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Decorating trends

Carpet and Decorating Trends

Current decorating trends include the use of carpeting in home décor. If you’ve been avoiding carpet because you envision it in boring, outdated colors, you should explore the trendy, vibrant colors that are being included in today’s home décors. If you’ve avoided carpet because you felt it didn’t comply with your eco-friendly lifestyle, there are many environmentally-friendly carpet materials now being used. If you’ve avoided carpet as a flooring option due to concerns about allergens, you no longer have to deprive yourself of the beauty and comfort that carpet brings to a room. By selecting carpets made of synthetic blends that repel allergens, you can enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefits that carpet brings to a room.

Carpet material

Carpets made of nylon, polyester and synthetic blends are recommended for anyone who has allergies or asthma. When you have concerns regarding allergies, carpets with tightly woven, short strands are the best option. Carpets made of natural, renewable fiber such as sisal, seagrass, organic cotton, jute, bamboo and organic wool can beautify your home and support your dedication to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Carpet textures

Texture impacts the visual appearance and physical aspects of a room. Popular carpet texture choices include ribbed carpet, Frieze carpet and cut and loop design. When choosing specific textures, it’s important to consider the expected activity level in the room you are placing the carpet in.

Carpet Colors

Neutral colors such as beige and gray are playing a supportive role in today’s decors. They provide a pleasing background for animal print rugs, Oriental style rugs and boldly colored area rugs that add vibrancy to a room. At this time, bold colors are the way to go. However, in the future, that trend is sure to give way to a different trend. The benefit of having neutral colored carpet as your main floor covering is that it will be compatible with future trends. A neutral background gives you the decorative freedom to release your creativity and to energize a room to whatever level complements your lifestyle.

Layering

Layering floor covering is very popular. Layering isn’t limited to stacking several rugs on top of a vinyl or hardwood floor. The current trend includes layering rugs on top of carpet. To keep the layered look from becoming visually chaotic, adhere to a color scheme and rely on shape, size and texture as you layer rugs. Proportion is also important. Designers recommend that you layer rugs that are similar in size rather than dramatically different in size. The exception to layering similar sized rugs is when you place accent rugs on top of carpet.

Upkeep Considerations

Carpets, rugs and upholstery require regular cleaning. The frequency of cleaning depends on how much activity goes on in the room. A family room that is the gathering place for kids and pets will require more frequent cleaning than a guest bedroom that is used infrequently. Regular vacuuming keeps carpets clean and attractive and extends the life of carpet. However, once or twice a year, you should have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned. In keeping with your concern for the environment and your family’s health, you can have your carpet cleaned by professionals using soap-free, hypoallergenic cleaning products. It’s always a good idea to inspect your carpet, rugs and upholstered furniture before and after a big event that involves having a lot of guests in your home. You want your home to be in pristine condition before guests arrive. You also want to take steps to remove stains that occurred during the event.