Carpet Decorating Tips
No decision you will make about your carpet will have as
significant an impact on your decorating as the color you
choose. The importance of the decision makes it difficult,
but also exciting. As you face a wide array of carpet
colors, shades, and tones, these few tips may help make
your selection process a little easier.
about carpet color...
An Airy Feel
Light colors give
rooms a larger overall appearance. Whether you want to
make a small breakfast room seem bigger, or make a large
living room feel even more open, light color carpeting
could provide the effect you're seeking.
A Cozy Atmosphere
Dark colors make
a room appear smaller and cozier. Whether decorating a
study, a large master bedroom, or a family room with a
vaulted ceiling and fireplace, you may find that dark
carpeting helps create the room's desired comfort.
A Color Flow
To develop color
flow throughout a room, different values of the dominant
carpet color can be effectively used as accents. To
develop color flow throughout the house, duplicate the
dominant carpet color from one room as an accent or border
carpet color in the next room.
An Exact Match
When selecting a
solid carpet to coordinate with upholstery or drapery
fabric, find a complementary shade of the dominant color
instead of an exact match. Such coordination softens the
decorating style, adding interest rather than rigidity.
The Importance of Light
Your use of
different light sources will change the look of your
carpet's color. Natural sunlight from a window will create
a different effect than the overhead light of a
chandelier, or the indirect light of a lamp. Viewing your
sample at different times of the day in the room it will
be used will help you decide if you've selected a color
that looks nice regardless of the light source.
While light color
carpeting shows soil more readily than dark, dark shades
are prone to show lint. The function of the area that you
are carpeting and your family's lifestyle will help you
determine how to balance these two situations. Neutral
tones that mimic such natural elements of wood, stone,
marble, or slate are best able to disguise both soil and
& Cooling Effects
Colors take their
cue from nature. Red and yellow carpeting, reflecting the
glow of sunshine, can have a warming effect in a room.
Blue and green tones, paralleling the chill of early
morning, have a cooling effect.
Beige Is Not Necessarily Safe
considered the most neutral of carpet colors, decorating
with beige tones can also be difficult. Beige colors are
made of amounts of red, yellow, and blue mixed together.
The dominant of these three colors creates the beige's
undertone, which should be consistent and complementary
with other colors and other beiges in the room's
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