lounge carpetCarpets are the traditional interior design choice for living rooms. They are cosy underfoot, warm and inviting. The choice of colours and patterns are seemingly endless, as are the textures and qualities. Carpets can be a popular family choice, as it’s comfortable to sit on and young children won’t get hurt if they fall over.

If you want to go for a bold choice of colour, ensure you have thoroughly thought it through first. Deep colours make a space seem smaller and affect your mood. Light colours will open a space up, but are also prone to stains. Patterns and flecks can hide a multitude of sins such as stains and the odd crumb!

Wool carpets will provide you with the best quality, but also carry the higher price tag. A wool and nylon blend carpet may be a more affordable choice. Wool is generally considered the best quality and will hold up well against a high footfall, however it can be hard to remove stains and can be prone to fading from sunlight.

If you have small children, a continually muddy dog, a messy teenager, or you simply don’t want to worry about the inevitable red wine spillage, then look towards man-made fibres. They aren’t always eco-friendly, but can be reasonably priced and very enduring against all of life’s little accidents. Acrylic, polyester and polypropylene are all good options, unfortunately the pile will not hold up as well to heavy footfall as a wool carpet.

You also need to consider the type of person that you are. Will this floor be down until it wears out, or are you likely to tire of it in a couple of years and want a complete change?

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