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Carpet Types: Which One is Right for Me?

Once you have started the search for a new carpet, it is very easy to be quickly confused by all the differing styles on offer, and sometimes it can be very hard for you to make the right decision. So below is a brief summary of the key types, and what may or may not make them suitable for your particular needs.

Twist (sometimes referred to as cut pile)

This is by far the most popular form of carpet on sale today. It gets its name from the way the fibre is twisted in production. It is twisted to give the carpet added protection against flattening, and helps to create a number of appealing textures.

Saxony

Saxony carpets are also produced using twisted yarn, but they differ from twist carpets in that the strands of fibre tend to be tufted closer together to give a less open feel to the surface. In other words, when you run your fingers over the surface of the carpet, the fibres tend not to move left and right, rather they remain fairly upright. 

 

PUBLISHED ON 01/11/2017
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What is the average life-span of a carpet?

We are often being contacted by consumers enquiring about the expected life of a carpet. Our response to this question is always the same: it depends! Some of the key factors that can influence the life-span are:

Room usage: carpet installed in a busy living room is obviously going to face more wear than one installed in a bedroom. Bear this in mind when considering the quality of carpet to purchase.

Members of the household: a carpet installed in a home with a young family is clearly going to be subject to more traffic than one installed in a house with just one or two people. In addition, don’t forget the impact pets can have on the wearability of the carpet, both in terms of foot traffic and the level of staining that the carpet will endure.

Underlay: never underestimate the importance played by a quality underlay beneath the carpet. A good underlay will support the carpet, making it comfortable to walk on, as well as providing a degree of sound absorption and insulation. Some people ask if a 10-year old underlay will need replacing when changing the carpet: our response is, if you were to buy a new car, would you consider taking the tyres off your old car and fit them to the new one??

Maintenance Programme: it is important to have a regular maintenance programme for your programme. Follow the care and maintenance guide issued by either the retailer or the manufacturer, and always look to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis, usually every one to two years based upon the level of wear it has encountered. If you purchase a wool carpet, the WoolSafe Organisation is a great source of cleaning tips, and it has a database of local, professionally-trained carpet cleaners – for more information go to www.woolsafe.org. The initial cost of the carpet: as is the case with many products around the home, buying a cheap carpet may end up costing you money in the long run. Provided your initial decision is based around the criteria outlined above, a good quality, wool carpet should provide at least 8-10 years of performance before you may need to consider replacing it. If you choose to save money upfront, a cheaper product may only last 2-3 years before its appearance changes dramatically and you are then forced to either go back and buy another carpet, or buy a couple of rugs and move the furniture to hide the stains and the places where it has flattened.

PUBLISHED ON 01/11/2017
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The use of the colour wheel when selecting décor for your home

wheel The colour wheel is made up of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours. There are three Primary colours- red, blue and yellow. These cannot be made by combining any other colour. Secondary colours are produced by mixing equal amounts of two of the Primary colours – red and blue make purple, red and yellow produce orange, and blue and yellow make green.

Tertiary colours are formed by the mixture of a Primary colour with a secondary one in the ratio of 2:1. Once you have mixed all the various combinations, you have a total of 12 colours. These can then be laid out side by side in their various combinations, in a circle or “wheel”. Please see the example below.

By laying the colours out in this way, the ones on the left-hand side of the wheel (yellow/green round to purple) are described as cool colours, whilst the ones on the right-hand side are described as warm.

Cool colours are often described as giving an impression of calm, leading to a soothing atmosphere in a room.

Warm colours, associated with sunrise and sunset, are vivid and energetic, and tend to give the impression of greater space. Colours that are opposite each other on the wheel – for example, red and green - are said to be complementary colours. Their high contrast creates a vibrant look. This is one reason why the organisers of the Wimbledon tennis tournament use purple and green on their logo, as they are almost opposite each other on the colour wheel.

Colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel are described as analogous: these usually match well and and create a serene atmosphere. They are often found in Nature and are pleasing on the eye. Hopefully this gives you a few more ideas about the importance of mixing and matching certain colours when putting together your plans for the appearance of your home.

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