Apr 05, 2021 | Carpet One Floor & Home
As you plan a refresh of your home décor (because who isn’t these days?), choosing a flooring type that will fulfill your design dreams can be overwhelming. If style is a top priority, you may feel limited to a hardwood look throughout your home. While a beautiful hardwood or luxury vinyl floor isn’t a bad choice, if you desire something a little warmer, softer, and more comfortable underfoot, then we’re here to tell you that you can still achieve that beautiful, polished look with carpet.
You might think that carpet is just a more casual flooring option, but it’s time to explore some of the trendier carpet styles that will not only make your space more comfortable but also elevate your design.
Shown above: PASSAGES BY TIGRESSA; Bright Future; Coastal View
Ready to explore the best of both worlds—comfort and style? Let’s start with color. For many of us, home became a central hub as we shifted our work, school, and entertainment to our home base. Taking the time to make our kitchens, living areas, playrooms, spare bedrooms—any space we can find—into functional places is now key. Home has become the place where we relax with family, have a virtual night out with friends, cook our meals, work in our home office, teach our children, and enjoy a good movie or game night. As we adjust to this new way of living—and dare we say, even enjoy our slightly smaller world—calm colors that reflect nature are going to be vital for keeping a healthy work–life balance.
Shown above: INNOVIA; Natural Artistry
Solid colors will give way to tonal ones this season as we delve into the comfort of soft grays, wooden beiges, black stones, and other earth tones. All these blended hues can work to tie a bit of nature into our interior design. These natural styles create the feel of a comfortable sanctuary and soothing environment to live and work in, which translates into a more earthy and subdued color palette. Unlike previous years where we’ve seen a pop of bold colors, this year, people are reaching to their past for security. You will see a lot of incorporating things of the past and heirlooms into home design to add a nod of nostalgia that makes everyone and everything feel safe. Following this rule of thumb, carpet manufacturers are shifting to a pleasantly serene palette of beiges, soft pinks, and ocean blues.
Shown above: STANTON; Belladonna
One way to elevate your carpet style is to choose a pattern. For the more daring, this could be a boldly contrasting polka-dot like Stanton’s Dottie. For a stunning look that’s a little more subtle, there are many patterns available in tonal shades. These options provide beautiful style but also fade appropriately into the background to allow other décor items to shine. For a more organic vibe, we love the deconstructed patterns of Looking Forward and So Refined from the Passages by Tigressá collection. They are reminiscent of a favorite well-worn rug and add a cozy-chic element to your space. When a little more formality is in order, a structured pattern like Story to Tell or Bright Future, also from the Passages by Tigressá collection, makes a perfectly poised statement.
Shown above: PASSAGES BY TIGRESSA; Looking Forward; Chalked White
Perhaps one of the most important themes in carpet styles this year is the idea of functional focus. Your carpet should not only be stylishly you but also serve a bigger purpose: providing comfortable and durable living underfoot. Doing almost everything at home, from workouts to office work, means that your flooring needs to be able to support your active lifestyle. The good news is that durability is in! Along with the focus on natural elements this season, easy-to-clean carpets that are made of nonporous materials are making a comeback. This calls to mind specific carpets that are stain-resistant, waterproof, and pet-proof. This practical trend is due to consumers looking to control what they can and striving to make their space as comfortable, functional, and operable as possible. Not only can carpeting add an element of function to your home design, but it’s also an affordable alternative to the more expensive flooring options like traditional hardwood, porcelain tile, and luxury vinyl plank. In past years, hard surface floors like waterproof luxury vinyl and engineered hardwood have been a staple in the retail flooring market. This year, many designers are looking to custom area rugs to tie spaces together and make them more comfortable to live and work in.
Shown above: STANTON; Belladonna; Ocean
If all this carpet style talk has you thinking about an elevated style floor, but you’re just not quite ready to commit to those beautiful wall-to-wall polka dots, there is another way. Custom area rugs are the perfect way to take advantage of the beautiful carpet styles available and update any room with some added warmth and softness, whether it be turning an extra bedroom into a home office or creating a study nook in a storage closet for your little ones. Custom area rugs make perfect pieces to throw under your coffee table or roll out as a runner in the hallway. Muted color tones are a great canvas for your bigger statement pieces and bolder décor. Patterns liven up more subdued décor. The best part of creating a custom area rug is that you can easily switch up your design and create a whole new look.
Shown above: STANTON; Dottie
Although cut pile patterns used to make up a small fraction of the flooring installed, homeowners are now using more patterns to make smaller areas of their home more unique. Many of the new carpet styles available reflect current home décor trends, drawing inspiration from the tribal look, color blocking, medallions, and more traditional, less edgy patterns than before. As you look to freshen up your décor and maybe even take on a few renovation projects this spring, turn to carpet as the flooring choice for your home. Whether you are searching for a patterned wall-to-wall carpet or a formal custom-sized area rug, don’t forget to tie in those beautiful tonal colors to bring a sense of comfortable tranquility to your home design.