Guide to Choosing Your Carpet Colour

Guide to Choosing Your Carpet Colour


Whether you are renovating your home, or building a new house from scratch, carpet colouris one of the most crucial aesthetic elements of your interior. After all, you’ll look at it every day - perhaps even for the rest of your life. It’s important to get it right. But with such a staggering array of shades to choose from, how can you be sure which is the best colourfor you? Much of it comes down to personal preference. However, the following tips should help you make up your mind.

Does it Complement Your Furniture and Paint Job?
How the shade of your carpet interacts with the furniture and paint is as important as the colouritself. When formulating a colourplan, always choose the element which has the least amount of colouroptions. For example, couch sets are often only available in a limited number of colours. That would be a good start. Next, settle on your carpet, then your paint which you can apply in virtually any colour you want. The same concept applies to other rooms in the house.

Think About How Colours Affect the Mood of Each Room
Nowadays, most people prefer neutral carpets in earthy tones such as off-white, beige, and grey. Those who wish to add a splash of colour to their living space can do so via the paint job, furniture or patterned rugs. Many feel bright colours are too intense and darker shades too moody. Nevertheless, more vivid shades can make a room feel more spacious, while darker colours can create an intimate effect. Remember that each room is different. Calming shades of blue or green go well in bedrooms or studies to create a soothing effect, while cheerful colours can brighten up a playroom.

How Hard Is It to Clean?
Nobody likes constant vacuuming or notice unsightly blotches, which is another reason why neutrals have become so popular. Bright colours are prone to stains, which is particularly troublesome if you’ve got kids or pets in the house. On the other hand, darker colours are great at hiding stains but contrast heavily with hair, dust, and lint which means you’ll need to vacuum more often. A nice earthy neutral is often considered the happy medium in this regard. Nevertheless, if stains and soils are a major concern, a darker shade might be the best option despite the extra vacuuming involved.

Have You Considered Berber Flecks?
Rather than sticking with just one hue, the popular Berber Fleck carpet combines two different colours into one. Generally, the base is a neutral tone while a complementary darker shade comprises the flecks. Not only do they look nice, but they serve a practical purpose as well. Dust and lint are far more difficult to spot with the naked eye on a Berber Fleck carpet.

Coming to A Decision
The ideal colour will ultimately depend on your personal taste and household requirements. Borrow different sample swatches from your outfitter and test how they look at different times of the day. Once you think you’ve settled on a colour, take a few days to mull it over before committing.

When you finally make the commitment to invest in the carpet of your choice, do remember to get the carpet cleaned professionally at least once a year to prolong the life of your carpet.