Carpet: A Taste for Texture

Carpetright Earths core textured carpet adds a natural element [2]

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

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

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

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.

Carpetright Earths core textured carpet adds a natural element [1]

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.

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24 Comments

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    Jen Stanbrook (@lovechicliving)

    December 15, 2015

    Having just searched for stairs carpets recently I agree, texture is great and sits well with all kinds of decor.

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      deardesigner

      December 15, 2015

      I’ve gone for a chunky one for the cottage as it was the closest thing to rustic I could find whilst still being practical. Looking forward to seeing yours Jen 🙂

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    Maxine Brady

    December 13, 2015

    Hey – I’ve do got a carpet post on the way. I’m researching for my landing and my bedrooms but it is so hard to pick one when there are so many lovely designs. Greta post – make sure you enter it into the Carpet Awards for 2016 – I’ve asked Rupert Anton to do an award for blogger!

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      I’ll look out for that Maxine. Thanks x

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    geraldine

    December 13, 2015

    Lovely post Carole. My home is all floorboards but I do like the cosy comfort feel of carpet too. Love the styling of the first image.

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it G? x

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    Becky

    December 13, 2015

    oh I like this a lot adds real depth to the room and looks v cosy

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      Thanks Becky 🙂

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    Antonia Ludden

    December 12, 2015

    I really, really like all those carpets, Carole. After a long hiatus, I think I’m ready to embrace a carpeted floor once again!

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      I know what you mean Antonia. I still have hard floors downstairs but for the bedrooms nothing really beats carpet. x

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    Abby

    December 12, 2015

    It’s a lovely texture. And surprisingly it fits all the rooms. Nice, I’ll consider it when I’ll go for redecoration of my home.

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      Glad to be of service Abby 🙂

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    Rachel @ Fresh Design

    December 12, 2015

    Another big thumbs up for textured carpets from me! They’re great for adding a bit of interest to the floor.

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      deardesigner

      December 13, 2015

      My thoughts exactly Rachel x

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    Sue

    December 11, 2015

    I really like these textured carpets- thanks for sharing. I’m normally a bare floorboards and rugs kinda gal but would consider these in the future

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2015

      Glad you like them Susie. x

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    Stacey Sheppard

    December 11, 2015

    I live in a flat Carole so wooden floors are out for me. We recarpeted when we moved in but had to opt for something hardwearing rather than deep and luxurious to withstand the sticky mits of weaning children. Can’t wait to invest in something more textured and luxurious though.

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      deardesigner

      December 12, 2015

      Don’t blame you Stacey for going down the practical route with sticky mits around. I just have to be totally practical these days because of a big dog lol x

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    Kate

    December 11, 2015

    Love that lead image Carole – all the plants, sophisticated blue walls & string shelving 🙂

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      deardesigner

      December 11, 2015

      Me too. I could move right in 🙂

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    Arianna

    December 11, 2015

    Love a textured carpet – brings the room to life! Lovely post hun!

    A x

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      deardesigner

      December 11, 2015

      Thanks Sweetie xx

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    Amanda

    December 11, 2015

    Some really lovely choices. We are just looking at re-carpeting our stairs and landing. I’m hankering for colour, I wonder if I dare!

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      deardesigner

      December 11, 2015

      That would be very brave Amanda 🙂 I used to have stripes on the stairs and loved it x

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