6 Rooms That Prove Wall-to-Wall Carpeting Can be Wonderful

published Jul 13, 2019
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They say that you should never judge a book by its cover, but we’ll admit that we seriously critique a space based on its flooring.

No matter how great the location is or how much natural light an apartment gets, we can’t help but cringe when we see a space with wall-to-wall carpeting. It’s a design offense so serious that it can give a promising apartment veto status.

Until now, that is.

Turns out, wall-to-wall carpets aren’t as bad as they’re often cracked up to be. The six rooms below prove that this rumored design disaster can be actually kind of wondrous:

1. Child’s Play

As our house tour with this kombucha power couple proves, wall-to-wall carpet can be just as practical as it is pretty. The light carpet here warms up this nursery, while the soft fibers can offer some extra padding for newly walking toddlers. 

2. Lovely Layers

You love to layer throw blankets over your bed and couch, so why should your floor be any different? In this Cali cool house tour, draping a rug over a wall-to-wall carpet offers an effortlessly cool, bohemian vibe.

3. Take a Break

Make no mistake, we love an open floor plan as much as the next person. However, we have to admit an open, airy space can make it difficult to carve out defined sections for lounging, dining, and working. A carpet can create the illusion of a separate space—minus the walls, of course. Let this Michigan house tour show you how it’s done.

4. Color Me Happy

Believe it or not, a wall-to-wall carpet can actually work with your room, not against it. Unlike wood, which has a very particular look, you can use your carpet to create a cohesive color palette from floor to ceiling. In this charming bedroom, a light brown carpet highlights the wallpaper’s dainty flowers.

5. Blank Canvas

Credit: Samara Vise

If you have a “more is more” design aesthetic, wall-to-wall carpet can actually work in your favor. Take this maximal house tour in Massachusetts, for example. The neutral carpet acts as the perfect blank canvas for the room’s bold pieces to shine.

6. Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Credit: Minette Hand

No matter how you decide to style your wall-to-wall carpet, it’s important to keep it in pristine condition—especially if you have a lighter carpet like in this South Carolina home tour. Simply put, a dirty carpet is a one-way ticket to design disaster. You could enlist a professional but if you want to flex your D.I.Y muscle, check out our tips to keep your rug in tip-top condition.