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Our Guide to Getting Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Right

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Contemporary master bedroom with black drapes, white windows. A black box frame king size bed with white quilt cover, and grey patterned throw cushions. Brass lamps on white side tables. Crystal chandelier. Black suede and brass arm chairs and small chaise and ottoman at the foot of bed. Faux animal hide layered on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.

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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.

Pink wall-to-wall carpeting in a 1980s bathroom. Complete with a step up pink bathtub, light timber built-ins and a pink sink in the glamour vanity with hollywood lights on top of the mirror.

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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

Black bunk beds with grey, white and yellow bedding. Modern boy's room. Collection of hats hanging on the wall as functional decoration, including a hard had and firefighter's hat. White drapes and white paper style pendant. Wall-to-wall carpeting layered with a grey and white diamond rug. Toys on the floor, and a timber mid-century dresser with books and globe on top.

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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!

Charcoal striped, grey herringbone flatweave carpet runner on top of timber stairs. White and timber balustrade. White walls with narrow timber mouldings and white staircase window lets in natural light.

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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

Large master walk-in closet with grey tartan wall-to-wall carpeting. Deep green campaign style island in the middle of the closet with brass hardware and a marble top. Exposed timber built-ins for clothes and white ceiling pendant with down lights.

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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

Spanish revival style living room. Exposed dark timber ceiling beams. Large steel doors opening to an outdoor patio with a woman walking by. Two fiddle leaf plants and white drapes flank the doors. Camel-beige leather chair faces a white sofa with white cushions and throw. A dark timber rectangle coffee table sits on top of a deep pink and blue persian style rug.

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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.

Guest bedroom with a queen bed with a timber footboard and white bedding with a mix of tartan throw cushions. Above bed is a gallery wall of mixed media art on white walls. Timber ceiling and timber and brass ceiling pendant light. White drapes over french doors. White carpet on the floor layered with a blue, black and white aztec patterned rug at the foot of the bed.

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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.

A Little girl's room with the name Ella in a all caps brass lettering hanging over the head of the bed. Light pink, blues and green flowers printed on wallpaper adorne the feature wall behind the bed. The bed is white metal with white bedding and pink and grey throw cushions. White whimsical side tables with matching metal lamps flank the bed and a matching dresser with decorative birdcages sit adjacent to the bed. On the floor sits a child's glamping stye tent decorated with faux plants and flowers. Inside the ten sits a mongolian lamb throw and cushions. The floor covering is wall-to-wall taupe carpeting layered with a bohemian Turkish style rug with pinks and blues.

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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!

Millennial woman residential interior designer based on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, Australia. She is wearing a white and grey tweed blazer with a white cami underneath, jeans and black framed glasses. Her hair is dark blonde and she is smiling with her legs crossed and her arm rested on a marble and walnut side table surrounded by native Australian flowers and plants. A watercolor abstract painting in a matted and brass frame hangs on the wall behind her as do charcoal drapes.

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