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#1 Neeky

Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:17 AM

Hi everyone,

Does anyone have dark carpet in their living rooms and bedrooms? We need to re-carpet and have chosen a dark charcoal colour. But wondered how much fluff and dust would show up? We don't have pets (only birds, rabbits that would be outside), so it would only be general day to day living with kids that would impact the carpet.

Anyone for or against dark coloured carpet?

Thanks!!!

#2 mumofsky

Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:21 AM

My parents just got dark carpet in the rooms you mention - I have to say I warned them against it and now I don't like it. It makes the rooms look very small and a bit wrong in general. But I do think it can be done well - if it is really well considered and the other colours and furnishings are 'just right'. Look at lots of home magazines and see how they make it work, would be my advice.

#3 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:28 AM

My cousin has 'charcoal' carpet.... well she used to, now she has green!
It faded, a lot, in less than 5 years, and it was very high quality.

They live in a 'Vogue Living' kind of way and are going to replace it with charcoal again... we all think they are mad.



#4 hills mum bec

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:16 AM

We had a dark terracotta colour carpet in our old house, never again!  The first day we got it we had to ban the dog from the lounge room as it showed up every single white hair.  I know you mentioned you don't have inside pets but this carpet showed up everything, every little bit of dust, lint, food etc.  In our new house we have latte coloured carpet & I love it!

#5 annasue

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:21 AM

Ex has dark blue .............It shows up everything every little bit of grit. every spill.

Wouldn't have dark carpet if I had a choice.

I have a light carpet and it's wonderful doesn't show up much at all.

#6 jbarton

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:26 AM

The place we rent has dark bluish grey carpet that had been installed right before we moved in, and I thought I'd love it. I don't! It shows every speck of everything DD drops and all the dust that gathers. On the other hand, at least I know if I have missed a spot while vacuuming.

#7 Pearson

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:34 AM

we have dark brown carpet in the entrance, hall, and lounge area.  It is one of those waffle close weave ones.  It shows all the fluff and stuff all over it.  We vacuum once a week, could vac twice sometimes.  Just makes you ensure your feet are clean before you walk in etc.  We have a blue "party proof" carpet in the bedrooms (these were not my choices, they were here when we moved in! and nothing can be seen on that.


I prefer dark carpet over light, as every little mark can show on light carpet.  Also, we had light carpet that we had rugs over, and the colour of it around the rugs was awful!

#8 trophywife

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:44 AM

We have a dark brown carpet in our living room and all the bedrooms. I LOVE it. It does show up fluff but that beats having stains all over it (we have 5 kids). After 5 years it still looks good, I'm really pleased with it. I vacuum a couple of times a day anyway because the little ones walk bits in on the hard floors as well.

#9 Dixer

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:54 AM

We used to have dark carpet which I hated. It showed every piece of fluff and all marks from shoes and it felt like I was constantly vacuuming to keep it looking tidy.

When our house was flooded we had it replaced with a light cream colour and the difference was huge. All the rooms look much bigger and it doesn't show marks as much as our old carpet. Love the lighter colour.

#10 Guest_*Alicia*_*

Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:12 PM

We have dark charcoal coloured carpet in the lounge and bedrooms.  It doesn't show fluff etc very much, only what you'd expect really but I vacuum daily anyway so it's not really a problem.  

It does make our lounge look tiny but our formal lounge is not only small but dark.

#11 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (hills mum bec @ 24/11/2010, 07:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
this carpet showed up everything, every little bit of dust, lint, food etc


We have very dark coloured carpets in all the bedrooms, and I agree with the above.  I find I have to vacuum it everyday (sometimes twice if we have visitors), but overall I am happy with it.  I've lived in several houses before with cream coloured carpet, and although you couldn't see the dust etc, it was terrible for stains.  

At least with the dark coloured carpet once you vacuum it it looks fantastic  tthumbs.gif



#12 streaky

Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:04 PM

We have a chocolate brown color carpet in the bedrooms (the only carpet we have) ad floorboards through the rest of the house which are also dark brown and I love it, I do vac everyday but with 4 kids you have to but it beats the crap out of stained carpet thats for sure. We had lighter carpet in our old house and when we were choosing colors for this house we both agreed on the dark carpet before anything else. You do have to match your walls to make the room look bigger but it is worth it IMHO.

#13 Neeky

Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:49 PM

Thanks for all the replies!!

We had light carpet in our old house too, and it ended up with so many stains that it just looked super ugly. Nothing wrong with the carpet itself, just the terrible stains!

Which is one reason why we're really keen for a darker carpet in this house. Also the fact the walls are white, the rooms are large and we have ample natural light, plus with black and white tiles throughout the rest of the house, the only carpet swatch that looked any good was the dark charcoal. Everything else just looked cack against the black and white tile.

So... the only problems I see us facing is the lint, fluff, dust etc. Which should be fixed by a vacuum over.

I'll still bring home some more swatches first before I make up my mind. But thanks so much for the input, it really helps... after all, carpet is hard to change and it's a big cost, so I want to get it right!!! original.gif

#14 fatebaby

Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:29 PM

We just built our house with dark charcoal carpets, I agree that you can see any lighter coloured fluff etc but we have two black dogs and so for us it is brilliant...can't see the dog hair and yes a good regular vacuum keeps it looking fantastic. We have lived in 6 houses before this and 4 had carpet - all were light and all were a pain with showing up our dogs hair and stains just from normal wear and tear....so far I am really happy we chose dark carpets and visitors always comment on how nice it looks. We do have decent sized rooms and white walls so it doesn't make the rooms look small (we only have carpet in the rumpus and bedrooms).

Good luck with your choice original.gif

#15 madhatter

Posted 28 November 2010 - 07:59 AM

hey OP, yep weve got the charcoal in our main......i absolutely love it as it goes so well with our colour scheme in there.....timber furniture, cuppacino walls with a rumba feature wall!!  

whilest i adore it....it does show up lint etc, but to me it inclines me to vac (as im not a neat freak, so its good, lol) more than i you would on light coloured carpet cause i can actually see the dirt etc.  plus when we had light colour carpet in our old place we ended up with a 'track' in our bedroom to the ensuite cause we had tiles throughout the rest of the house....hence had dirty feet and didnt know it!! yukko!!

each to their own.....but i say go for it if you dont mind vacuming more often than normal.

good luck on your choice!!


#16 Cat's Pyjamas

Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:06 AM

Dark brown carpet (waffle weave) in our front living area and bedrooms, and it shows every little speck. Very annoying.  but on the plus side if anything is spilled you barely notice any stains!

#17 KylieY

Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:22 AM

I was about to go down the dark carpet route, but at the last minute I decided on floor boards instead. I had a light grey carpet that showed every mark and stain and it was getting too hard and expensive to clean. It looked disgusting.

I got a quote for carpets in a dark brown colour and for an extra $1000 I got (or will get on Dec 20th) floorboards through the whole house. I figured they are easier to maintain and keep clean.

I was warned against the dark colours for the reasons all these ladies have pointed out. They still look good though!  tongue.gif

Just an idea for you.  biggrin.gif

#18 silhouette

Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:41 AM

I'm surprised at these responses, actually. We have dark charcoal carpet in one living area and cream in another (opposite ends of the house, so they don't clash) and the dark carpet is much, much, much better than the light. That room gets much more use as well, and I can't say I've ever noticed dust, dirt or fading. It's a good quality one and I can't remember what it's made of, probably a wool/synthetic blend.

The cream on the other hand shows up everything, especially clumps of white and black cat hair.

I would definitely go dark over light any day.

#19 shelly1

Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:49 AM

We do - it hides stains but does show lots of fluff ect.

We did it on the cheap and it isnt colourfast so that has been a problem for us. Once the kids are a little older we are going to replace it with something nicer.

#20 tle

Posted 28 November 2010 - 08:54 AM

We've got navy blue and I love it. It does show up alot of fluff, lint etc though. The only other problem I have with it is if something gets spilt and you don't notice it (so don't clean it straight away) some thing will actually bleach the colour out of the carpet. I have a few little lightish spots where this has happened.

Our's is seven years old and we've had no fading at all (other than the spill spots mentioned above). It was a very expensive carpet when we put it down but it still looks like new.

#21 biene_maja

Posted 28 November 2010 - 09:05 AM

We've got floorboards but bought a dark brown rug for DD2 to roll around on. I pretty much have to vacuum over it every day to keep it looking half way ok. It shows every little thing.

#22 MiSS_E

Posted 28 November 2010 - 11:01 PM

We're looking at new carpet now too, and I wanted charcoal. The carpet guy actually talked me out of it, and we have decided on this colour instead:



It has little flecks of black and white through it which he said will disguise hair and fluff better, not that I plan on letting the place fill up with cat hair  biggrin.gif  but he said it would be better between vaccuums.

#23 mummy to e&j

Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:55 AM

We put in a chocolate brown when we built our current house 3 years ago.  Still looks brand new.  We do have larger rooms though.  Not sure how it would be in a small house.

I'd prefer dark over light, as someone said, dark doesn't show any stains, and we vacuum once a week, otherwise pull out the dustbuster quickly.

I'd choose dark again.




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