Stairs and landings often don’t get the same level of thought when it comes to décor as other rooms do. However this area of the home can be just as engaging, homely and well-decorated as the rest – and it all begins with a well-chosen carpet.
Which type of carpet should you go for?
Stairs and landings tend to get used quite frequently so it makes sense to have a carpet that is hard-wearing. A practical carpet that is well-made and supported by a tough underlay will ensure you get the best wear and life out of it.
You should also consider your budget at this early stage. However it is usually worthwhile to view your new carpet as an investment – the better the quality the longer it will last. It usually pays dividends to make sure you have a carpet that looks superb and will give you many years of good use.
Patterned or plain?
The style of your home and the kind of décor you would like will help you make the right choice here. Some people opt for a striped design so the stripes run up the stairs. This looks wonderful and it can also add a little quirkiness if your stairs start at a right angle to the main flight. As the stairs curve round so does the design of the carpet, creating a lovely effect as it does so.
A pattern doesn’t have to be garish though – it can be quite subtle, perhaps even cut into the pile of the carpet itself. Consider what would look good in your home and what kind of décor you want to use on the walls and paintwork too.
Light or dark?
Since the stairs and landing are likely to see a lot of foot traffic, the colour you choose will be important too. However if you ban shoes upstairs you won’t need to opt for a dark carpet if you don’t want one. Carpetright Carpets is a good place to look for carpets of all kinds that are ideal for this part of the home. If you want a light-coloured carpet look for one that is stain resistant. This means it will be treated to repel any spillages if they occur (ideal if you like taking a cup of tea to bed!).
All the way to the edges
In some properties – whether modern or old – the stair carpet does not go all the way to the edge of each stair. In this situation you would typically see the protruding sections of each stair painted white, or perhaps another light colour depending on the overall décor. This is often the chosen route when the bannisters are mounted directly to the stairs themselves rather than being attached to a raised section. In this situation a striped carpet really does look superb, especially if the colour is chosen to compliment the carpet that runs up to it downstairs.
In short there are plenty of options available for stairs and landings. Why not consider some of them for your home today?