SELECTING A CARPET

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Carpet is perhaps the most important element to consider when transforming a living space. It can influence a decorating plan, change the mood of a room, and inspire new ideas. These design tips on carpet color, texture and pattern can help guide you through the decision making process.

Color

Color sets the mood within a space. That's why it may be best to start the carpet search by thinking about the purpose of the room. It's also helpful to consider how you want people to feel when they walk inside. While keeping these things in mind, be aware of the colors that catch your eye in fabrics, paint swatches, and magazines. As you find yourself being drawn to certain shades, make a short list and choose the color you feel best expresses your personal style.

Pattern

Choosing the right patterns is essential for your decorating plan. It can visually stretch the dimensions of a space, define areas within your home and reinforce a room’s character. For example, carpets in floral, animal prints or geometric patterns can give a room instant personality. As a rule of thumb for patterns, choose a theme and build your plan from there. Your selections of furnishings and accessories should work in tandem with the patterns and colors featured in the carpet.

Texture

While texture is directly related to the way your carpet feels, its consistency also determines the appearance of your carpet. Be it rough, soft, thick or smooth—your carpet adds to the collection of textures found in your home.

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