Home carpeting has been making a serious comeback in modern designs. And what’s not to love about that plush, warm and comforting feeling of carpet under toe.
There are now more styles and patterns than ever before, making it possible to find the perfect carpet for any room! However, the carpeting a flooring selection and buying process can be a bit daunting for some. We’ve put together some tips to help you make an informed and stylish selection.
Know your Materials and Weaves
The first thing you need to consider before choosing colors or patterns is the fiber and weave. These can vary greatly and different fibers and weaves are better for different types of rooms and uses. The majority of carpets are made from five types of fiber: wool, nylon, polyester, olefin, and triexta.
Wool tends to feel the most natural and luxurious, but also usually comes with a higher price tag. Nylon tends to be the most durable and easy to maintain. Polyester is very cost effective, stain resistant, and soft, but it tends to shed and can be more difficult to clean. Ofelin is an attractive inexpensive fiber that’s strong and resists fading, making it great for kids or family rooms. Triexta is the new kid on the block and has been receiving promising reviews all around.
After deciding on your fiber, it’s time to pick a weave. Loop carpets are very durable, but they are difficult to seam, making them difficult to use in larger rooms. Loop carpets can also be prone to pulling from pet’s claws. Cut-pile saxony carpets are a nice choice with a more formal look, however, they show vacuum marks and footprints. Textured cut-pile carpets are more forgiving with footprints but have a more casual look.
Understand how the Color will Interact with your Space
After deciding on fiber and weave, it’s time to think about color. It’s important to know how your color choice will interact with the space. Darker colors make a room feel cozier and calm. Light colors can make a space feel larger, so if the room is already on the small size, avoid dark colors so it doesn’t feel cramped. While bright colors can add to the energy and vibrancy of a room.
If you’re unsure of how the color of a carpet might impact your room’s ambiance, ask for samples to bring home so you can test them with your current décor, assuring a good match.
Don’t Skimp on the Padding
Your carpet is only as good as your under-pad! Buying less expensive padding might seem like an easy way to save a few bucks now, but you’ll pay for it later. A good under-pad will help keep your carpet looking new for longer by helping to absorb the impact of foot traffic and therefore, reducing wear marks and keeping your carpet looking newer longer!
Check out the Current Trends
The internet puts a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, and when tackling any interior project we love to stay up to date on the current trends.
Here are a few trends we’ve had our eye on:
Fun patterns and prints: patterns and prints are back in a big way. We love them as a simple way to add interest to a space. If your furniture tends to be minimalist in style, a patterned carpet can add a lively touch.
Carpet tiles: there is just so much to love about carpet tiles. Not only are they ultra-chic and stylish, they’ve also taken a lot of the headache out of carpeting. Since the individual tiles can easily be replaced or hand washed, gone are the days when one stain meant replacing an entire carpet!
Flint gray is the new beige: Beige carpet was king for years and it’s finally been dethroned. Flint gray is now all the rage when it comes to neutral toned carpets.
Check out the Current Trends
Selecting the right carpet for your home can be a fun, yet challenging endeavor. We hope this short guide helped spark some ideas on what to look for. If you have any questions or would like