Choosing A New Carpet For Your Home
When it comes to selecting carpet for your new home or remodeling project, you know you’re making a decorating investment that you’ll want to enjoy for many years. At Interiors & Textiles, our design staff specializes in helping you make a more informed choice and navigate the many options available to you – many of which you may not realize exist.
Carpet Style and Material
Selecting the right carpet requires matching the type of carpet to the setting. In higher traffic areas, a harder wearing carpet will last longer and look great with less maintenance. In living areas, bedrooms and dens, a softer carpet is often desired. An additional consideration is the atmosphere and theme of the room: Plush carpets add luxury and formality to grand rooms and reception areas. For more casual settings, a less dense cut-pile carpet will provide a softer, more comfortable surface. Wool carpet is generally the most luxurious, but innovations in man-made materials have also lead to innovations in durability, softness, eco-friendliness and stain resistance for those selecting another carpet fiber. If you haven’t been carpet shopping for a while, you should definitely stop by our showroom and feel the textures and pile options for yourself.
Colors, Patterns & Décor
A carpet is not just a floor covering – it is the foundation of the décor of a room. The colors, shades, patterns and textures all work together to form the basis of the room’s personality. Many people select neutral earth-tones for general carpeting, however when it comes to decorating rooms with specific colors, or brighter rooms such as kids rooms, the range of colors available becomes important. This is where visiting a specialist carpet store, such as Interiors & Textiles, is essential. You will find that big-box DIY stores and carpet warehouses are unable to offer the same range and variety of rich color and details that will perfectly match your space. You may also want to consider whether you want wall-to-wall fitted carpeting, known as broadloom carpet or whether area rugs may be better suited to your room. Many people don’t realize that custom area rugs can be made using the same material as broadloom carpet. If you already have a finished hardwood floor, consider a custom sized and professionally finished area rug using your selected carpet style.
Quality, Budget and Warranties
With our huge range of carpets, we are certain to have something that fits your budget. Carpets come in a variety of materials and quality to meet your need and budget. The longest lasting, most luxurious, and softest material is premium wool carpet. The natural fibers are crush resistant, naturally fireproof and provides for a great looking carpet. As you would expect, this type of luxury comes at a price and may not fit all budgets. Synthetic and wool-blend carpets are available at a wide range of price points, from low-end carpet suitable for short-term installations or rental properties, through to more luxurious textures. The warranty available on carpeting generally aligns with the cost. Higher quality carpets tend to have longer warranties, often in the 10 – 20 year range. Most warranties cover wear on the carpet, with some materials, such as SmartStrand, providing warranty coverage for liquid stains too.
Installation & Cushioning
High quality installation is just as important as the quality of the carpet that you select. Even the most expensive carpet choice can be ruined in the hands of an inexperienced or sloppy installer. For instance, many carpet installations require “seaming” (joining together of multiple pieces), which requires precision cutting and expert joining to ensure the seam remains as invisible to the naked eye as possible. Additionally, since carpet is manufactured on a loom, it is directional and will look different depending on the way it is positioned. A skilled installer will know the best layout for the carpet relative to entryways and room shape, and will be able to install the new carpet for the best possible look, and properly installed to avoid lumps, riding and uneven stretching that will deteriorate the fit over time. Along with the installation goes the choice of cushion that is placed under the carpet. A poor quality cushion will ruin the comfort and reduce the lifespan of a good quality carpet. Our experts can help select the most appropriate and cost effective cushion for your new carpet.
Buy From An Expert
At Interiors & Textiles, we aim to help you choose the correct carpet for your home that will suit your lifestyle and needs. We can make sure your home reflects your style – make a statement with the perfect carpet, and build the foundation of any truly great room. We carry a wide selection of colors, fibers, textures and prices to suit every application. With so many options and choices to make, it makes sense to work with an expert who will help you from selection to installation, every step of the way. Whether you’re building a new home or redesigning an existing one, you want to make sure the look is just right. Call (650) 493-1700 for an appointment with one of our designers, and visit our showroom.