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Question of the week: Brian, do you know what carpet style and color we should install in our family room and upstairs bedrooms

Question of the week: “Brian, do you know what carpet style and color we should install in our family room and upstairs bedrooms?”

Of course I do. I’m never shy about sharing my opinions on home improvement styles and trends. This weeks question comes from my clients, Steve and Jan, in the Greenfields neighborhood of West Omaha.

The current preferred style of carpet is loop and cut or cut and loop, tomayto, tomahto… this type of carpet is made by combining looped fibers with cut ones allowing for fashionable designs in the carpet.

DON’T get to heavy or abstract on the designs. The surest way to date your carpet is choosing one with a trendy design. A general rule of thumb is to always lean more neutral than trendy.

Same with color. Rather abruptly, color trends turned from tan to gray in the early 2000’s. Now when I walk into some model homes I feel like I am in some version of Game of Thrones.

I can tell you, gray is not an easy color to use. Hues of gray go from blue to green with a dull, depressing straight up gray in the middle. Call me crazy but the safe gray leans towards a very light tan to what we call “greige.”

Because carpet and wall color are such huge platforms in a home, anything but a neutral color will bring out extreme variations in personal opinion. Neutral colors are nearly universally agreeable. This allows rugs, or paintings, furniture or throw pillows to pick up the heavy lifting on style and color.