Carpets play a major role in people’s lives. First of all, they are used to insulate people’s feet from the cold floor, to make the room more comfortable (e.g. when playing with children), to reduce the sound from walking (particularly in apartments) and to add a sense of style to the room. Many types of carpets are available nowadays, such as woven, needle felt, knotted, tufted, flat weave, hooked and embroidery carpets. Materials typically used for the production of carpets include nylon, polyester, polypropylene, wool and many others. The type and design of carpets largely depend on people’s needs and preferences.
Broadloom and area rugs
In order to use carpet to make your room look bigger, you need to learn how to use broadloom and area rugs correctly. Broadloom or wall-to-wall carpets provide continuity of the room to the eye. There’s nothing to stop the eye with this kind of carpeting, which gives the impression of a larger room. On the other hand, the same effect can be achieved with area rugs, but with a carefully considered size. If they’re not the proper size, they can make the room seem smaller than it actually is. The correct size of area rug will depend on furniture placement. Make sure to place all the furniture on top of the rug (or at least the front legs of larger furniture pieces).
The choice of the right carpet
Many people are wondering how to choose a carpet? First off, the choice of your carpet will depend on the room. In the high-traffic rooms such as the living room, you should choose a durable carpet. We can measure a carpet’s durability in face weight, tuft twist and density rating. Fiber options will again depend on the room you want your carpet in. Consider a carpet that also easy to clean. The construction of the carpet brings to the overall appeal of the room. The pile includes cut piles such as plush and uncut pile such as looped pile. As far as style is concerned, cut pile styles include smooth, texture, twist and shag while loop pile styles include level loop and patterned loop.
Carpet pattern is yet another factor that influences how carpet can make small rooms look bigger. Rule number one is that the pattern on the carpet should be scaled appropriately to the size of the room. Larger patterns are usually better for larger rooms, but the size of the pattern also depends on the amount of visible floor space. The pattern is a huge factor in the overall appeal of the room in question.
A well-known rule when it comes to the colour of the carpet, which will make the room seem bigger is that you should choose a lighter colour. Using lighter colours add to the visual extension of the space. In addition, lighter colours also reflect natural or artificial light thus making the room feel more open and spacious.
Subdued carpets are a perfect option for smaller rooms. They blend smoothly with the furniture and the walls, so we are left with the feeling of a spacious room. They are quite durable, so they are an ideal option for high-traffic rooms. These carpets are known as cut and pile and they are usually laid over the whole house. By using the same or similar carpeting for all the rooms in your house you’ll get a sense larger and coordinated space.
Choosing the right carpet isn’t an easy task as it might seem to you. There are so many considerations to be taken into account in order to make a mistake. After all, we want our rug to last for a long time, to be comfortable and to make our room look spacious and stylish, so we should invest some time in choosing the right one.
Triesa Standle is a Sydney based writer. Areas of her interest and expertise are mostly home improvement and home decoration. In her spare time, she likes doing shuffle, yoga, photography. You can find and follow her work on Twitter.