The new trends in carpet

We take a look at the latest trends in practical, comfortable carpet

Like a wallcovering, carpet can change the look of your room dramatically. The latest styles are bold, but there are also some great understated designs around if you prefer a more subtle look. We take a look at the hottest carpet trends.

Pictured: Beach Hut in Eastbourne, 100% wool, £44 per sq m, Kersaint Cobb.


Colours are becoming bolder, with designs in rich red, chocolate brown and beautiful tones of blue, from navy to aqua. Coloured carpet can be used successfully in all rooms. Rich tones will look smart in living and dining areas, while the softer shades are an ideal choice for bedrooms. If you’re buying a coloured carpet to fit with existing furniture and wall colour, take a sample home to make sure it works in your interior.

Pictured: Red carpet is a great way to give some warmth to a chilly room. Duchess Elite in Cardinal, 80% wool/20% nylon, £31 per sq m, Victoria Carpets.


Pattern is growing in popularity again, especially smart stripes and checks. When choosing a pattern, the general rule is that larger and bolder patterns are best suited to bigger rooms. Carpets with small patterns in a mix of colours are good for busy rooms as they can help disguise day-to-day wear and marks, whereas bright colours can make a real style statement.

Pictured: Bright, multicoloured stripes are ideal for busy family homes and high-traffic areas like hallways, as they can hide dirt and stains. Mississippi Stripe in Burgundy/Blue, 100% wool, £46 per sq m, Crucial Trading.


Texture adds interest to carpets in neutral tones, such as beige or brown, and can be used in most rooms. It can be as subtle as a flatweave herringbone design, or more defined with chunky bobbles. Avoid using textured carpet in a dining room as food spillages can be hard to remove.

Pictured: This pattern brings style to a room with a touch of colour. Pampas Herringbone Colours in 320, 100% wool, £45 per sq m, Kersaint Cobb.

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