Decorating with and around your
carpet is very important. This section of provides you with all the
information you need to know ranging from everything from carpet
textures to creating the right atmosphere with your carpet.
Floor Covering Will Be More Dramatic
pattern-on-pattern and lots of texture are this year's big flooring
story. According to a story in Paint & Decorating Retailer, the
magazine of the Paint & Decorating Retailers Association,
manufacturers are offering a variety of interesting flooring options
to a public that seems ready to embrace them.
sisal carpets and cut piles, vinyl floors that reproduce marble,
stone and other natural elements, and multi-fabric area rugs are
current best-sellers. Also big are combinations of these flooring
types, creating more pattern yet.
In the past, patterned
carpets have been the domain of commercial applications. But the
products are inching their way into homes as well.
Manufacturers are showing plaids, geometrics, ribbons,
floral and leaf patterns, and other interesting configurations this
year. Some of the styles are richly colored; others feature only one
color but are heavily texturized.
meanwhile, is reproducing Mother Nature with deeply veined marble,
granite and stone looks, "plank-wood" flooring and other
natural-appearing styles. Within these styles, deep greens, navies
and even black colorations are popular.
The product also is
being used with carpet, area rugs, ceramic tile, brick and stone,
creating more pattern on pattern.
And what about area rugs?
Many current styles feature a blending of fabrics to create
interesting styles. Braided rugs are a prime example. Rather than
using solid-color yarns, many modern braided rugs employ a variety
of different fabrics from wools to cottons and blends. And they come
in patterns and colors to coordinate with any decor.
next? Expect more pattern as printing and fabricating processes
improve, says PDRA, and consumers become more accepting.
The choice of color depends on whether you want the room to feel
Warmer or Cooler, more Spacious or more Cozy.
It also depends on how much emphasis you want to place on the
- Are your furnishings and accessories really interesting? If
so, you will want to draw attention to them and soft-pedal the
background walls and floor. You can underplay the floor by making
it plain and having its color be neutral, or dulled with gray.
- Are your furnishings sparse or uninteresting? Then you can
draw attention away from them by doing something dramatic on the
walls or floor. You can emphasize the floor with a patterned
carpet, or with bright or bold colors.
Choosing Warm Or Cool Or Neutral Colors
What's the climate? What's the exposure of the room? Northern and
Eastern exposures are complimented by Warm colors. Southern and
Western exposures are complimented by Cool colors.
- To make the room feel Warmer, choose a color in the fire
family--anything from yellow-orange to a bluish red.
- To make the room feel Cooler, choose a color that reminds you
of water--anything from blue to yellow-green.
Do you have a pleasant view outdoors? If you bring the colors of
the outdoors in, you will create an Indoor/ Outdoor expansive
Will this room be seen from another room? Do you want a sense of
connection with the adjacent room, or a sense of separation? One
continuous floor covering will link adjacent rooms, make them flow
into one another. Different flooring or different floor colors will
serve to separate the rooms even more.
Who will use the room? What colors are flattering to them? What
colors do they like?
Do you have a pet? Does it shed? If you choose a carpet in a
color similar to your pet's hair, you won't have to vacuum as
What furnishings do you have that you will use in the room? Wood
tones swear with some colors, and swing with others. Before you make
any final decision about the colors of your room, hold swatches or
chips of the colors you're considering next to your woods to see how
they look together.
Choosing Light, Dark, or Medium Colors
- Light colors create a SPACIOUS effect; dark colors, a COZY
effect. Medium shades don't alter your sense of space.
- Is the room too light and bright or too dark? Dark or dulled
colors will absorb light; light ones will reflect and multiply
- How much wear will this room get? And what kind?
colors are EASY TO CLEAN.
Light colors show soil easily and
dark colors show lint. It would be frustrating to do your sewing
in a room with a dark rug.
- It is normal to put on the floor a color at least slightly
darker than the walls. It's simply observing the weight of
A cautionary note: A large carpet will look darker at
A floor is a large area, and a whole floor of carpet will
intensify the color, making it seem darker than the small sample.
You may wish to select a carpet color one shade lighter than your
target color in order to compensate for this.
Choosing Bright, Muted, or Dull Colors
What will go on in this room? How long will you stay in this room
at a time? Do you see this room as a restful retreat, or as a play
space? Do you want the mood to be Stimulating or Calm?
Of course, bright colors are stimulating. Colors dulled with a
little gray are softer, easier to live with for extended periods of
How much wear will the carpeting get? Muted, dull, or neutral
colors will camouflage dirt.