How to Choose a Carpet that Works for You

Purchasing a carpet for your home may not be one of the biggest decisions you make for your home, but it is an important one. Carpets can easily turn a cold room into a warm and comfortable space, are relatively inexpensive, simple to install, and undemanding when it comes to maintenance.

When you look for a carpet, make sure to keep in mind the environment you want to create and what style works for that environment. Consider durability, appearance, and style.

1. Durability
The durability of a carpet is based on its thickness, the fibers it is made from, and the overall construction of the carpet. Take into consideration the density of the fiber strands. How long will the fibers stand up to foot traffic? This will help you understand the long-term softness of your carpet. There are many different fibers including: wool, nylon, polyester, and olefin. Not all are alike, so make sure to research to see if the quirks for each are right for your lifestyle.

2. Appearance
Do you have the walls painted in the room where you’d like to put a carpet? Do you know the furniture that will occupy the space? The furnishings and paint hues can do wonders when paired with the right carpet. Depending on the wall color, furnishings, and specific feel you are aiming for, choosing a light solid, patterned, or dark colored carpet can help maximize your space and even help to enlarge a room or to make it look less spacious.

3. Style
Carpets are created in several styles, including plush, berber, and shag. Your needs are the most important factor when choosing a style, and you need to think about where in your house this carpet will be and if it will see a lot of traffic. Plush carpets can be soft and pleasant for under bare feet, but depending whether you choose “plush textured” versus “plush Saxony” carpet, footprints or vacuums can leave marks and quickly wear down the softness of the fibers. Berber carpets are constructed through loops instead of standing straight up. These are very durable but not as soft as plush carpets. Shag carpets are extremely loose and modern looking. They require more attention than either of the former two styles because dirt and crumbs can get trapped within the loose fibers. These serve better in less popular areas in your home.

Hopefully these tips will help you choose the perfect carpet for your space, and give you insight into the important questions to consider before beginning your search.

2 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Rug for Where You Entertain

No matter the space, rugs always make great focal points and can be the difference between feeling comfortable or uncomfortable in your room. Living rooms are generally the most utilized rooms in your house for when you have guests over, so you want them to be welcoming and light, while exemplifying your style and personality. Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect rug for your entertaining space:

1. Mind the Surface

Will your rug be on top of hardwood, tile, or a carpet? Will it be on top of a light or dark toned surface? These are the types of questions you want to ask yourself before bringing home a new rug. The surface that your rug is on can make all the difference! It is important to always put a rug pad underneath your rug to protect the wood or tiles.

For hardwood floors, focus on whether you have light wood or dark wood. Rugs with light blue shades look beautiful with light wood floors. Hints of gold, yellow, or light brown colors in your rug can bring out the natural texture and contrast in your wood floor. This will make both your floor and rug look great!

Layering has become a huge trend among designers because it can help to create a separate space within an open floor plan or a large room. For those just moving into a space and currently without many accessories, layering can help your space to feel smaller and cause the eye to focus on a certain area of the room. If you are layering on top of a carpet it is crucial to work the base color of your rug with the color of your carpet. You want to either match the base colors together or find a rug that has ornamental designs with the same color.

Rugs and tiles work together seamlessly. Regardless of the tile color, rugs with red and warm colors complement the natural tones in tile floors.

If you are looking for a way to really modernize your space, interior designers are falling in love with matching their rugs to the pattern of their tiles. This trend focuses on shape and abstract design.

2. Accessorize

Accessories can make or break the overall tone and ambience in any room. You can use them to bring out colors and tones in your rugs and furniture. Pops of bright reds in flowers or decorative throws can move your eye from one side of the room to another.

Note the red flowers on the mantel. They are positioned so that the eye is drawn to the red pillow and then the red in the rug. This room is layered with color and texture to balance each other and bring attention to the decorative rug on the floor. Once you have found the perfect rug for your surface, work with your accessorize to bring out your personality and the tones within the rug. This will pull your room together and give your room the final touch it needs.

By following these tips, you are sure to find a rug that will work well on any surface and within any size space.