IS CARPET FASHIONABLE AGAIN?

IS CARPET FASHIONABLE AGAIN?

Wooden floors have ruled for such a long time, haven't they? Carpets have been in the style wilderness for years. But I am seeing a comeback. Yes, really, carpet is coming back into fashion. Rejoice, comfort lovers!

WHEN CARPET WENT OUT OF STYLE

I grew up living with wall-to-wall carpets. Everyone I knew had carpet at home. I think we might have all got a bit bored of it.

Certainly, for years, TV property programmes were telling us to rip up carpets and get out the sander. If you bought a place with carpet, it was in the hope that you'd be unearthing floorboard treasure. 

So, carpets were old fashioned and fussy.  They certainly didn't feature in the sleek minimalist homes I swooned over in magazines. No-one on Grand Designs ever put in carpet!

But, let’s see what’s happening now. The tide might just be turning.

THE CARPET COMEBACK - AND WHY IT SHOULD!

Slowly but surely, I’ve been noticing carpet creeping into some cool places and being used by designers I admire, most notably Dimore Studio who are all about bringing maximalism back to interior design. 

There are also designers working with carpet companies on big, bold designs. 

Even though I've been soaking all this up, my first choice for the flooring in our new loft conversion was a wooden floor. I wanted the effect to be chic and let me tell you, the cost of the wooden floors that gave a luxe-look was eye watering. Add in the installation and I really did need the tissues!

Let's also not forget that I'd want to add in rugs to make it cosy. Serious money. We'd already burned through our contingency budget, as you'll see in my loft conversion post.

And that's when I started to look at alternatives and remembered all I'd been taking in about carpet. There are so many benefits to it - especially in bedrooms and flats - and carpet has the seal of approval from the folks over at Houzz, so there you go.

The carpet we chose was by no way the cheapest as I wanted a luxe look and feel. But it was significantly less than the wooden floor option. I am so glad that dwindling cash meant I stepped out of autopilot because the carpet we chose might just be my favourite element in the room.

And here it is. What do you think of it? It's natural elements flooring symphony range in boston.

Is carpet back in fashion? I love the luxe look it gives my bedroom

Is carpet back in fashion? I love the luxe look it gives my bedroom

It is so soft and velvety underfoot. My daughter and I rolled around on it when it was first fitted. It's the most luxe-looking part of the room and I love that the colour makes a style statement. We don't need to worry about walking around during the night because it muffles any footsteps. I just love it!

CARPET IS BACK IN FASHION WITH THE INTERIORS CROWD!

If all this has you contemplating carpet at home, don't just take my word for the benefits. Take a look at the gorgeous bedroom of Katie Woods from Come Down to The Woods interiors blog and Instagram fame. 

The gorgeous bedroom and carpet of Katie Woods from  Come Down to the Woods  blog

The gorgeous bedroom and carpet of Katie Woods from Come Down to the Woods blog

And yes, I know what you're thinking, that's another bedroom example. But check out the living room of interiors blogger and statement-maker Sarah Akwisombe. Yep, that's right, it has carpet.

Carpet in the living room of statement-maker  Sarah Akwisombe . Photo:  Megan Taylor

Carpet in the living room of statement-maker Sarah Akwisombe. Photo: Megan Taylor

If you're into making a statement and don't want to spend big bucks on a designer carpet, I've come across a pocket-friendly one at Carpetright that ticks the bold decorating box.  

Carpetright Colombus Greek Key Carpet, £29.99m2

Carpetright Colombus Greek Key Carpet, £29.99m2

For something more subtle, but gorgeously luxe, here's a stunning inspiration picture from Carpetright again.  Look at that colour!

Carpetright  ISense Surprise In Sky , £29.99 M2

Carpetright ISense Surprise In Sky, £29.99 M2

I, for one, am not on wooden floor autopilot anymore. I still love that look, but it's not the only one for me.  I really do think that carpet is back in style. Well, it is in my house anyway!

Would you EVER consider carpet? Has this convinced you to go for it?

  • And if this post has got you thinking a little differently about your decorating, check out my post about using colour on your ceiling. That’s right, it doesn’t HAVE to be painted white!

  • If you’re really wanting to max out your home’s style, take a look at my post outlining the five things that stylish homes have in common. There’s a lot to get stuck into, so get yourself a cuppa. Go on, a biscuit, too. You deserve it ;-)

Victoria x

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