, Inc., has rugs in every shape, style, and color. Check out our children’s rugs today.

Get Cozy this Autumn With a Seasonal Area Rug

Halloween seasonal area rugWhen the temperature drops, warm colors inside make rooms feel cozy and festive. Did you know you can place a seasonal area rug in most rooms to brighten the mood? Most of our seasonal area rug includes a variety of colors. Adding accessories like fall foliage and throw pillows can bring out autumn hues in a rug so they seem more prominent. Here are our favorite ways to use rugs in autumn décor.

Decorate Your Front Door for Fall

Use a half-circle or rectangular rug in fall colors to anchor a seasonal display. Pile heirloom or traditional pumpkins on either side or flank your rug with pots of mums. Hang a fall wreath in the same colors on your door to invite visitors in.

Add Seasonal Safety to Your Fireplace

There’s nothing cozier than the first fire of fall. Whether your fireplace is wood-burning or gas, encourage relaxing by the fire with a fire-resistant hearth rug. This is a great place to bring in fall colors, since you’ll use your fireplace during the colder weather months.

Make Your Living Room Fall Fabulous

Go all out with a seasonal themed rug you’ll enjoy year after year. If your seating area is formal, choose a simple pattern in red, gold, and earth tones. For a more playful feel, opt for rugs woven with fall foliage patterns or a pumpkin motif. Small vases filled with fall flowers add seasonal flair. Sunflowers and alstroemeria last for more than a week if you change their water every two or three days. If a room-sized rug isn’t in the budget, place a smaller area rug in entry areas or under small furniture groupings. In your dining room, emphasize fall colors by adding pumpkin-hued candles and centerpieces with harvest vegetables. Koeckritz Rugs, Inc., has rugs to enhance your home every season of the year. Find out how to get 15 percent off your rug order today.

Protect Your Outdoor Rug With These 4 Steps

protect your outdoor rugAn outdoor rug may be built to last, but they endure more wear and tear than most. Inclement weather, heavy foot traffic, and time can all take their toll. Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your outdoor rug looking as fresh as the day you bought it.

Store it When You’re Not Using it

This may seem like an obvious tip, but some people take the “all seasons” label on a rug at face value. If you’re not going to be using your rug for weeks or months at a time, roll it up and keep it in storage. Cover it with a plastic tarp and hold it together with bungee cords. In the spring, you can roll it out looking fresh and vibrant.

Clean the Rug Regularly

Outdoor rugs take on heavy foot traffic, torrential rainfall, and more than their fair share of dirt. Protect your investment by cleaning your outdoor rug monthly. Take this easy DIY approach: make a solution of mild dish soap and water, lightly scrubbing with a nylon brush. After scrubbing, rinse with a hose and let dry.

Tackle Tough Stains Immediately

If you’re hosting parties and run into a spill with wine or a tomato-based product like ketchup, clean it right away. Start by blotting the stain with a clean cloth, removing excess moisture. Next, use club soda to neutralize the acid in the spill and prevent permanent staining.

Minimize Sun Exposure

This may seem like a tall order, but the sun’s rays can be damaging to vibrant colors and fabrics. Consider placing your rug in the shade or under a patio umbrella to prevent sunwashing. An exception to this rule is after cleaning – you’ll want to dry your rug in the sun to prevent mold growth. Your outdoor rug is an investment. Protect your outdoor rug this season and in the years to come with these simple yet effective tips.

How to Make Your Small Room Appear Spacious Using an Area Rug

area rugSmall living spaces can pose a challenge to homeowners when they are trying to decide furniture placement within a room. While you want to make the most of your home’s available space, you also don’t want it to appear cluttered or crowded. Fortunately, you can make the most of your small spaces using an area rug and these simple tips.

Consider Built-Ins

Built-in shelving is one of the easiest ways to maximize your available space. These investment pieces are ideal because they allow you to create storage and other solutions in an otherwise challenging space. If you’re constrained by your budget, this doesn’t have to be expensive – for example, consider an artful display of shelves to hold books, media, and more. This is also a good time to consider furniture that serves different functions – for example, a sitting room can easily double as a guest room with the addition of a sofa bed.

Let There Be Light

One of the easiest ways to make a room appear more spacious is to let in natural light. Sunshine is a simple and effective way to create a feeling of openness. To achieve this with little effort, hang a mirror where it will reflect natural light from the window. It also works to create the optical illusion of more space.

Add an Area Rug

If you want to make your small space appear larger, look to this surprising space: the floor. Adding an area rug that goes beyond your furniture perimeter actually creates the illusion of more space because it draws a visitor’s eyes to the outside of the room. They also serve different purposes in different rooms – for example, it adds visual texture to a sitting room, can function as a statement piece in a small bedroom or living area, or brightens up a patio. You don’t have to settle for small. A few simple tricks can help you maximize space and turn it into a room you love.
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Four Outdoor Summer Party Décor Ideas

summer party decorWe may be in midst of the summer swelter, but there’s no reason you can’t throw a party outdoors. Beat the summer heat with our cool outdoor summer party décor ideas – we guarantee your friends will be talking about it long after it’s over!

Practical Summer Party Decor

First, take care of the practical considerations. How many guests will you have? Where will they sit? Create zones for cooking, eating, socializing, and outdoor games. This will help guide your decisions regarding décor. For example, a beautiful rug can pull together mismatched outdoor furniture and create a chic, intimate conversation area perfect to fit in with your other summer party decor. If you plan on your party lingering into the night, don’t forget the citronella candles or torches. They can create a festive mood while providing bug protection.

Choose Your Flowers

Floral arrangements bring life to a tablescape and make for a beautiful conversation piece. To save money on yours, pluck some blooms from your own garden and display them in a pretty vase or watering can. There’s no need to go overboard – mother nature provides much of the natural beauty to your outdoor arrangement.

Use Colorful Tableware

Save yourself time doing dishes and opt for colorful, disposable tableware and flatware. Buy plenty extra and store them in caddies on the food table. When guests inevitably drop their knives or spoons, they’ll know where to find more. Choose two or three colors, and mix and match patterns and shades for an eclectic look.

Decorate in Lights

Use a mix of candles, paper lanterns, and twinkly lights to create a fun atmosphere for your guests once the sun goes down. Consider adding solar lamps to light the entrance to your house for your guests. An outdoor party is more casual and shouldn’t be stressful. Have fun with decorating, and your guests will love it as much as you do.
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Create a Stylish Patio With an Outdoor Summer Rug

Outdoor summer rugSummer is officially in full swing. Each weekend, we gather with family and friends around our porches and gazebos and enjoy the relaxing tranquility that we associate with warmer weather. Our outdoor living areas provide the perfect place to gather and unwind from a long day or week, and floor coverings make them even more comfortable and appealing. Here’s how to choose the perfect outdoor summer rug for your space:

Consider Your Needs

Take a look at your current outdoor setup. Is it a place for people to gather around and eat a multiple course dinner? Or is it full of comfy lounges and chairs? If it’s the former, consider placing a rug directly under your outdoor dining area. If it’s the latter, a large area rug to center all your outdoor furniture will create a conversation piece.

Add an Outdoor Summer Rug with Color

Do you love the look of a bold hue but have always been afraid of using bright colors indoors? A sunny outdoor setting provides the perfect venue to experiment with different colors. An abstract pattern plays well with neutral outdoor dining furniture, while bright solid hues or alternating brights and whites adds a preppy flair.

Create Zones

If you’re working with limited space, an assortment of rugs with similar patterns can help create designated areas for eating, drinking, and conversation. The right rugs create effective “zones” that make even the smallest of spaces seem warm, inviting, and large enough to accommodate a crowd. Mix and match to create an eclectic look, or keep it all in the same color family to evoke a minimalist feel. Your outdoor living space is a reflection of your personal style, and a rug helps bring it all together. No matter your style or price point, there’s a rug out there that will perfectly capture your chosen outdoor mood. Which will you choose this summer season?

How a Children’s Circle Seat Can Help Teachers, Librarians, and Parents

Are you a teacher?  Librarian?  Maybe a babysitter watching several children? Then we have a product for you! Our child circle seat is a great addition to any playroom, classroom, library, or home.

What is a Circle Seat

Kids circle seatCircle seats are a standard broadloom carpet turned into wonderful, fun & colorful round rug seat.  They are perfect for sitting on indoor and outdoor in the grass or on a bench. Each one is hand cut and edges are sewn with a fabric tape to prevent fraying in the U.S. All rugs are 18″ in diameter.

How Would a Circle Seat Benefit Children

Child circle seatThey’re available in many fun, vibrant colors, and offer various uses to parents and caregivers. They can be used in games and activities for your children, but you can also use them as a learning tool. Not only are they useful as a visual cue and an easy way to give every child his or her space in classroom settings, but you can use them to help your kids stay organized. Mom’s and Dad’s love ’em.  So do Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents, School Teachers, Preschools, Schools, Kindergartens, Daycare’s, Bible Studies, Churches, Jewish Day Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, Camps and much more. You can use children’s circle seats as spots for the kids’ toys. This is a fun way to encourage your children when it is time to clean up the playroom or participate in a different activity. They’ll be excited to clean up if they see it as a game. In a daycare or school setting, having the children each have a designated carpet circle will help you keep the room orderly, and they’ll enjoy having special spots of their own.

Mom’s Best Friend

Classroom circle seatAt home, children’s circle seats are great for movie time, play time, or any time they need a spot to relax and play comfortably. Children’s circle seats are easily storable, so you can use them for a clean-up game at the end of the day, and then tuck them under the bed until tomorrow. You can purchase several children’s circle seats in different colors and help your child organize his or her toys. Repetition helps children’s memories develop, so show your child each toy’s spot and they’ll quickly catch on to which toys belong on which colors. Every parent knows that keeping kids’ things organized each day is a tall order, but children’s circle seats offer several solutions. Regardless of whether you’ll use them in a classroom or at home, children’s circle seats are comfortable, versatile, and you can find them in colors to fit every décor. To find out more, please visit our circle seat page.
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How to Use Pet Assist Stair Treads

Pet assist stair treadsHardwood stairs can easily pose problems to people with various health concerns, or anyone who has difficulty ascending stairs. Additionally, hardwood can be a slip and fall hazard for people of any age. If humans can have trouble with slippery hardwood steps, your pets certainly can, as well. Pets of any size may have trouble getting proper traction to go up and down hardwood steps, but small pets and aging pets in particular are probably going to need a helping hand. One simple solution is to install pet assist stair treads for extra traction.

What are Pet Assist Stair Treads?

Stair treads are small sections of carpet designed to fit on every step in a staircase. Skid-resistant stair treads hold their grip firmly to the hardwood without damaging it. Although stair treads with rubber backing won’t slip easily, you can add double-sided tape for extra security. You can find stair treads for your outdoor stairs, as well. Many pets have to climb up and down stairs when entering or leaving their homes, and outdoor carpet stair treads help them find more secure footing. Additionally, outdoor varieties typically stand up to severe weather for quite some time. Carpet stair treads are helpful to humans because they supply traction as a person goes up and down the steps. When ascending or descending on bare hardwood, people wearing socks or slippery shoes risk losing their footing, and a fall onto or down hardwood stairs is rarely a pleasant experience. For pets with long hair who often slip on smooth surfaces, stair treads allow them to traverse the stairs with confidence and prevent injury. Even the most playful, energetic pets will eventually slow down and need help from time to time, and stair treads can help your pets feel more comfortable in their homes. Thanks to the versatility of carpet stair treads, you can easily add extra traction for your furry friends on any kind of staircase, indoors or outdoors.
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Tips for Choosing the Best Area Rug for Your Home

Shaggy area rugInterior design trends change all the time, but everyone has their own ideas about how they want their homes to look inside. Choosing the right area rug for your budget and your design scheme can be a stressful venture. The sheer number of choices can seem daunting. When it comes time to choose a rug for your home, think about the following factors to find the right one for you.

Area Rug Size and Placement

How large a space do you intend to cover with the rug? Consider how large a rug you want, and this will help you narrow down your choices. Of course, you’re going to have to consider the rug’s placement while shopping. You probably have a specific spot in mind if you’re shopping for a rug, but think about other places you could put it. One of the best aspects of area rugs is you can easily move them around, so think about how you may rearrange things in the future and find one that fits in several places.

Area Rug Shape

Next, you’re going to have to consider the rug’s shape. Rugs come in various shapes, and you want one that is going to flow well with the other design elements of the room in which you place it. For example, a quadrilateral carpet may not look as appealing surrounded by more organic shapes. Consider the placement and how you intend to use it, then think about which shape will fit the room best.

Area Rug Color

Of course, you want a beautiful rug that will match your décor and work in the spot you’ve chosen for it. Rugs are available in countless patterns, prints, and solid colors. There’s no “best answer” for this part, so go with whatever feels best to you out of the shapes and sizes you’ve chosen.

Area Rug Texture

Shaggy area rugYou’re going to have to decide how you want your rug to feel. If you’re planning on placing it somewhere in your home that will see lots of foot traffic, it may be best to buy a rug with a very low profile. Higher profile, plushier rugs are going to be more susceptible to pressure trails over time from repeated traffic. However, highly textured rugs can offer pleasing effects when used in less-traveled parts of your home. Once you start visualizing the finished space you want to make in your home, deciding on the right rug will be a snap. Take your time and shop around until you’ve determined a few possibilities before deciding, and you’re sure to be pleased with the results.

Enhance Your Backyard Garden with an Outdoor Rug

Koeckritz outdoor rugIf you have spent countless hours maintaining and working on your garden, you should find the best way to relax and enjoy the space. While you can create stunning effects with your choice of plants, pottery, lighting, furniture, decorations, and structures like gazebos and awnings, have you considered how an outdoor rug may enhance your garden spaces? Wisely utilizing a rug in your garden space can create an oasis in your backyard.

Recycle Old Carpet and Rugs

While outdoor rugs are amazing as design elements, did you consider the ways you could put your old rugs and carpet to use outside? A small section of rug or carpet can provide support and padding for your knees when gardening in low places. You can recycle old carpeting in several ways for your garden, such as an underlayment for gravel or to line a new pond. One of the perks of using old carpet under gravel and similar spaces is that while it will prevent weeds from protruding out of your gravel, it will still allow water to drain, so you don’t have to worry about flooding. Old carpet and rugs made of 100% natural fibers like cotton, jute, or wool are biodegradable, so while they’ll last quite a long time, you won’t have to worry about them harming the environment.

Creating Amazing Seating Areas

Outdoor rugMany people like to use their flowerbeds as part of their outdoor sitting areas, and choosing a rug that matches the color of your favorite flowers can create dramatic effects. With the right lighting and furniture, you can create truly memorable outdoor spaces in your garden. Take some time to think about what type of outdoor rug would match perfectly with the flowers, plants, furniture, and other elements of your backyard design. Outdoor rugs are durable, versatile, and fit just about any layout or design scheme. Once you find the right outdoor rug you can enjoy the added comfort and more complete aesthetic of your garden space.