Living room with dark wall to wall carpeting

Decorating your living room goes beyond choosing paint colors and the perfect furniture — you also need to choose the right carpet color.

How to... Select carpet

Since carpet is a permanent and expensive choice to make, here are a few tips to help you in your difficult decision.

Step 1: The heart of your home

You carpet is the heart of your home. It sets the tone for the room you are choosing the carpet for, especially in your living room. Since you spend a lot of your time in the living room as a family, think of a color that is going to adhere to your family's vibe. Are you lively in your living room, or is it a room that you all like to use as a place of rest and relaxation?

Step 2: Color trends

Look into various color trends that are hot in the home market! Knowing what's popular and having an idea of exactly what is out there will give you a better idea of what you are looking for. Start Pinning ideas, so that you know the trends that you like and see what is similar in your various color combos.

Step 3: Usage

Choosing a color has a lot to do with the various elements that the carpet is going to be exposed to. Choose a darker color if you have young children to hide the inevitable stains and spills. If you have pets, think of what might hide dirt or mud tracks. If none of the above applies to you, think of parties, guests, shoes, etc.

Step 4: Long lasting

Since the color of your carpet is something that you will have around for a long time, choose something that will stand the test of time. If you just began going for the gray trend, choosing a gray carpet may not be ideal. Picking a color that will last, and not something that you will grow tired of, is definitely your best bet when choosing the right color carpet for your living room.

Step 5: Family input

If at a loss when choosing your carpet color, take a family vote! Since you all are going to utilize the carpet, it may be best to find out what your family is thinking would best suit the space. Look at samples together and talk it through. Maybe you'll find something you like that you didn't notice before-hand.

Need help finding the perfect color for your living room? Check out Stainmaster's Room Designer, equipped with a color wheel, various styles and textures. A great accessory to find any room's perfect fit >>

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