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, carpet is coming back into fashion. Rejoice, comfort lovers!
WHEN CARPET WENT OUT OF STYLE
If you're in your mid-30s and above, you probably grew up living with wall-to-wall carpets like me. Everyone I knew had carpet at home.
Maybe we all got a bit bored of it.
Certainly, by the noughties, 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.
Carpets were old fashioned and fussy. You didn't see them in glossy homes 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, you might be noticing carpet more and more. I've spotted it in magazines - in decorating shoots and in the homes they feature - particularly in bedrooms.
In these turbulent times, there's a lot to be said for comfort. Sleek and minimal just doesn't seem to hold the almost unanimous appeal it once did.
It could be the reason why wallpaper is coming back in a big way too We’re ditching sleek and bringing in pattern and personality. If you’re considering wallpaper, check out my post highlighting three hot wallpaper trends right now.
BENEFITS OF CARPET
I have carpet in my loft conversion bedroom and there are five key reasons why it trumped a wooden floor.
Comfort - it’s just so soft underfoot - especially bare foot.
Acoustics - who wants to spend time in a room that echoes? Rugs help, but a carpet goes that bit further.
Sound proofing for the rooms underneath - the carpet muffles every footstep for the rooms below.
Visual appeal - the carpet provides a big injection of colour and the velvet finish helps achieve a luxe vibe.
Budget - wooden floors that look luxe are expensive. Then there’s installation which costs more than carpet fitting, plus I’d want rugs to soften. Money, money, money!
We'd already burned through our contingency budget, as you'll see in my loft conversion post, so that budget point alone was a big one.
If you want more confirmation of the benefits, check out this post from Houzz.
CARPET IS BACK IN FASHION WITH THE INTERIORS CROWD!
Big name designers are using carpet in projects (check out Dimore Studio) and others are even working with carpet companies to create their own flamboyant, bold designs.
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!
Would you EVER consider carpet? Has this convinced you to go for it?
P.S. Don’t go yet!
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!
How about wallpaper? The hottest looks right now are bold and daring. Find out the three key trends.
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 ;-)