If you are ready to dig your toes into something cushy at home, we’ve got brilliant news. Carpeting is making a comeback. And thanks to the latest manufacturing technologies it is softer and more durable than ever.
While carpet in neutral tones is the enduring favorite, the newest styles are available in a broad range of spectacular colors and eye-popping patterns.
Worried about that new carpet smell? These days there are plenty of low-VOC or “eco-friendly” options that will not stink up your home with toxic odors. Just as terrific, some of our top choices are a cinch to clean. Here is a good look at the latest carpet trends.
Best Neutral Carpet Color
When it comes to carpeting, flint gray is the new beige. Here a nylon carpet in the shade lends softness and style to a modern farmhouse inspired den by the interior design firm, NK Living.
Compared to other types of carpet materials such as wool or polyester, nylon is the overwhelming favorite because it is reasonably low maintenance. For the most bang for your bucks look for nylon carpeting made of a proprietary blend of fibers that resists spills, dirt, and dander.
Best Animal Print Carpet
Animal prints are back in a big way, but you can leave those zebra or leopard patterns in the early aughts. Fawn print carpeting, as shown on this staircase spotted on The Zhush, is one of the chicest carpet trends of the year.
Showstopping Patterned Carpet
Natural and Sustainable Sisal Carpet
The demand for green flooring is growing. That is why many homeowners who prefer something made of natural materials are installing sisal carpeting.
Woven from plant fibers extracted from a succulent called Agave Sisalana, this type of carpet is a top eco-friendly pick because it is both sustainable and biodegradable. Options that come coated with a fire-retardant and stain-resistant sealer are an excellent choice for high traffic areas.
Sisal carpet typically has a ropelike texture and depending on the weave it can feel a little scratchy to those with sensitive feet. To soften things up, consider topping off with a flokati rug as shown in this bedroom by Zoe Feldman Interior Design.
Get Creative With Colorful Carpet Tiles
We are huge fans of carpet tiles because you can mix and match them to create unique patterns. Case in point, this lovely floor covering spotted on Instagram. It was designed using square carpet tiles by Flor. They stick to hard floors using a removable, nontoxic adhesive. When it is time for a good cleaning, you can wash each tile in the sink.
Bold Floral Patterns are Back
Fannie Allen Design
We admit it takes a little courage to break the golden rules of decorating. But when it is done right, it can pay off stylishly as shown in this eclectic living room by Fannie Allen Design.
Typically it is best to balance a large-scale print in a space with a few pint-size ones. But here the interior designer successfully pairs a bold and trendy floral carpet with a striking swirl print sofa.
Carpet is Ideal for Bedrooms and Nurseries
Carpeting is an excellent sound absorber making it ideal for bedrooms. The stylish, geometric carpet in this nursery by David Moore Architecture and Design softens the noise made by tiptoeing parents.
Antelope Print Carpet
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, the interior designer behind The English Room, says she is a huge fan of animal print floor coverings because they camouflage dirt. Her family-friendly living room features an on-trend antelope print carpet.
Bold Geometric Pattern Carpet
If you love floor tile with bold, geometric patterns, behold this carpet installed by The Flooring Group. The colorful carpeting by Liberty London Fabrics compliments the tone of the natural wood floors.
This neutral bedroom by Homepolish interior designer, Jordan Shields features a custom carpet in a pretty speckled animal print.
Buffalo Plaid Carpet is On-Trend
It is hard not to love this buffalo plaid carpet in the stylist, Emily Henderson’s office. It was created using Flor carpet tiles in three different colors: white, gray, and blue.
Bring Outdoor Carpeting Inside
The architecture firm, McBride Charles Ryan made one client’s home a little more inviting by installing stylish, outdoor carpet in the entryway. The weather-resistant carpeting strands up to dirt and moisturizer and is a snap to spot clean. Even better, many types of outdoor carpeting are incredibly soft so there are plenty of options that will feel great underfoot.
Carpet Inspired by a Knitting Pattern
The hottest carpet styles are all about pattern and color. A, for instance, is this recent installation by Ocean Flooring. The carpet is from the Quirky B collection by Liberty London Fabrics. If you are not in the know, the company is world renowned for their colorful patterned textiles. This carpet style called Fair Isle is based on the classic, knitting technique that bears the same name.
By Deirdre Sullivan