Now more than ever we are seeing the importance of creating homes that act as a safe haven for our families. As we go through this tough time together, I’m glad we can take a moment to appreciate the little things, and reflect on how we can help our families (especially the children) feel a little safer in a turbulent time.
As our family has been staying home in the last couple weeks during the Coronavirus outbreak, I’ve found a new appreciation for the design choices I’ve made that allow us to be comfortable and cozy.
Today I thought I would share one of those design choices I have never regretted, and talk about the beauty of carpet in our spaces.
*This post is sponsored by our friends at The Carpet & Rug Institute, the leading experts on all things carpet!
Carpeting is in style, and not a moment too soon for this family! Never once have we lost our love for carpet, because of it’s undeniable comfort under foot.
However, there are a myriad of other reasons carpet is my go-to choice when designing a space…
If you love the feel of carpet, but aren’t sure it’s for your home, I’m sharing my top 5 reasons I love carpet in my home. Today, we’re going to explore the beauty of carpet in the home.
#1. It’s Comfortable & Soft Underfoot
Once I asked my husband if he wanted me to consider installing wood floors in our bedroom… he looked at me like I was crazy and said “why do you hate my feet?”.
There is no doubt that our primary reason to love our carpeting is how soft and comfortable it is under foot. There is no denying that nothing is quite as pleasant to walk on than a carpeted floor.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that my bare feet on a hard ground hurts my feet and aggravates my back. Thankfully the extra padding under carpeting allows me to walk around without having to don special padded shoes.
#2. It Makes A Design Statement
Don’t think you are going to sacrifice design for comfort. It is absolutely not true… with all the designer carpeting styles out there, the options for color, style, and pattern are endless!
As crazy as it sounds, every bedroom in our home has slightly different carpet, and it looks amazing! Why? Because carpet, like every other design decision, should be a statement in the space. If every room has it’s unique decor style, then why not it’s own designer carpeting style?
The trick to keep the whole house cohesive rather than looking like a patchwork is the transition between the rooms. Additionally, keep the carpet color fairly cohesive throughout and simply change the pattern style.
>> Tour our whole house and see the bedrooms here
#3. It Works For The Way We Live
It’s not unusual to find one of my daughters sprawled on the floor, reading a book, or working on a project. For whatever reason, they prefer the floor…
That makes a warm, comfortable, padding flooring a priority. No cold hard floors in these girls bedrooms! It’s important to design for the way we live!
#4. It Keeps The Noise To A Dull Roar
I have three girls, and let me tell you, when they are chatting, giggling, and having a good time, they get loud! When you work from home like I do, noise reduction is the holy grail of productivity.
Between the carpet and pad beneath, it acts like much like sound proofing barriers do, and helps keep that noise down to a more dull roar. Especially between our upstairs and downstairs!
#5. Carpet Reduces Allergens In The Air
I have quite a few allergies and sensitivities, so to stay misery-free, allergen reduction becomes an important part of my life.
Most people don’t realize this, but carpeting actually helps capture more of the particles and dust mites that are circulated through the air. Once trapped, less of it is in the air and can be readily disposed of with regular cleaning, such as vacuuming. And since we are always running ceiling fans in our home, carpeting was a must!
Of course, I’m not the expert when it comes to this topic… The Carpet & Rug Institute is the resident expert on all things carpets. You’ll find information on how and why carpeting is good for indoor air quality, and more.
I hope this inspires you to love your spaces, design for the life you live, and don’t be afraid to embrace carpet!
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Thank you for pointing out the benefits of carpet. I have it in the living room and two bedrooms. I was reminded of the safety, warmth and benefits and I, for one, look at my carpet with new appreciation!
I thought I preferred hardwoods until I bought a house with carpeting. As the owner of 5 cats, my last house always had a cloud of fur floating around. Now with carpeting, the hair (and corresponding dust) is trapped in the carpet until I vacuum it up. It doesn’t get easily agitated just by walking around. And the cats love it. They can run around without sliding all over the place.
I too love carpet! Have it in every bedroom and hallways. Main room have large area rugs. Cozy, warm and comfortable. I love your seersucker bedspread also! Where can I purchase it? Thanks for the info.
While I love the feel of carpet, I’m sensitive to the off gassing of its VOCs. Gives me a headache and I get flu-like symptoms like achy joints, chills, and fatigue.Which is why I always put down hard surfaces like tile and wood. I do put down rugs, but they have to be wool or some other natural material.
I didn’t know about #5, that carpet’s better for allergies. I’d always heard the opposite, that they can harbor allergens. Do you check for VOCs with your carpets? Or are your carpets wool? Carpets can evidently off gas for up to 5 years!
Karen A Hanzel
I didn’t offend you in some way with my comment–surprised I am not seeing it here.
Lol! No, not at all! Thank you for the kind compliments, and for sharing!!
It just took me a minute to pop in and approve all my comments for the day. Helps prevent the hundreds of spam comments that come from bots. 😉 Thanks for following along with my adventures here!
Karen A Hanzel
I was browsing through showroom carpet sites this morning –something that I find relaxing during this crazy time –and your article popped up when I searched for “I love carpet.” What a nice gift to see such an enthusiastic article. They are hard to come by, and I appreciate your unapologetic perspective.
After teaching in a classroom with a hard floor for over 25 years, my carpet choice boils down to one word: pampered.
The picture with your girls gathered on the carpet reminds me of why I love the combination of carpet and family. You see, our house is fairly small, but from time to time I am reminded of how my house “lives larger” with wall to wall carpet. There have been up to a dozen or more kids and adults on the floor during family gatherings while they are generally relaxing with activities like playing board games and looking at family albums –always with a couple of big kids and adults leaning back against a sofa or chair much like your daughter in her bedroom.
I really enjoyed your home tour and appreciate your subtle approach to an uncluttered yet cozy home. Count me as a new subscriber : )
Couldn’t agree more. I never, ever, ever, ever understood the love for hard surfaces in the home. Wood for floors when you could have carpet. Tile when you could have vinyl. Stone countertops when you could have laminate (breaking dishes isn’t a fun past time of mine). I genuinely cannot understand why anyone would choose a surface that is uncomfortable at best (wood floors) and dangerous at worst (stone, tile, etc). A coworker had her daughter call her while she was at work in a very confused state. She went home to figure out what was going on. Her daughter (young and healthy!) had slipped on the tile floor in the bathroom while stepping out of the bathtub and crashed against the edge of the bathtub. It caused permanent brain damage. And that was someone young and healthy, imagine yourself when you get stiffer and older and can’t recover from a fall so easily! I just can’t understand it. The only explanation I can come up with is that because the safe materials aren’t expensive, people like to look down their nose on them. I am team carpet all the way, never wavered on this, never will. I was just admiring some of the beautiful patterned carpet at Home Depot before COVID-19 broke out. Thanks for making a post trying to rouse some sense into people. 😉
Oh my goodness, the thought of a young one slipping like that is terrifying! I definitely love the comfort and safety of carpeting…Thanks for sharing!
I am looking for the table with the puzzle drawer. Please send information on how I can purchase it.
You can find the tutorial to build it here: https://homemadebycarmona.com/diy-coffee-table-with-pullouts/