Carpet colour ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpeting is one of the largest decorative elements in a room, as important as the colour of the walls and furniture. When choosing your carpet colour, take into consideration the other colours throughout the room. Decide if you prefer a solid or multi-coloured carpet, and choose its colour to accentuate the unique beauty and details of your room.

Match the walls

Perhaps your room contains accessories or decorative items from a different colour scheme to your walls and carpet. To highlight the decorative items within your room, consider matching the colour of your carpet to the colour of your walls. This ensures your decorative items "stand out" in the room -- for example, your room may contain beige walls and carpet, but you decorate your room with bright red items. In this colour scheme, the eye is drawn to the bright red decorative accessories.

Go a shade darker

You may like the rooms in your home to have a neutral colour scheme but worry about stains showing on your carpet. If your walls are painted light colours, consider carpeting a shade or two darker than your wall colour. For example, if your walls are light tan, consider a light brown carpet. A colour scheme using different shades within the same colour family creates a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.

Light colours

In a room with dark walls, consider lighter carpet. Dark colours tend to make a room feel and appear smaller; therefore, installing a lighter shade of carpet will balance the room's appearance and feel. For example, if your room contains dark maroon walls, consider a lighter shade of beige or tan for your carpet. Examples of light-coloured carpet include white, tans, pale blues, pale violet, pinks and pale yellow.

Dark colours

Rooms with light-coloured walls provide an opportunity for darker carpet. Perhaps your room contains white or beige walls; this will allow you limitless colour options for your carpet. Darker shades of carpet hide stains well and do not appear dirty as quickly as lighter shades of carpet. Examples of dark-coloured carpet include dark purple, dark red or maroon, dark browns, dark blue and black.

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Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.