Choosing Floors: Helpful Tips

Things to Consider When Selecting Your New Floors

Before shopping for carpet, consider the function of your space and how much traffic will flow through the room. If you have existing carpet, analyze what kind of wear and soiling are apparent. One of the most important aspects of keeping carpet looking good is selecting the right construction and color for the space. For high traffic areas, consider a carpet with texture – either a cut pile with tightly twisted tufts or a multilevel loop. Color will also play a role in minimizing the wear and tear your new carpet will take. Medium and dark colors will show less soil than light colors.

Once you decided the type of carpet you need, the fun begins and you can select the carpet you desire. There are a few typical scenarios when it comes to choosing carpet. The first is matching your current furnishings to new carpet. When you go shopping, take samples such as upholstery fabrics, window treatments, paint, and wallpaper with you. Lay your samples out on the floor and look at the samples as a group. If you are looking to carpet the entire house, you probably want to go with a neutral color. Today’s neutrals are more than just beige. Consider a khaki, taupe, gray, green, blue, and terra cotta. The key to working with these colors is to pick versions that have been neutralized, or grayed down to a subtle version of the pure hue.

Another issue that shoppers might face is having to choose carpets before the rest of the furnishings has been decided. The good news is your color options are wide open. If there is a color you love, or one that you are drawn to, you can feel confident that you will be happy selecting carpet in this color range. Let the carpet color suggest a general color theme that can continue throughout the house. It is usually better to keep the carpet consistent between rooms, unless you have natural breaks where you have different types of flooring (where wood meets carpet, for example). A tweedy-looking patterned loop provides a tailored look for a family room or home office. Plush cut pile carpet is great to sink your feet into in the bedroom. Selecting a variety of carpet styles will add another dimension to your home.

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