Choosing the perfect flooring for a room can be overwhelming. There are so many different choices available to you. How do you know what will look and perform the best? Here are five tips that will help you pick the perfect luxury carpet or flooring for any room.
1. Get Help from a Designer
The first thing you should do is consult with an expert. A good interior designer understands all the different ways colours and textures can work together to make a room fabulous and just as importantly, what combinations to avoid. Many designers have worked with hundreds, or even thousands, or different types of carpets and have forgotten more about flooring than you will ever learn.
A good designer will also ask you questions to help you narrow down exactly what it is that you are looking for. If you don’t have a designer that you have worked with in the past, work with a flooring company that has a designer. The best luxury flooring companies will send a designer to you as part of the process of selecting the perfect carpet or flooring.
2. Look at Carpet Samples in the Actual Room
Looking at samples in a well-lit room or from a catalog can help you get a feel for what you want. But, until you see the carpet in the actual room it will be used, it’s impossible to know how it matches your furnishings and décor.
You don’t have to secure a set of physical samples yourself. Choose a carpet company that has a mobile showroom. The companies that are the most dedicated to customer satisfaction will send you a designer with a set of physical samples as part of a complimentary quote process.
3. Think About How the Room Will be Used
It doesn’t matter if you are selecting flooring for your home or for your business, you need to consider how the room you are working on will be used. Every carpet and floor covering has different properties. Some are better for high-traffic areas than others.
You will want different carpet in an entryway than you will want in an executive suite. You will need much different flooring in a kitchen than in a bedroom. Once you understand how the room will be used, a designer can help you find that right carpet that will compliment your use.
Some materials are much more durable than others and each carpet has a different feel when you walk on it.
4. See How Different Choices Affect Sound in the Room
One of the less appreciated features of carpet in flooring is how they change the acoustics of a room. Thicker, plusher carpet acts as a sound damper while hard floors allow sound to bounce off. Some carpets help a room feel cozier in part because of the way the shape the sound of the room.
However, when it comes to sound it’s not just the carpet that matters. The type of carpet pad used, and the underlying material of the floor will also affect the acoustics of the room. An experienced designer will be able to guide you to choices that reflect your specific needs when it comes to acoustics.
5. Consider How You Will Maintain the Carpet
How much effort do you want to put into maintenance of your flooring? Depending on how you use the room, the specifics of the type carpet material and the weave, and what your personal expectations are will affect how often flooring needs to be cleaned, maintained, or repaired.
For example, high traffic spaces, such as the hallways of an office, do best with carpet tiles. When a tile become worn it can quickly be replaced, without disrupting the rest of the office.
But, most people do not carpet tiles in the formal rooms of their home. Instead, they want carpet that looks and feels like a single piece. If this kind of carpet becomes damaged or stained, repairing it is a more involved process.
The best choice for you will depend on how often you want to deal with maintenance issues and how likely an issue is to surface.
Pearson Floor Coverings is a family owned high-end flooring company with over 35 years of experience. We offer a complimentary quote process where we send an experienced designer with our mobile showroom to your home or business to make sure you find the perfect carpet or flooring.