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Makeover In Your Future

Posted on: Thursday, February 2, 2012

Start With Your Carpet 

2012 Color Forecast: Look to Carpet for Color Inspiration

In his December 9, 2011 column titled A makeover in your future for the Dalton Daily Citizen, Carpet and Rug Institute president Werner Braun talks about a an article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune on color forecasts for 2012, titled Color Trends for 2012  and how we can look to carpet to help us ring in the new year in colorful new ways.

“On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, what about this one: Next year, I will update my home’s atmosphere with new carpet, paint and furniture, and as 2012 approaches, the Carpet and Rug Institute wants to help you do just that — beginning with your floor.

Floor coverings are one of the most dominant fashion statements for an indoor setting. Colors and patterns in a carpet can create a distinctive atmosphere, serve a practical purpose and send a message.

Color selection of carpet is as diverse as the imagination can provide. A recent article in the Chicago Tribune discussed the color trends for 2012. Beige will be vamped up with shades of teal, dusky red, plum, charcoal and dark navy, and there will be a shift from pale neutrals toward deeper tans and taupe.

The New Year will also bring quiet colors such as neutral Earth tones, like blue and green, which help create a soothing effect or a corporate look. Warmer colors, like variations of rose, mauve and shades of orange, create a mood of energy and vitality. Also, don’t be scared to experiment with metal shades, like gold, silver and bronze.

There are other components to consider when sprucing up your floor for the New Year, such as colors that mask wear and tear. Mid-range colors and multicolor blends are best for hiding soil near entrances. Medium and darker colors, tweeds and textures are good at hiding soil in high-traffic areas. There are also new stain and soil resistant technologies that help to make today’s lighter color carpets much easier to clean, allowing for more design options.

Carpet is also being produced to coordinate with other interior finishes such as laminates, upholstery, natural stones, wall coverings and paint, and many carpet manufacturers will produce custom colors and constructions to meet individual specifications for design coordination.

So if you’re still undecided about your New Year’s resolution this year, it isn’t too late to decide that a little home or business makeover is just the pledge you need to start off 2012. New colors and bold textures can add beauty and style to help represent a company’s desired corporate culture or a home’s inviting environment. Say goodbye to beige, and hello to 2012 — and gold, charcoal gray and mauve.”

Thank you, Werner!

Bethany 

 

Source: CRI Blog