It feels like we have been waiting may months for spring to arrive. As we welcome this season of transition into our home, it is the perfect time to lighten up the inside of our tranquil living space. It is important to keep stimulating your senses and switch things ups from time to time. It is the perfect season is to add visual interest, and create an open and airy transitional space that welcomes the new season with open arms. There are so many ways to make these changes that include painting, introducing brighter color linens and pillows, layering natural textures or simply adding plants and flowers to the space. These small changes can make a big impact on a minimal budget.

As trends revolve like the seasons and color palettes evolve, your home becomes the canvas for you and your family. There are elements of your home that remain consistent and may be forgotten. The flooring in your dwelling is the one element that requires a commitment and rarely changes after you make the selection. It can be one of the costliest investments you introduce into any renovation budget and certainly not something you update or change for the season.

This is the season for you to introduce natural fiber area rugs to your home. Get ready to roll up those heavy wool rugs and put them in storage until October. There are so many options on the market today that can update your space and add a lighter natural element to your floors. Start small or go big and keep it neutral. These beautiful woven pieces of art can transform any space and introduce a casual ease. Best used over hardwood flooring, tiles and brick these textured beauties come in a variety of colors, sizes and woven patterns.

First, lets define a natural fiber. A natural fiber comes from plants or animals. Natural fiber rugs are woven from durable threads that range from sisal, seagrass, jute, coir and bamboo. Natural fiber rugs bring a modern organic look and neutral texture to any setting. They are a natural choice for adding a casual look to classic living and family rooms, or a relaxed kickback feel to the weekend cottage. Each natural rug brings a human element to your home. Each of these rugs are woven by hand into interesting pattern by craftsmen who have skills that have been handed down for generations.

Sisal is a popular choice for many, these rugs are resistant to most stains and repels dust. Sisal is the toughest of all natural fibers and works great in high-traffic areas. It is made from the long pointed leaves of the Sisalana plant, which is native to Brazil, Mexico and parts of Africa. Sisal actually absorbs the humidity on hot summer days, which helps to cool a room. The sisal fibers are coarse so it is not ideal for small children or bare feet. Sisal cannot be used outdoors. The natural color of sisal is creamy white. Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause colored-sisal to fade. Sisal’s exceptional durability is suitable for both residential and commercial use. However, after prolong use on a stairway, sisal will become slippery, therefore, avoid stairways.

Seagrass is a fiber that is also strong and resistant to most spills and stains. Sea grass does not contain chemicals and toxins. This is a perfect option for allergy sufferers who want a beautiful natural rug. Seagrass rugs are very durable and usually have a latex backing. They have a lot of texture, which creates dimension to an interior. This type of rug is also excellent on an enclosed porch or entryway as well as in your bedroom.

Jute rugs originate in India and Bangladesh. These fibers come from the plant stalk instead of the leaves, so the fibers are softer than some other natural fiber rugs, but less durable. Jute rugs more closely resemble wool than the other natural fibers. The natural color of jute is brown. Jute holds up well under low to medium traffic. I would define high traffic areas include hallways, family room and entryway. Medium traffic areas include the dining room and home office. Low traffic areas include bedrooms and formal living room.

Coir rugs are made from the husks of coconuts and have a latex backing. They are an environmentally friendly option. Only discarded coconut husks are used to construct these rugs, so the tree remains intact. Coir rugs are hand-loomed and will have imperfections. Coir rugs must use a rug pad to protect the floor beneath.

Bamboo is fast-growing plant and can be harvested without killing the host plant. There are many benefits to owning a bamboo rug, such as its natural fire resistance, durability and easy care. Bamboo rugs have felt backing to protect the floor from scratches.

Easy care and vacuuming regularly will extend the life of your natural rug. Make certain you blot spills immediately with a clean, absorbent white cloth or spot clean with a dry extraction powder. Natural fibers are quite absorbent and can shrink and expand with changes in humidity. They are intended for indoor use only and are not recommended for use in damp or humid areas such as bathrooms. Make certain you keep them out of direct sunlight to help prevent fading. Rotate the rug periodically to help reduce uneven wear. Lastly, make sure you use a rug pad under any non-backed fiber rug. If you chose to use the rug over carpeting a rug pad should also be used.

Easily forgotten, the floors of our home deserve a little special update seasonally as well as it counterparts. This spring explore, experiment and take a risk. Introduce a natural element rug to any space in your home and continue to bring the “outside inside”.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design