Today's Carpet Trends

Designers are using new textures, colors, and patterns to make carpet a design statement in today's homes.
Beyond Beige
Neutrals haven't gone away,
but the range in carpet color,
style, and texture is broader
than ever.

When the choices in carpet were limited to basic beige, designers treated it more often than not as a neutral background for room furnishings. Now, with numerous textures, patterns, and colors available, carpet is emerging as the focal point in some interior designs.

Not that the need for neutral carpet has gone away; it hasn't. Berber is still a popular choice. But unlike the plain Berbers of the early 1990s, today's versions have more texture and pattern. Variation in height and sculptured effects offer a bolder look. Even the more traditional Berbers offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.

The trend in neutral carpet favors incorporation of these new design possibilities -- more texture, some pattern, and even flecks of color adding interest to basic backgrounds.

Color sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the "new neutrals" of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue.

 
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