Carpet: A Taste for Texture
I’ve been taking a very close look at carpet lately. Very soon we’re going to be in a position to start carpeting the country cottage, and the vast choice available at Carpetright is enough to make the mind boggle. We’ve toyed briefly with the idea of introducing some tartan pattern in a kind of highland lodge sort of way. Just think what fun we could have with stags heads, log baskets and chunky knits. Then we considered one of the many jewel like colours that tempted us like sweets in an old fashioned sweet shop. Sometimes an unexpected jolt of colour can be fun and uplifting, don’t you think? In the end we (I keep saying ‘we’ but actually I mean ‘I’) decided that a neutral colour would be best after all. As long as it had texture.
A textured carpet has all the advantages of fitted carpet – it’s warm underfoot, it creates a feeling of comfort, it absorbs sound, and it just denotes luxury. But it also has a few added benefits when considering it from a design point of view.
Carpetright Leeds textured loop carpet – adds interest to a neutral scheme
Textured carpet can add a lot of interest to a neutral scheme. Sometimes using a restrained colour palette across walls, furniture and flooring can result in a room that is rather dull. It may be easy on the eye, and easy to coordinate, but it can also be uninspiring and well, boring. But that’s easy to remedy, and textured carpet can be one way of introducing another element into the room. Add a few other textured accessories with cushions, throws, baskets and different woods and you’re well on the way to a decorative scheme that is much more interesting.
Carpetright Country Life sisal carpet – adds a rustic feel to a period room
Textured carpet can introduce a rustic element into a room. This is the main reason I’ll be using it in the cottage. A smooth, velvety carpet would just look out of place in a country setting. And this is also true of a period home. Some chunky texture on the floor is much more in keeping and reminiscent of the type of flooring that would have been used in the past. Sisal is such a practical option too. It’s much more forgiving of muddy boots and (in my house) muddy dogs paws. It’s also incredibly hard wearing. Much more practical for a cottage that will eventually be seeing the coming and going of holiday makers on a weekly basis.
Carpetright Earths Core textured carpet adds a natural element to a garden room
Textured carpet also looks good in rooms where you might not expect to see carpet. Sometimes we have to be practical and considerate of our neighbours. Flat dwellers may yearn to have wooden floors and painted stairs, but the sound deadening advantages of carpet has its advantages. You might expect a hard tiled floor in a garden room but sometimes large windows and tiles can be cold and unwelcoming in the colder months. A textured carpet on the other hand is soft and welcoming all year round.
And as if that wasn’t enough reasons to develop a taste for texture, there’s also the sheer good looks element too. Up close, you want to feel with your hands, kick off your shoes, and revel in the soft springiness. Personally I want to ignore the sofa and sprawl on the floor instead. A pile of magazines, a box of chocolates and a roaring fire and I may stay there until spring.
This post was written in collaboration with Carpetright. All views are my own.