2019 Carpet Trends

Shopping for new carpet for your home should be exciting. But when you realize exactly how many thousands of options are available, it becomes a daunting task. From textures and patterns to color and more, we’ve narrowed down the latest design trends in carpet flooring. Start here to gather new ideas, then let National Design Mart bring your vision to life.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet Trends:

Bold Patterns

You’ve probably heard of a statement wall, so consider a statement floor! Carpet is really a fifth wall in the room and it’s time to think outside the box of paint and wallpaper as the obvious ways to make a room pop. Choosing bold geometric patterns can be a really fun way to add visual interest to neutral living spaces like a nursery (just remember to skip the overused wall clings). Manufacturers make a range of designs using the cut and loop technique – a combination of cut/straight fibers and uncut/looped fibers. Popular patterns include abstract lines and geometric shapes like squares, diamonds and circles where looped fibers create the pattern to stand out from the rest of the carpet.

Waterproof Carpet

Sounds like magic, right? It basically is! Waterproof carpet like Shaw LifeGuard® Spill-proof Backing™ provides complete, clean-up protection by keeping spills and odor‑causing pet accidents from soaking through to the pad and subfloor. Wall-to-wall waterproof carpet is a smart investment for high-traffic living spaces, and without the fear of saturation, staining or mold, you could even consider using it in bathrooms or kitchens.

Modern Carpet Designs:

Carpet Runners

Carpet runners are definitely growing in popularity for stairs and hallways. This fashion-forward trend is also extremely important for safety. Steps are slippery and can be loud, but most people don’t realize that until they rip up old carpet. Consider a stylish runner for safety – for you and your pets – and think about making it a real statement piece. Generally, runners (and area rugs) look best when they create a contrast in color or texture against the wood underneath. We’re seeing more contemporary, simpler patterns and fewer traditional and oriental patterns. For a truly customized piece, many people are cutting broadloom carpets precisely for their space, rather than ordering pre-cut runners with borders.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are fairly common in commercial spaces, but they’re trending in 2019 residential flooring for so many reasons. They come in a variety of colors, and you can mix and match tiles to make your own unique pattern for your kids’ play area or elsewhere. Tiles are even removable, so it’s easy to replace a damaged section or just change up the look when you’re ready.

Area Rugs

Not ready to embrace bold colors or patterns wall-to-wall? Start with an area rug. They can act as the colorful centerpiece for a room or more as a neutral framing element with furniture. Consider low-pile rugs (which are also trending this year) because they’re easier to clean, and even with moving doors and furniture, you don’t see any marks. Perhaps the best part about area rugs is the ability to easily replace them. In fact, rugs, pillows and paint are a great way to give your room a cost-efficient mini makeover.

Latest Carpet Colors and Styles:

Grey is the New Beige

It might not be a popular hair color, but grey is trending in all sorts of interior design ways – it’s made a big comeback on floors, walls and even concrete and industrial-looking countertops. Grey carpet is cooler, more neutral and more modern than beige, so it’s easier to add more pops of color in the way of pillows, bedding and window treatments. Choose grey carpet for your next project to achieve a timeless, clean look.

Carpet Tiles

Aside from neutrals like grey, 2019 carpet color trends point firmly to blue. According to Mohawk, blue is the most popular non-neutral carpet color. Picture a calm navy or indigo – these cool shades add just a touch of color without monopolizing the room. They also pair well with a variety of design aesthetics.


Frieze (pronounced “free-zay”) is a modern version of 1970s shag carpet. Its soft, dense composition includes short fibers curling in different directions. Also known as “twist carpet,” this casual and comfortable style is ideal for high-traffic areas like family rooms and bedrooms. Frieze is well-loved because it conceals dirt and crumbs, and hides vacuum marks. Some manufacturers have started calling it “high twist” to avoid the pronunciation flub. High twist or not, frieze is highly trending. Consider this modern style if you have kids, pets or both!

Sustainable Materials

Just like bamboo and cork flooring trends have been on the rise in recent years, carpets and rugs made from eco-friendly materials like wool, sisal and jute will be popular in 2019. Because these are made of natural fibers, most of these options are muted, neutral colors. They create a great contrast with hardwood flooring, especially dark tones. Sustainable materials promote better indoor air quality, so if anyone in your family suffers from asthma or allergies, keep these options in mind. Durability and price range varies depending on the material, so put these in low-moisture spaces to get the most out of them.

Most people think of carpet as just a background to showcase other design elements in a room. But these trends prove that carpet can be the focal point in any space. Get ahead of these trends in 2019! Visit National Design Mart today and let our FREE design services and talented in-store designers help you take care of the details – from planning to installation!

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