Want to know how to choose carpet for your family home and make the right choice?
There’s lots to know when it comes to carpet. How do you choose from all the different types, and understand all the terminology?
In this episode, I speak with Frances Cosway. Frances is an interior designer, principal of White Pebble Interiors, and author of “Your Forever Home”. We dive into the topic of carpets, and cover a range of industry information that’s critical to making an informed and confident choice for your home.
During our conversation, we dive into …
- the different types of carpet available
- what terminology you need to understand to make confident choices
- understanding density so you can choose durable carpet
- mistakes people make that mean disappointment or extra cost
Carpet can be a fantastic, comfortable and relaxing choice in a family home. Having carpet flooring makes rooms more comfortable, absorbs more sound, and makes lying on the floor much more enjoyable! However, it’s a flooring surface that can show stains, be difficult to clean and horrible to maintain.
With lots of materials to choose from, I’ve seen homeowners choose synthetic carpets with treated with a stain guard or similar treatment, mistakenly believing it will perform better over the long term. Or picking a pile type because they think it will look plush and velvety in their home, and then finding it causes huge and frustrating issues with how it shows up foot traffic and marks over time.
Many homeowners are worried about choosing carpet because of allergies, dust mites, problems with it getting eaten by moths, or issues around keep it clean when you have small kids and pets.
These can be valid concerns. Some Building Biologists, health-focussed Interior Designers and Wells Certified Architects completely recommend against carpet as a flooring choice. And so it’s worth understanding your own family, your specific needs and getting advice on that basis.
However, if you are wanting carpet as a flooring type, then it’s essential you know specific things about the different types, the terminology associated with pile and density, and the various other key things to know about this flooring type.
We’re going to share some of the key tricks to know when choosing carpet. I hope you enjoy this episode. Listen now.
INTERIOR DESIGN 101: GAIN CLARITY AND CONFIDENCE FOR THE INTERIOR DESIGN OF YOUR FUTURE HOME
Would you like to simplify your choices, and have total clarity and confidence that your interior design will help create your beautiful, functional, feel-good home?
Interior Design 101 is a self-study, DIY program. It contains the full version of all interviews from the podcast, plus extra content specifically created for Interior Design 101.
In this full interview featured inside Interior Design 101, Frances and I also talk about understanding the role underlay performs in the durability and luxuriousness of your carpet. We share some insider tricks to upgrading the whole feel of your carpet without changing what you spend by understanding weight and pile type, as well as information on the types of pile to never use in a family home!
We also talk about where to locate carpet in your home, and ways you can use carpet well to save money in your overall budget, without compromising the feel or functionality of your home.
You’ll also find full transcripts, videos, checklists, guides and so much good stuff to support you in the Interior Design of your renovation, new home or smaller project.
Interior Design 101 has been designed to help you gain clarity and confidence in all those selections and decisions you need to make for the finishes, fixtures, colours, materials and items you’ll be living with everyday.
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:
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Frances Cosway’s book, “Your Forever Home” >>> CLICK HERE
Learn more about carpet from the Carpet Institute of Australia >>> CLICK HERE
To learn more about the self-study, online program, Interior Design 101 >>> CLICK HERE