Designer carpet is making a comeback in the flooring market. Sure, hard surface products such as tile and hardwood are still very popular with decorators, but the wide offering of designer carpet has many advantages that are unique. Hard surface flooring gives a primarily formal look, while designer carpeting can give may looks. These types of carpets can be used to set a theme for a room or can be utilized to compliment the rest of the room. There are 4 primary things you will have to consider when selecting your designer carpet. Whether formal, casual, contemporary or traditional, any decor can be enhanced with the right combinations of texture, yarn type, style and color of designer carpet.
1. Texture is a unique advantage of designer carpet. Different styles of carpet have different textures. Texture is just as important to the layout of the room design as it is to the touch. Texture (or lack of texture) can be the deciding factor if the room has a look all it’s own or if it will flow with the rest of the rooms and transitions. Some designer carpets will have a smooth design, while other will have sculpted patterns. Other carpeting may have large or small loops or a yarn type that is not uniform. All of these visual textures can affect how the designer carpet addresses everything else in the room including paint textures, window dressings, and furniture style.
2. Yarn types to consider when choosing designer carpeting are important. If you decide to select a designer carpet, the yarn used in the carpet is just as important as the look itself. If you are going to invest time and money into picking the perfect floor, you certainly want the carpet to hold it’s color and pattern for years to come. No one wants faded out or matted down carpeting to take away from the appeal of a home, room or office. To prevent this, you need to stay with a carpet made from either high performance nylons or even wool. The top end nylons will be continuous filament nylons from Stainmaster, Anso, Weardated and several others. Not only will these yarns last longer, but they will hold their colors better and stay cleaner much longer than other yarns.
3. The type or style of designer carpet you pick is critical to developing the visual appeal you desire. Velvet plush carpet has a smooth feeling and look. It is great for creating a formal atmosphere. Shags and friezes have deep, beautiful yarn structures that are not very uniform. These structures give each strand of yarn it’s own character and direction. If you want to create a look that draws attention to the floor, shags and friezes are an option to consider. High/low and cut loop designer carpets have a sculpted look and texture. This style is becoming more and more popular with interior designers and decorators. There are a multitude of designs available in the sculpted look. Patterns ranging from traditional to contemporary are all offered by the major designer carpet mills. Berber is not always considered a designer carpet, however a true wool Berber with large, puffy loops has a texture that blends well with some room designs. Printed carpet is also a niche flooring option that some designers like to use. Printed designs may be dyed, tufted or woven directly into the carpet itself. These carpets give a similar look to designer rugs but are used as wall to wall carpet.
4. Obviously color may be the most important factor in selecting the carpet. Consumers are not locked in any more with just beige’s and earth tones. Bright and bold colors are offered in every style of carpet. When choosing color, you need to visualize if a single, solid color is right for the room or if a blended, multicolor, or flecked design is appropriate. It is possible to bring out several colors used in the room by using a designer carpet with a primary color and several background colors. If you need the carpet to have more than one color, friezes, sculpted, printed/patterned, and designer Berber carpets will be a good place to start.