The best schemes tend to be in gentle â˜steps’ of colour tones and contrast rather than big changes or too many colours competing with one another. Patterned carpets can create a special effect but, again, the proportion of the room is an important consideration. DINING ZION NATIONAL PARK A large repeat design might look too much for a little room. Generally it’s the strength of colour that reduces the scale of a room rather than the design itself.
If you’re in any doubt, opt for a smaller or lighter toned pattern. Patterned or flecked carpets won’t show marks so easily and are a good choice where children and pets have to be considered. Although a light plain colour can make a stylish backdrop to any furnishing scheme and create a feeling of space, it may be more difficult to keep clean. Warm colours – orange, apricot, terracotta, etc -can particularly suit those rooms which get little light as they will give a feeling of cosiness.