Carpet trends are changing. Now that basic beige is no longer the standard, carpet is emerging as a focal point in some interior designs. Neutral carpet is still in but unlike the “plain Jane” Berbers of the past, today’s versions have texture and patterns.
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 significantly in the décor of the home. Variation in height and sculptured effects offer a bolder look. Even the more traditional Berbers offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures. The trend in neutral carpet favors incorporation of these new design possibilities — more texture, some pattern, and even flecks of color adding interest to basic backgrounds. Color sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the “new neutrals” of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue. 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 minimizes soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal. Strong colors that come from commercial pallets are now available in multicolored loops, cut loop surfaces, and Berber styles as accents. 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.
Taking advantage of these choices can add great interest to the room and in coordination with the floral, stripes, and other patterns on furniture and window treatments. Carpet pattern and texture 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 personalize an environment. Its color can be a neutral foundation or a vibrant focal point. Today’s carpet trends take full advantage of new products as well as new thinking about style.
It is important to think of these items before choosing carpet for your home. How will the room be used? Will there be heavy traffic in the room and will the room be a center for activity and entertaining? Carpet needs to be able to stand up to pets, children and family activity.
Source: Today’s Carpet Trends.” Decorating : Home & Garden Television. Web. 23 Apr. 2013.
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