Our Guide to Getting Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Right

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

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Since the over-the-top use of carpet in the 1970s and 80s, it has been somewhat out of vogue. But like everything else in the 70s, carpeting is back stronger than ever, and you can now use it in your home without feeling passé.

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Wall-to-Wall carpet is great for covering ugly floors, as well as for creating acoustic barriers and keeping your tootsies warm in the bedroom. Done right, carpeting can be a great addition to your home… just avoid the icky carpeted bathrooms!

Types of Carpets

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Wall-to-Wall carpet can be great in bedrooms, especially in kids' rooms, as they often need something soft and cushy when they're playing on the floor, or taking lots of spills when learning how to crawl and walk. As bedrooms are one of the cosiest rooms in the house, don’t be afraid to opt in for a higher pile carpet to capitalise on comfort and warmth. Remember that the floor in your bedroom will be the first thing your toes touch in the morning… If you're like me, and hate those cold winter mornings, a nice plush carpet underfoot makes a world of difference!

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For public areas with lots of foot-traffic, ensure you select carpeting that will last. Flatweaves can be used in high traffic areas for durability, while also creating a nice streamlined look. If you're like me and like the look of seagrass, but fear it's too scratchy, just layer a velvety soft rug on top for extra comfort and texture. Remember that carpeting can also be used on stairways for added comfort. While Wall-to-Wall carpeted stairways may look a tad outdated, a runner carefully tacked to each stair not only looks fabulous, but feels wonderful underfoot.

Colour & Design

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When choosing Wall-to-Wall carpet for any room of the house, it’s important that you go for a cohesive look that won’t clash with the rest of your decor. If you've ever ventured into a casino, you'll see very bold patterns and colours on the floor, usually in an effort to hide stains. This is something to keep in mind when selecting your carpet. A nice herringbone weave is subtle, timeless and will create a cohesive, visually expanded, and textured look, especially if you are using it in an open plan layout. Just remember, if your carpet is too dark, every piece of lint, dust, or light dog hair will shine bright. If your carpet is too light, every stain will be on display. Opt for something neutral and don't forget to scotch-guard.

Layering Rugs

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While many designers use rugs over tiled or timber floors, there’s no rule against using rugs over carpet too. Layering rugs can be a great way to accent a room while also adding texture and warmth.

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Take time to consider the placement of your rug in relation to your furniture - you don’t want a rug in a corner unattached to anything else in the room. Consider placing a rug either under furniture or in front of your room’s centrepiece to balance the feel of the room. Aligning a large rug with your main lounge or couch is ideal in a living room, while the foot of the bed works best in a master bedroom.

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If you’re considering layering multiple rugs on top of one another, do so thoughtfully and sparingly - the last thing you want is your living room looking like a rug-selling bazaar! If you do plan on adding a rug over carpet, low-pile Wall-to-Wall carpet is your best bet, so that your rug can sit flat without struggling against a plush carpet underneath.

While there’s certainly many carpeting faux pas, done right Wall-to-Wall carpeting can add warmth and comfort to your home, while a layered rug or two can accent a room, often-times being the perfect final touch when designing a space. If you’re considering Wall-to-Wall carpets in your house, drop us a line so we discuss the perfect options for you!

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