Point to consider before buying new carpets

The persons using the room.

  • List them and their requirements

The activities that will go on in the room.

  • Consider what mood would be conducive to the activities
  • The wear and tear will be on the furnishings.

How often and for what periods of time will this room be used?

  • What mood would you want for that time duration?
  • What will be the wear and tear on the furnishings?

What is the room itself like?

  • Consider its size, shape, lighting conditions.
  • What are the room's assets and liabilities?
  • You're going to want to make the most of its assets and underplay its liabilities.

Describe the room you want to create:

  • MAINTENANCE:
  • ATMOSPHERE:
  • SENSE OF SPACE:
  • LIFESTYLE:
  • MOOD:
  • HOW DO YOU WANT THIS ROOM TO BE?

Who will use this room?

Consider the age, size, sex, coloring, hobbies and special interests of this person. What would make this person comfortable? What would be easy to maintain? What will go on in this room?

The room needs to be designed to be conducive to the activities that will go on in it. For example, for sleeping you might want a CALM mood, for active child's play, you might want a STIMULATING mood. (It's supposed to be good for a child's I.Q.)

For how long will this room be used?

If you just pass through the room, as you do in an entry hall or in a powder room, the room needs to make its impact fast or it has missed its opportunity. You can use STIMULATING/DRAMATIC effects in rooms like these. If you spend a long time in a room, and you want it to be restful, you would choose CALM/PEACEFUL effects. If you spend a moderate amount of time in a room, often you want it to be RELAXING in mood.

Another decision that emanates from the length of time spent in a room is the wear-ability of materials. If a room will be used occasionally and treated delicately, you can use perishable materials. If it will be used constantly, and rather roughly, you had better choose materials that can stand up to the wear. Spending more initially for something that will look good for longer is a good economic decision. What is the room itself like? Do you need to compensate for its flaws? For example, if you have a small, dark room, you might want to make it look more SPACIOUS, as well as LIGHTER/BRIGHTER.

If the room is enormous, you might want to make it feel more COZY. If it's long and narrow, you might use various decorative devices to improve its seeming proportions.