May 27, 2022 | Flooring Canada
Bold carpet is back, and carpet tile is the easiest and most DIY-friendly way to up your carpet game. The benefits of carpet tile stretch far and wide, but the most notable is that if a tile or two get damaged, you can easily replace them without having to pull up the rest of the carpet and invest in a new one. So, for households with leaky basements, incontinent pets, careless kids, or clumsy red-wine-drinking guests, carpet tile is the perfect solution. With countless shapes, colors, and patterns to choose from, the carpet tile selection can be daunting, and the vast number of ways you can lay those tiles adds to the number of possibilities. Here are a few carpet tile pattern ideas to get you started.
Gone are the days when carpet tile was limited to traditional square tiles. Now, they come in hexagon, triangle, and plank tiles. There are even curved tiles that create a softer, more relaxed floor look. These new shapes open up a whole new world of possible carpet patterns. And don’t be afraid to use multiple shapes—you can use different-shaped carpet tiles to transition from one space to another in an open floor plan.
We recommend people choose the designs that best fit their personality, but we get that some people may like a more minimalist, classic style for their main living spaces. Even if you go for a neutral look in your main room, there are opportunities for a little bit more fun in other spaces. Your children’s room or playroom, your home office, and your basement are just a few to note. With a fun pop of color and a funky pattern, these spaces will make you feel inspired while also being comfy and stress-free.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Try combining carpet tiles with different colors, textures, patterns, and piles. You can install high-pile, comfy carpet tiles in the middle of lower-pile ones to create the illusion of an area rug—with the added benefit that it won’t slip and slide when stepped on.
Patterned carpet tiles don’t have to be placed so that the print matches up at every edge. If you have square tiles, try making a new pattern by giving the tiles a quarter turn, so each lays perpendicular to the one adjacent to it. With plank tiles, you can go for an ashlar layout, which is similar to a brick layout in that all the tiles face in the same direction but are offset so that the corners of the tiles do not touch. Another option is a herringbone or double herringbone layout, or if you’re willing to take an extra step to have the edges cut on a diagonal, a chevron pattern will work too.
No matter what layout you choose, you can use the colors of your tiles to transition from one space to another. For example, if you have three different-colored tiles interlocking in the living room area, you can have it transition to all just one color in the dining room, kitchen, or hall. Not only does this make for an easy transition on the eyes and feet, but it also allows you to have a darker color in spaces where it’s more likely for your kids and guests to spill their drinks or food. That way, you can have the fun colors and patterns you want without stressing as much every time someone knocks a glass over.
If you’re looking for the right carpet tile to fit your space, your local Flooring America experts are here to help you find it. They’re happy to help with all your projects whether it’s a major home renovation or a small home improvement project, so visit yours today.