10 Reasons to Start Decorating With Dark Carpets

We know it’s daring but it can create depth in a room.

A dark and richly colored carpet can transform the look of a room, not only because of the bold and adventurous message it conveys, but also because of the way it can create different depths, tones and moods.

Until recently, dark carpets were associated with dated room schemes of the ’70s and ’80s. However, today’s contemporary palettes offer elegant and sophisticated alternatives to old-school colors while still anchoring those neutral interior schemes we tend to favor. If you’re unsure whether your home could handle an intensely colored floor, take a look at these captivating spaces and think again.

Chris Snook, original photo on Houzz

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Play with purple. Create a whole world of drama and impact in your living room with a deep purple carpet. The color creates an energetic, cheerful vibe, making it ideal for lively, social spaces. The addition of dark flooring can add depth to a large space, and make it feel more intimate and cozy.


College Place Townhouse, original photo on Houzz


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Take it to new heights. Want to dazzle guests with a striking stairway? Then you can’t go wrong with an intense purple that creates a strong, contemporary contrast against pale, crisp walls. Visually, dark carpets will accentuate the height and length of staircases by drawing attention to the entire floor area, making it feel longer and larger, while disguising any marks or dirt in high-traffic spots.


Contemporary Bedroom Melbourne, original photo on Houzz


Relax the pace. Cool blue can be a serene choice for a bedroom, and opting for an icy-blue carpet that has a subtle shimmer will add a touch of luxury. You can then heighten the decadence with complementary tactile fabrics that will make you want to curl up and hibernate.

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Set a formal tone. If you’re going to use carpet in a dining space, not only is it best to go dark for the practical benefits, but it’s also worth sticking with a short pile that can be easily vacuumed. Warm tones such as earthy browns will set a calm and sophisticated backdrop in a formal dining space, while artwork with complementary hues will ensure that the walls and floor are working in harmony.


Nexus Designs, original photo on Houzz


Let other features shine. A carpet in a dark neutral is a great supporting act to the starring role, whether that’s a piece of statement furniture, a stunning floor lamp or a standout wall finish. A dark base works so much better than a pale one for adding impact to a special feature, and if there’s a strong contrast against the flooring, then the feature will pop even more.

Make a practical choice. Kids’ bedrooms see lots of activity, so a dark carpet is ideal for coping with the spills that often occur. If you’re struggling to find a wall color that will adapt and grow with your child, maybe introducing color on the floor is the answer. This way, you can stick to simple, timeless white walls and still ensure that the room is packed full of personality and jollity.


Kennedy Nolan, original photo on Houzz


Find the perfect utility player. Creating a hallway that’s practical and stylish can often be a tricky task. However, adding a dark carpet checks both of these boxes. Just keep the walls light and bright, and the passageway won’t feel too enclosed.

Highlight natural tones. Adding a contrasting light rug to a dark carpet will create a gentle tension within the design that’s interesting and captivating. You can then continue this drama with similar-strength natural tones that will evoke a classic monochrome combination.


Moss Melbourne, original photo on Houzz


Employ shades of gray. If you can’t escape the allure of gray, then create interest with a soft gradation of the shade from dark to light. The colors of varying depths create a simple look that’s steady and reassuring yet still conveys a bold character.

Evoke true opulence. Just as a luxurious silk fabric can conjure up instant glamour, a sumptuous carpet can have a similarly decadent effect, as long as the pile is deep and the finish has a glossy sheen. A dark and deliciously rich carpet will create the perfect gentleness that your bedroom deserves, so you can climb out of bed each morning safe in the knowledge that your toes will be toasty. 

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