Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Using A Natural Cowhide In Your Interior Design

Cowhide rugs are the latest interior must-have accessory. They've been around a few years - but are really coming to light now, as an affordable and durable way to incorporate serious style and major practicality into your space. Many interior designers have considered natural hides - whether used as a rug, upholstery or an accessory - a secret weapon to add a splash of color, a pop of pattern or just an organically shaped element in a large space.

A Cow hide rug brings organic shape, natural colors (unless it's one of our wild color cowhide collection), and a rustic, rich look to any space.  Cowhides fit into modern or traditional settings - and also young kid's rooms - or dorm rooms. They are great for game rooms, kitchen designs and hallways. They are even durable enough to use outdoors - if you wanted a super-classy patio area.

So what are the main goals when choosing a cowhide?
  • Make sure your Cowhide is professionally tanned, if properly done your rug should last the rest of your life without cracking or shedding. Proper tanning produces a softer and better quality hide.
  • Always choose a reputable and high standing cowhide company. Ask questions if you are interested: how they are tanned, what is the warranty or return policy, and how long have they been in business.
  • Check your color scheme and determine the size of rug that you need. There are various styles to choose from, colors and variations so take your time when choosing your rug to make sure it is the right rug for the aesthetics your space.
Cowhide rugs are a durable and stylish addition to any area in your home - do your homework, ask questions and your purchase can last you a lifetime.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Rules Of Rugs - Where To Place Your Cowhide Rug

Area rugs are perhaps the best accessory in the interior design arena, since they are both functional and aesthetic.
For aesthetics of course, a cowhide rug is optimal since you can move them and change them out often - thus changing the entire look of your space with each decision.
For functionality, an area rug covers otherwise uninteresting flooring (which often is solid tile, laminate or wood) to provide comfort to those standing atop it's placement and sound cushioning as well. In fact, there are apartment buildings in big cities, such as New York, that require tenants to cover a certain percentage of their flooring with carpeting or rugs - to reduce unnecessary noise.  
There are some 'laws' to consider when laying down your floor coverings.
1. Size - You must select a size appropriate rug. Getting one that's too big for your space will leave the area feeling oddly cramped.  Depending on the size of the room - it's best to consider anywhere from 6-18 inches space allowance around the perimeter of the rug, with the space increasing with room size. Another thing to consider is your flooring itself. If you have beautiful hardwoods, you don't want to cover them completely with a rug. Instead, your goal might be to accent your design, and provide comfort for those seated in a sitting area. The only exception to this, really is a rug in a dining room - in which case, you must have ample space around the perimeter of the dining table, for people to comfortably push and pull chairs away from the table to be seated - and a solid 1-2 feet of extra rug space is recommended.
2. What shape? This depends on your personal style really, and the objects in the space you're working with. If you have very large pieces and a large room, as well as a traditional style, a large rectangular laser-cut cowhide area rug might work most efficiently.  If your room is more minimal, the organic shape of a natural cowhide rug can add a pop of color and interest to your design.
3. So, where to place? The most common area is between the seating and under a coffee table. And that placement works well in most scenarios. But you could also place a rug behind a couch, in a kitchen, or hallway - and it is not uncommon to place a piece of furniture on your rug or have it tucking under a large furnishing. Having some furniture on and some off of the rug itself can actually be the 'glue' that holds the design together, and unifies the pieces into one cohesive design (if you're not in a dining space as mentioned above).
The most important thing to consider as to WHERE you place your rug - is your natural walkways and traffic areas - these should be covered, or left open - and never 'crossed' or bisected - as this could cause people to stumble and trip.