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 sensing a come back. Yes, really, I think carpet is coming back into fashion. I, for one, am backing it!
CARPET GOES OUT OF STYLE
I grew up living with wall-to-wall carpets. Everyone I knew had carpet at home. And at university I had years of renting places with very cheap carpets - you can imagine.
The first flat that I bought with my husband was tiny - too small for two people - but it was in a beautiful location and it had the holy grail, a wooden floor. At last, we had made it!
For years, TV property programmes have been 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.
And I was so on board with all of this. Wooden floors felt so fresh in comparison to the carpet I had always known. 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!
The CARPET COMEBACK!
Just before my daughter was born, we put carpet into her bedroom. It was purely a practical choice to make it cosy in there and soft for little knees. That and we had a big hole in one of the floorboards and couldn't work out how to fix it.
But I was still fixated on wooden floors for everywhere else. Those are the rules. Wooden floors with rugs. Full stop. And if you wanted a truly magazine-worthy home, you might want to be considering concrete.
Then, slowly but surely, I started to notice 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.
And now there are designers working with carpet companies on big, bold designs. Could it be that carpet is making a comeback?
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.
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…TAKE A LOOK!
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.
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.
For something more subtle, but gorgeously luxe, here's a stunning inspiration picture from Carpetright again. Look at that colour!
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!
What do you think? Would you EVER consider carpet? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear what you think.
And if this post has got you thinking a little differently about your decorating, and you like it, check out my post about using colour on your ceiling. That’s right, it doesn’t HAVE to be painted white!