Here on the Life in Color blog we love to talk architecture, paint, surfaces and materials but we have been neglecting something. We have discussed wood floors, ceramic tile and even stained concrete but today is devoted to a long loved flooring, the carpet.
|Aerial view of US Farmland carpet by Florian Pucher|
|Carpet tiles via Interface|
For the more creative among us there are carpet tiles. Not only can you mix and match the tiles giving you a paint like level of creative control, the carpet tiles are modular . Like area rugs you can switch them our by season or when you want a new look.
This area rug demonstrates the visual success an area rug over existing carpet can create. Vibrant color draws the eye making the airy room feel more grounded. The addition of the bold zigzag in eye popping red makes this not just another bedroom, but someones favorite room in the house. When all you have is beige carpet sometimes and area rug is the perfect addition to make a space fell like home. Area rugs are the oldest form of carpet in the world and while today most are made with computerized looms, the originals were and still are made by hand. While definitely a bigger investment that their modern counterparts these rugs are beautiful and traditional. When sourced through the right importers, these rugs help sustain the craftsman and women whose families have been making rugs in Iran and surrounding areas since ancient times.
Traditional woven rugs have inspired some astounding outdoor installations including this famous example: The Brussels Flower Carpet. This installation is created every two years in the Grand Place Square, in the the center of Brussels.
When you are looking to recolor your home, of course take time to consider the walls but floors too need some attention. What kind of carpets cozy up you space?
- Emily Eifler, Writer, Colour Studio
- Jill Pilaroscia, Principal, Colour Studio