What Colour Carpet Goes With White Walls?
White is a pretty standard wall colour. In fact, we are prepared to bet that a vast majority of walls are white. But the same cannot be said about carpets. Carpets come in so many different colours, shades, and textures, that it’s hard to say what is the most common type. And as you’ve no doubt witnessed first hand, some carpet colours go much better with white walls than others. So how can you make sure that your carpet colours go well with the interior colours scheme of your home? Believe it or not, there’s a bit of a knack. And to get it right, there’re a few things you should know.
Carpet-wall colour combinations vary depending on décor – here’s what to consider first
Colour schemes have a documented psychological effect. Some colours tend to certain moods, while others contribute to feelings of relaxation. Some colours stimulate, and other colours have the opposite effect. If you choose a certain colour to cover your floors, chances are it will affect your state of mind subtly. Our advice: use that to your advantage! Think about things like where you live, the climate, the purpose of each room in your home, and how you like to feel overall. If you are an energetic person, maybe a bright and flashy carpet colour is ideal. If you like to take it easy, perhaps go for something a little more neutral.
The shag pile rule: don’t follow the latest carpet colours just because they’re ‘in’ now!
Everyone remembers fondly the bizarre 70s trend of shagpile carpet. Looking back, it’s so easy to wonder what on earth everyone was thinking. But at the time, it took the world by storm – and that’s just the nature of trends. Even now, we are probably knee deep in some trend that we will look back on in the future and cringe. Our advice: steer clear of it! Just because something is ‘in’ now, doesn’t mean that it will be in the future. We recommend sticking to the basics and going for carpet and wall colour combinations that you truly like.
Dark or light carpet colours – which should you choose with white walls?
We mentioned the moody effect of carpet colours earlier, so let’s see how that applies to darks and lights. Dark carpet colours absorb light, and with it, the feeling of space. In other words, dark carpet colours make rooms feel smaller. That may seem suboptimal, but for bedrooms and studies that often helps you achieve a feeling of comfort and cosiness. Light colours have the opposite effect – they reflect light and contribute to a feeling of spaciousness.
Bright or neutral carpet colours – which should you choose with white walls?
Neutral tones give a feeling of understated elegance. As a result, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with neutral carpet colours and white walls. However, if you want to spice things up then bright colours can be fantastic. We recommend asking for expert opinions though, just to ensure that your colour scheme or décor isn’t upset by any colour imbalances.
Finally, remember that carpets might cop a few stains: choose carpet colours accordingly!
On a final note, don’t forget about your carpet’s purpose! It’s inevitable that, over its lifetime, your carpet will cop a stain or two. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to lessen the impact. Darker and neutral tones are best for stain resistance. They don’t show bright stains as clearly, and help you get away with tainted carpet for a little longer. But there are plenty of great stain resistant carpet varieties available if you want bright colours.
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