Last week we shared some of the latest trends in flooring, mainly concerning hardwood floors. This week we’re switching gears to focus on carpet, because we’re certainly seeing plenty of trends in that area, too! If you’re considering a flooring renovation, you might be thinking about carpet. It’s often the more affordable flooring choice, and it feels cozy under your feet… But is carpet also versatile with regard to style? Absolutely! And these emerging trends are proof of that.
Nylon. Many homeowners are turning to carpeting composed of nylon, due to its ease of care. Certain blends of fibers can be resistant to dust, animal dander, and even spills and stains. So if you’re hesitant about carpeting due to perceptions of its “high maintenance” nature, be sure to ask about materials specifically designed to be more low maintenance.
The hottest neutral. Right now, flint gray is growing in popularity as a neutral color. It sure beats the dull browns of the 1980s, and the impractical, bright whites of the 1990s!
Patterned carpet. While neutrals might be the way to go if you plan to sell your home in the next few years, keep in mind that patterned carpeting might offer more stylistic bang for your buck. Just by changing your carpeting, you can give your entire house a dramatic makeover. Right now we’re seeing a lot of animal prints in neutral colors, bold stylized florals, or geometric and chain link patterns in brighter hues.
Carpet tiles. If you really want to get creative, carpet tiles might be the way to go. You can mix and match them to create a pattern that is all your own. Even better, you can simply replace one or a few tiles if damage does occur, without having to revamp the entire room. Some can even be pulled up, washed, and then put back down.
Outdoor carpeting… Indoors. Some homeowners have realized that outdoor carpeting can also be used in indoor areas, particularly high-traffic ones that are likely to be exposed to moisture and dirt. If you make this choice for entryways and mud rooms, cleanup will be a snap.
“Green” carpet. In this case, we aren’t referencing color! If environmentally sustainable materials are important to you, try carpeting made from sisal fibers. Sisal carpeting is sustainable and bio-degradable, so your flooring choice won’t be clogging up a landfill in the future.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to tried-and-true classic options, either! Our point is that carpeting doesn’t have to be basic and boring. It can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and there’s a carpet option to match every taste. Just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you identify options that match your style and functional needs.