Carpet

Carpet Choices

When selecting carpeting for your home you have many things to consider and many options to weigh. Carpets come in a vast array of colors and styles, textures and fibers and there are many different qualities of carpets to choose from.

The two most popular types of carpeting today are loop pile and cut pile.

  • Loop pile has individual strands of yarn pulled through the carpet backing twice, creating a small loop.
  • Cut pile has the loop cut at the top, leaving tufts of yarn that stand straight up. A cut pile carpet is generally more durable than a looped pile carpet.
  • Cut pile carpets come in a variety of styles such as shag, textured, saxony and velvet or plush. Loop pile carpets would be a berber, cable or sisal. Loop pile carpets are a good choice for high traffic areas.

There will be the decision on the type of carpet fiber you choose. One of the factors here is cost. While there is nothing quite as luxurious as having wool carpeting in your home most cannot afford wool. If you are able to afford wool carpeting you will find that although it cost more at the time of installation, your wool carpet will prove itself to be far superior to other types of carpeting. No man made carpet fiber can come close to the durability, rich look or feel of wool. Your wool carpet can last upwards of thirty years.

You’ll need to know a bit about other carpet fibers. Make sure you ask to see the manufacturers performance rating for each carpet.

Acrylic carpeting is very similar to wool (wool is considered the best carpeting available) and is sometimes called man-made wool. It resists moisture, fading, mildew, crushing and staining but is not recommended for high traffic areas in the home. Nylon carpeting is popular due to it’s durability. It resists mildew, staining and soiling. Nylon carpet is recommended for all traffic areas. It is one of the most expensive of the synthetic fibers but cheaper than wool. Olefin is a very low cost easy care material that is often used in indoor/outdoor carpeting. Olefin is colorfast and strong and easy to clean. One drawback to olefin is that it can be easily crushed depending on the pile. Polyester is luxurious and durable however is not good for high traffic areas in the home.

The next consideration would be color and/or pattern of carpeting. Light carpeting colors create a spacious effect, making a room seem larger. Light color carpets of course show soil much more easily than dark. However, most stain and soil treatments put on carpeting today do help to prevent this problem. Dark or dull carpet colors will absorb light giving the room what some call a “cozy” feeling. Rugs with patterns will make a space seem smaller. Your color choice could be based on the paint color used on your walls. It is suggested that if you do this, the color of the carpet be darker than the color on the walls. Also, when choosing your carpet remember that the carpet installed on your floor will appear darker than the small sample you see in the store. Ask to take carpet samples home so that you can see how they actually appear in daylight and at night.

With a bit of knowledge you can find the carpet that’s just right for your needs.

 

Learn The Ins And Outs Of Interior Design With These Great Tips

Interior design can be one of the most enjoyable activities in which you can partake in. You get to create a space of your own, with your own tastes and desires in mind. The only thing you need is a little knowledge and know how, if you want to know what it takes, you should keep reading this article.

If you are making decisions about changing the interior decor of your home, get your family involved. Remember that they will need to live with the changes as well. Decisions that are made should be acceptable to everyone to avoid conflict and ill feelings. Your home is the haven for each member of your family, so everyone should feel good about the changes ahead.

An easy way to redesign your kitchen is to reface your cabinets and change out the hardware. This is an inexpensive project that most individuals can do themselves. There are a variety of hardware pieces sold in hardware stores, and this makes it easy to find pieces that fit your individual style.

Try adding plants to your room. You’ll be surprised at how much more lively, yet calming; a room can become just by adding a simple plant to the room. A single plant, properly placed, can really set the mood and bring a room together. Just don’t forget to water it!

When redesigning a room, work to make the color scheme in the room cohesive. Having a wide variety of clashing colors will create an unpleasant feeling, and having a dull, bland palette will do the same. Use both bold and neutral colors, and work to integrate them together to create a more pleasing space.

A great interior-design tip is to start checking out design magazines. There are many magazines out there that will teach you all about how to design your home and garden, and they’ll even provide you lots of tips. They’ll also keep you up to date on all the latest style trends.

For rooms with high ceilings, you need to vary the locations of your lights. The fact that the ceilings are so high can weaken the illumination in a room. To counteract that, try using both ceiling lights both and lights that sit ground-level. It will help to create more adequate lighting in the room.

If you feel that interior design ideas don’t just come to you, gather ideas for yourself. Many cities have decorated showhouses designed by interior designers to help the public gain insight into designing. If you don’t feel like visiting a showhouse, look at different books, home decorating and designing magazines or use the Internet as inspiration.

Be creative when using framed pictures. Remember that they are also a design element of your room. They don’t have to be hung in straight, horizontal lines. Try placing them in the right angles or patterns. Taking advantage of all of the white space can enhance the mood of the house.

Don’t overlook the importance of texture and pattern in creating an interesting interior-design project. These two elements serve to enhance and highlight any attractive design features of the room and add a unique touch to your space. They also can help to balance the many flat surfaces, such as wood and glass, typically found in every room.

High quality paint is a good investment because you need good paint to do a good job. Quality paint will last longer, has better coverage and will save you time and money. This is why you should purchase a solid brand of paint so that your design has longevity.

You probably have at least one small room that you would like to be bigger. Using light-colored paints on the walls can help to give a confined space a less-restricted feeling. You will close in the walls and make your room look small if you use dark colors.

After reading this article you have certainly learned something new about interior design that you had not considered before, even if you have done it before. Now all you need to do is take this knowledge and apply it to you next interior design project so that you get the results you are looking for.

 

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