1. Hallways and stairways are perfect areas for strong pattern and colour because they add character to an otherwise unremarkable space. Because you don?t spend any length of time there, the bold statement is easier to live with.
Consider this example: a red carpet runner fitted down the centre of a staircase works beautifully in a home. It looks elegant combined with wood flooring at the bottom of the stairs. Stripes used in the same way would be equally appealing.
2. There?s also an emerging trend of mixing complementary styles within a home whereas previously it was commonplace to opt for one carpet throughout. As carpet starts to spread throughout the home with the resurgence of carpeted living areas over hard flooring, people want to create definition of spaces with a change of colour or style. A subtle way to do this is by choosing carpets that share a colour palette and changing styles throughout the home: soft-cut piles in bedrooms and more practical loop piles and textures in living areas.
3. There?s been a trend towards consumers matching their carpet to their stone/timber/slate flooring as a result of increased open-plan areas.
4. Even neutral-toned carpets are affected by trends in both colour and texture, resulting in a huge range of stylish options. As the average homeowner relocates every seven years, it?s a good bet the range of neutrals now on offer are quite different to the last time you looked.