Working With Patterned Carpet: A Designer's Perspective
Flooring is the cornerstone of any design scheme. Once you decide on the carpeting or rug, then the wall color, window treatment, fabrics and furnishings can fall into place. Flooring is also an integral ingredient in setting the style of a room: Choose an animal print, like Habitat from the Atelier collection, for an exotic, sophisticated look; or Whittier from the Pacific Heights collection for a more transitional and comfortable look. What's on the floor-whether it's a solid color or an elaborate pattern-will create the mood for an entire space.
Pattern is an important consideration when choosing a carpet and there are many reasons to give it special attention. Practically speaking, it can hide a multitude of spills, spots and wear. Even a subtle pattern, created by varying textures for example, will help to conceal blemishes. Pattern adds detail to a room, whether it's geometric, floral or a simple check. It also brings character and complexity to the overall design.
Some patterns complement certain furniture styles. Geometric patterns, for example, are often used in the Art Deco style; look at Halcyon in the Wiltrex collection or Revere in the Sterling collection. A formal, traditional room will have carpeting with a classic, decorative pattern like Montpelier from the Royal Pavilion collection—such timeless designs are often similar to those found in antique Oriental and European rugs. In a room with modern furniture, carpeting will suit the look when it has clean lines and simplicity as found in North Shore from the Chesapeake collection.