Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?

Which Is Easier To Keep Looking Clean: Light or Dark Rugs?

Carrie McBride
Feb 13, 2014

A few years ago I replaced our light-colored living room carpet with something darker because I was tired of it looking dirty, even soon after vacuuming. It was primarily a cream color with some mustard and light grey stripes and it seemed to show every speck of dirt, crumb, pet hair and piece of mystery lint. I thought I was being very clever by replacing it with a darker style (a brick red with streaks of brown), but I think I've made the problem even worse.

Within an hour or two of vacuuming, I see white fluff, white cat hair and crumbs from whatever my son has been eating. Ugh.

I could ban my son from eating anywhere but at the table. I could shave the cat. I could buy a Roomba. But, let's just say I'm going to maintain status quo - what kind of rug should I get next that will look clean the longest? A busy pattern? A mix of light and dark? Something with a bigger pile height?

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