Flooring Trend Part One: Carpet

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When the choices in carpet were limited to basic beige, designers treated it more often than not as a neutral background for room furnishings. Now, with numerous textures, patterns, and colors available, carpet is emerging as the focal point in some interior designs. But unlike the plain Berbers of the early 1990s, today’s versions have more texture and pattern. Variation in height and sculptured effects offer a bolder look. Even the more traditional Berber carpets offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.

The trend in neutral carpet favors incorporation of these new design possibilities — more texture, some pattern, and even flecks of color adding interest to basic backgrounds. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the “new neutral” carpets of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue.

A major shift in new products is toward layered color and soft texture in carpet. A combination of texture and pattern will always be popular because it minimizes soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal.

Taking advantage of these choices can add great interest to the room and in coordination with the florals, stripes, and other patterns on furniture and window treatments. Carpet pattern and texture increase the perception of quality and value in carpet, and can contrast beautifully with smoother elements such as furniture surfaces, walls, and counters.

Along with paint, carpet can be one of the easiest ways to personalize an environment. Its color can be a neutral foundation or a vibrant focal point. Call us today for your remodeling needs:

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