Carpeting can be one of the most difficult components of decorating because there are so many decisions to make: the style of carpetfiber type, pattern, quality, and finally, color. Your lifestyle and the way in which the carpeted room will be used are huge considerations in carpet color. A busy household with kids, pets and working parents doesn’t usually lend itself well to white carpets, which can show soiling more easily than other colors. Additionally Lighter color carpets tend to make rooms look bigger. A quality many small to midsize homeowners appreciate. On the other hand, if you have rooms that you want to feel cozier and snug, darker shades of carpet can create this effect. Typically, the color of your carpet will look lighter once it is installed. Most carpet selections are made from smaller carpet samples, so seeing the color in a large amount in an entire room or home will make it appear lighter. This is especially true if there are bare walls, windows and no furnishings.

Choose your carpet based on the purpose and accessibility of the room. When choosing your carpet, you can base your color choice on what you use the room for. For example, neutral shades are a good choice for living rooms, dining rooms, and offices. However, a saturated hue or bright color may look great in a child’s bedroom or playroom.

Assess how much natural light comes into the room. If your room is very open and airy, the color will look mostly the same as the sample. However, if you are decorating a dark space, the carpet may appear a few shades darker than intended. Keep this in mind when you choose particular hues of carpet.

Pick a carpet color that complements your existing furniture and design. This will depend on your particular paint color, furniture, art, drapes, decorations and personal taste. However, using features in your room is a great way to narrow down color choices. Select a color that is in the same color family as the room, and choose whether or not you want the carpet to be the focus. A taupe tan color is neutral and earthy. This is a tan color with a hint of gray. When shopping for neutral carpet, take sofa cushions or fabrics from furniture where the carpet will be used to make sure the shade of carpet blends well.