Trending: Spaces Making Carpet Cool Again

Carpet has picked up kind of a bad rap over the past decade or so. Most of us have haunting memories of our grandparents’ bright orange shag or the high pile polyester options that made a big appearance in the early 2000’s. Luckily, carpet options have come a really long way since the days of 70’s shag, with more classic looped, berber, and low pile patterned options taking over the design scene.

We recently selected carpet for our staircase and entire upper level, and it’s made a huge impact in our space. While hardwood floors are typically our first choice, we’re big believers that there’s a time and place for everything—carpet included. Today, we’ve rounded up our favorite spaces that are making carpet undeniably cool again, but first, here’s a look at how new carpet design helped freshen up the Casey house!


Interior Design: Anatasia Casey | Photography: Madeline Harper

Ok, here’s the details on the carpet style we chose to work with. You all are not going to believe this, but this carpeting is actually a stock option from none other than Empire Today! It’s a part of their Dream Catcher series in “Calla Lily” and I loved the neutral, low pile look. Oh, and the fact that it’s super stain-resistant makes it all the better.


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In case you’re looking for a little more inspiration, we’ve rounded up a few incredible spaces featuring wall-to-wall carpet design from some of our favorites in the industry. From bedrooms to kid’s rooms to family dens, and more, carpet brings a coziness factor like no other and we’ve got a few pointers to pull off a timeless look.


Interior Design + Photography: cc + em 

Interior Design + Photography: cc + em 


Go For a Looped, Berber, or Pattern Option

There are endless carpeting styles, but a looped, berber, and patterned carpet top our favorites list. They all have a really clean and timeless look, plus they avoid the dreaded vacuum lines.


Interior Design: Studio McGee | Photography: Lucy Call

Interior Design: Studio McGee | Photography: Lucy Call


Keep it Low Pile for Layering 

Rule of thumb in carpeting: shorter carpet fibers (aka ‘low pile’) and tighter loops are always your friend. We love going with a low pile not only for the aesthetics, but because it creates the perfect surface for layering in a rug. 


Interior Design: Kathleen Walsh Interiors | Photography: Eric Roth

Interior Design + Photography: Chris Loves Julia


Choose a Light Neutral Color Tone

For carpeting that gives the perfect blank slate for room design, go for a light neutral in the beige/oatmeal/ivory realm. If you’re worried about potential staining, there are so many stain-resistant materials designed for active families. Wool has incredible long-term durability, and synthetic fibers (olefin or nylon, to name a few) are great options to explore for cost considerations.


Interior Design + Photography: The Simply Styled Home


Tell us: are you ‘Team Carpet’ for the right spaces? Be sure to follow along with the #IDCOatHome Instagram feed for even more interior design and home inspiration and show us how you’re making carpet cool again.


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  1. Gillian says:

    This post could not have come at a better time! My husband and I just bought our first condo and some sneaky bylaws are preventing us from replacing the wall-to-wall carpet (that’s pretty much everywhere) with hard surfaces. I was so bummed out but this makes me feel SO much better! Carpet can be cool!


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  3. Sarah says:


    Could you please tell me what the carpet brand/color is in the picture with the black canopy bed? I’ve tried image searching for it and looking for cc + em but can’t find anything. It’s perfect for what we’re looking for so please help. Thank you so much!

    • Stephanie Weers says:

      Hi Sarah,
      I’m not sure if cc + em is still in operation, but if you message one of the owners, @caryray on Instagram, she might be able to help!

  4. Fixit carpet says:

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