the two largest areas in a room, the carpet and walls control the color
theme. In selecting a carpet color, do not feel limited by the room as it
is today. Aim for the right color scheme, starting off with the carpet.
Paint or wallpaper is relatively inexpensive. Draperies can easily be
changed, and reupholstering or covers can change the entire "feel" of a
Carpet color and texture affect the character of our room. Rooms that
lack sunlight can be "warmed" and lightened with sunny yellow, apricot, or
soft warm beige. Cool colors, such as blues and greens, soften or "cool" a
room with lots of windows or a sunny exposure.
|Light colors generally show less footprints; dark colors show less
soil and stains. |
|A "dull" yarn will show less footprints; lustrous, while "shiny"
yarns show more highlights and accents. |
|To minimize maintenance, light colors are best restricted to areas
of the house such as formal living rooms, dining rooms, and guest
|Multicolored carpets are extremely effective in minimizing the
effects of everyday dirt and soil. |
Color can be called on to perform decorating magic. It can
visually alter space, camouflage or highlight details, create a mood, and it
labels your home with your own personal style.
If you are looking to cozy up a room with a northern or
eastern exposure you should use a dark colored carpet. Deep, rich hues absorb
light giving the illusion of a smaller, more intimate space. On the other side
of the spectrum, pale pastels and neutrals are used to create a large, open
The tone of the color also can affect the overall look of a
room and personal moods. Warm colors such as
reds, yellows, and oranges excite and cheer. They are conducive to activity
making them obvious choices for kitchens, family rooms, and children's rooms.
Cool colors including blues, greens, and
violets lean toward introspection and calmness. These colors are ideal for a
living room or master bedroom. The more subtle, grayed tones
of cool colors assume a kind of sophistication and formality that makes them
right for both traditional and contemporary settings.
|Traditional furnishings create a soft and romantic feel with their
elegant curves and classic designs. Carpet colors with a muted, dusty
quality such as copper, rose, delft blue, blue-greens, grays, and pastels
accent this style perfectly. Appropriate floor fashions would include a high
quality carpet with a luxurious dense pile such as Saxony plush, level loop,
or random shear.
|The charming furnishings, tools, and handmade crafts of a simpler time
have always held great appeal for us. The sturdy, simple, and
straightforward design of country style pieces reflect a comfortable, casual
lifestyle. The ideal carpet for a country scheme is one with a subdued
luster that is as formal or informal as the furnishings. You might choose a
modified earth tone or muted color such as winter moss Saxony carpet which
blends with the light wood and upholstery creating a warm, welcoming look.
|A blend of the past and present are characteristics of an eclectic
interior. This is one of the most challenging schemes because it takes
careful planning to avoid creating mismatched pieces. A carpet that is
subdued in tone, rich in texture, and fairly pattern-free creates a subtle
backdrop for a beautiful mix of furnishings. You might consider neutral
tones such as antique white or gray so your furnishings can take center
|Contemporary styling is practical and honest. To complement a pure and
simple contemporary look, a carpet with a smooth finish and texture is the
perfect choice. Upscale colors such as warm mauves, teals, peaches, corals,
creamy whites, or lavender add softness to high-tech furnishings.
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