What’s your preference – hard flooring or cushioning carpeting? If you’re lucky and – like most modern homes – your residence has room for both. For simplicity and warmth, think carpets. For a contemporary appeal, think tiles or timber.
Despite doomsayers claiming so, carpet is not suffering its death throes. No matter how wonderful laminates and wooden flooring may appear, there still is no better feeling for your feet that a sumptuous wool pile carpet. There’s still no better way of completing your room’s décor than complementing your furniture with quality carpeting, and what’s more, modern manufacturing techniques mean that carpets – when adequately cared for – will maintain their effectiveness and good looks for years.
The room in which you lay your carpet determines the colour, texture and style, as does your budget and how your home is furnished. Whatever you’re seeking to achieve it’s more than likely that you will be able to achieve it, so what do you need to consider if you want to be a fashionable carpet master?
You still can’t go far wrong with wool, but other fibres need to be considered as well. If you’re carpeting an area that sees a lot of traffic, then soft and durable is the way to go. Popular at the moment are chunky carpets that have a variable pile, and mixed cut and loop piles. You can invest in unique carpets that bring artworks to your floor or synthetic fibres if keeping your outlay low is important.
The comfort factor of your carpet is now seen as important as any other aspect. Your bedroom is the place to really spoil and indulge yourself, as it doesn’t have to put up with the same kinds of heavy traffic as your landing. How does a shag pile, a frieze with deep texture or something plush and velvet sound?
If you can afford a little bit of luxury, then you could really pull out all the stops and invest in a carpet with dense twist or an oversized loop file. Contemporary fibre blends combine the natural feeling of wool with all manner of other materials – silk, cotton and even paper. For something completely natural, how about a sisal/wool mix that is hard-wearing but still feels soft under your feet?
So what is the new black in the colour world of carpets … not that black carpets have ever really been popular! If you want to play safe, then neutral shades are the way to go, such as creams and both cool and warm shades of grey. There is, however, nothing wrong with a little splash of vivid colour here and there. You could choose to be adventurous – warmer colours such as reds, plums and lilac are very much in vogue at the moment. Make sure you don’t go for highly-coloured carpets in areas where they will soon become trampled.
So, will you follow fashion trends, or strike out in your own direction? Whatever you choose, we have the carpeting solution perfectly suited for your needs.