Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adding Animal Prints to Your Interior Design

Do you love animal prints but aren't sure how to incorporate them into your interior design without over doing it? Whether it's crocodile, giraffe, cheetah or zebra, trend followers are wild about animal prints and so are we! The exotic look remains popular in apparel and home-decor year after year and it's no surprise why. It's a touch of exotic that's chic and elegant and has been such a staple in design that it has become a classic.

Animal print is a fun way to bring a piece of your personality into the fabric of your home furnishings. The key is to use this particular style judiciously. Black and white is an eye-catching way to incorporate animal print into your home accents if you want to make a bold, contemporary statement. Black and white animal prints used in conjunction with bright or neutral colors on a couch, or in a bedroom or kitchen, give just the right amount of visual breakup to keep the whole picture from being too jarring.

If bold black and white isn't quite your style, a soft animal print rawhide or throw blanket might be more fitting. Rawhides can be hung on a wall for full display or used over bed covers. A plush, soft cheetah print throw blanket can be draped attractively along a chair or couch. Stylish crocodile luggage carefully stacked for use as an end table is another great option for making a more subtle statement with animal print.

Other home design items available in animal print include lamp shades, pillows, picture frames, accent chairs, trimmed ottomans, area rugs, wall art, shelving, window treatments and so much more! In fact, there are so many ways you can use your home to indulge your passion for animal print, the only thing you need worry about is using it in small enough amounts to break up solid colors found in the furniture and other decor and not so much that your guests feel like they're walking into the exotic animal section of the local zoo.

Your home can walk on the wild side; just don't get drowned in it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Love Cowhide? Use it to Accessorize Your Home

Okay, we admit it. We love, love, love cowhide. That shouldn't be surprising. We're taking cowhide beyond the rug. Including a few cowhide accessories is a great way to add texture and color movement to your interior design. Here are some of our favorite ideas for accessorizing your home with cowhide.

Number one on our list is cowhide pillows. A cowhide pillow, fully realized in all its color and pattern potential, can be a perfect low-key foil for striking a focal-point on a sofa or to make an edgier statement in your decor.

Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Cowhide lamps are another way to accessorize with cowhide. They lend a rustic, homey look to your room. And due to the thickness of the shade, you get a more gentle glow which adds warmth to your room.

Courtesy of Overstock.com
This comfortable lounge chair features a stylish cowhide print that really makes a statement. A big plus is the durability of cowhide. This chair will stand the test of time because cowhide is so easy to maintain and keep clean! A much better choice than standard upholstery.

Quality Cowhide really is a great option for your interior design. It adds warmth, texture, color and best of all it's on trend, affordable, versatile, and durable. What more could you ask for?!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Biggest Cowhide Rugs At Best Value

We've added just a few of the customer testimonials we've received from those who have purchased a genuine cowhide rug from Rawhide Company to our homepage. As we were adding these nice comments - a few things stood out clear that set us apart from other cowhide suppliers.

Why Buy From Rawhide Company?
Here are the top four reasons to buy your next durable cowhide area rug from us at Rawhide Company - based on REAL customer testimonials. We challenge you to try us for yourself - and see the difference great customer care can make.

4. Shipping is fast. Usually within a week of your order, or sooner!
3. Customer service is the best. You'll get personal attention and prompt responses, questions answered - and more from the staff at Rawhide Company.
2. The price is unmatched. The value is clear - we've got the best prices on the best hides. Period. You might find a cheaper price - but the hide's quality will likely suffer. Read the testimonials - and you'll see one that discusses this in great detail.
1. The quality is unbeaten. Nearly all of our testimonials include something to the effect that their new cowhide rug was larger and more beautiful than the photo, or exceeded their expectations.

Browse our blog for lots of ideas on incorporating cowhides into your home, the history behind using hides in upholstery and clothing, color and style suggestions and more.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Adding Texture to Your Interior Design

Texture is a design element that tends to be overlooked when decorating a home. That's a shame because adding texture to your space has the ability to add a powerful, albeit subtle dimension to a room's interior. In fact, texture is one of the secret tools which are used by the professionals to really make an impression on a space.

The word texture usually refers to how the surface of an object feels but it's really more than that. When you see something which looks rough, even if you don't directly touch it, your mind conjures up rough things you've felt in the past. Texture has an effect on the way a room feels and the way it looks. Using texture allows you to add dimension to your space.

One of the basic principles of using texture has to do with weight. Rough, coarse textures tend to make an object feel heavier, while smoother textures will make it feel lighter. In this way a polished white marble floor will feel lighter than hardwood paneling, even though it is in actuality much heavier.

When determining how much weight a certain texture adds to an item, the rule of thumb is that, objects reflecting more light tend to feel less heavy. Using this understanding, it is possible to create balance between large and small items, using heavier or lighter textures.

One common use of texture is to add interest to a space which has boring, monochrome colors. This is one of the underlying principles of a shabby chic decorative style, where everything is painted the same, and texture is used to create contrast. In such a design, off white walls are often adorned with elegant moldings, textured finishes, and are complimented by whicker and rattan, also painted white.

Another example of rich textures comes from rustic cabin decor. In this style rough log wood walls and furnishings are matched with natural clefting stone floors and counters, and thick shag rug carpets or animal skin rugs like bear skin rugs or cowhide rugs or pillows. The colors in this style are rich, with deep browns, blacks and reds, and so the texture is not necessary to add interest, and yet it wouldn't feel like a rustic cabin style without this added depth.

Contemporary styles are bolder with their use of texture. This is evidenced by modern decorative trends which place rough unfinished brick next to stainless steal, and which couple silk screens with concrete blocks. While texture is a relatively advanced decorative tool, you shouldn't be afraid of it. Mix and match texture with colors to determine which couples best compliment one another.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fall Fashion & Cowhide Rugs

Are you thinking that fall fashion and cowhide rugs have nothing to do with each other? Surprise! Very often runway trends bleed into design industry trends and fall 2012 is no exception. From bright jewel tones to more subtle monochromatic shades, a little of everything is showing itself on the runway this season. Emphasis is on color and texture making cowhide rugs a perfect fit.

Hunting gear reds and oranges made appearances in the form of sweaters, tweed jackets and slacks. Including a pop of color to your living area or bedroom adds character and a focal point to grab your guests' eyes as they first enter the room. Interior design's biggest enemy is boredom. A well-designed room always has, depending on the size of it, one or more focal points. A focal point must be dominant enough to draw attention and interesting enough to encourage the viewer to look further. A focal point thus must have a lasting impression but must also be an integral part of the decoration linked through scale, style, color or theme. A bright colored cowhide rug is a perfect focal point.

Sophistication hits the runways by imbuing the embroideries, textile patterns, flourishes and embellishments of faraway lands with an old-world elegance. Texture is a design element which is generally overlooked when decorating a home. However it has the ability to add a powerful, albeit subtle dimension to a room's interior. In fact, it is one of the secret tools which are used by the professionals to really make an impression on a space. Cowhide rugs are a sure bet for adding texture to any room. Choosing one in a jewel tone like sapphire blue takes it to the next level.

New York designers put a new twist on winter white, embracing the monochromatic look for fall with skillful tailoring and a knack for looking cool. In interior design monochromatic color schemes are color palettes that are based off of a single color on the color wheel. White tends to be at the top of many designers' lists of favorites. This may sound boring to some, but monochromatic color schemes can very dynamic and sophisticated. Your room can be traditional or modern, it just depends on how those colors are applied. Monochromatic color schemes can have an elegant and clean result in any interior design which is why it translates so well from fashion design.

Fall Fashion Week images courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.