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Striped Carpets: Black and White

When it comes to carpet installation, you may be wondering what type of carpet is most suitable for your building. Within residential homes in the UK, striped carpets are extremely popular – and rightfully so!

If you are looking to install a striped carpet, particularly a black and white one, in your home, here is everything that you need to know beforehand.

Pros and Cons

First of all, it would be a good idea to go through several of the advantages and disadvantages of a black and white striped carpet before you finalise your decision in installing one.

The pros include:

  • Stylish, modern design that is bound to appeal to others in comparison to a plain, monochrome carpet
  • Hides stains better – though, we don’t recommend simply hiding and not attempting to clean stains!
  • Simple yet fashionable – black and white offers a sleek and modern feel, whereas other colours may not complement each other in an aesthetically pleasing way
  • In comparison to other flooring types such as wood, carpet can significantly reduce noises from walking, running, moving furniture, etc.
  • Carpet can help soften any trips or falls that may occur

Meanwhile, a few cons to be wary of are:

  • Carpet fibres can trap dust, pollen, or other allergens that may trigger reactions from people (and pets) who are susceptible to allergies
  • Compared to wood flooring, carpet is incredibly harder to clean, requiring much more time and effort
  • Carpet can stain more easily – this may be more noticeable on light carpet colours like white

Where is the best place to place this carpet design?

If the cons haven’t discouraged you and you are set on a black and white striped carpet, you may want to think about where you should place it. Here are some examples of carpet placements to get you inspired:

  • Stairs runner – instead of using the striped carpet entirely on the stairs, you may want to place it as a runner against wooden stairs instead to add some dynamics onto your staircase
  • Stairs and landing – alternatively, you may want to cover the entirety of your stairs and landing area with a striped carpet; this is a popular choice for many homeowners as it provides a classic look
  • Living room/lounge – you may also want to place a striped carpet in your lounge area to make the room appear bigger. If you’re opting for a timeless feel, matching the room (furniture, wallpaper etc.) with your black and white striped carpet can also increase its aesthetic appeal

How to install striped carpets correctly

So, how do you install striped carpets correctly?

When it comes to installing on your stairs and landing or hallway area, it would be a good idea to have your carpet placed at a 45-degree angle, so that the stripes are facing the same direction on both the stairs and the landing itself. This is best for houses where there may be two levels of stairs that change direction midway through.

Similarly, you can also place the stripes vertically on the staircase and landing if the landing area is situated next to the stairs.