Carpets add copious amounts of comfort and warmth to a room, however how do you make sure you choose the right colour for your home? Interior decorator and Home Beautiful stylist, Tahn Scoon shares her top tips…
Think about how the room will be used. A master bedroom that receives minimum foot traffic (and that foot traffic being predominately of the bare-footed variety) will handle a lush creamy carpet, such as Serenity Utopia Bliss or, on the other end of the spectrum, the dark, decadent hues of Serenity Utopia Atlantis.
However, very light carpets will not stand up well to muddy foot and paw prints in high traffic areas, such as hallways and living spaces – and very dark carpets will show up any excess fluff and animal hair. Therefore, in high traffic areas – in the interests of easy maintenance, definitely opt for a mid-toned carpet. Try Serenity Arcadia in Galaxy, Atlas or Seascape.
Your Overall Scheme.
Consider your existing colour palette. Is it warm, with plenty of creamy whites, ecru, chocolate and timber – or cool, with a predominance of brilliant white, grey, charcoal and steel? Stick to one palette. Warm colours in the Serenity Eden range for example include Divine, Odyssey and Pandorum – whilst cool hues include Smoke, Mystical and Shangri-La.
To determine whether to purchase a lighter or darker shade, take into consideration the depth of colour of the other main elements in the room. For example, if you have a light grey sofa, teaming it with light grey carpet will look bland – you need to vary the shade by opting for either a mid-grey or charcoal carpet. Conversely, a dark sofa will look better with a light carpet. Vary your shades.
Continuity or Contrast?
If you have a small home it will look bigger if you introduce continuity. That is, select the same wall colour, floor colour and finishes throughout the entire home. In terms of carpet choice this means selecting the colour that best matches the hard floors in your home (mid-chocolate carpet to work back with mid-toned timber floor – or a warm cream carpet to work back with sandstone-coloured tiles, and so on).
However, if you have a more spacious home and want to delineate different zones or simply want to create a little drama – a contrasting carpet colour will do the trick. You might consider Serenity Eden Blest for example as a stair runner – the rich berry tones would pop beautifully against dark timber floors (and it is super durable to boot!).
What to take to the Showroom
When shopping for carpet, always take paint chips, fabric cuttings, wallpaper samples and pictures into the showroom with you. Though it may be hard at first to determine whether you have a warm or cool scheme – or whether you need a lighter or darker shade to go with your sofa, bed linen or wall colour – if you have plenty of samples and pics, there will always be people on hand to help. Happy Decorating!
Tahn’s Top 5 Carpet Colours
- Serenity Utopia Bliss – a soft, neutral cream perfect for a master bedroom
- Serenity Utopia Atlantis – for a dark, moody hue that’s not too dark. A warm charcoal rather than a true black.
- Serenity Eden Pandorum – a warm mid-toned taupe, which teams beautifully with timber. Perfect for open plan living areas.
- Serenity Nirvana Element – a green-based taupe, suitable for nature-inspired contemporary interiors.
- Serenity Arcadia Seascape – reminiscent of softly lit sand, this hue will inspire a sense of calm. Teams well with pale timber and linen.