As homeowners flirt with any number of flooring options, they look to carpet which offers alluring beauty, reassuring strength and sensuous softness.
The latest offerings in carpet mirror the season: lavish colors, intricate patterns, lush textures and greater abundance.
Featuring light taupes and shades of gray, the “new neutrals” are cooler and definitely nature inspired. Smoky blue, soft sea grass and straw yellow…Neutrals are colors around which you can sign just about anything and not worry about color clash or fear that you are not in the current color compliance!
Neutrals now boast greater complexity, such as subtle shading, variations in color value or the introduction of complementary color points that naturally reach out to other elements, highlighting, coordinating and integrating design features.
What about nature-inspired colors? They encourage the creative independence of today’s consumer. Muted earth tones – wheat, terracotta, sage green and slate blue – are quietly evocative, while jewel tones – garnet reds, jade greens, cobalt blues and even purples like amethyst and jasper – are bold and vibrant.
Elegant patterns, many on a larger scale, have definitely charmed designers, ranging from organics (florals and vines and trellises) to tweeds and hounds-tooth (boasting expanded color palettes) to sophisticated, contemporary geometrics. Stripes add refined style to living areas and classic elegance to hallways. Stripes can also add striking dimension and continuity when carried through a hallway and p a flight of stairs.
Designers this year are particularly smitten with the richer and more varied visual textures offered by manufacturers, ranging from subtle two-tone and even tri-tone patterns to bolder designs with more intense colors.