Interior Decorating 101 — Your Carpet is a Blank Canvas

happy dog placing his face on the home carpetWhen designing the interior of our homes, it is easy to get caught up in the most obvious ascetic details. Wall color, lighting fixtures, and furniture styles tend to preoccupy our attention. We spend a great deal of time and money making sure these major style elements contribute to the overall look we are attempting to achieve. While these more obvious features are undoubtedly important to pay attention to while interior decorating, however, many people overlook one of the most significant features of the room: the floors. Whether you choose carpet, hardwood, or tile, your choice will have a significant impact on the design of your home. The team at Casa Carpets and Tile is ready to help!

Floor Up Decorating

Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our floors, but we should. Floors may not be the focal piece of any certain room. They do, however, serve as a canvas for our creativity and set the tone for the whole home. Professional interior designers are well aware of this fact. They have created several design techniques that start with the floor. “Floor up” decorating, for example, is an interior design practice in which the flooring choice helps determine the other design elements in the room.

Selecting Flooring

To select flooring for a given room, professional interior decorators suggest that homeowners begin by thinking through a few questions.

  1. What is the function of this room?
  2. Will there be light or heavy traffic here?
  3. Does this room have direct access to the outside?
  4. What overall style should this room achieve?

Answering these questions will help homeowners determine which type of flooring works best for each room. If the room functions as a playroom for children, for example, it may be best to select a soft, durable carpet that is comfortable to sit on and easy to clean. If the room is reserved for dinner parties, on the other hand, homeowners may want to choose flooring that is chic and can withstand the occasionally spilled glass of wine.

Building Up

After selecting flooring, homeowners can begin selecting other design elements that match. If soft, neutral carpet is selected, the homeowners have freedom to add splashes of color to their walls and furniture. If the homeowners choose to place a vibrant, antique area rug over hardwood floors, the other design elements in the room may need to be slightly subtle so the rug is highlighted. It is important to remember that the interior design process is highly subjective and very trial-by-error. Keep rearranging things until you have it just how you like it. It is your home, after all!

Carpet, Tile, and More

As you can see, selecting flooring first gives people a boost in the design process by allowing them something to build upon. With Casa Carpet’s wide array of carpet, tile, and wood selections, it will be easy for you to find a flooring option that suits your needs, lifestyle and personal taste. Stop by one of our two El Paso locations to check out our inventory and get the design process started!


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