Choosing Carpet Colors for Your Home
"Use your color. Many of us tend to love one particular color throughout our life. Use it – it's yours! You can feel confident that you will enjoy being surrounded by your favorite hues. If you love blue, choose it without fear."
The following tips may help you choose the right carpet for the rooms in your home:
Level of traffic - The more your carpet will be walked across, the more danger of spills, stains and tracked-in dirt. Lighter carpets can be treated to be more stain resistant, but the less expensive ones will still show wear and tear faster than darker-colored rugs. If you have pets or non-paved outdoor areas, more dirt will be tracked in than if you live on a paved lot. Hallways and all-purpose living areas tend to take the worst beating. Most carpet - of any color - is not recommended for kitchen use.
Use of space - Do you want your carpet to brighten up a dark room or tone down a too-light space? Red is a perfect choice for darker family rooms, living rooms and hallways. It wears well and tends not to show stains as badly as some of the lighter colors. For rooms that have excessive sunlight, you will need to also think about fading, a problem that is more obvious with dark carpets.
Personality match - Does the rug color match your personality? Casual, more-relaxed people tend to favor the warmer colors and earth tones. Detail-oriented people, on the other hand, often prefer blues, blacks, whites, grays and jewel tones. Do you feel more comfortable walking in rooms whose rugs are in one color family or the other?
Design match - Do you want a carpet that blends in to your overall fashion design or one that makes its own fashion statement? Every room needs one main focal point. Your rug can be that point or it can support another object such as a painting or piece of furniture. You just don't want the carpet competing, or your room will feel too busy and confusing.
If all else fails - Choose beige. It is a safe color that goes well with white walls but also works with other colors. A mottled light brown rug will camouflage pet activities and stand up well to daily wear. You really can't go wrong with beige.