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Three Things to Consider when Choosing Carpet

Posted June 22, 2018

We are well and truly in the thick of winter now. And what could be more cosy than carpet on a frosty winter’s morning? Or more comfy when you’re playing with your kids on the living room floor?
Carpet trends come and go, but there’s always going to be the need to create softness and warmth at home. So it’s worth investing in carpet that you really love to ensure you get the most out of it. Here's three important things to remember when choosing carpet for your home:

1. Pick colours that will flow
Whether you’re renovating or considering carpet for your brand new home, it's always a good idea to ensure you create a sense of flow and consistency throughout. This will not only create harmony and balance, but will also help rooms flow into each other so they appear less boxy and more spacious, making your home appear larger overall.

2. Balance style with longevity
As with many major purchases, there's a need to balance the latest trends with longevity when it comes to buying carpet.  We're not saying don't buy that bold, colourful carpet you've fallen madly in love with but, if you have a sneaky feeling you might fall back out of love with it again long before you're ready to change it, maybe you need to consider a nice bright rug instead, and stick to a strong neutral for the rest of your flooring?  This is an area where our trained home decor consultants can be really helpful in working through your options - and saving you a lot of money in the long run.

3. Consider your climate
It goes without saying that your flooring choice will be different depending on where you live. Noone would want a thick, heavy carpet in a climate that’s hot and humid.  But here in chilly wintry Christchurch, one of the nicer parts of winter is being able to drop those bare toes onto warm carpet when you first get out of bed on frosty mornings.
However, if you prefer the look and maintenance of, say, timber floors, consider using a rug in winter months rather than carpeting the entire floor, so you can still enjoy the warmth and comfort of carpeting when the thermometer is at its lowest.

There is a lot to think about when buying carpet for your home, and mistakes can be costly!  That's why we always have trained staff on hand, so you can all in, have a chat, and get a good look at the latest products and ideas.  So come on in and see us, we'd love to help!

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We recently had the pleasure of working with Floorpride to address a long-standing frustration we have had about carpeting a large staircase in our Victorian era heritage-listed home 'Woodford', in Christchurch. Mr Joshua Rogers and his contractor, Dave, visited the site and not only were willing to accept the challenges of laying a bordered-pattern Victorian runner-style carpet on the stairs but also offered, and duly executed, a superb and creative laying solution to ensure the result was faithful to the period and laid to the finest standards. The result exceeded our expectations and we would have no hesitation to recommend the Floorpride team to anyone with a heritage carpet requirement or who are seeking to address technical carpet laying needs to exacting standards.

Trevor and Jill Lord, February 2016.