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Spring Area Rug Trends for Your Home

Spring isn’t just a good time to clean, it’s also the perfect time to update the look and feel of your home in preparation for warmer weather. While winter is perfect for coziness, earthiness, and warmth, spring is the time to brighten up your home, take advantage of natural light from the bountiful sunshine, and experiment with new ways to make your home more comfortable and refreshing.
This spring, you should try a few of the following design trends when it comes to the rugs you use throughout your home. Area rugs are great options for many rooms in your home, add comfort and utility to high-traffic areas, and tie rooms together in delightful ways when you choose the right rugs.
   

Natural Fiber Rugs Are Incredibly Popular

Sisal, jute, and wool are some of the most popular natural fibers for area rugs right now. These materials are perfect for adding a bit of rustic flair to your home and are incredibly comfortable. One of the best parts about investing in natural fiber rugs is that you can use them indoors or outdoors. Because you’ll be making more use of the outside areas of your property during the spring and summer months, natural fiber rugs that match can provide cohesive comfort inside and outside your home.

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Neutral Tones Add a Calming Atmosphere

Bold colors certainly have their places, but neutral tones are gaining popularity because of their versatility. It’s easy to find neutral toned rugs that match your home’s décor, and if you plan to switch things up this summer and buy new furniture or repaint, your neutral toned rugs will continue to keep things cohesive, because they can easily work with lots of different colors, materials, and textures.

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Moroccan Designs

If you’re looking for a splash of color from your area rugs and want something versatile and exciting, Moroccan designs are ideal rug choices for your home this spring. Woven mat rugs feature intricately beautiful designs and can work in many different places throughout your home.

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Boldly Colorful Prints

For homeowners interested in brightening their homes with beautiful and bold colors this spring, the right printed rug can be the perfect addition to any space. Layering patterns and colors between your rugs and the furniture on top of them can provide a bit of busy visual interest that’s both fun and refreshing during the spring. colorful Finding the right rug can seem like a challenge, but this spring could be the best time for you to purchase the ideal new rug for your home. Koeckritz Rugs offers a vast selection of rugs made from natural fibers, in all sorts of colors and patterns, and in line with the latest home interior design trends. Contact us today to learn more about the area rugs we have for sale that could be perfect in your home.  

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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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Take It Outside: Outdoor Entertaining During Autumn

A Houzz study indicated that 56% of respondents planned to update their yards to make them more entertaining and guest friendly. It seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people keep their entertaining behind closed doors, never realizing or accessing the full potential of outdoor entertaining spaces literally outside their doors. Outdoor entertaining is more than throwing custom outdoor rugs down and calling it a day. The decorating has to deliberate, especially now that summer is waning and autumn is waxing. Sure it’s cooler outside and the sun doesn’t last as long, but that doesn’t matter in a well designed outdoor entertainment area.

Start Simple

It’s not summer anymore. This means two things: less light and lower temperatures. Entertaining revolves around comfort. Be sure that your outdoor space is comfortable and well-lit enough to keep the party going. Provide ample seating and standing room. Small autumn firepits are excellent gathering places, plan your space accordingly. Outdoor spaces can be just as cozy as indoor ones, perhaps even more, when done correctly.

Analyze your Space

Everyone’s outdoor areas are different. As the temperature does grow cooler, so do patio surfaces and grass. Area rugs and outdoor rugs are perfect pieces that are both stylish and practical. They can go on grass and patios alike, keeping feet dry and warm. Just be sure to be extra careful if they’re near an outdoor fireplace. You wouldn’t want to risk your custom made rugs and other luxury rugs catching an errant ember.

Make it Transferable

Indoor and outdoor entertaining are a team, though many people treat them as entirely separate from each other. Your interior and exterior should encourage guests to flow between them. As it gets colder and darker, your outdoor space should usher people indoors to a similar vibe. The party doesn’t end in the backyard, it goes inside for steamy beverages and late night snacks. The way you decorate and design your spaces should foster that journey. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should shudder the windows and reemerge in the spring. Change things up and get creative. Show people that comfort knows no seasonal restrictions and they’ll never want to leave.

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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3 Ways to Use Area Rugs In Your Bedroom

Need an area rug for your bedroom?Think about your bedroom. Right now, at this exact moment, is it how you want it? Does it look the way you want it to? Does it reflect your style? Is it somewhere you want to spend a lot of time? If you answered any of these questions ‘no’ then it might be time to make a change. That change could be huge, like buying new furniture or painting the walls. Or you could change only a couple of small things. Things that would vastly improve the feel of your space. Maximum impact, low effort. Oddly enough, one of the ways to do this is by purchasing custom made rugs. Aesthetically, an area rug draws your eye and grounds your space. Placing custom size area rugs strategically in your bedroom can drastically improve the overall feel. Here are some ways you can use custom made area rugs to transform your bedroom into an oasis.  
  • Under the bedThis is the most common place to put an area rug in bedrooms. It can feel counter-intuitive to place a rug where it will be almost entirely obscured from view, but an area rug will frame the bed and create a focal point in the room. Finding a carpet that compliments your bedding either in color or pattern can add fun to a bland space.
 
  • On the side of the bedThis is a newer design idea. Placing a runner type carpet next to your bed along the path you walk can be a great way to add to a zen oasis feeling to your space. If you’re looking for a bedroom that relaxes you a side-carpet next to your bed can be a great way to improve your sensory experience. Getting a fluffy carpet runner to walk on with bare feet. Remember it’s not just about how it looks, but also how it feels.
 
  • Under a sitting areaIf you have a large enough space, adding a sitting space with custom made rugs can transform your room from just a space to sleep in but also to relax with a nice book. Make sure to get an area rug large enough that it sits well beneath all the furniture with enough left around the outside to display the rug itself and frame the furniture.
  Studies have found that rugs are likely to reduce allergens within your home. In Sweden, they noticed a correlation where a 70% reduction in carpet use resulted in a 30% increase in allergic reactions. Adding an area rug to your space isn’t just adding to the aesthetic but also helping to improve your health. The kind of rug isn’t entirely important for the impact. Whether you get a braided rug or a plush fluffy rug, getting the one that feels right for the decor in your bedroom is more important than trying to find the same rug everyone else already has. One of the benefits of ordering custom made rugs is the ability to define not only the size but the design as well.

How To Use Custom Area Rugs For Interior Design

Custom area rugIn the world of interior design, custom area rugs can make a room feel finished and inviting. You put a lot of effort into designing spaces to suit both form and function, and the placement of an area rug can transform your room both aesthetically and emotionally. If you’ve ever experienced the joy of walking barefoot on a soft fluffy carpet, then you understand this already. In terms of design, an area rug is often the missing piece in a room that should feel finished but somehow doesn’t. Often, you can get custom made area rugs to suit your individual needs. Here are some ways you can use area rugs to complete your almost-finished living space.

Area rugs can…

  • Add a pop of color or an interesting pattern to a neutral paletteIf you’ve ever seen those beautiful designer kitchens where the counters, cabinets, and backsplash are a lovely combination of white and taupe you know there is always a pop of color. The same idea can be used with a luxury rug. Giving your room the benefit of a striking color pop connecting your throw pillows to the carpet to a painting on the wall. Driving the aesthetic of your home.
 
  • Bring in a touch of whimsyAn area rug can be a great statement piece. Whether you’re hoping to bring out your cultural roots through an intricate pattern or you are trying to make it feel like your sitting on a beach somewhere drinking mimosas, using custom made rugs is a fun way to display your personality within your home.
 
  • Provide a grounding point for large objects that just feel offCustom made area rugs are an excellent way to give large objects, like a bed or sofa, a home. If you have a piece that is particularly attractive, say an antique with gorgeous woodwork, an area rug beneath it would draw the eye and create an aesthetic focus in the room.
  When considering interior design, the ideal distance that an area rug needs from the wall is between 12 and 14 inches. This provides an interesting layered effect similar to a matte finish to a painting. This contrast aesthetically frames the space. Because most rooms vary in size, it’s usually best to order custom size area rugs to work specifically in your spaces.

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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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.

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

An Area Rugs Features These Three Surprising Benefits

Area rugAn area rug works well tying a room together and instilling an air of coziness and comfort – but did you know that they can also provide three surprising health benefits? Although we might not associate a carpet with improved indoor air quality, rugs can have a beneficial effect on the air you breathe in every day. Besides improving the condition of the air inside your home, here are three ways that purchasing an area rug for your home can improve your overall health and well-being.
  1. Improves Air Quality
Gravity causes particles, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria to fall to the floor of your home, and for many years experts advised people with allergies to remove all carpeting from their homes, thinking that they were damaging to their health. But now, numerous studies have shown that having carpet can actually be beneficial to people with allergies because they trap allergens, which keeps particles out of the air where they would otherwise be breathed in. If you suffer from allergies or other breathing conditions like asthma, purchasing an area rug can help lessen some of your symptoms.
  1. Cushions Slips and Falls:
An area rug is a great way to cushion your footsteps and protect against injuries that may result from slips and falls. Rugs offer safety protection for the whole family, especially young children and older adults who are more susceptible to accidental falls.
  1. Thermal Insulation
In colder seasons, an area rug provides thermal resistance by retaining warm air longer. This extra source of insulation can be valuable for people with health problems and have trouble staying warm. Extra protection from the cold can also be helpful if you or a family member comes down with an illness like the flu or a cold, which also affects your body’s ability to remain warm.

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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?

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 Update Your Room With a Round Rug

Indoor round rugWhen viewers look at interior designs that incorporate rugs, most concepts involve a rectangular or square rug. Although these styles are commonplace, many buyers think the shape won’t work with existing furniture or rectangular rooms. Round rugs provide a variety of options and choosing the best one to complement an existing design or layout may be overwhelming for first-time buyers. If you fall in love with a round rug, take it home. Here’s how to choose the perfect rug for the perfect space.

Dimensions Matter

When you choose a rectangular rug, always find one large enough that it touches at least one piece of furniture in the room. The same rule applies to round rugs. Curved edges soften furniture groupings and angular spaces, but only if they can curve gracefully underneath some of your pieces. Use round rugs to unify a room. Place one curve under the sofa and let it circle around adjacent pieces like a warm embrace. Another option is separating one area from another by using a small rug for a grouping.

Curves Go Together

Round rugs work well under circular dining tables and round coffee tables. They also help emphasize curves in statement pieces. Make sure that a rug being used under a dining room table is large enough to fit all your chairs, or you won’t get the effect you were seeking.

A Round Rug Soften Angles

If you have a small, cramped space that’s distinctly angular, add a round rug. Hallways and entries don’t provide space for much décor, but a small round rug can add color and soften corners. If you don’t have space for an entire round rug, half-moon rugs embellish even the smallest spaces. Koeckritz Rugs, Inc., specializes in custom area rugs that come in any size and shape. Check out our luxury collection 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.

Four Ways to Utilize A Rug At Your Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor wedding runner rugBrides are adding beauty and style to their walk down the aisle by utilizing a wedding runner rug, an important part of their outdoor wedding decorations. The trend is becoming more popular, and it looks as if it’s here to stay. How can you choose a wedding runner rug that matches your wedding’s personal style and flair?

Brighten Up an Outdoor Venue

The nice thing about outdoor nuptials is that little decoration is required – simply let nature speak for itself. While you might not have to worry about floral arrangements, an outdoor rug can bring an inexpensive and stylish pop of color. Consider an earthy tone to complement a fall backdrop, or a deep red to contrast with a wintry scene.

Select an Outdoor Wedding Runner

The days of decorating the aisles with lace and white roses are over – consider a chic and stylish aisle runner instead. A mid-century modern aisle runner will give your wedding a classic, elegant feel. Choose a single runner, or consider stacking rugs of different shapes and sizes to create visual interest.

Create a Sitting Area

Today’s weddings are more relaxed and focused on creating a pleasant experience for guests. Create a sitting area for your guests – think vintage couches and dark wood cocktail tables. A plush rug will pull together all these elements and serve not only as a place for your guests to have a good conversation, but as a conversation piece itself.

Have Fun

Remember, it’s your wedding. Choose a rug that matches your personal style and unique flair. The best thing about using a rug in your ceremony is that it’s a decoration you’ll reuse for years to come. Each time you look down at your wedding rug, you’ll be reminded of your special day. That’s reason enough to consider adding a rug to your outdoor wedding.
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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?

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.

Choosing the Right Outdoor Rug for Your Summer Party

Eleagant outdoor rugMost Americans’ summer months are packed with fun events with friends and family. While you’ve probably already sorted out the pool toys and the grill, have you considered what an outdoor rug could do for your summertime fun spaces? As you plan your next summer party, think of the activities you have planned and consider how an outdoor rug may be valuable.

Outdoor Rug Makes for Extra Comfy Seating

Finding places to sit and relax in the backyard can sometimes be challenging during summer parties. Chairs may be limited, and not everyone enjoys sitting on the grass. Outdoor area rugs provide comfortable, versatile seating. You can even use them for special occasions, like outside movie nights with the kids and their friends. During summer barbecues, outdoor rugs offer comfortable footing for your guests. If you have a gazebo or pavilion, an area rug underneath can help make the atmosphere more comfortable for enjoying outdoor meals.

Easy Cleanup for Events

summer outdoor rugOutdoor rugs are great for special occasions like weddings, graduation parties, and July 4th cookouts. You may not be too keen on the idea of keeping a nice rug outdoors for an extended time, but they can add temporary flair and comfort for your summertime occasions. They also help you with clean up after the event. Instead of cleaning dropped food and spilled drinks off of your outdoor flooring or deck, simply roll up the carpet and clean that, instead. For important events like weddings, outdoor rugs and a carpet for the aisle can help tie the décor from the rest of the ceremony together in stunning ways. Outdoor spaces of the home are comfortable and open but still familiar and intimate, and the right outdoor rug can help create the perfect atmosphere for your most memorable summertime occasions. How you use your outdoor rugs is up to you. They are incredibly versatile, so the next time you’re wondering how to add a finishing touch to your event decorations or how you can get additional seating for your kid’s next birthday party, consider what outdoor rugs can do for you.  To place your order today, visit the Koeckritz Rugs shop.  
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