Choosing the Right Carpet

Carpet is an ideal flooring option for many homes. It’s soft and warm underfoot. It provides cushioning in spaces where comfort is a priority like bedrooms, living rooms and playrooms. It can help dampen noises and add coziness to large homes.

With so many textures and styles available, not to mention warranties, stain-resistance and anti-static options, choosing a carpet can seem like a daunting task. There are many personal and practical factors to consider when picking a carpet. To make things simpler, let’s consider the practical first.

One of the primary questions to ask yourself before choosing a carpet is how much foot traffic there will be in your newly carpeted space. For areas that see heavy traffic, especially areas that you can directly access from outside, you should select a highly durable carpet.

General maintenance presents another issue you should look into before committing to new carpet. Kids, pets and carpets… well, let’s just say they don’t get along. Think about how much time and effort you are willing to devote to cleaning carpets. Extra plush carpets feel great but often prove harder to maintain. Fluffier carpet choices also show footprints, vacuum tracks and furniture denting more easily.

Speaking of fluffy, remember that shopping for carpet is, quite literally, a hands-on activity. Don’t just look at swatches and samples – run your hands through them! Don’t be afraid to dig in a little with your fingers. Touch is a fine measure of quality and can help you start narrowing down your flooring preferences.

Alright, now that we’ve got the logistics taken care of, let’s get to the fun part and talk about style.

We know it’s easy to get stuck somewhere between honey blond and lemon chiffon, but try to remember that color isn’t everything. Come up with some textures and patterns you love, too. Think about the furniture in your home. Is it modern or traditional? Or modern AND traditional? Eclectic and colorful or soothing and neutral? The easiest way to figure out whether or not you’ve found your perfect carpet is to take a sample home and lay it down in the room you’re carpeting. Imagine it covering the entire floor. How does it look? Great, we hope!

A final styling tip: when it comes to carpet, size DOES matter. The size of the room, that is. A light colored carpet can make a small area seem more spacious and, conversely, dark colored flooring can bring a feeling of intimacy to a big room.

It may take some measuring, some sample massaging and maybe even a wee bit of sample hoarding but we know your new carpet is out there somewhere, just waiting for a good home.