How to choose the right carpet color

Choosing the right colour carpet seems like it should be easy. However, it's a big decision because once it's installed, you'll be living with it for years to come. Important considerations are the use of the space, existing colour schemes and price. Colour choices are diverse and include the muted shades of the new, eco-friendly woven wool and Berbers. You can also select colours in checkerboard patterns, stripe patterns and feminine florals.

Play it safe with beige or light brown carpeting. These colours look great with white walls and work with most colours, even if your couch is green or red. If you have pets, let's face it: A beige carpet with a mottled, spotty texture would be a very good choice.

Choose a shade within your existing or planned colour theme. For example, if your walls are a light shade of taupe, choose a slightly darker shade of taupe for your carpeting to create a rich, multilayer statement. With dark-coloured walls such as cranberry or dark green, use a lighter colour rug, otherwise the room will appear to shrink.

Make a colour choice that is relatively neutral, unless you have a specific use that calls for bright colours. A game room, for instance, might look great with a red or black carpet.

Try a carpeting colour visualizer. They're available online and allow you to choose wall colours, carpeting colours and textures for any room in your house. See Resources below.

Visit a carpeting retailer. Bring some carpeting samples home and lay them around on the floor you plan to cover. Make a choice based on how the carpet samples work with wall colours, your personal preferences, cost, and type of room.

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Ingrid Hansen has been published in "Twin Cities Business" magazine, the "Murphy Reporter," "Twin Cities Parent" magazine and the "Southwest Journal" newspaper. She has also written more than 30 non-fiction books for the K-12 library and education market, and has been a subject matter expert and a course designer for online college curriculum. She teaches English Composition at a local college, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hamline University.