In Part I of our carpeting trends series, we discussed the trends in color. Bold use of color is the new trend at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the need for neutral carpet has disappeared. Traditional Berber’s and Saxony’s are still popular choices. However, unlike the basic beiges of past decades, recent editions have more texture and patterns. More acute differences in pile cut and depth in loop structures offer a way for neutral carpet to be more visually interesting. Variations in height of loops and sculpted effects of pile will give you a bold look even with a basic color. The design options are seemingly endless, so what textured shapes are hot?
Interior designers love the use of geometric shapes in wall paint, furnishings and artwork frames. Why leave carpet out of the geometric mix? The chevron pattern is still a solid favorite. When incorporated with strong lines of contrasting simple colors, your room is sure to be inviting and aesthetically stimulating. Stripes of contrasting color are on the rise and only getting more popular. Designers are also moving toward bringing the outdoors in with the rise of herringbone, honeycomb and fish scale patterns. Using these designs in carpet is sure to make your home all the “buzz” between your friends.
Designs in organic shapes like leaves and flowers can be woven or applied to wall to wall installations or provide a classy look in area rugs over hard wood. Solid woven patterns in these shapes offer an elemental feel to a room and fuse well with patterned upholstery in furnishings. Layering multiple area rugs that have these sculpted effects and occasionally switching the layers up is a quick way to change up your room while keeping wear off of the exposed areas of layers.