When people come in looking for new hardwood, or vinyl that looks like hardwood (which I highly recommend), there is inevitably a discussion about the color. More often than not it is based around grays versus more classic light browns and reds.
There are several reasons people have these daily conversations with us:
Classic style floors give off a feeling of warmth and make you feel right at home. Nobody will ask why you have a light brown or red floor, they are very common in most homes and even if you installed it, they may think it came with the home. These floors are neutral and can be matched with basically anything. In my current apartment I have a typical light brown floor and I have had no issues putting any of my existing furniture in there.
Gray style floors give a modern appearance to the spaces they’re in. Contrary to classic floors, if you install a gray floor, chances are you put a bit more thought into the furniture that goes in the room with it. Gray floors often make me think that the furniture in the room should be more simple. With those floors I imagine black or white blocky style furniture, although my opinions on that do change depending on the shade of gray.
What do I think?
If you asked me right now if I preferred the gray or classic look of hardwood/vinyl, I would tell you that both are perfect choices depending on how you style your rooms. I would also tell you that if I owned a home at this point in time that I would be all over the light gray flooring. To me, nothing is out of the question. I love whites and grays with pops of color from painted walls or decorations.
On one of my daily walks through the store I couldn’t help but notice this sample on an Anderson Tuftex display. Up until this point I have never given any thought to how rugs are made, much less knew about all the different ways you could do it.
Today a family came in looking to get a rug made. Terry, my new boss, walked them through the process and I tagged along to listen.
After the family left, Terry told me about the process of making rugs and how binding works. Listening to him reminded me of this display and made me interested to learn more and write this piece.
For the sake of the blog I will only be touching on my opinions about the types of edge in the picture above, but there are many more ways to do it, such as the ever-popular fringing method.
An edge’s most basic function is to keep the chosen carpet piece from fraying when it becomes a rug. Chances are when you go to the store to pick up an already made rug, the edge wasn’t something you paid much attention to. When getting your own rug made however, it’s something you have to think about.
Binding is the most basic form of carpet edge. It’s nice and simple; it’s the type of edge that everyone expects on a rug and don’t pay much attention to. This edge is sewn on, and while it doesn’t leave a clear-cut line between itself and the rug, it still looks nice and gets the job done for the best price.
Personally, serging is my favorite style of edge. It’s a step up from binding in regards to price, but it looks far nicer than a binded edge. In my opinion, this type of edge just makes sense, looking at the sample picture, it just looks like it belongs on the rug more than the other edges. They are also sewn on, and loop right into the carpet making for a good flow between the edge and the body of the rug.
The fabric edge makes a statement. It looks formal, but the texture of the fabric makes it a bit more welcoming. These edges are sewn and glued to the carpet, leaving a clean line on the rug. While I would not personally go for this type of style, I certainly don’t blame anyone who does.
The leather edge to me says “business”. It looks far more formal than the other styles and leaves nothing to the imagination. As with fabric, these edges are sewn and glued to the carpet, leaving a clean line on the rug. This is a style that I can really only imagine in businesses, but don’t let that stop you from putting it in your home if you’re drawn to it.
There are countless styles and price points for creating a rug, you just have to find what’s best for your style and budget. If you have more technical questions about the options above feel free to call or send me a message through our contact page.
My father has worked in the flooring business for as long as I can remember. Not once did I think I would ever end up in this business, that is, until this opportunity to work at Flooring Galaxy in St. Louis and on the company’s website and social media came around.
I have always loved writing and sharing my opinions with others, that’s what I went to college to do. In the short time that I have been in the workforce, I have learned a lot about the different types of flooring.
Currently, I am the most knowledgeable and opinionated about patterned carpets, so I will be talking about three different types and what I think about them and their uses.
When I first looked around the store, I was drawn to this carved saxony piece from Hagaman. It was hand carved, making for a unique addition to any space. I like this piece not only for the hard work that was put into making it, but for the texture and color options as well. Being a carved carpet, there is an obvious depth that can be felt in the piece. This design can look as subtle or dramatic as you’d like, with both tan on tan and white on blue options available. Hagaman is known for their different fibers, woods, and polyesters, which gives me an even greater impression of their work. I have simple looking furniture in my living room, so I know that I would personally enjoy having this piece as an area rug as it would add a much needed pop of color and texture.
I am fond of this printed pattern from Milliken because of the simplicity of the marble design. Milliken specializes in both residential and commercial grade flooring, so their designs are bound to look great no matter the size. Printed patterns are unique because the design is printed directly on top of a solid colored carpet, so the design does not travel below the surface. This may sound like a negative point at first, but these carpets from Milliken are stain resistant, have soil protection, resist abrasive wear, and have texture retention, so these carpets were built to last and maintain their appearance. I have always loved the look of marble, so this is a piece that I believe would look great as either a kitchen or bathroom rug when paired with a marble or solid colored countertop.
Possibly my new favorite type of carpet right now is abstract geometric. This style of carpet is known for its irregular patterns. This particular piece is from Stanton, who is known for their custom carpets, rugs, and runners. I love the contrast of colors in this carpet and believe it can add a lot to a room. I would gladly have this as a large rug in my living room or bedroom. It is also my opinion that abstract geometric carpets look amazing as runners on staircases. They add a beautiful sense of movement up the stairs as opposed to a more static look from a plain or regular geometric design, which while still nice, do not leave as lasting an impression as abstract runners.
Every type of carpet is different, from design to uses, and at the end of the day, it is up to you to decide what you like based on your preferences and needs.