Choosing the right types of carpet and the best color for a room in your home can be a tricky scenario. Your decision can alter the entire feel of a room, so before you make it think about how your family might change over the years. You want to ensure a color you enjoy currently will still hold appeal for you later in life.
Choosing a carpet can be particularly difficult because there are so many different selections you need to make including the quality, cost, color, and pattern. The color is often the most challenging, and the effect it has on the room’s ambiance is significant. The carpet color can literally make or break your décor, and it’s hard to get it right when you’re using a tiny swatch or color sample to visualize the final effect.
First Things First
When you’re decorating a room from top to bottom, what sequence should your choices follow? For your living room carpet, select the color of your sofa first. The reason for this is that sofas don’t come in quite as many color ranges as carpeting or paint does. Unless you’re having the largest piece of fabric furniture specially made, you won’t be able to choose the exact shade. So start with the sofa and work outwards from there.
Choose the Frame/s
Just as a frame surrounds a picture, so your carpet surrounds the sofa and other furniture, so you should choose it next. Last, once you have a sofa and one or two types of carpet picked out, choosing your paint color will be easy, partly because the options are practically unlimited. In other rooms, you can apply the same principle by first selecting the item with the narrowest color options. In the bedroom, that’s likely to be the carpet because bed linen is a smaller investment than either paint or carpeting and therefore easier to replace.
Give Neutrals a Nod
Neutral-colored carpets such as warm greys and the ever-popular beige are the biggest sellers in the carpeting world. Unless buyers have the resources to replace carpets every few years, it’s more practical to opt for a muted or neutral shade. Use brighter and bolder colors in the lower cost elements of your décor such as cushions on the sofa, bed linen, and smaller accent pieces such as lamps and pieces of art. Prevent neutral carpets from being boring by choosing textured carpets such as friezes or cut and loop styles, which provide depth and character while staying subtle enough to avoid becoming the focal point in the room.
Fabulous Flecked Patterns
Patterned carpets are another good way to integrate personality with your room décor. Flecks of color are very popular, and often neutral carpets will contain flecks of a slightly darker shade. These aren’t only visually appealing; they are practical, too, because they help to camouflage spots of dirt that accumulate between the days when you vacuum the carpet. If you’re house-proud and hate the idea of seeing anything out of place, flecked patterns are a good option for you.
The way in which the room is used makes a huge difference to your choice of both color and types of carpet. If you live in a busy household filled with pets, kids and frequent guests, light-colored carpets are probably not practical because they show soiling more easily than darker shades. At the other end of the spectrum, dark colors show more loose debris, particularly if it’s light in color. Although dark carpets are great for hiding stains, they display dust and lint in all their glory.
The types of carpet or carpet tiles and the color you choose can have an impact on the overall atmosphere in a room, so it’s important to choose carefully. Make sure you give yourself some wiggle room to change your décor in a few years without having to replace the carpet, and select an option that’s not only right for your wallet but also for your lifestyle.
For more information or help choosing the right color and type of carpet, please contact Brentwood Flooring America for a free consultation.