The subtle colors and rich textures strutted on fashion runways this year seem to be taking their cue from what’s already underfoot in the flooring world.
Colors are clearly in demand this year, with decorators declaring that bright colors are suitable for any room. For those who prefer dark warm floors—from chocolate to kiwi—retro colors are making an exciting comeback.
In addition to color in carpet, pay particular attention to texture—raised patterns and sculpted carpets in classic and contemporary patterns, cable knits and even distinctly “shaggy” shags. Texture is introduced through the high and low loops of a carpet’s construction—resulting in cut piles, loose frieze, knotty berbers, smooth Saxonies, and on and on.
Consider as well the visual texture provided by images like florals and geometrics or the way a carpet appears to be tailored or sculpted by altering deep and light dyeing or the application of color flecks in the yarn, elements that can be picked up in a rooms color scheme or accessories.
When considering texture, remember that performance, as well as appearance, are at stake. Normally, the higher or tighter the twist, the better the performance. Higher twists generally result in more defined, more formal carpet loops, while looser twists tend to create more casual fabrics.
Carpets often are the focal points in room design, the starting point from which the overall décor is generated. Since patterns and metallic looks are increasingly popular with designers, many carpet manufacturers are incorporating metallic fibers into their carpets.
Every characteristic of carpet has an impact on the feel of a room: cable knits and low-profile, flat weaves convey a light, airy feeling. With these textures, decorators lean toward off-white, soft grays, wheat and pastels.
When it comes to carpets, “green,” that is, environmentally friendly, is available in any color from sugared orange to dahlia purple. Carpet manufacturers have joined with consumers in creating an ever-expanding selection of environmentally friendly products with greater colors, textures, stain resistance and durability.
As a décor element, carpet allows you to make a room cozy, playful, dramatic or elegant. It can create a continuous flowing design room to room when seen from a hallway, for example. Carpet is also great to match with wood or ceramic and to create custom looks—and to do so economically.
In other words, indulge your imagination and artistic eye.
Noting the hints of color and shading in a carpet, for example, makes it easier when you redecorate to coordinate what you already have—and to see design possibilities uniquely your own. If you prefer differing patterns and colors in carpeted rooms—rooms with their own identities and themes, complete with bedding, draperies, art and other accessories—consider hardwood or ceramic tile transitions in place of butted carpet seams.
Good design is never a slave to fashion. In fact, the fashion trends this year are meant to inspire you to your own individual style. Bright. Bold. Unique.