I do love a home full of hardwood and beautiful tile, but there are some spaces that just need carpet. For the #staggreno, we chose carpeting for all of the bedrooms, downstairs family room, and the stairs leading downstairs (for safety reasons. I quiver at the thought of one of my babies falling down hardwood stairs).
There is plenty of bad carpeting out there and I often get asked by clients which carpeting styles I recommend and why. Today I’m sharing my carpet criteria and why I always seem to gravitate toward similar styles and colors. Selecting modern carpet is pretty simple if you keep a few things in mind.
First, I like a short pile. No shag carpeting here. Shorter pile tends to wear better, stay cleaner, and look better longer. Plus, I think they look more modern and less like how you would imagine carpeting, if that makes sense. Short pile carpeting options may seem less comfortable to you, but a quality pad can make all the difference. Upgrade your pad if you’re concerned about plushness. We’ve done this frequently and it proves to be a good investment.
Secondly, I like a subtle pattern for larger spaces. I tend to lean toward geometric patterns. Nothing too busy, but just some thing to give it some interest. If you’re searching online, look for “precision cut” or “uncut” options. Here are a couple of my favorite styles:
Third I usually like a darker color, like a charcoal gray. Don’t get me wrong, I love a light, bright, white carpet but I’m a realist. A realist with two small kids. I’ve done the lighter carpet thing before and I always end up regretting it. We are very clean people and we still can’t keep it looking perfect. Trust me peeps, go dark.
If you’re able to, I encourage you to go to a carpet store, feel the textures, look at a large swatch of the patterns, and take a small sample home to try in your own home with the lighting and paint colors. It really does make a big difference to see it in the space.
If you have a smaller space, like a stair runner, a closet, or an office, you can really do some neat things with carpeting like an animal print, a stripe, or another cool pattern. These tips are more for larger spaces.
I hope this was helpful if you’re looking to purchase carpet. It’s amazing how much more our house felt like a home once all of the carpet was down. We were giddy on carpet laying day!
Ruby and Jon certainly agreed on the day ours went down.