Carpets are among the most popular floor coverings in Australia. They are cheap, comfortable and, of course, aesthetically pleasing. With such high demand for carpets, there is an enormous range of colours, textures and patterns. This can make the selection process challenging for some homeowners. Fortunately, there are some objective criteria that can help you with your decision. If you pay attention to these features, and take the advice of carpeting experts, you can ensure that you get the best outcome.
Take Note of Your Existing Decor
Carpet colour is a powerful tool when it comes to interior design. The colour that you choose ought to work with your existing décor, rather than fighting against it. However, this does not mean that you can’t mix it up. There is an abundance of colours at your disposal, and many of these are likely to complement your home’s ambience. Likewise, you can take advantage of the many different textures, and even patterns, to liven up your interior and really bring out the colours and features within. If you are struggling with this, then you might find it helpful to consult an expert.
Compare your Options With your Lifestyle
In addition to its influence over design, your carpet serves an important practical purpose. As a part of this, it will be subject to everyday wear and tear. This wear and tear is different for everyone. It depends on your lifestyle factors. Some colours are slightly more susceptible to visible deterioration than others, which means they might not be great for everyone. The key to choosing the right colour is creating a list of priorities and comparing each colour to the criteria of your list.
What are your preferences
Before you can eliminate possibilities based on their practical benefits, you must account for your own preferences. Personal preference is the most important factor in choosing a colour. You might like a colour so much that you are prepared to accept some of the extra maintenance that is needed to keep it fresh. Usually, practical considerations are useful when it comes to choosing between two or more colours that you love.
Do you have pets or small children
Pets and small children can really put your carpet to the test. Muddy footprints, spilt food and a penchant for crayons are just some of the things that can leave your carpet looking a little worse for wear. If this sounds like you, then you should keep in mind that lighter carpet colours are more susceptible to stains. While they might look fantastic, to begin with, you stand the chance of facing an uphill battle in terms of keeping it clean in the future. That being said, high-quality carpets are often quite stain resistant, so you still have many options if you would prefer lighter carpet colours.
Will your carpet be in direct sunlight
Many homeowners are not aware of the devastating impact that direct sunlight can have on your carpet. If you have a room that is flooded with direct sunlight at some point in the day, then you will probably find that the carpet in that room fades quite quickly. This can be challenging to address if it has already begun. Normally, it will affect darker, or more vivid carpet colours, although many carpets are susceptible.
Fortunately, there are several solutions available to you. The most obvious and simple of these is fitting blinds. Blinds will block the direct sunlight and allow your carpet to keep its distinct colour for many years. The alternative is to get an awning fitted to your home’s exterior can have a similar effect. You can source high-quality carpets that are not prone to deterioration of this nature, so it always pays to speak with an expert.
For more advice on choosing carpet colour, get in touch with Ashmore Carpets today on (07) 5526 8611.