How to Choose the Right Type of Carpet

By: Clint Pumphrey

Choosing Carpet: Style

When you install wall-to-wall carpet, it becomes one of the room's focal points, so it is important that you pick a color and texture that fit your style. Perhaps the most difficult decision of all is choosing the carpet's color. People often choose neutral tones, which works out well if the focus of the room is on bold wall paint, colorful artwork, or funky furniture. If you feel your room is a little boring, you might consider a more colorful carpet to avoid a monotone décor. Remember that darker shades tend to make a room feel warmer and cozier while lighter shades can brighten a room, making it seem larger.

Texture is created by variation in the carpet's pile, or the height of its fibers. Shaggy or twisted fibers create a more informal and contemporary look, while smooth, even fibers suggest a more proper setting. The use of multi-toned fibers can further enhance the carpet's texture, making the style a popular choice for casual spaces. If you find a carpet with a color and texture that you like, ask the salesperson for the biggest samples available. Take them home and examine them next to your walls and furniture, observing how they look in both artificial and natural light.