What Are the Types of Carpet?

Carpet can do much more than just cover your floors. It can be the foundation of a decorating plan or complement to existing walls and furnishings. Most of all your carpet will reflect your personality. Color, texture and pattern all work together when planning your home. The quickest way to update any room is “color”. It can be used to make a small room look larger or pull background colors to the forefront. Color will create the “mood” of your room whether it’s warm and comfortable or cool and spacious. Colors should be eye catching….fabrics, paint swatches, pages from your favorite magazines there are hundreds of ways to begin planning your new room. By adding texture and color to your floor the possibilities are endless.

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Choosing the Right Color

If possible be sure to look at your color choices in daylight as well as your artificial light at night. Color changes are dramatic in bright sunlight and/or fluorescent lights.

Use pale colors to lighten a room. Light colors will also make a small room see larger.

Neutral colors give the feeling of warmth. Gray is the new beige but you can also consider sage greens, sandy yellow, taupe, khaki and gray-blue.

Solid color carpets go best in rooms with a lot of patterns and textures but that doesn’t mean your carpet has to be a neutral color. Use an accent color from your fabric to pull your room together.

What Texture of Carpet Should I Choose?

Frieze carpets have yarns that are slightly longer and extremely twisted making them appear highly textured.

Plush carpets have a smooth velvety level surface.

Level Loop or berber carpet have loops of the same height for a look that is more informal than plush carpet.

Combination styles combine both partially cut and uncut yarns which create a patterned look.

Carpets with stripes, geometric patterns or florals instantly give a room a personality. Mixing patterns can be tricky so bear in mind that if patterns within the room are related by form, color and texture, they are likely to work together to achieve your desired “look”. After the flooring choice, you can choose furnishings and accessories that work with the shapes and/or colors in the carpeting. Remember to make sure you check out your carpet choices in your own home. You need to be comfortable with your choices in the context of your home remembering that the proportions of a pattern will look different in your room than they did in the store.

From inspiration to installation, we look forward to helping you achieve your ultimate goal.

Carpet Fibers

Another important consideration with carpet is fiber. Watch the video below to learn about the different types of carpet fibers that are available.

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