Carpet Trends Carpet Guide and Review

Carpet Trends Carpet Guide and Review

Top Carpet Trends

By Steve Cooper

In addition to warmth and softness, todays carpets offer a few new features that make carpeting a great choice for many interior designs. Here are some of the latest carpeting trends that prove this versatile material is worth serious consideration the next time you are updating a room in your home.

Bolder Colors

When it comes to carpet, solid, neutral tones are always a safe bet. But more homeowners are choosing to make a bolder statement with their carpet selections. Among todays hottest carpet colors are vibrant oranges, greens, reds, and dark browns. While definitely an attention-grabber, a bold color also does a great job at masking daily wear. And color doesnt have to mean a solid carpet. Many fashion-forward homeowners are choosing bold multicolor combinations in graphic patterns such as color-blocking and stripes. which leads to the next hot trend.

Pattern carpet is another popular option for creating visual interest in a room. Todays patterns range from classic pin dots or basket weaves to more modern geometric shapes and linear designs. Choose small-scale patterns for a subtle look, or go with larger patterns for a more dramatic impact. You can even explore your wild side with some great animal-print designs. Or consider tone-on-tone patterns, which combine the resilience of a loop construction with the plushness of cut pile to create a multidimensional look within the same color scheme.

Neutral Colors

For those who prefer to have their wall colors or furnishings make the rooms design statement, carpets in neutral tones are still a sought-after option. Homeowners favoring a more minimalistic dcor, are choosing neutral carpets in more simple designs such as tailored patterns and ribbing. While earthy tones of beige and browns remain popular, gray tones continue to gain momentum as the new beige.

Natural Fibers

Environmentally conscious consumers are looking to incorporate more natural fibers when updating their dcor. And you cant get much more natural than carpeting made from wool. Wool is not only hypoallergenic, but it also traps dust and other allergens, providing better air quality. Wools natural built-in resistance to stains often makes pretreatment with stain protectors unnecessary. But perhaps the biggest perk is wools softness underfoot and the subtle sophistication it adds to a room.

Sisal, which is commonly used to make twine and rope, is another way to add texture to a room. Sisal carpeting is made from a durable plant fiber harvested through a process that uses no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. If you like the look of sisal but want more softness underfoot, consider a sisal blended with a softer fiber such as wool. Carpets made from natural fibers may cost more than manmade fibers, but they are often more durable, saving money in the long term.

Other Green Carpet Choices

There are also some synthetic fibers being touted as green flooring options due to the fact that they are made from significant amounts of recyclable material. For example, theres polyester carpet made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate) the plastic material used in water and soda bottles. Sold under brand names such as Resistron and Permalon, PET is naturally stain-resistant and does not require chemical pretreatments. PET carpets also retain their color longer and are extremely resistant to fading caused by sun exposure.

In keeping with the eco-friendly trend, many carpet manufacturers are marketing their products as recyclable due to the fact that they can be recycled into new products at the end of their useful life. The carpet industry has also addressed consumers safety concerns over volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with more products that claim to emit lower levels of VOCs. These carpets, which carry a Green Label from the Carpet and Rug Institute, have minimal off-gassing, which also reduces the new carpet smell associated with a carpet installation.

Revolutionary New Fiber

Carpet Trends Carpet Guide and Review

DuPont, the same company responsible for the invention of nylon, has developed a revolutionary new type of polyester fiber made from the companys latest polymer innovation (a PTT polymer). Called Triexta, this fiber is being used throughout the apparel, upholstery, and carpet industries with great success. The main reason is that Triexta provides a unique combination of superior performance, softness, and stain resistance compared to other synthetic fibers. It also is made in part from renewably sourced ingredients, so theres less impact on the environment, while still providing exceptional durability and built-in permanent stain and fade protection.

Stain & Soil Resistance

Love the look and feel of carpet, but have a pet prone to accidents that leave behind odors or stains? Or perhaps you are concerned about mold, mildew, or stains from other sources. Carpet manufacturers have come up with a solution, developing molecular-level treatments such as Shaws patented R2X stain and soil resistance system, which coats carpet from top to bottom, so stains and moisture cant penetrate the fibers. Many of these stain pretreatment systems emit low VOCs, making them safer for your family and pets.

Built to Last

Advancements in fiber technology have made carpet more durable and longer lasting than ever in the past. New carpet not only adds coziness to a room, but it is also one of the easiest ways to personalize a space. And with todays broad selection of carpet styles, colors, and patterns, you can create looks ranging from a neutral backdrop to a vibrant focal point. The choice is yours.

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