Textiles make homes feel lived in. Whether it is your bed linen, drapes or furniture’s upholstery, fabric gives any room a certain softness. Hardwood floors, along with laminates and ceramics look great but can feel a little cold. The addition of a rug will help soften a room’s appeal and make it feel warmer.Nevertheless, nothing quite competes with carpet to create a sense of welcoming glow. And carpets do not need to be very plush to get the effect, although deeper piles will feel luxurious, particularly underfoot.
Traditional carpets were made entirely from wool but nowadays wool blends are much more common. Indeed, purely nylon and polypropylene make perfectly acceptable carpet materials. Nonetheless, wool blends are easier to dye than man made products, so most contemporary carpets are commonly made up of at least 20 per cent of wool.
And given that carpets should not only warm up the feel of a room, but add to the appeal of its design, dying is crucial. To create a striking new look in a room that has already been decorated go for a new carpet that creates a bold statement. It is time to do away with the plain, wall-to-wall carpet you so often find and create a dynamic look.
Eclectic Carpet Tiles.
One of the easiest ways of changing the look of your flooring is to remove the old fitted carpet and replace it with carpet tiles. Don’t ignore carpet tiling because it is not just for offices. Tiles are easy to lay and to replace, making them very practical indeed. They are also usually an inexpensive option. Nevertheless, it is the striking and eclectic looks that you can create by mixing up carpet tiles that really gives them the edge over conventional flooring options.
Try buying several tiles from different batches in coordinating colors and mixing them up to create a patchwork feel. Alternatively, lay them in a criss-cross pattern, or at 45 degrees to the room’s walls. Simply avoid laying them out in a regular way, otherwise you may as well have chosen a fitted carpet in the first place.
Do you have an odd shaped room that has separate zones which you would like to draw together? Alternatively, do you have a staircase or a corridor that twists and turns through right angles? Use a carpet that has a tessellating pattern to connect the different areas. Because tessellating patterns continue up and down as well as left and right, they are ideal for these sorts of irregular floor spaces. Repetitious patterns, like these, can look too busy in a large room, however.
Stars And Stripes.
Stripy carpets can help you draw different color elements in a room together cohesively, if you can find a carpet with the right tones. If your walls and soft furnishings don’t quite blend, go for stripy flooring to coordinate your look. And, if you want to add a little pizzazz to a room, opt for a carpet with star appeal.
Don’t ignore your animal instincts when it comes to carpet. Fake animal skins create a strident look that would suit a den or a study. Perhaps there is an animal inspired carpet design that will show off your adventurous side.
The Graphical Look.
Striking carpet designs create color contrast. Imagine drawing on your floor with marker pen to fashion a repetitive design, like a zig-zag. Graphical carpets look great in modern apartments and teenager’s bedrooms. They are also ideal additions to family rooms and play areas.
Get The Edge.
Carpet does not need to run from one wall to the other, though it is often used in this way. Experiment with how your carpet relates to the full amount of floor space you have in the room. Carpets look great if they have a well designed edge to them that frames the central section, with out filling the room.