Going Beyond Your Basic Beige Carpet
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.
Visual Variations: Bolder Colours, Patterns
Not that the need for neutral carpet has gone away; it hasn’t. Variation in height and sculptured effects offer a bolder look. Even the more traditional carpets offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures and stipples.
The trend in neutral carpet favours incorporation of these new design possibilities — more texture, some pattern, and even flecks of color adding interest to basic backgrounds.
Colour sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps to mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds with blacks and darker flecks being seen.
Major Shift in Carpet Color and Texture
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 minimises soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal.
Blacks are currently a popular trend, with stipples and larger muted patterns also drawing many customers.
These new products are changing the public’s perception of carpet as only a background to showcase other furnishings to the possibility that the carpet itself can become a design focus.
New Looks in Carpet Construction
New manufacturing capabilities have produced many new looks in carpets constructed with cut and loop yarns and in high- and low-loop yarns. Examples include swirls, plaids, pin dots, and two-toned effects.
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, texture, and especially feel under-foot, 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 personalise an environment. Its colour can be a neutral foundation or a darker-hued focal point. Today’s carpet trends take full advantage of new products as well as new thinking about style.
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If you’re within the Adelaide SA area, we now have carpets available in our Richmond SA store!