By Hebe Hatton published
Bedroom carpet ideas, in fact really carpet in any room, has had a bit of a bad rap in recent years. There's just something about wall-to-wall carpet, everyone at one point was obsessed with ripping it up and dancing with excitement when it revealed 'rustic' wooden boards or original tiles. And if nothing worthy appeared under the carpets, down went the LVT or engineered wood. Carpet just wasn't an option.
Now we can understand carpet in a bathroom is something we hope never returns, but carpets in our comfier living spaces like living rooms and bedrooms is making a strong comeback. So to pay homage to this once shunned flooring choice's resurgence we've rounded up all our favorite bedroom ideas that prove carpets are a stylish and cozy addition to your space.
1. Keep it subtle and simple
See, carpets can be just as subtle and stylish as your whitewashed floorboards, plus they and a coziness and a softness underfoot you don't get with hard floors. If you are dubious about embracing wall-to-wall carpet pick a neutral color – whites, creams, light greys – they all add a calming feel and can be a backdrop for any color scheme too. And isn't it just so luxurious to have pale carpets? Sinking your feet into pale cushioned flooring is so reminiscent of hotel rooms.
'In any interior scheme, neutral colors and the comforting texture of carpet brings a feeling of softness and calm.' says Jodie Hatton of Brintons. 'These are best suited to rooms where you spend a lot of time, such as a bedroom, where relaxing is key to creating a happy space. The texture of the carpet is also key to preventing the overall neutral scheme from looking flat. Where an alternative flooring like wood or tiles might make a room feel stark and bare, a soft woven wool carpet, layered with accessories in cashmere, mohair, and linen will all work to soften a look to create an inviting space.'
2. Mix and match
And at the opposite end of the spectrum, carpets are ideal if you are a lover of maximalist interiors. Why ignore the floor when you are layering up patterns? It can add just as much pattern and texture as wallpaper and is the perfect place to introduce a clashing print.
Jenna Kane, Product Developer at Kersaint Cobb says that 'statement flooring within bedrooms is being seen more and more, as the trend for teaming luxurious materials with vibrant hues increases in popularity. A deep, rich colored carpet is the perfect way to inject a touch of character.'
And this bedroom is definitely full of character. Covered literally floor to ceiling in House of Hackney prints it's the perfect example of carpets have shed their dated skin and can add so much interest and personality to a room.
3. Choose a natural fibre carpet
Sisal carpets are about the only carpet material and style that has been acceptable in recent years. These on-trend natural fiber floorings look almost like large area rugs, adding just the right amount of texture and neutral tones for a room. They are simple, low-pile designs that are perfect for more minimalist or rustic bedrooms. And they are a practical choice too, perfect for high-traffic areas as they are hardwearing and stain-resistant.
If you want to add a touch more comfort underfoot try layering smaller, softer rugs either side of the bed.
4. Turn your bedroom floor into art
We've all seen painterly rugs grace the floors (and even the walls) of stylish homes for years now and in the right setting these more statement, colorful designs can work just as well with fitted carpets. If you don't want a bold bedroom carpet to overwhelm the space, the key is to key the rest of the room minimal and monochrome.
Now, we aren't saying a faux sheep is minimal, but look at the rest of the space. The dusky pink from the carpet is used on the walls, for the curtains and the upholstery of the chaise. The space still feels calm and inviting, despite the brilliantly whacky carpet.
5. Add a thick velvet carpet for extra softness underfoot
Plush carpets, the ones your toes disappear into, are perfect for a bedroom. A chunky loop or a thick velvet-like pile adds an instant luxurious feel to any space and again there's that hotel feel as you pad around your cushy floors.
When it comes to color, solid is best with thicker carpets. And you can't go wrong with an ever-popular neutral like grey. As Jemma Dayman of Carpetright says 'Given that the bedroom is our sanctuary, a calm space where we retreat to for rest, recuperation and to recover, it’s no surprise that this soothing neutral hue is our go-to color choice. Offering sophistication and versatility, grey works well as a neutral base, creating a warm or cool aesthetic, depending on the undertone of the chosen shade. Not only does a good quality grey carpet create a calming feel in a bedroom, but it also a durable flooring option that will stand the test of time in terms of style and wear.'
And by opting for such a timeless neutral color for your bedroom flooring, you can refresh the scheme as often as your tastes and trends change.
6. Fake a carpet with a large area rug
So you ripped up your bedroom carpet already and now you want back in on the trend. Or if you rent and want to cover up some inherited flooring. Area rugs are the way. Big big rugs that go underneath all of your furniture and almost touch the sides of the room will create the look of wall-to-wall carpet with you having to commit to having it fitted. Add to the allusion by layering rugs on top of your larger rug just as you would a carpet.
'If you are looking for an easier alternative to a full carpet install, layering a couple of rugs in your bedroom will work a treat as another option. Stylistically and while still adding the ultimate cozy feel, layering rugs look beautiful and give people the opportunity to integrate varying colors and patterns into their bedroom scheme to create something new and unique.' says Noemie Deed Founder of Cosy Coco. 'In terms of practicality, it’s equally effective in the bedroom for underfoot comfort and warmth as you can position the rugs around the foot and edges of your bed. All-in-all, a simple, beautiful substitute to permanent carpeted flooring.'
7. Switch wallpaper for a patterned carpet
See your flooring as a fifth wall, somewhere you can add color and pattern, and texture in a less obvious, more interesting way. So instead of opting for bedroom wallpaper, keep your walls simple and add a mural on the floor. It sounds dramatic, but just look at this bedroom carpet idea. The minimal grey walls make room for the patterned floor, and there's a cohesiveness here too so the look doesn't feel too bold.
8. Go bold with colorful zig zags
How cute is this fun zig-zag carpet? Sometimes going for something unexpected with your bedroom carpet can give a quirky edge to an otherwise quite classic scheme. See how this space feels classic and traditional with its grey walls, simple headboard, and layers of beautiful bed linen, and then there's that flash of zig-zag that feels out of place and yet totally works.
Try this out in a small bedroom where you don't have a sea of flooring visible so you just catch pockets of the bold pattern. And keep it cohesive, pick a colorway that's mirrored in the rest of the decor.
9. Add warmth to a cool toned color scheme
A black and white bedroom color scheme is a classic, but this cool-toned combination does risk leaving a bedroom feeling cold and stark. An easy way to counteract that, without interfering with the minimal palette too much, is to add a wall-to-wall carpet in a softer, neutral tone. A cream, or even beige, carpet will add that hint of a pink tone to bring some warmth into the room and you can always enhance my adding in a few cushions or soft furnishings in a similar shade.
10. Blend your bedroom carpet with the walls
Speaking of beige carpets, they were once dreaded by new homeowners and renters alike. It was the color choice of all landlords and every 70s renovation, and yet as we all know, beige has made a comeback, so we say it's time to embrace beige carpets too.
A very chic way to do beige is to go all over with it, walls, ceilings, and floors, so choose a bedroom carpet that's going to blend seamlessly in with your walls. As this bedroom carpet idea proves the effect creates a very cozy, cocooning space that's perfect for a sleep space. You can always break up the wall-to-wall beige by adding pops of brighter colors for contrast.
What's the best color for a bedroom carpet?
The best color for bedroom carpets will depend on the overall look you are after and your lifestyle too. If your bedroom is well used by yourself, animals and children we'd say avoid any lighter shades and instead opt for dark tones like grey and blue as they will cover a multitude of sins.
But if your bedroom is a sanctuary used only for sleeping, there's nothing quite like a plush white or cream carpet to add a luxurious feel. If you are concerned about wear and tear you could always add a couple of small rugs on either side of the bed, or in areas that see the most footfall.
What's the best material for bedroom carpets?
Again, the best material depends on your style, who uses the room, and how often. Jenna Kane recommends wool carpets for bedrooms 'they are ideal for bedrooms as they are hardwearing and soft underfoot. As a natural fiber, wool is also breathable, it will be warm in the winter but remain cool in the summer. The best floor coving in a bedroom is something that offers comfort, serenity, and is soft and calming.'
Low pile carpets like sisal and jute can work really well in a bedroom too, and more streamlined, minimalist look as they are low pile. They aren't the comfiest underfoot, however, so be sure to throw down a few rugs too.
Is carpet in a bedroom outdated?
Admittedly, the jury was out on this one, but after hunting through our archive and speaking to experts, we are pleased to report no, carpet in a bedroom is no longer outdated.
Hebe is the Digital Editor of Livingetc; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. You'll usually find her attempting DIY, whether it's spray painting her whole kitchen, don't try that at home, or ever changing the wallpaper in her hallway. Livingetc has been such a huge inspiration and has influenced Hebe's style since she moved into her first rental and finally had a small amount of control over the decor and now loves being able to help others make decisions when decorating their own homes. Last year she moved from renting to owning her first teeny tiny Edwardian flat in London with her whippet Willow (who yes she chose to match her interiors...) and is already on the lookout for her next project.
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