Keep Rugs Beautiful Jordan's Furniture offers these tips for care of rugs and runners. Care and Maintenance for Area Rugs Professional cleaning is recommended when rugs are soiled. Rugs should be vacuumed regularly to remove dirt and abrasive particles. Avoid vacuuming fringe and side selvage areas. Vacuuming the fringe can result in it becoming shredded or torn away from the body of the rug. Hooked rugs and braided rugs should be vacuumed using the "bare floor" setting on the vacuum to prevent damage. Using a beater bar (that's designed for use on a rug or carpet setting) can snag loose fibers and cause pulls and runs in the surface. Rotating rugs 180 degrees annually will alternate wear patterns. The use of furniture cups under extra-heavy furniture helps prevent permanent damage to rug fibers. Rug Padding Quality rug pads provide support and stability to the area rug, ensuring better performance and appearance. Rubber- bottom rug pads keep rugs from slipping and moving. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) will protect the surface of the floor underneath, minimizing scratching and damage to floor finishes. Quality solid surface rug pads (not thin or waffled mesh pads) prevent dye transfer from the area rug to floors underneath- including wall-to-wall carpet. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti- slip rubber bottoms keep rugs from creeping, wrinkling and cupping under furniture legs. Quality solid surface rug pads with anti-slip rubber bottoms prevent rugs from being stretched out of shape. Quality rug pads with a rubber bottom layer prevent moisture stains from seeping through the rug, damaging floors- great for homes with pets! Thin vinyl rug pads (non-skid or waffle) can stick to the floor over time, or create excess heat build-up under rugs, damaging floors. Rubber pads are recommended as they "breathe" and are less likely to stick or affect hard surfaces. On the Surface: Pilling, Shedding, Sprouts and Pulls New area rugs can shed excess yarns through pilling and shedding. Certain types of rugs, such as tufted rugs, are more prone to shedding. Frequent, thorough vacuuming can reduce shedding time. Customers with allergies might consider machine woven and hand knotted rugs instead, as these rug types are less likely to shed fibers. Yarns that extend up from the surface of the rug pile-"sprouts and pulls"- should be cut with sharp scissors as needed. Pulling on sprouted yarns in a hooked rug can result in permanent damage. Dye Variations Dye Variations: In many rug types, especially handmade rugs, horizontal dye variations are to be expected. Known as abrash, it sometimes appears to have a "striped" look. Due to the natural variations in the dyes, as found in hand knotted rugs, or intentionally woven into the pile, abrash adds to the wonderfully rustic appearance of the rug. Odors: That "New Rug Smell" Most new furniture, including rugs, often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors.
Get advice on how to care for area rugs and rug padding, including tips to prevent rug wear and reduce pilling, from the experts at Jordan's Furniture.
Get advice on how to care for area rugs and rug padding, including tips to prevent rug wear and reduce pilling, from the experts at Jordan's Furniture.
PSA: neutral color palettes do not equal boring design. Whether you aren’t a fan of color in general or you’re just simply worried you’ll get tired of colors you choose, there are plenty of ways to make your neutrals dazzle as much as color! Touchable Texture || Add depth to your home by incorporating texture. Layer textiles from throws to pillows – even area rugs! Neutral spaces can look stark sometimes so it’s vital to include textural elements to warm it up a bit. Go beyond textiles and make practical furniture like a bookcase a decorative focal point! This will add dimension without compromising your color palette. Another great way to incorporate texture is to create an entire wall of it! Paneling has made a modern, chic comeback and it’s nothing like the kind you’d find in a 1970’s basement. The d version features varied textural patterns in crisp white, gray, even black. Still not convinced? Shiplap and stonework are a few natural neutral alternatives that will create the same effect. Playful Pattern || The best part of a neutral color theme is that you can really get creative and start mixing patterns! Fluidity in design is key when mixing patterns and textures. This can be achieved by establishing a solid foundation and threading each layer of your design together with a common element; in this case, a neutral color palette. For mixing & matching pattern best practices check out: Pattern Play! The Ombré Effect || Just as you can layer your patterns and texture, you can also layer your neutral colors! Neutrals are neutral for a reason – they play well together! Create an ombré effect in your home by choosing a range of neutral tones to feature from drapes to furniture to flooring. Be mindful of undertones when choosing your palette. Some neutrals can be both cool and warm depending on what they’re styled up against, so to keep the look cohesive you want to stick with one or the other. Even if you aren’t painting, consider getting a few gradient paint chips to guide your choices!
Whether your goal is to make a style statement, give your feet a cozy treat, or hide a floor blemish, area rugs don’t get enough credit for all they can do to transform a space…. Make a Statement || With all the options out there from traditional oriental, to modern geometric, to bold splashes of color, choosing the rug that is right for your space can be overwhelming! Even if the rug is meant to be the ornamental piece in the room, it still needs to flow with the rest of your design. If you are introducing a new pattern, it should be within the same color scheme of the existing patterns in the room. This will ensure that your contrasting elements complement, as opposed to compete against each other. If you are introducing a bold color, it should share the same undertones as the existing palette in the room (i.e. warm vs. cool hues) whether those colors are neutral or not to keep the look cohesive. Warm the Space || If this décor for your floor is meant to be a plush treat for your feet be sure to pick the pile that best suits your style. A high pile (taller than ¼) will add texture to your space and feel warm and cozy underfoot, however this style is prone to more wear and tear. High pile rugs are great in low traffic areas like the bedroom or living room. A low pile rug (shorter than ¼) is fantastic for higher traffic areas since they are easy to clean and prevent allergens from getting stuck in the fibers. Though not as soft underfoot, a low pile rug will still soften the look of a space and add depth to the overall look. Hide a Flaw || Whether the flaw on your floor exists on tile, hardwood, or even a carpet, an area rug can be a fashionable fix! Contrary to popular belief, layering an area rug over wall-to-wall carpeting is not a faux pas when it's done right. Most wall-to-wall carpeting is fairly neutral so this is your chance to make a statement while hiding whatever blemish exists below! Keep pile in mind – anything too thick will cause a tripping hazard, but don't be afraid to play with different shapes or patterns. This will make the look more like a purposeful design rather than a quick fix to a bigger problem. Don't worry – your secret is safe with us.
Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
With winter fast approaching, you're likely spending more time indoors and finding ways to keep your home warm and cozy. Now is the time to drape a plush throw over your sofa, pile on some soft pillows, and curl up with a steaming hot cocoa and a good book by the fireplace. Don't have a built-in fireplace? Try an electric fireplace to create the illusion of a natural fire. It's really all about layering on comfort and setting a mood. Ambiance || There are many decorating strategies for building your unique comfort zone. Ultimately, you want it to be a peaceful, inviting sanctuary you can't wait to return to at the end of a long day. Try dark, saturated wall hues if you want the space to feel more enclosed – this works especially well in a small den or media room. Warm, natural wood tones and neutral-hued upholstery reinforce that calm, cozy ambiance. Add personal photos, artwork and antiques to make the space truly yours. Soft Fabrics || The simplest way to establish instant comfort is by layering on pillows and throws in sumptuous fabrics like velvet, chenille or faux fur. In a bedroom, try a tufted headboard for your bed, an upholstered chair or bench, and include curtains and bed skirts for added warmth. The more fabrics and textures you have in a room, the cozier it will feel. Layering higher pile rugs on your floor keeps things toasty underfoot. You can even layer throw rugs over sisal or carpeting to up the cozy factor. Lighting || One of the most important elements of any room is lighting. Think of how the inside of a rustic pine lodge or traditional Swiss chalet looks. If natural light is limited, candles, task lighting - or the previously mentioned electric fireplace - create a warm glow and raise spirits on a super cold winter day. Putting overhead lighting on dimmer switches also helps to create a cozy mood, especially in a dining room.
If variety is the spice of life, you won't find a more colorful and diverse design mix than in Morocco. Often recognized for its extravagantly patterned tiles and popular ottoman poufs in every gorgeous hue you can imagine, Moroccan style encompasses so much more. Drawing from its blend of African Berber, Islamic, Spanish and French cultural history, the Moroccan look offers global sophistication using hand-crafted items infused with exotic details. If you don't happen to have an authentic riad of your own, you can still create the look and feel in your home Textiles & Accents || Moroccan rugs and poufs are the most popular items in home interiors, and are readily available stateside. Moroccan rugs come in every color, size and shape, and the soft, neutral-hued ones coordinate beautifully with boho-inspired rooms. You can easily hang a group of pierced metal lanterns in a bedroom, place a carved drum table in your living room or add striped spice-tone throw pillows to your sofa. As with any space, it's all about the mix. If you use too many Moroccan style items in a room, it might look like a stage set, which is fine if that's your ultimate goal. Colors & More Colors || Typically, we think of Moroccan color palettes as consisting of warm spice tones like orange, red, saffron yellow and versions of brown, but there are many variations originating from different regions of the country. Jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby are often mixed freely, and some traditional Islamic color palettes combine deep cobalt with turquoise, tan and white. In addition, many Moroccan rugs have a white or off-white ground with free-form, open geometric patterns in black or brown. Shapes & Patterns || From iconic Moorish arches and arabesque domes to hexagonal and octagonal wooden tables, Morocco is all about shapes... keyholes, fish scales, and intricate open lattice and trellis patterns are also abundant. In addition to amazing architectural shapes, many geometrics are prominent on tiles and textiles. For example, multiple layers of Zellige tiles are widely displayed in Islamic mosques, in a kaleidoscope of patterns and color combinations. They look similar to azulejo tiles you'd see in Spain and Portugal.
Europe is like that unequivocal cool kid – they don’t follow trends, they set them. While diversity in design ranges from country to country the one adjective that best describes them all is: chic. From minimalism to opulence each design evokes a sense of effortlessness that transcends the test of time. Posh Parisian || Deemed fashion capitol of the world, Paris, has mastered the art of effortless sophistication. Their evolving interior design style strikes a balance between old and new, opulence and minimalism. Vintage accents like an ornate chandelier is paired with a clean, modern sofa. Light walls offer a blank canvas for decadent texture like a velvet accent chair in royal blue or a tufted ottoman. Merry Mediterranean || Inspired by the cheerful hues of the sun, sand, and sea, Mediterranean design is as carefree as the people that inhabit the area. Capitalizing on their perpetually mild climate, Mediterranean architecture blurs the line between the outdoors and indoors; bare picture windows and sliding glass doors dominate design making dining al fresco a seamless transition. Patios are filled with cushy outdoor furniture that is as cozy as their living room set. Simply Scandinavian || Built on the Scandinavian design philosophy that less is more, minimalism is characterized by clean simplicity and functionality without compromising comfort. Clean lines like leggy, tight-back sofas are juxtaposed with rich texture like a sheepskin rug to create a crisp-meets-cozy vibe. Void of any bold primary hues, this design aesthetic was made for the lovers of all things neutral.
From Pantone to Sherwin Williams to Behr the color curators have chosen what they anticipate to be the most popular hues for 2018. Ranging from deep and saturated to muted and serene there is certainly a color for every design aesthetic… Pantone: Ultra Violet || The most talked about color reveal of the year might be a tad too cosmic for your walls, but this invigorating hue can be great in small doses! Abstract artwork or an area rug are good ways to experiment with this bright color. Behr: In the Moment || This watery-gray hue evokes a calming vibe that would be great for a bedroom, a master bath, or any other room you want to turn into a tranquil sanctuary. Right at the crossroads of saturated and muted this tone works well as the neutral in the room. Sherwin Williams: Oceanside || A jewel tone that perfectly blends blues and greens to create a hue that is reminiscent of the serene coastline of your favorite beach. Whether you paint your walls with it or find a similar hue in an accent piece like a side chair or ottoman you can’t go wrong! Benjamin Moore: Caliente || This fiery red has purple undertones giving it a rich saturation that is a little more soothing to the eye than an orange-based red. Try it as an accent wall in your living room – this color really pops when paired with a cream or white sofa!   Pinterest: Sage || While Pinterest technically isn’t a color expert, it’s certainly the leading forum of inspiration for life in general and the most pinned color is sage. Step aside griege, because sage is stealing your thunder as the new neutral. Out of all the colors listed this hue has already made its debut in the form of walls, sofas, bedding, even kitchen cabinets!
Caring for your new little bundle of joy is going to be your first priority so having your nursery perfected before they arrive will give you peace of mind and your baby a peaceful haven to grow. Nursery Necessities || Give your baby room to grow by purchasing a crib that will convert into a toddler bed. Seek out a changing table that provides ample drawer space below so you can forgo the chest of drawers and have more room for other fun accents. Consider investing in a good quality glider chair. Your baby isn’t the only one that will be spending a lot of time in this nursery so go for a chair that will embrace you in absolute comfort while you rock your baby to sleep. Whimsical Walls || Whether you know the gender of your baby or not, there are fun alternatives to the traditional pink and blue walls. Modern, gender-neutral nurseries are having a moment right now and it’s a wonderful, minimalist trend that will blend your nursery with the rest of your home. If you’re painting the room beige, grey, or white experiment with a subtle playfully printed wallpaper in the same hue to mix it up! Not a fan of wallpaper? Design a focal wall of art that features pops of color and whimsical scenes; this will brighten the room while still maintaining the calm vibe set by the neutral wall color. Awe-inspiring Accents || While your baby won’t completely appreciate this until they are a little older, adding a teepee to your nursery is a chic way to create a little wonderland for them. Another playful touch is to design a reading nook complete with a bookshelf and a shag rug for your little one to roll around on. Not only will it add style to the nursery, but your baby will love the soft texture!
There has been an ongoing debate in the Design world about the prevalence of grey in interiors. Is it an enduring trend or past its expiration date? Truthfully, grey never went away. As with any color, it appears and resurfaces at different times. And, unless you intentionally use grey as a monochromatic color scheme, it will have more impact if you mix it with other colors like yellow, lavender or pink ¬– even saturated citron, emerald green or peacock blue. However you decide to incorporate this hue, it can create a sophisticated feel that will stand the test of time. Keep It Neutral || As an alternative to beige, tan or white, grey can either be a great focal point or soothing background to other colors. When you choose a super light value of grey, it can have an ethereal, cloud-like look and feel that even mixes well with other neutrals. For example, your rug can feature only values of grey or include soft blue, white and beige mixed with grey for a more interesting neutral palette. Add a textured throw and pillows along with furniture in shinier finishes to keep your neutral color scheme from looking flat. Power It Up || Amp up the elegance and grandeur of your space by using deeper greys like graphite, charcoal or wrought iron. Contrast them with pale pink, soft lavender or mustard hues, or make a bold statement by mixing grey with amethyst, hot pink or citron. For a more masculine approach, try using grey with brown or burgundy, perhaps on an upholstered chair or with accent pillows. Gold, silver and black in either matte or shiny finishes will also keep grey from feeling too sedate. Finishing Touches || Change up your greys anytime with colorful accents in other colors like red, black, blue or green. For example, incorporate a lamp with a jade base, or a patterned chair with rose, turquoise and terracotta hues to create a beautiful, rich complement to your grey foundation.
One could argue that there isn’t a direct correlation between color and emotional health, however think of a world without color… depressing, right? Color has been a predictor of many things before they even had names, from a person’s health/emotion to the changing of the weather. When designing your home it is good to research what feeling each color can evoke, but don’t base your entire design around it. It is important to choose the colors that speak to you and your personality. After all, your home is a silent expression of your individuality.   Nourishing Neutrals || Neutrals are a great base color for your walls, but they can be a little tricky! For a harmonious look be sure you stay within the warm or cool family. However, there are some neutrals that can fall under both categories depending on their surroundings. If you find that you picked a warm neutral for your walls but your furniture/decor is cool toned try adding a piece of artwork that incorporates both categories to achieve a cohesive look. White will make your room appear larger because it reflects light while light grey is known to promote clarity, making them great choices for any room in your home. Neutrals extend beyond your basic beige, white, and grey – those dusty pastels can be used as neutrals too! Pale blues and greens are nature’s neutrals and are often associated with serenity, novel for your bathroom or bedroom! Powerful Primaries || Bright colors create a visually dynamic space when used appropriately. You may love the color orange, but painting an entire room bright orange will make you feel as though you are actually living in one. Try integrating bright colors into your home with home décor or for a more dramatic effect, an accent wall. Create a sense of passion with pops of red in your bedroom or kitchen or evoke mystery and intrigue with a deep purple accent wall in your living room. Welcome guests into your home with a cheerful yellow foyer or spark creativity by adding an orange rug to your office. Just remember - less is more when styling with bold hues.
Whether it’s your summer or permanent home, a common mistake people make when designing with coastal décor is over-styling the space which can result in your home resembling a surfside gift shop. Go beyond the seashell clichés and create that serene, coastal feeling in your home with elements that are a little more unexpected… Color || The most subtle way to create a laid-back beachy vibe is by painting a room or two in nature-inspired colors. Try layering aqua hues with muted seagrass greens; a combination that has a way of calming your senses yet leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated like a summer breeze.   Furniture || Rather than choosing the typical whitewashed furniture, consider picking out pieces that are a bit darker and evoke more of a rustic or industrial vibe. Many of these pieces resemble driftwood with their coloring and distressing and will pair nicely with pops of coastal or nautical décor without appearing cliché. Adding a jute rug or linen drapes to a space is another neutral way to impart coastal flair.   Accents || Juxtapose style-neutral décor with coastal accents so the room doesn’t become too themed. Get creative with your coastal décor. Seek out a vintage nautical map to hang on the living room wall or an antique compass to place on a side table. Brighten up a window sill with potted seagrass or create a “coastal corner” in your bedroom by placing hurricanes filled with white pillar candles on the floor and scattering air plants all around.
Gilded accents are the blueprint for glamour. Incorporating gold and other metals into your home design will create intriguing light effects while adding a touch of opulence. Gold is a neutral of its own and can be worked into just about any style from rustic to modern. Juxtapose weathered finishes with glossy finishes to create dimension and tie in the other textures in the room like your rug. Contrast is key when playing with metallic hues – they should elevate your space, not overpower it. A little radiance can go a long way.  
From sofas to chairs to ottomans, slipcovers are a beautiful and simple way to give your room a seasonal refresh. You can get the look of brand-new furniture with that cozy broken-in feeling we all crave at the end of a long day. Swapping out the slipcover can change the entire dynamic of the piece – are you in need of neutral furniture because you just bought a bold rug? Or do you want to make a statement with your furniture? With slipcovers you’re the designer! But remember, not all slipcovers are created equal. In order to preserve the life of your slipcovers you must follow the care instructions. If it says non-washable DO NOT wash it. You will ruin the slipcover. If you can wash it then check out these tips below! Washing || Utilize a commercial-sized washer (aka head to the laundromat). The reason for this is so you can wash all components of the slipcover together so the fading (which is inevitable with washable fabrics) will remain uniform. Run the machine through an empty wash cycle first to remove any residue that may have been left behind from the last person that used it – you don’t want anything staining your beautiful slipcover! Zip all zippers closed and using a mild detergent (no bleach or bleach alternatives) wash your slipcover in cold water. Drying || For best results air drying is recommended, but if you do dry the slipcover in the commercial dryer be sure to the NO HEAT setting and remove when still slightly damp. Wrinkles are normal. Dressing || Replace the slipcover on the frame when it’s still slightly damp; this will help relieve some of the wrinkles and contour the fabric so it reshapes properly. Rotate the seat and back cushions every 20 minutes until it’s dry to prevent water stains.
This home décor trend is going out to all the wandering souls out there… the color lovers that thrive on wanderlust and exploration. Heavily influenced by Eastern European culture, bohemian style is the art of layering rich colors and textures with globally-inspired patterns, mixing in vintage elements, and topping it off with a dash of opulence to create a look that is effortlessly luxurious… Worldly Patterns || Layer, layer, layer. Boho is all about mixing prints in rich texture and saturated with color to create a warm and cozy vibe that is carelessly chic. Adorn your walls with crocheted tapestry, lay down an oriental rug, and fill your sofa with plush jewel-toned pillows… the result will be a space that’s just begging to be lounged in. Vintage Finds || Part of the appeal of boho style are the one-of-a-kind pieces that are sprinkled throughout the home, but to keep it authentic you must find those vintage treasures that are unique to your personality. Love to travel? Go on the hunt for some vintage suitcases to use as a nightstand or side table. Are you a photography buff? Hit up your local flea market for an antique camera to display in your home. Gilded Accents || Warm gold metallic elements like an étagère or cocktail table creates depth to the design by adding a touch of opulence. You can even introduce little pops of gold by way of planters or artwork! Your metallic accents work as the neutral in the room and will anchor the overall design.