Patterned or Plain: Which Carpet Is Best?

When you’ve decided to make a change in one or more rooms in your home, the decision about plain or patterned carpeting is a significant one. As such, there is much value in taking your time to consider your options before making a final decision. Of course, you may have already taken plenty of time to choose and may still be having trouble.

There are many benefits to both styles of carpet, and understanding these can go a long way to helping you decide which route to take.

The Advantages of Patterned Carpeting

There are many intriguing patterned carpeting choices available from leading manufacturers. And this is the very thing that can make the choice so difficult. You can update a child’s room with patterned carpet that resembles a city or town, complete with streets for their toy cars to ride on. For adult spaces, checks, stripes and floral patterns abound. But remember that patterns can also be sewn into carpeting for an elegant marbled or swirled look.

Patterned carpeting also boasts longevity; busy homes love them, because they disguise spills and other marks. It’s a good idea to seek patterned carpeting that is hard-wearing such as the twist variety, as this will last for years.

Colour Rules for Patterned Carpeting

Patterned carpeting works best in rooms and with furniture in neutral colours like grey, beige and cream. This muted scheme will ensure that no clashing occurs between colours or patterns, as well as really make the pattern stand out. Patterned carpeting works excellently in rooms where more space is needed because they create the illusion of space. This is especially true of carpets with vertical stripes. Vertically-striped carpeting can work wonders in hallways and on stairs as well.

Corresponding accessories can also work to bring out the colour of your patterned carpet. But when doing this, a subtle pattern is best, as it will be more easily blended when adding matching decor.

The Advantages of Plain Carpeting

Plain carpeting remains a popular choice. With such a wide range of styles and colours, a different colour and texture can be chosen for every room in your home. Generally, a plain carpet is perfect for spaces where you want to have a subtle effect on your room’s design.

Really, the plain carpet can best be referred to as a great amalgamator, helping to unite heavily-patterned furniture like curtains and sofas and preventing them from clashing. A plain carpet also prevents bold elements from becoming too overpowering in a room, adding a touch of sophistication no matter where in a home it’s installed.

Colour Rules for Plain Carpeting

Those with small spaces can use plain carpeting to their advantage. A pale colour will give the illusion of space, as well as allow you to more freely change the room it’s installed in. And if an existing plain carpet is too plain, the addition of a brightly coloured rug in one area can help to add lots of interest to a room. Not only that, but a rug will extend your carpet’s life as well.

If the thought of instaling plain carpeting in your home’s high-traffic areas makes you cringe, worry no more; there are plenty of plain carpeting choices available which are hard-wearing. Twist carpet is one example, and loop pile carpets are another. However, take care if considering the latter; pets with claws can hurt themselves, as well as cause damage to the carpet in the form of pulled fibres.

Although basic, the above considerations can give you much assistance when looking at the many available carpet samples on the market. Happy hunting!