While you may have a fantasy of carpeting your entire home in the softest, thickest white shag you can find, you’d probably come to quickly regret it. The truth is that certain rooms and areas of the home do better with specific carpet types. Color choice, pile, and pattern are also key to effectiveness and satisfaction with home carpet choice down the road.
Not surprisingly, higher-traffic rooms tend to fare better with more durable fibers and darker colors. Lower-activity rooms like bedrooms are fine with thicker, softer piles and lighter colors (so if you must have that soft white shag, that’s the room for it!)
Carpeting a home offers many transformative interior design possibilities. However, there are a number of important considerations to bear in mind. From padding options to ideal colors, textures, and pile lengths, the following are some tips for carpeting each area of the home:
Carpet Ounce Weight
When it comes to the cost of carpeting, ounce weight is the main factor. Higher weight carpets like wool, nylon, or polyester cost more but are the most durable. Carpets with a lower ounce weight are thinner and tend to be less durable. Splurging for higher ounce weight carpet in high traffic areas like hallways, stairs, and family rooms is almost always worth the investment.
Carpet Materials and Fibers
Depending upon the material, carpets can handle wear and tear very differently. Materials and fiber content affect the way it fades over time and impacts its resistance to spills, stains, and foot traffic. Not surprisingly, high ounce weight carpet styles like nylon, wool, and polyester are comprised of the strongest materials and fibers. Other materials may be more affordable, but they will likely not prove as reliable over time.
Key Tips for High-Traffic Areas
Rooms that get the most foot traffic and use will require a more resilient type of carpeting than less-trafficked areas. Some of the rooms that tend to see more activity than others include:
- Family rooms
- Recreation rooms
- Children’s rooms
If you wish to carpet a dining room, choose carpet that offers stain resistance against food and beverage spills. Taking similar precautions for family rooms is wise as well, especially if you have kids or pets.
Colors, Patterns, and Pile
Color selection for carpet can also be done strategically to maximize performance and enjoyment over the years. Darker colors in higher traffic areas will help shield scuffs, stains, and wear and tear, allowing the carpet to look newer longer. An intricate pattern or design in the carpet can help where this is concerned as well. Of course, material and fiber quality should not be overlooked even if a dark color or eye-catching pattern is chosen.
Some of the most durable carpet types are cut pile and Berber, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. Other configurations like frieze/twist or patterned piles are fine for lower traffic areas like bedrooms and dens.
Carpet Pad Considerations
The thickness of the carpet pad selected is another important aspect of carpet selection. The thicker and better quality the pad, the more luxurious the carpet will feel. While thicker pads are more expensive, they are worth the investment if a plush feel is desired.
While choosing carpet colors, textures, and pile lengths is great fun, it should also be done intelligently and strategically. You CAN get the look and design effects you want while also selecting carpet that stands the test of time. Use these carpeting tips to ensure you select the ideal qualities for each room so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.