How to Choose Carpet
A NEW COLOR AND STYLE CAN
TRANSFORM YOUR HOME
The decision has been made. You
want to purchase new carpet and the
time is now! Your mind is already shifting
into fast forward with such issues as:
Light or dark colors? Soft and velvety or
tight and firm? Smooth or textured? Wall
to wall or bordered? There's so much to
HOW WOULD A DESIGNER DESIGN MY
If a designers were to help you
design your home, they'd begin with
you. So you begin with you! Put yourself
through an initial interview - ask what a
designer would ask.
Start with the size of your family and
the age of your children (if any). Are
there pets? Is there the possibility for
grandchildren or elderly parents moving
in? Are there family members living outside your home who should be consulted?
Are you doing one room, several
rooms, or an entire apartment or house?
Now take a hard look at how your family
lives. In which rooms do you spend most
your time? Is your living style relaxed or
formal? Do you like everything in its
place, or do you consider a casual room
more comfortable? Do you entertain?
Are the groups small or large> How
often do the children bring friends
home? There are practical matters you
THE MAGIC OF COLOR
You may have heard that dark colors
make a room look smaller. It's true. So
you should stay away from dark colors,
right? Wrong! If your objective is to create a warm, cozy and sheltered look, a
smaller "feel" is exactly what you want
and dark, rich colors, like hunter green or
burgundy, can work great. If a dark color
is what you love, and it helps you capture
the mood you want, go for it!
Pastels and color tints tend to enlarge
a space. These colors create a restful and
soothing mood. They're ideal when you
want a formal, orderly and romantic
Strong contrasts of color are lively,
exciting and energetic and can be a bold
statement for your family's style of living.
Color can also change the feel of a
room. In rooms facing north and in cool
climates, you can "warm up" the room
with a warm color scheme featuring reds,
yellows, oranges, peaches and apricots.
In south-facing rooms and in warm climates, a room can be made to feel more
comfortable by using colors such a blues,
purples, greens and teals.
WHICH COLOR IS FOR YOU?
If you're redecorating, often and
existing fabric or a cherished piece of furniture can be a starting point and can
stimulate your creativity. Working around
an existing piece is an excellent way to
start when making your color choice.
Important: It is rarely desirable to match
a color exactly. More visual interest is created by blending colors.
Carpet color is an emotional issue.
But, with these color selection tips, you
can enter a carpet retailer with more
THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOUR NEW
If painting, do this first and save
some paint for touch up. Find out in
advance who is moving the furniture. If
it's the retailer, it's only fair that they
charge a fee for the labor. Know who is
removing the old carpet. Some retailers
charge for this service, others don't.
Check the clearance at the bottoms of
doors and make sure the doors swing
freely over the new carpet. If not,
arrange to have the door bottoms
WHERE SHOULD I GO TO PURCHASE
Always buy from a reputable deal-
er. If in doubt, contact the Better
Business Bureau. Independent dealers
are a good bet. They usually have a
wide selection of custom goods at
their disposal, plus better-grade carpet
pads and qualified installers. Many
also have decorators who will come
into your home to help coordinate the
carpet with the rest of the decor.
Independent dealers also have the
product knowledge to help you match
the right carpet to your particular
THE TOP FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD
1. Determine whether you are
doing one room or several.
2. Know which colors are right for
3. Decide whether you want casual
or formal carpeting and which type of
carpet you prefer.
4. Avoid cheap carpet. It's easy to
5. Buy high-quality padding. It will
extend the life of your carpet.