Q. Hi! We are just about to move into a new apartment which is great, except for the dreaded ugly dark brown marbled carpeting. Worst part is that it is brand new, but the only available color within the time frame was this ugly thing and the landlord went with it. So, I have searched high and low on the internet about some good ideas of how to decorate with such a dark and ugly floor and I can’t seem to find any applicable answers for real homes (they are all just perfect showroom type photos and ideas). Anyway, I thought maybe you would have some ideas on how to have a beautiful and cozy and light home despite my carpet woes. Thank you for your time! – Shanay
A. Hey Shanay! Oh that lovely renters carpet. It can be the worst. We have all been there. Knowing that it’s as dark as you say, well that makes things even harder. Here are some general tips for ‘Hiding that Ugly Carpet‘, but I’m guessing you need more. I think you have a dark carpet, and you really need to embrace it. So here is how you can work with this this dark flooring and use it to your advantage.
Create an environment above the floor that is drastically lighter. Think light colored walls, maybe something white. See the Benefits of Having White Walls and you can see what I mean. The reason this is so important is because it is creating a blank canvas that is making it easier for you to work with. It will also allow for the dark carpets to instantly appear far less darker than they really are.
If you have wood furniture in your home, think about making sure it’s a lighter colored wood. Whether it’s the legs on your furniture, or side tables, try for a lighter stain. If you already have a lot of dark wood, think about eliminating some of it or painting it something not so dark.
This is even more important if you are going with the lighter color walls as mentioned above. Having a variety of colors within this space will make it feel bigger, and you will not focus on your carpets so much. Think about adding a lot of colors within your art, accessories, or textiles.
This is great to do with textures and patterns too. Add textiles with different materials and feels. Create a visual variety with patterns. Think about your upholstery, pillows, drapes, and art. It all matters and will all keep from having that carpet stand out like a sore thumb.
Since your carpet has that marbled affect, go with something that contrasts completely with your carpet. If you have a dark brown, get something red, blue, or gray. All of these colors can work depending on what your color scheme is in your space. Just pick a color that really pops off of your carpet.
If you have that marbled carpeting, it may be best to get something with a large scale pattern. It will balance nicely with the affect on the flooring.
Get something that will fit from sofa to beyond your coffee table. It should cover a good portion of your floor. If it’s big enough, colorful enough, and varies greatly from the rest of the floor, it will help define your space and make your whole room look much more finished overall.
With a dark carpet your room can feel smaller. Do what you can to embrace natural light, if this is an option. Just try to introduce many light sources. Think about overhead lighting, table lamps, whatever you can bring in easily. The more light you have flooding your space, the lighter the carpet will look.
Shanay I hope this helps. These are all of course very broad recommendations. Your overall space just depends on certain variables. You may not be able to tackles all of these tips, but you can certainly do some of them. Just pick which works best for you. Oh and try not to hate that carpet, and think about how great it can be for you in the end. When you hate something in your home, it shows. Trust me. Good luck!