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Carpeting: How to Choose a Color that Will Work for Years to Come

Silver Creek, by Bloomsburg Carpet. Astro, Cosmo and Elroy

Silver Creek, by Bloomsburg Carpet. Astro, Cosmo and Elroy

Carpeting is an investment that has a big impact on any room. Aside from things like carpet type, fiber, pattern and quality, you have to decide on color. For those who love monochromatic rooms, it can be a relatively easy decision, but for most of us, it's one of the toughest choices. You don't want to simply choose a color you love, or you may find yourself in the difficult position of trying to make the rest of the room "go with" the carpeting! What's more, it can be extremely difficult to visualize what a color will look like in a room, just by looking at a little swatch. If you're just not sure where to start when it comes to deciding what color carpeting to choose, read on for a few pointers:

Look at These Things First

When carpeting a living room or family room, look at your sofa for inspiration. Most sofas, unless custom-made, come in a limited range of four or five colors. Start your decision-making process by looking at your room and finding the element or elements that you can't — or don't intend to — change.

Next, consider the walls. Are they a neutral hue that will go with almost any color? Are you planning to change the color? If you are planning to repaint your room, choose a wall color first and get any painting done before having new carpeting installed. That will make your choice of carpet color a little less tricky.

Why a Neutral Color Choice May Be Your Best Bet

Carpet, because it covers a large area, can have a huge impact in a room. Replacing a carpet every few years is not in the cards for many of us, which is one reason that neutral colors are the biggest sellers in carpeting. You can always add some of your favorite colors with less expensive elements in the room such as accent pillows, draperies and artwork.

A neutral carpet doesn't necessarily mean a boring carpet. Add interest with texture using friezes or cut and loop styles. You can also choose a flecked neutral, for a subtle touch of color. (Bonus: Flecked styles also help hide lint and bits of dirt in between vacuuming.)

Consider Your Lifestyle

If you have kids and/or pets, you probably don't want white or cream-colored carpeting, which will show spots and stains more than other colors. By the same token, even though a dark color may be great for hiding stains, it will also show lint and dust more than other colors. If you decide to go for a color rather than a neutral, stick with a mid-tone. A carpet that's neither light nor dark will be best at masking spots, stains, lint and dust.  Anticipating what will last long term, style-wise, and color-wise is always wise. 😉

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