When choosing carpet for your living room, the standard questions apply, such as: What will you use this room for most? How much foot traffic will the carpet endure?
If you’re carpeting a living room, not a family room or den, it’s likely that you will reserve this room for more formal occasions, and the foot traffic probably won’t be as heavy as in some other rooms of your home.
If that is the case, you can focus your attention primarily on choosing the carpet you want for this room based on color, style and quality. Sound like fun? It can be if you know what to look for when you begin shopping.
Consider Color, Light and Space When Choosing your Living Room Carpet
Choosing color and style for your new carpet is a personal choice, and there are many options for you to consider. A lot depends on where you’re beginning with your room. It’s true that color, light and space all have a specific influence on your room’s ambiance.
Coordinating Your Décor and Your Carpet
Assessing your personal circumstances will make the choice easier. Are you starting from scratch with your carpet and furnishings, or do you have furnishings and draperies you want to coordinate with your new carpet?
If you are building a new home, you might decide to shop for your furniture before choosing your carpet. Then, you can have a better idea of which carpet will complement your décor best. If you’re remodeling your room, you may have furnishings and draperies you will continue to use with the new carpet.
Either way, an important thing to remember is that you can highlight your carpet, or you can highlight your décor and allow the carpet to become an elegant backdrop.
The Effects of Lighting
Light has an enormous effect on the way your carpet looks in your home. So even if you choose a great color at the store, it may look vastly different in your home.
Always remember that the lighting in the carpet showroom is very different from the lighting in your home. The best solution is to obtain samples to take home with you, if at all possible.
Having samples at home will give you the opportunity to look at the carpet during different times of the day and in different types of light – natural sunlight, under lamps, and under overhead lighting.
Choosing Your Color
How big is your living room? What kind of atmosphere do you want to create? These are important questions to ask yourself as you choose the color of your carpet.Lighter colors tend to make rooms feel larger
Darker colors make rooms appear smaller
Light colors reflect light
Dark colors absorb light
Warm colors – reds, yellows, orange tones – tend to stimulate
Cool colors – greens and blues – convey a more calm feeling
This doesn’t mean you are limited in any way with your color choice; it’s just a consideration. You may prefer a cozy feeling for your room, or you may prefer that your room appears large and open.
It’s all a matter of choice, and it’s up to you to choose exactly what you want. You get to decide on the ambiance you want to create and then go for it!