From vibrant colours to compelling modern patterns, carpets are on trend again! Scroll through our gallery to see four different styles and read five top tips from Robert Anton, consultant to the Carpet Foundation, for choosing the right carpet for your home
1 For busy areas of the home that take a lot of wear and tear, such as the hallway, stairs or landing, opt for a wool-mix blend – with added nylon, for example – that has a heavy pile. Wool is resilient due to its fibres’ inherent ability to bounce back and recover from the pressure of foot traffic. It is also naturally spill- and dirt-resistant, and takes dye well.
2 The more luxurious or deeper a carpet’s pile, the more carefully you will have to look after it. There are many styles of weave to choose from, including twist and velvet piles. All vary in terms of softness and practicality.
3 Hire a professional to fit your carpet. It is a skilled job and it is important to get it right. A well-fitted carpet will not only look better, but it will last longer. A fitter will make sure that the sub-floor is level and smooth before fitting your chosen design, and take care of details such as ensuring the pile all goes in the same direction.
4 Applying a new underlay is vital for the carpet to sit properly and wear evenly. Just as you wouldn’t buy a new car without ensuring that it had new tyres, so you shouldn’t buy a carpet without fresh underlay. It improves the feel of the carpet underfoot and increases heat and sound insulation. Carpet and underlay are now compatible with underfloor heating, too.
5 When inevitable spills do occur, act quickly to reduce the chance of a lasting stain. Always blot (rather than rub) any spillages first, then carefully apply a cleaning agent with a cloth and dry with a hairdryer.
Words: Alex Kristal