For many of us, choosing flooring and carpets for your home is very easy. Some of us just find the right carpet they like the look of without considering all the benefits or setbacks that certain flooring styles can bring to your home. Choosing a carpet is much more than that.
When choosing between the flooring options for your home, there are many factors to take into consideration. While you may find some flooring or carpet that you think would look fantastic, it might not be the best choice practically for the way your room is actually used. To ensure that your home flooring creates the perfect look and feel for your home, along with being the best practical choice for the room, there are 5 essential things to think about.
Colour is often the first consideration for people when selecting a carpet or floor covering, but the colour of the carpet affects much more than just the appearance of the room. The colour of your floor will influence how spacious your room appears; for example, a dark colour will make the room appear smaller than it is, while a lighter carpet can open up the space. Darker carpets, on the other hand, can conceal stains and dirt better than lighter carpets and can maintain a wear-free look for longer, although this may also mean you will be less aware of the carpet’s condition and will be less likely to clean it as often.
One of the most important things to think about when choosing a floor for your room is the foot traffic. How much is this room walked through on a day to day basis? We recommend using twist pile carpets for high traffic areas to maximise the amount of time that your carpet feels new underfoot. Twist pile carpets are made by twisting the threads of the carpet together to form a more durable, hardwearing, coarser feeling. It may be tempting to buy the lushest and thickest carpets for in every room, but when a room receives a lot of traffic, a more durable floor is your best bet.
If your space also serves as a home for the family cat or dog, there are a few additional factors to remember. when choosing carpet for a bedroom that also serves as the primary habitat for the family cat, your lovely new luxury “expensive” carpet is at risk of being destroyed by the cat’s sharp claws, which will most likely cause its claws to get trapped around the carpet’s longer threads. Twist pile carpets are a safe choice for pet-occupied rooms to prevent this, but loop pile carpets are known to hide stains better than twist pile and carpets. So, if your dog brings mud from the garden into the house, a loop pile carpet would be easier to scrub.
How well would your flooring insulate the space is a significant factor to remember. Is one of your rooms notorious for retaining heat? Because of its thickness, a Saxony carpet would be a good option. Is your bedroom always smelling like a greenhouse? Perhaps a thinner carpet or vinyl floor will help to keep it cool. You will discover that using flooring as another type of heat insulation will help you save money in the long run by reducing excessive energy usage.
One could argue that the most important thing to think about when decorating your home is what you want it to feel like, and the flooring choices you make will play a major part in deciding this. Underfoot feel, colour and insulation all contribute to this, so when choosing a floor, try and balance out these three factors to determine what you can expect from what certain floor will bring to your rooms. Unfortunately, this is not an exact science, as two totally different types of floor can make a room feel the same way but for different reasons.
With around a quarter of a century’s worth of experience dealing with all kinds of carpet installations, at MG’s Carpets & Rugs we are the perfect place to turn for all your carpeting needs in and around the area of Newport. From choosing the exact design of carpet to one that has a patterned weave and sumptuous texture, we have everything that you might need. Along with our expert advice covering the best sorts of floor coverings for each of your home’s or office’s rooms, we also provide a highly professional fitting service. If you are looking for just one carpet for a single room or new carpets for your entire floor space, everything is taken care of