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Matching Carpet Colour

Matching Carpet Colour

So many of us are always undecided on what colour carpet to buy or what type of flooring is best. Here at Urmston Carpets we can go through what suits you and what colours can match your décor. We do a variety of flooring and styles for example see our website for information on Carpets, Carpet Remnants, Laminate Flooring, Vinyl Flooring and Hard Flooring.

Below is an article going through how to choose your flooring and how to decide which colours or style is best for the room you are looking to re-floor.

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Carpet Colour Selection

In buying carpet, the first consideration for most carpet buyers is carpet colour. This is typically due to decoration decisions and matching paint colours, already in place. However, by placing carpet colour selection as the primary decision in buying carpet, carpet performance may suffer.

In choosing carpet colour, you should first determine how permanent the carpet installation will be. If your plans are to replace the carpet in a few years, when you redecorate (the average consumer replaces carpet every 7-8 years), choose a bold, balanced palette. If you are preparing the home for resell, you may choose to select a neutral palette, or one in which the new owners can easily manipulate their current decorating choices. It is always recommended that you replace existing carpet, prior to resell, because new carpet is always a positive selling feature.

In buying carpet, make sure you evaluate local soiling conditions. The next question you want to answer is your decorating style. You want to pick a colour that you want to accentuate in the colour palette. Paint colours should contrast the carpet colour more on contrast later.

What are you going to keep and what are you going to buy?

Are you planning to buy new furniture, repaint, or change the curtains? Furniture should probably be your first colour decision because furniture is highly limited in colour choices. Carpet is the next most limited, and paint colours are infinite. In fact, with paint, you can take a piece of carpet, pillow, or fabric to your local paint shop and they can match the colour identically. Make sure you take colour samples home and view under a variety of lighting conditions.

Adjacent Room Colours

Make sure you evaluate how carpet colour in one room will affect transitions to other rooms. What do you hope to accomplish with room decoration. Darker colours make a large room cosier, while lighter ones expand room size. Darker carpet, medium shade walls, and white ceilings tend to balance your room size. If you want to lower your ceilings, try tinting ceiling paint colour to 25% of your wall colour and lighten your carpet colour. Lengthen a room by painting one wall lighter than the side walls. In theory, dark walls and dark carpet make a room appear smaller. Light carpet, white ceilings, and mid tone walls make a room seem larger and airier.

The Colour Wheel

The colour wheel is an ingenious invention for those of us who are colour challenged. Its makes colour matching a lot easier. Sir Isaac Newton invented the colour wheel shortly after he was thumped on the head with an apple and discovered gravity.

Complementary colours are any two colours that are directly opposite one another on the colour wheel. In theory, two complementary colours mixed together in equal amounts will produce grey. Picture all colours all positioned on a globe, such as the earth. The north pole would be white. The South Pole would be white, while the equator would be grey or grey-like. All other colours fall somewhere in between.

So what does all this have to do with matching carpet colour?

Colours on the colour wheel are divided into Primary colours (RYB), Secondary colours (violet, green, orange–obtained by mixing equal amounts of primary colours) and tertiary colours (red-orange, yellow-green, mixing primary colours with adjacent secondary colours). Blacks, browns, and greys are obtained by mixing combinations of secondary and tertiary colours.

Complementary colours are located opposite each other on the colour wheel; for example – red and green, yellow and violet. Each colour brings out the richness in the other. When using complementary colours, one colour should be subtle and the other colour should be more dominant. For example, an intense, dark violet should be paired with a medium to light yellow.

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