Patterned carpet ideas

We've picked our favourite patterned carpets to add shape and structure to your living room, hallway and bedroom flooring

Patterned carpets can be used to create different interior styles, including modern and traditional living room schemes. Choose from elegant patterns, to bold geometrics and elongating stripes.

If you have a large living room and want to use patterned carpet to break up the expanse of floor space, consider fitting two different designs. Stripes, fitted in opposite directions, can be used to cleverly define a seating or dining area.

Carpets can be used to create the illusion of space or make a room feel more cosy. For example, a horizontal-striped carpet fitted in two areas, such as a hallway and open-plan living room, will give the effect of a wider space.

And in a neutral scheme, it's easy to add a little pattern with a subtle carpet design. It's a great way to add texture to the design of your living room, too.

Patterned carpet also gives you the opportunity to introduce more colour to a room than a plain neutral and really warm up the overall decorating scheme.

If you are feeling brave, introduce vibrant colour with bold deckchair stripes to lift a child's bedroom or neutral living room. Or try colour-blocking with a bold shade for walls and another for floors such as dramatic deep blue on the walls, combined with a show-stopping red patterned carpet.

Shorter pile carpets are more hardwearing, making them a good choice for high traffic areas including the living room or hallway. Luxurious deep pile carpet is a great option for bedrooms, however it will need more care.

Take a browse through our gallery of inspiration decorating ideas to find a style that suits your home whether that's practical and hardwearing, to provide comfort in children's rooms, or create the wow-factor in main bedrooms.

1/7 Treat your feet to soft textures

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The rich texture of this subtly patterned Ragged Point carpet by Wool Classics, softens the look of glass and steel furniture, as well as feeling warm and cosy underfoot.

2/7 Go for large prints

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The scale of this Rochetto design by Brintons, reflects the growing trend for larger patterns, which work well in a spacious room with a modest colour scheme.

3/7 Combine contrasting geometrics

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By adhering to the same colour palette, bold geometrics can be mixed without conflicting. Here, a graphite and stone plaid carpet marries well with curtains in matching tones to create a glamorous bedroom.

4/7 Create a serene setting

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Patterned carpets don't have to be bold and brassy. Add subtle interest to you floors with a simple design, pulling out colours from your furniture and furnishings.

5/7 Elongate your room

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Ideal for modern, monochrome decors, neat, narrow and horizontal stripes in black and charcoal will give the impression of a wider space. Use the same pattern in two adjoining rooms to extend the sense of perspective between them.

6/7 Make an impact

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Don't stick to the floors. Ellipse by Stark Carpet, has been used as a wall panel to make a bold impact in this hallway.

7/7 Make a statement with stripes

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Vibrant stripes, such as those of Audrey Sunrise at Crucial Trading, add vibrant colour to an otherwise neutral scheme. They'd also be perfect in a children's bedroom.

Check out our guide to choosing the right carpet for more inspiration.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.