The words “carpet” and “trends” don’t usually find themselves beside each other. That’s because carpet is seen as something as an afterthought when it comes to interior design. Furniture, paint, lighting, and even accessories are often the areas that receive the lion’s share of the attention from interior designers and homeowners. But there’s no reason why carpet can’t stand out, and perhaps even be the standout item in a room. You just have to go beyond beige.

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Blasts of colour

Coloured carpets give any room a distinctive style, and more homeowners are starting to utilize their carpeting to set the tone for, and be the focal point in, rooms around the house.

When deciding on the colour of your carpeting, think about the area that it will service. For high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways, consider a durable carpet in a darker shade that will minimize dirt and vacuum marks. Chocolate brown and even charcoal are good colour options in areas that will see plenty of footwork. If there are small areas of your home that need carpeting, they’re good candidates for places to play with colour; you can bring out a bit of fun without overwhelming your living space.

For bold styling, carpets in shades of red, blue, and purple create striking bases from which you can build the rest of your interior design. But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into a daring colour palette, you can opt for neutrals with a little bit more to them, like creams and both warm and cool tones of grey.


Another, sometimes overlooked way that carpets add to the style of a room is how they feel. Carpeting is meant to be comfortable underfoot, and with so many manufacturing options now available, you can really crank up the coziness.

Bedrooms are the best rooms for plush carpeting with deep textures, or carpeting created with tighter twists that can make you feel even more nestled in. Some other luxurious styles include high, dense twists, chunky felts, and oversized loop piles. You can even find carpets made of unique blends that pair wool with silk, linen, cotton, and even paper.

Lastly, texture can be made visible with patterns woven directly into the carpet. Designs in flowers, lattices, and leaves offer unique shapes that can be coordinated with patterns on other furnishings.

 Earth tones

You can go green with your carpet quite literally by selecting a shade of green, but you can also opt for environmentally friendly carpeting that uses natural materials. Raffia, sisal, and sea grass are all organic substances that can be used in the creation of carpets and rugs. Their typically earthy tones work well in urban settings where a touch of nature is welcome.

If you want a natural look indoors, you don’t necessarily need organic materials. As noted above, textured carpets that incorporate floral and other nature-centric patterns can bring a bit of the great outdoors indoors.

The range of new carpeting products available gives you a great amount of creative flexibility.  It also shifts the design focus from the furnishings on top of a carpet to the carpet itself.

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