The Carpet Coloring Challenge
Congratulations! You’ve chosen the brand and type of carpet with which to cover your home! The upcoming choice is the even harder one, what color? The cooperation between furniture, carpet, and wall colors can have a huge effect on the mood of a room. I can’t tell you exactly what color to make your carpets, that bit is wholly up to you, but I can at least help you make the most informed decision possible.
Before we even get to the carpet we’ll need to choose the colors of the furniture in the room. Unless you’re getting chairs and couches custom made, the color selection is going to be pretty limited. It’s best to get the limited choice out of the way first because it’s much less likely that you’ll be able to pick out a sofa to match the carpet as opposed to the other way around.
Carpet Color Time
Now that you’ve got your furniture all picked out, let’s get to the whole reason you came here, the carpet! So much about a room can be determined by the color and style of the carpet. You’ll definitely want to identify the purpose of the room you’re carpeting before making anything final. Light colors can really open up a room and make it feel spacious. Darker colors will make a room feel smaller and cozier. Neutral colors such as beiges and creams will really go with anything, but bright colors can make a room pop, making a statement.
A heavily trafficked room will accrue a lot of dirt, so maybe avoid bright whites unless you feel like putting in the hours to keep it clean. Darker and patterned carpets hide dirty really well and should maybe be considered for these areas. However, dark carpets show fluff pretty easily and need to be vacuumed more frequently. You can decide on the wall paint color(s) later since paint can come in virtually any shade and can be tailored to match your floor and furniture.
I know that was a lot. To recap, figure out A) the color of your furniture, B) the mood you want for your room and C) how much traffic is going through. After that, bring a color wheel to your local professionals and get carpeting!