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The ultimate guide to choosing carpets for your home

  • Textures & Fabrics
Mar 26, 2022
Stylish patterned grey floor carpet for the living room - Beautiful Homes

A carpet or a rug surely transforms the way your space looks and feels. A rug adds a certain definition and maybe even a splash of colour to the space it is installed in

A carpet or a rug can add warmth to the space you install it in. It is one of the quickest and even an effective upgrade options. The change in vibe that comes around after adding a rug or a carpet in a room is so instantaneous that feeling gratified is inevitable. But there are so many questions you might have before you try to pick out a rug or a carpet for rooms. What texture would suit the room’s vibe? Is it the right size? We have compiled answers to all of your questions that you’ll need answered before you roll out that rug onto your floor!

1. Do I Choose a Rug or a Carpet?

Firstly, what is the difference between a rug and a carpet? The answer is simple - it depends on the size. Carpets and rugs are essentially the same thing, except the ones which are larger are called carpets. Traditionally, carpets have sides that measure more than 6 feet. Carpets usually come in square or rectangular shapes, but rugs being smaller, can come in various sizes, forms, shapes and even patterns. In the olden days, carpets were considered floor coverings and used to be installed wall-to-wall. But modern day carpets can be rolled  off and used as a rug. So, this question gets answered based on the size of the room you want to put the rug or carpet in.

Black area rug on a wooden floor - Beautiful Homes

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2. How Do I Choose the Carpet Size?

Whether you choose a carpet or a rug, if it is too small, it will get lost in the room space it is installed in. On the other hand, if you choose a carpet or a rug that’s too large, it’ll feel like an oversized suit and overwhelm the whole room. So what is the ideal size? The answer is that it depends on the situation. Carpeting is simple science. For example:

  • If a carpet for house is being used in an area that involves seating, you should be able to place your furniture on the borders of the carpet, in a way such that at least two of the legs of the furniture are below the carpet.

  • If the  living room, or the seating area has multiple pieces of furniture, you can use multiple rugs to segregate the seating areas in vibe

  • If you are looking to install a carpet or a rug in your dining area, then it should be large enough to cover the entire space when the chairs from the dining set are pulled out.

  • If you are placing the carpet in the bedroom, then at least half of it should go beneath the bed itself.


3. Where Do I Place the Carpet?

Here are some of the best places to have a carpet installed:

Blue floor carpet with a armchair - Beautiful Homes

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  • In a living room, you can have a flooring carpet as the centerpiece, and all furniture could be placed at the borders of your carpet to create a look that feels cohesive. You could also place all the furniture on the floor carpet for living room, as it is large enough to cover the entire room. If that is not possible, as stated above, make sure that at least 2 of the 4 legs of the furniture are on the carpet.

  •  Dining areas are a great spot to put the flooring carpet in. Just make sure that when the chairs are pulled out, there should still be enough carpet around the dining area.
  • You can place your carpet for bedroom, in the living room, and even in a bathroom, according to flooring carpet design principles.
  • You can also place the carpet outdoors, in case you have a porch or a verandah and you intend to class it up. Jute rugs or a small fiber mat at your entrance could also be a game changer when it comes to flooring carpet design.

  • You can also place a designer carpet in the hallway or the foyer. Because of the footfall in these areas, floor carpet design would suggest the carpet needs to be durable and rugged. Thick wool or nylon furnishings would be a good choice for flooring carpet design.
Minimalistic flooring carpet design in the living room - Beautiful Homes

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Muted colour floor carpet for the living room - Beautiful Homes

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4. How Do I Place Carpets in My Living Room?

The living room carpet is the one that is going to be the most used one as the living room is the space in a home that is, more often than not, the most used space in the house. The living room is where most of the living happens - watching TV together, catching up at the end of the day with family, entertaining friends in the event of a house party, family get-togethers etc. Hence, the carpet of choice for your contemporary living room should look the best of all. 

Room carpet design also prescribes that the carpet in your living room should also be durable and sturdy, as it will be the most prone to wear-and-tear. If you have a formal living room that is only in use while entertaining, modern carpet design suggests that a delicate rug like a Persian will add an air of elegance and sophistication to the room and would probably be the best carpet for living room.



5. How Do I Place Carpets in My Dining Room?

 The dining room is used mostly for occasions when the whole family gets together for a meal. The possibility of spillage, hence, is more than usual. For a carpet in the dining room area, you better opt for a darker shade. Floor carpet design would also mandate that the carpet also should be spill-proof, or a shade and material that does not stain. According to modern carpet design, stain-resistant nylon, polypropylene and polyester can be materials that you opt for. These materials are easily washable and are also relatively inexpensive.

6. How Do I Place a Carpet in My Bedroom?

Everyone must have imagined getting out of bed and landing on a plush, soft, and welcoming carpet! This is exactly what you need to keep in mind when installing a carpet for the bedroom. The carpet obviously should be complementary or matching in color tone to the rest of the room. The bedroom being a room where it has the least wear and tear, when it comes to a carpet for bedroom you should opt for lighter materials like cotton or nylon.

Floor carpet for the bedroom matching with bedroom interiors - Beautiful Homes

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At Asian Paints Beautiful Homes, we understand how significant it is to build each corner of your home. You simply need to let us know about the sort of interior design you are looking for, and we will assist you in transforming your vision into reality by fine-tuning your ideas. Whether you want to create more aesthetic appeal or align the vibe of your space with existing structures or play with color combinations or help you with carpet ideas and solutions - we will be able to meet your needs well. We also help with specific furnishings such as carpet design or rug customizations and can guide you through the whole process of selecting or renewing one.


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