As a kid, if you know Roy G. Biv, you know color. But as you get older, color isn’t quite so simple anymore, especially when it comes to decorating your home. In fact, the human eye can distinguish over 6 million different hues! Oatmeal, Bagel, French Vanilla…no we’re not talking about breakfast items, but color swatches, all of which may appear remarkably similar. Color can affect the mood, tone, and function of a room, and is usually the most important element in a decorating scheme. And because color is so important, we want to give you a few pointers that may help in your color selection process, especially when choosing carpet.
First, it’s important to touch on the three general color areas- warm, cool, and neutral. Warm colors, like orange and red, create a more lively, exciting feeling and emotional response. Family rooms, kitchens, and casual entertaining areas are the more popular areas to display these colors. Cool colors, like pale greens and blues, elicit a more restful, serene aura, and are often used in more formal rooms and bedrooms. Neutral colors, like beige and taupe, actually work both ways because they compliment the other colors in a room, making them an appropriate carpet choice for any room in the house.
When considering the color of carpeting, it is important to look at the room structure itself. Small, narrow rooms will appear more spacious with a neutral carpet that subtly blends with the wall. Lighter carpets will also capture more light, adding airiness to the room. Likewise, a large or disproportioned room can become cozier with a strong color that contrasts the wall. A well-planned carpet color can enhance the positive features of your room and even make up for some architectural limitations.
The selection of carpet color is an integral part of your home’s design strategy. If color is still a little overwhelming, fear not! Your Pizazz design consultant can help navigate you through the color selection process and collaborate with you to create a design plan you’ll love.