Designing the interiors for your new home means a lot of decisions to make, and choosing the perfect flooring is as important as any part of it. Whether you choose to go for Berber, loop, twist, nylon, or wool, it’s a long list of options for carpets!
We know things can get a little overwhelming when you’re styling your new home, with all the colours, fabrics, and arrangements to go through, and we’re here to make it easier!
So, if you’re wondering how to choose carpets for your new home, we’ll give you a closer look at all you need to know to get the carpets of a lifetime!
Understanding Carpet Fabrics
Choosing your carpet’s fibre isn’t just about the style and price. Different carpet materials are suitable for different spaces, depending on the traffic and environmental conditions.
So, here are some of the most common carpet fibres and what to expect when you buy them:
The fact that it’s a natural fibre makes wool carpets less common than other types of carpets. A wool carpet is a luxurious, more expensive option, making it suitable if you’re going for a fancy look.
These carpets have less stain resistance than other synthetic fibres, but they have a better performance in heavy foot traffic and matting down.
It’s worth noting that wool can be a bit of a nuisance to clean, and any spilt beverage on it will likely stain. So, it’s not the best choice if you have kids and pets around.
This synthetic fibre has been one of the most popular fibres for a long time. The well-deserved popularity of nylon carpets is due to the fibre’s durability and strength.
The main feature of nylon carpets is their appearance retention. Meaning, that when you walk on these carpets, the nylon fibres bounce back to their original form, which makes it harder for these carpets to mat down. Nylon is also known for its heat and fade resistance.
The material is generally easier to clean and maintain than wool, and it handles heavy wear like a champ.
Although they’re less durable than nylon, polyester carpets are very stain resistant. This makes polyester a better flooring option for places more prone to stains and spillage, like the kitchen. It’s also a more suitable option if you’re looking for something cheaper than nylon.
Polypropylene carpets are another very common cheaper alternative for nylon carpets. These carpets have a strong resistance to colour fading and/or bleaching, making them better for outdoor use with direct sunlight.
That said, polypropylene isn’t resistant to soil. So, if you manage to get soil on the carpet, it may be hard to clean it. The material also doesn’t retain its appearance. When you crush the fibres, they may not bounce back.
To-Do List: Before You Go Shopping
Carpets come in many colours, patterns, and designs that are very intriguing and hard to resist! Before you go carpet shopping, you should focus on exactly what you need to avoid any impulsive purchases.
Know Your Budget
If you don’t want to end up on a shopping spree in the carpet store, you should set a budget in advance and do your best to stick to it!
Keep in mind that natural fibres are more expensive than synthetic ones. So, a wool carpet will cost you loads more than a polyester carpet. Natural fibres are also less durable, so you may want to consider the maintenance costs.
Write down the exact measurements for the spaces where your carpets will be. Then, look for the carpet size that would complement the room’s style and furniture size and patterns.
Choose the Right Fiber:
When choosing which carpet fibre to go with, keep in mind that each room has different traffic and environmental conditions.
Some rooms have heavier foot traffic, like the living room, while bedrooms are suitable for softer, more comfortable fibres. For the kitchen, you should go for carpets with higher stain resistance.
Pick Your Colors:
Carpet colours can make a world of difference to a room’s style. Keep in mind that many factors can affect the colour choice, like the room’s size, furniture pattern, and lighting.
Here are some tips on how to choose the perfect colour for every room:
- Light colours are a great choice for making a room look bigger and brighter, especially for rooms that lack natural lighting.
- Darker colours are more suitable for making bigger spaces feel cosier, especially for less furnished rooms. It’s also better for rooms with heavier traffic that are more prone to stains.
- Cool or neutral colours are more suitable for bedrooms since they have a peaceful and calming feeling to them.
- For living rooms, you can go for warmer, more vibrant colours that offer a more energetic and lively mood.
Note: Your carpet’s colour might look a bit lighter once you install it in your new home.
This is because, when you’re shopping, you often choose from smaller-sized samples that appear darker than they would in larger areas. It’s also affected by the lighting you have in the room.
Consider the Required Cleaning and Maintenance
Depending on their fibre and type of pile, different carpets will require different cleaning and maintenance routines.
So, if you don’t have that much time to spend on cleaning, or if you have children and pets that always get things messy, you might want to opt for something that isn’t that high maintenance, and vice versa.
For example, wood is a high-maintenance fabric, and it needs great care when cleaning because it’s vulnerable. On the other hand, nylon can handle heavy wear, and it’s overall easier to deal with.
Carpets are a sure way to offer both warmth and aesthetics to a space. Colours, patterns, and style are what make the difference between a house and a home.
And now that you know how to choose carpets for your new home and what goes on your pre-shopping checklist, you’re ready to take your house to another level!