Updated: Friday, 21 Sep 2012, 9:59 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 21 Sep 2012, 9:59 AM EDT
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Q: I want to completely change my family room; where do I start and what will make a real fashion statement
A: Look under your own two feet and that’s where it all starts. Once you decide on the flooring, everything else revolves around that and will fall into design place. And to really make a fashion statement, try using a patterned carpet or area rug. Choose an animal print for an exotic, sophisticated look or a subtle pattern (see photo) for a contemporary and comfortable feel. What’s on the floor sets the mood for the entire space.
Patterned carpet can be tricky to work with but should be given special attention for many reasons. It’s very practical as it can hide a multitude of spills, spots and wear. It adds detail to a room while bringing character and complexity to the overall look and feel of the room. And don't we all want just a little drama in our rooms?
Designing with pattern does require some careful planning. It would be difficult to make the space work when the carpet, walls and fabrics all have different designs competing with each other. They need to work with each other. If the primary print is big and bold, then consider a simple pattern, such as a check or diamond, for the carpeting. (see photo, courtesy of Stanton Carpet) Scale has to be considered as well – if the carpet has a large scale pattern, other patterns in the room should be smaller. Along those same lines – if the carpet is a floral pattern, other patterns should be smaller prints, stripes and solids for furniture and window treatments.
And I’m sure you’re wondering what some of the favorite colors and patterns of carpeting and fabric are today? We’re seeing beautiful shades of grey, silver and lavender as well as black, gold and rich smoky blues. Geometric patterns are popular, as are floras’ that are soft, pretty and lightweight in scale
Visit Standale Interiors to see the beautiful new wool carpets from Stanton. And for more room setting photos and even more information on using patterned carpet, visit www.stantoncarpet.com and click on Resource Center.
As always, have fun, be bold because this is 4 you!