New carpet is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. It’s also a choice you’re going to live with every day. Get it right, and you’ll enjoy a warm glow of satisfaction every time you step inside the front door. Get it wrong, and you’ll have to train your eyes to stay permanently fixed above floor level.
The good news is that choosing the right carpet styles and carpet colours isn’t that hard. Just keep these six tips in mind.
Are you looking at years of energetic kids tramping through your home or do you envisage a quieter life? Will you be moving, renovating or redecorating in the next few years? The type of use your carpet receives can make a big difference to the types of carpet you select, not to mention the price you’ll pay. Luxurious wool carpets or hardwearing nylon carpets – what will it be?
Don’t just focus on the carpet colour or type. Different carpet textures also affect the feel, appearance and performance. Woven carpets are long lasting but cost more than tufted carpets. Shorter pile carpets are easier to maintain but aren’t as luxurious as longer pile carpets. If you have pets with claws, avoid loop (i.e. Berber) textures.
Well-designed houses have a sense of clear transition and flow when you move from one space to another. It simply makes for a more relaxing space to live in. With this in mind, think carefully before you choose a bunch of different carpet colours and styles for different rooms. This can create a jarring effect you may regret.
Plain carpets give you more flexibility with décor but can be a bit bland in large rooms. Don’t discount patterned carpets – your carpet consultant can show you some very cool samples. We’re not talking about your Nana’s old floral Axminster here! Another advantage of patterned carpets is that they can conceal signs of wear or soiling. But avoid large, bold patterns in small rooms, as they make the space feel cluttered.
South-facing usually means less sun and natural light, so you’re probably looking at a room that’s relatively cold and dark. Warm it up visually with a carpet style containing red, orange or yellow tones.
You need to know how they look in different rooms and under types of lighting. For that, the only solution is to see the effect of different carpet styles and colours in your home. Make it easy by dealing with carpet retailers that come to you.