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What Has Replaced Shag Carpeting?

Copyright (c) 2014 Eli Gali

Are you old enough to remember shag carpeting? It seems like it only came in two colors, perfectly putrid pumpkin and two toned stringy green. Instead of good vacuum cleaners, people actually had carpeting rakes that would make the pile stand up. We have come a long way...

Today's flooring stores are showing the latest in 2014 carpet flooring trends. Both builders and decorators have used plain, neutral colors as a backdrop for more interesting fabrics and textures in upholstered furniture. But now they are adding interest to the modern neutral carpet.

Berbers were a great choice for people who wanted a more expensive carpet. But even though it had texture, it was generally the oatmeal or neutral beige. Flooring stores are now showing Berbers with more texture and pattern. Variation in height and sculptured effects offer a bolder look. Even the more traditional Berbers offer more visual interest with more extreme differences in pile cut and thicker, deeper loop textures.

The term neutral has changed somewhat. Color sprinkled against a neutral background adds interest and dimension while it helps mask spots and spills. Flecks of color are now appearing against tan, beige, and cream backgrounds as well as in the "new neutrals" of soft greens, pale yellows, and shades of blue.

A major shift in new products is toward layered color and soft texture in carpet. A combination of texture and pattern will always be popular because it minimizes soil and vacuum marks. But the other advantage is that color and texture offer more distinctive styling and fashion appeal. For a wall-to-wall color statement, traditional Saxony and textured Saxony offer the broadest selections.These new products are changing the public's perception of carpet as only a background to showcase other furnishings to the possibility that the carpet itself can become a design focus.

Your sales person at your favorite flooring store will be more than happy to show you what is new for 2014. Some homeowners want to stick with the tried and true beige low pile carpeting while others who are updating and remodeling what a more modern appeal.

Carpet can now be found in rich colors, patterns and textures. Bold browns, avocado greens and rich reds are a few examples of colors being introduced to the decorating world. You can also find carpet in subtle patterns or bold patterns. Frieze textures (a shorter version of the shag, with extra twist) is one example of carpet that offers a subtle pattern effect. A bolder pattern may be something like a beige carpet with green spirals woven throughout.

Carpet flooring is making a (slow) come back and this is due, in part, to the explosion of color plus texture. It's true that wood and tile flooring can give us texture, but it's not the luxurious kind that you can feel and see.

Going green continues to be a huge issue, especially now that global warming has brought on such extremes in this winter's weather. This is the largest growing trend and the there is no projected slow-down in the forecast. Eco friendly products continue to grow- including carpeting. There is now eco and human-friendly carpeting that is recyclable at no cost to the consumer. Since 1948, family-owned Atlas Floors Carpet One has been the premiere floor supplier and installer of quality hardwood, ceramic tile, carpet, vinyl and laminate flooring and more for local homes and businesses in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Best San Antonio Flooring Company.

Original article published on amazines.com

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