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2020 Trending Carpet Types

If you don’t know much about carpet, you may not even realize that you have countless types to choose from. Of course, not all carpets are created equal, and carpet is usually a commitment you plan to keep in the home for some time.

Here are the hot carpet trends for 2020.

Waterproof Carpet

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

You guys, you guys, you guys!! Yes with 2 exclamation points because I am so excited to tell you about waterproof carpet.

Sustainable Carpet

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

We’ve reached a time where the young homeowner demographic is comprised, primarily, of millennials. And not to pigeonhole an entire demographic, but as a group, millennials tend to care a lot about the brands they purchase from and how their purchases impact society, the environment and more.

Cut and Loop Carpet

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Cut and loop is exactly what it sounds like: carpet that combines the construction of both cut and loop carpets. You can see below, the cut carpets look like loops that have just been cut in half.

Frieze Carpet

Plush frieze carpet in a living room setting

Frieze is also known as “twist” carpet and it refers to carpet where each piece of the carpet is twisted many times, making it look almost curly.

You know when you sleep with your hair in a braid and then it has it’s kinda wavy the next day? That’s how frieze carpet looks.

Carpet Tiles

Large carpet tile flooring in a living room

A DIY dream!

Carpet is notorious for being bulky, cumbersome and nearly impossible to replace. With broadloom carpet, if you damage or stain just one small area, you typically have the replace the entire thing. It is the worst.

carpet, if you damage or stain just one small area, you typically have the replace the entire thing. It is the worst.

Carpet Tile Rugs

Area rug made of black berber carpet tile

This makes so much sense. The two main challenges with area rugs are that designs are limited and it’s challenging to figure out the right sizing for your space.

With carpet tiles, you can create your dream area rug and create a custom size to fit your space perfectly. Also, they often end up being less expensive than traditional area rugs. All of the winning!

Handmade Area Rugs

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Taking originality and control one step further, the hottest area rug trend in 2020 will be specially crafted handmade rugs. I mean, how can those not take off?!

I spoke earlier about homeowners wanting to know where their floor comes from, needing to believe in the source. Purchasing a handmade piece, it makes things personal. It’s almost like building a personal relationship with the person who creates it.

Like when you buy something made just for you on Etsy and it comes with that cute little note about how they appreciate you. Except, on, like, a much higher level. Because they made a rug by hand; they didn’t just print your favorite inside joke on a couple of wine glasses.

Creative, artistic and personal, handmade area rugs are going to be a splurge for homeowners with a passion for design and individualism. And the rest of us are going to gawk and wish we had them in our homes, too.

Area Rugs & Carpet Runners In General

Taupe area rug in a laundry room

Well, if you haven’t caught on by now, area rugs and carpet runners are in. They lost some steam for a while there, but lately, with the huge surge in hard surfaces, homeowners are beginning to realize they miss that extra coziness and comfort that only carpet can provide.

Additionally, the trend towards bold colors and patterns could easily turn tacky with wall-to-wall carpet. These statement pieces tend to do best in smaller doses. I mean, you do not need a home where the entire floor looks like a giant rainbow.

Bold Carpet Colors

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Homeowners are trending towards statement colors with their carpet. Since carpet is not typically a whole-house flooring these days, you have the ability to make a statement. This is especially true with are rugs.

Oranges, purples and multi-colored carpets and rugs are popping up all over the place. Your carpet no longer needs to be that forgotten stepchild that you never see or hear from. For now, they can speak loud and proud!

Blue Carpets

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Is there any color more calming and serene than blue? Adding a touch of color without overwhelming the space, cool blue carpets are a color trend I can stand behind.

While the bright, bold colors can make a beautiful, strong statement, they can also be a lot to work with if you’re not a designer. Or, even if you are.

Gray Carpets

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Five years ago, you could have called the gray trend new or up-and-coming. But now? Is it even a trend anymore?

Well, if by “trend” you mean popular and relevant, then heck, yes! But it is definitely not a fad.

While most people think of the gray flooring trend in gray wood and wood-look flooring, gray is the super hot in carpet right now, too. Traditional neutral colors like beige are out and gray is the new neutral, adding a gorgeous, contemporary look to any room.

Multi-Color Carpets & Ombre Carpet

Okay, so this is one of the coolest things happening in the carpet world! When I say “multi-color”, I don’t mean like rainbow carpets. I mean, the kiddos probably love those, but I’m talking legit luxury carpet trends.

The ultra-popular color fading ombre look has expanded from hair into just about every style. In carpet runner trends and area rug trends specifically, you will see bright, bold colors with the ombre effect, something that has only recently become possible. Or, at least only recently started to look good.

Plush Carpet

FlooringInc 2020 carpet trends: Plush frieze carpet in a living room setting

Remember when everyone stopped using soft, plush carpets? It was the saddest of times. Softness is exactly what makes carpet special, and that ultra softness is something hard floors just cannot compete with.

When I think of carpet, I imagine soft, cozy, warm and comforting carpet almost enveloping me in like a warm blanket. I’m immediately flooded with memories laying on the floor watching a movie or playing with my siblings when I was younger.

The best types of carpet just feel like a family floor. Well, plush carpet does anyway.

I still don’t know why trends momentarily shifted away from soft, plush carpets to thin, low-pile carpets. Actually, I probably do. People started to see carpet as high-maintenance with the trapped dust and allergens, along with the need for constant vacuuming.

But, the truth is, those low-pile carpets just don’t cut it in the home the way a plush carpet does. That’s why we are seeing a huge surge in carpet buying trends going back to thick, luxurious, plush carpeting.

Textured Carpet

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

While intricate texturing is on the rise in the wood flooring and wood-look flooring world, that doesn’t mean carpet can’t jump on board with new, interesting textures of its own.

Ribbed Carpet

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

Ribbed carpet is exactly how it sounds – little ribs of texture throughout the carpet. It’s one of those things you don’t realize you’ve seen until you see it.

Geometric Carpet Patterns

2020 Carpet Trends: 21 Eye-Catching Carpet Ideas. Get inspired with these carpet trends and learn whether or not they're here to stay.

The days of boring broadloom carpets are over. One of the biggest carpet industry trends is modern patterned carpet.

Carpet Tile Patterns

FlooringInc 2020 carpet trends: checker carpet tile pattern in an office

Similar to broadloom carpet shapes, homeowners are using carpet tiles to create shapes and designs through the layout of their tiles. This is especially popular in businesses but is sneaking into home carpet design trends, as well.

2020 Carpet Trends by Room

Bedroom Carpet Trends

FlooringInc 2020 carpet trends: Light colored carpet in a bedroom

The bedroom is probably the most popular room in the home to use wall-to-wall carpeting. I mean, it’s supposed to be your comfy, cozy oasis. While other rooms in the home are often designed with company in mind, your bedroom is the place that is, typically, just for you.

Living Room Carpet Trends

FlooringInc 2020 carpet trends: geometric carpet in the living room

For family movie nights, a cozy place to cuddle up and all-around carpet, the soft, soothing feeling of a carpeted living room is unmatched by any other flooring option.

Basement Carpet Trends

FlooringInc 2020 carpet trends: gray geometric print carpet for the basement

For a long time, carpet was off-limits in basements. I mean, we all know basements are prone to floods and water damage and carpet is….well, not super awesome in that type of environment.

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