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Choosing your The endless design possibilities and show-stopping styles have led to a carpet revolution in recent months. A new carpet can change a room’s whole look, not to mention the choice of fabrics and furniture. The same basic rules apply to carpet colours as to those for soft furnishings – light carpet will make a room look bigger while dark colours will make your room look smaller but will mask dirt. a pattern does add visual interest to the floor, but remember to think carefully about the room in question before getting too bold! If you are mixing patterned carpet with pattern on walls or soft furnishings, ensure that both have one common colour so that you get a harmonious overall look. | SLUG| carpet Cushion it Decent underlay can make a carpet feel ultra luxurious A thick underlay reduces noise and improves insulation. This is used to cushion the ooring boards, increase their durability and provide sound insulation. There are several di erent grades, ranging from thin sheets of closed-cell polythene foam, costing from £1 per square metre, to felt underlay with a silver foil layer, costing around £6 per square metre. Sarah says... ‘Carpet is cool again. I’ve always thought carpets were a smart move. A good quality tted carpet with a decent underlay provides fantastic insulation against cold air from the ground.’ Bold colours or patterned designs? PLAIN CARPET is timeless and will suit any room or decorating style. It gives you greater flexibility with wallpaper and fabrics and is easy to build schemes around – both now and in the future. A plain style carpet also opens up a room, and using the same colour throughout the house, either upstairs or downstairs, gives a feeling of space and linkage between rooms. If you want a surface texture, such as the popular ‘natural look’ that replicates coir and sisal, then it has to be plain carpet. PATTERNED CARPET is, however, staging a comeback with fashionled designs that really do make the floor a focal point. On a practical level, it can also hide a multitude of sins. Whether a contemporary design, classic floral or small motif, NEUTRAL SHADES are also easy to build schemes around. A plain, natural colour is clean and simple but neutral shades do tend to show stains and marks. Nontraditionalists like to blend these passive shades with bright wallpaper and soft furnishings. Those who want to be calm without being dull, cool but not cold, use soft neutrals, gentle greens and natural shades, particularly where you want to give a feeling of space. Warm, earthy colours that are fiery and passionate create a sense of luxurious intimacy and are well suited to large rooms and those that are north facing. TEXTURES add a different dimension to carpet, creating depth of colour and a pattern in themselves. Loop-pile carpets that emulate fashionable floor coverings are still going strong. ✱ Contemporary and modern MAY 2011 | 227

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011

Editor’s letter
A word from Sarah
Spring sensation
Big-name bedrooms
Brilliant buys for your home
House talk
Home horrors
Areas on the up
Property perfectionist
Mortgage mania
Solicitor’s service
a penny for your thouGhts
Housing hotshot
Wise up
Flying the nest
Making the ideal become real
Boost your build
Feeling lofty
Garden plotting
When cracks appear
Window shopping
Stay toasty
Warm up
Success story
Top transformation
Greenovate your home
Eco boost
Organic ignition
Green queens
Solve those dilemmas
Splash of colour
Bed down in style
Lounge around
Kitchens and bathrooms
Bubble up
Shower power
Instant illumination
Floor wars
The carpet market
Tip-top tiles
Tools of the trade
Fresh air furnishings
Grill thrills
Picnic perfect
Green supreme
Diary date
Kerb appeal
Up top
Brick cladding
Groovy garages
Lodge life
Go your own way
Car booty
Clock ticker
Coming soon
On the list
Listed lovelies

AT Home with Sarah Beeny - May 2011