That feeling when you come home from work, kick off your shoes and enjoy a soft, cosy carpet beneath your feet just can’t be beaten. So it’s important to take your time when choosing a carpet to make your home warm and welcoming. Here are a few things to think about:
Type of carpet
Loop pile, deep pile, twist…there are so many different types of carpet out there it’s easy to get confused. The pile of carpet is basically the thickness and length of the fibres used to create the weaves on the carpet. The deeper the pile, the thicker the carpet. Loop pile has a more rustic, textured, authentic look and is hardwearing. A twist carpet also has a more textured finish. These types of carpets are best in an area where there is more traffic, for example on stairs and in hallways and landings.
Kids and pets
Having a carpet provides a safe and comfortable flooring for your kids to play and pets to curl up on. With that, however, comes the risk of muddy paw-prints, general wear and tear and stains. This is where patterned or striped designs are a good option to go for as they are generally hard-wearing and more resilient to the accidental mark.
Make sure you are choosing the right underlay for your carpet. A lot of this does depend on your budget but you will need to think about how much traffic your carpet will be getting. If your house is cooler you will want to put in a warm underlay. The underlay is an important part of the comfort of a carpet.
The best rooms for carpets are where warmth and comfort is needed so living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are popular choices. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to suit laminate and vinyl floorings where spillages are more likely. There are, however, specialist carpets available for these rooms if you prefer the feel of carpet underfoot in these rooms too.
Multiply the length of a room by its width to get the total amount of square metres of carpet required. If your room is an odd shape or you have fireplaces or alcoves, make sure you measure these as well so your carpet does not come short. Always order a bit more carpet than you need. It’s better to have more than not enough. You can then keep any leftovers in case they are needed in the future.
Design and colour
When fitting a new carpet for a room think about the overall look you are trying to achieve. Do you already have a colour scheme and are you looking for a carpet to match or are you decorating the room completely from scratch? Is the carpet going to be the only feature or are you thinking of adding a rug as well? Striped carpets can be quite an eye-catcher but tend to work best with plainer walls. If your wallpaper is patterned, then striped carpets can clash. Similarly if you go for a patterned carpet, keep the wallpaper quite neutral.
Does the room get much light? If not, you’ll probably want to avoid darker colours and go for a paler or bright carpet that could lighten up your room. There are more ideas at HouseBeautiful.co.uk. Bear in mind, a carpet is an investment and something you’ll have for years, so have a look at colour samples and take your time before making a decision. Get it right and you’ll be onto a winner.