The vast number of carpet types and styles can make it hard for a consumer to decide on the best option for them. CRI’s CEU 201-203 on Carpet “Basics” provides a detailed overview of how carpet is made, but what about color, texture, and style? What are the hot carpet trends now? Home decorating network HGTV published an informative article on the HGTV website to help folks who either are or might be redesigning their homes and are looking for some carpet suggestions.
The list from HGTV doesn’t focus on fads but introduces some new trends that can add color and style to make the most of a space.
When the choices in carpet were limited to basic beige, designers treated it more often than not as a neutral background for room furnishings. Now, with numerous textures, patterns, and colors available, carpet is emerging as the focal point in some interior designs.
Color sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the “new neutrals” of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue.
Color and Texture
A major shift in new products is toward layered color and soft texture in carpet. A combination of texture and pattern will always be popular because it minimizes soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal.
Strong colors that come from commercial palettes are now available in multicolored loops, cut loop surfaces, and Berber styles as accents. These new products are changing the public’s perception of carpet as only a background to showcase other furnishings to the possibility that the carpet itself can become a design focus.
New manufacturing capabilities have produced many new looks in carpets constructed with cut and loop yarns and in high- and low-loop yarns. Examples include swirls, bows, lattices, plaids, pin dots, and fleurs-de-lis.
Along with paint, carpet can be one of the easiest ways to personalize an environment. Its color can be a neutral foundation or a vibrant focal point. Today’s carpet trends take full advantage of new products as well as new thinking about style.
Carpet’s design capabilities are evolving, and consumers are able to take advantage of these trends to make a unique and stylish space in their homes.