At Floor Coverings International Fargo, our goal is to provide Fargo homeowners with as much information as possible so that they can feel confident in choosing the perfect flooring. But what’s “best” for one person isn’t necessarily best for everyone else—which is why we’re here today with three tips that will help you match your lifestyle to the carpet flooring that truly fits it.
Read on for some helpful tips, and contact us if you have more questions!
Tip 1: Consider Room Traffic
Who is living in your home and how are they using the space? Factors like children, pets, elderly people, and heavy furniture should all have an influence on the type of carpet flooring you choose.
Loop pile carpets like Berber can look great in residential spaces since they don’t show footsteps or vacuum marks, but if you have pets with long claws or if you like to move your furniture frequently, you run the risk of snagging one of the carpet loops and causing it to unravel.
On the other hand, cut pile carpets like plush, saxony, and frieze are all great options if your main concern is comfort. They insulate well and they’re extremely soft to the touch. But if you have many people in your household or if you’re looking to re-carpet a high-traffic area like a hallway or stairs, this won’t be an ideal option.
Tip 2: Appearance & Style
Aside from functionality, most people’s second main concern is appearance. We all want our homes to look good! To that end, while it mainly comes down to personal preference, here are some basic style tips to keep in mind.
Saxony and plush are often associated with a more formal appearance, making them excellent choices for dining rooms and family rooms. On the other hand, frieze (which is a kind of updated, modern take on shag) conveys a more relaxed, casual atmosphere. And while Berber is often associated with commercial spaces, it can be a perfect choice if you like a trendy carpet with pattern or bold prints.
When it comes to choosing a color, keep the 60-30-10 rule in mind. This is a basic guideline for design, which states that 60% of the room should be in a primary color, 30% should be in a secondary color, and 10% should be an accent color that pops out and creates a focal point.
Tip 3: Ease of Care
Finally, take a moment to consider how much time you want to spend on cleaning and maintenance. A dense, cut pile carpet made of synthetic fibers will repel moisture from sinking into the backing, and synthetic fibers can often be treated for extra stain and moisture resistance. In contrast, natural fibers like jute, sisal, seagrass, coir, and wool can look beautiful, but require more caution and care.
Ultimately, you should always incorporate some regular cleaning into your routine—but if you really want a low-maintenance option, try carpet tiles for the ultimate in replaceable, low-stress carpeting.
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With so many considerations, we know it can be tricky to make a selection. That’s why Floor Coverings International Fargo serves Fargo, West Fargo, Cass County and surrounding areas with our mobile showroom, so we can bring our expertise and our amazing selection of flooring materials right to your front door. Conveniently browse through your choices, talk to a design professional, and find the perfect material for your needs and budget. Schedule a free, in-home consultation today!