How to match carpet colors in a virtual room

Updated February 21, 2017

Choosing colours for any kind of room decor has always been a triumph of the imagination. Heretofore, a homeowner had to visualise how floor colour, wall colour, or window covering would look in a room by staring at an inches-long swatch or paint chip. These day, virtual room decorating tools do the imagining for you. With the click of a mouse, see on your computer screen how a carpet colour will look against furnishings, window coverings, and other design elements. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

Find a virtual room decorating tool. Many home decor retailer sites offer them. You might also purchase software to install on your home computer.

Select a room. Most virtual decorating tools will allow you to choose from among such rooms as the living room, family room, or bedroom. If you can actually upload a image of the room you are planning to carpet, so much the better. Otherwise, look for an online virtual room that closely approximates the room in your home that needs carpeting.

Choose a carpet colour. An online swatch selector will allow you to choose from among available colours. As you click on the online sample, the carpet in the virtual room will reflect your selection.

Switch carpet colour selections until you arrive at a favourite. You can try every available colour, or switch among two or three key selections. Take your time with this process. You will have to live with the choice for some time.

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