Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

2.07.2008

Going Wall-to-Wall



Mary McDonald often uses simple natural fibers on the floor to keep glamorous furniture from getting too fussy.




Miles Redd keeps his bedroom floors sleek. Images courtesy New York Social Diary and Elle Decor, February 2001.


Also keeping his lines clean, Steven Gambrel opts for subtle pattern.


The geometric floor guru, David Hicks.



Charlotte Moss' version of pattern on pattern.

A reader wrote in to say she's debating whether or not to use wall-to-wall carpeting in her bedroom. For a while fully carpeted rooms were out of favor, or at least viewed as a bit matronly. But some have always insisted that a large expanse of carpet creates a sleek sense of luxury in a bedroom.

What are your thoughts? How do you feel about pattern vs. solid, and true wall-to-wall vs. a few inches of exposed wood floor? What about wool vs. seagrass?

18 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

For a bedroom, I like both wall-to-wall and showing a bit of the hardwood floor. I prefer wool because I like something soft underfoot in the bedroom. And personally, I like either a solid or a muted pattern- nothing too loud!

Anonymous said...

Wall to wall carpeting is back? Oh please say it isn't so! If you've ever pulled one of these out, you know how unsanitary they are. The dirt is trapped in there and no matter how good your vacuum cleaner is, it can't get out all the dirt that becomes embedded in a carpet. Notice the amount of dirt, pet hair, crumbs and other stuff that hardwood floors just seem to attract? Well that's the same stuff that's in a carpet, only you can't see it.

suzannemarques said...

i love wall-to-wall carpeting (if it's new and fresh). i don't like the feeling of waking up on wood or tile floors it feels too cold for me.
i don't like sisal as carpet though. it's scratchy.

Anonymous said...

I, too, like a wool carpet over much of the floor with a bit of hardwood at the edges in my bedroom, but I love the wall-to-wall, subtly patterned carpet in my children's rooms, which makes all the floor play much cozier.

The images are lovely, especially the Gambrel, which I've never before seen. Are there more images of that same house that you could post or a link you could share?

Thanks for the great posts!

Style Court said...

Hi Anon,

There are more images of that Gambrel room in his country portfolio, available via the link above. Enjoy!

Sara L. said...

I like to see wood around the edges, even if broadloom is bound on the edges. Even better, real Persian rugs (handmade). Then you can clean underneath when needed. I use wall to wall in our basement and on our third floor where the wood flooring isn't maple/oak. It is a real dust hound so beware allergies...

Style Court said...

Wait sorry, that bedroom may have been taken off to make room for a new featured residence.

kelleyp said...

i think if your floor "base" is a beautiful hardwood i would only lay down a rug. however, if you are in the southwest the foundation is concrete so either you lay down hardwoods or carpet. In the bedroom i love wall to wall but the rest of the house needs to be hardwoods, tile, etc..

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - I wanted to do wall-to-wall with the antelope, but Mr. B would not have it. So, a small, but not silly, amount of wood will be showing. I still think in this situation, it would have been chic. I would not like to see it all over my house - which, by the space between the floor and the bottom of my doors, it, at one time, was.

Cote de Texas said...

ok, I HATE nothing more than when I have a client and they say, oh, we'll just keep the carpet, it's beige, it will match!!!!!! yuck. nothing ruins a room more than beige, builders' carpet and you can't imagine how many people want to keep it. I always, always prefer a wool, patterned carpet if theres to be wall to wall, or as a cut rug. I just love that look, it positively finishes a room. OR wall to wall seagrass AND seagrass does NOT scratch people - sisal does!!!!! ok?!!!1 and I love seagrass rugs everywhere. Antelope is my new favorite pattern. Just not beige pile carpet. NOWHERE!!!!!

girl meets glamour said...

I love the idea of going wall to wall with a sisal. Great post Courtney!!

~Kate

Anna Spiro said...

Love seagrass and love a bit of exposed timber flooring!

BTW on a seperate note - I love Mary McDonald's quote on that magazine clipping!

Be the change..... said...

I think the bedroom is the only acceptably chic place to have wall to wall carpeting -the softer and more luxurious the better!

Cemaya said...

Jute is also soft. Soon we will replace all the carpet upstairs and put down hardwood floors. I cannot wait!

Anonymous said...

I am debating between wool and seagrass in our family room. Love the look of seagrass/sisal but not sure how much the kids will like it under them. Any thoughts?

Style Court said...

Seagrass does usually feel a bit softer than sisal, and personally I'm a fan of layering soft wool Persians or Moroccans over seagrass. But the bottom line is seagrass is scratchier for kids rolling around down on the floor in shorts :)

Things That Inspire said...

I recently redid my upstairs, as the wall to wall carpet was 10 years old. I tried SO hard to convince my husband to do hardwoods in the entire upstairs, as I think it is prettier and easier to keep clean. But he loves the look and feel of a soft wall to wall in the bedroom. We compromised, and did hardwoods in the halls, wall to wall in the bedrooms (in different carpets for each bedroom). The hardwoods are definitely louder, so we are ordering a runner.

annechovie said...

That David Hicks green geometric carpet is sensational!