Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale Carpets

Flooring trends and practical realities, by Alan

Cosy comfortable carpets, grey is the colour, stripes are in too!

A realistic down to earth take on flooring trends from the Lymington oracle: Alan

The annual Flooring Show, the UK’s flagship national flooring event, took place in Harrogate last month.

Supported by key industry bodies such as the Contract Flooring Association, National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers and the Flooring Industry Training Association and bringing together all areas of the industry, the Show celebrated its 56th birthday this year and continues to be the best-loved and biggest event on the industry’s calendar.

And some of the discussions were quite profound.  There was talk about how increasing populations and environmental challenges combined with the momentum towards compact living and multi-use spaces and the increasing emphasis on “wellbeing”, will require flooring products to be created that are adaptable, that transform and are multi-purpose.  “They should be fluid just like the spaces in which they will be used…grounding, calming, comforting… often connecting us with the environment and cultural heritage.”  (More along these lines here)

Back on earth in Lymington, here’s our personal local expert take on current and upcoming flooring trends.

Loop pile is the style and grey is the colour!Grey is the new beige in carpets, finally

Loop pile is the style, grey is the new beige.  That’s because carpets and floors are always last on the act!  In fact if you buy Homes & Gardens and see emerging trends, it’ll be at least two years before carpets catch up – but since most people mostly want neutral colours it’s fairly academic!

Carpets are in!

Carpets are still regarded by we Northern Europeans as the flooring of choice for everything except the kitchen, utility room and maybe the hallway.

People who choose hard floors for the living room usually end up covering a large area of it with a rug.  The fact remains that in winter especially, a large reception where sitting still is the main activity is much more comfortable for relaxing in if it’s covered in carpet.

The acoustics are different – softer!  The ambient temperature is kinder.  It just feels quieter, and more relaxing.

Contemporary striped carpet from Greendale CarpetsStripes and more stripes!

Stripes are very popular at the moment for common areas – and stripey custom made stair carpets are a la mode too.

A new carpet for Christmas?

There’s just about time still…

We’re the local stockist for Greendale Carpets and they are well up on all the trends, with plenty of tasteful stripes as well as all the plain colours you could imagine to complement your colour scheme.

Greendale is a big cooperative carpet buying group with fantastic stock holding facilities, owned by its local independent retailers members like John Cooper Carpets.  Do read more about Greendale here, it will give you the confidence that we independents really can provide great quality at competitive prices, in fact we dare to say it even more boldly: better carpet quality for the price.

Whether you’re looking for plain greys, colourful stripes or have other ideas, there is sure to be a quality Greendale carpet for your requirements.National Wool Week - or Month

By the way if wool is your choice, National Wool “Week” is so popular it’s taken over the whole of the month of October.  We’re always delighted to share our love of wool carpets!

Come in and have a chat with Alan Mon-Fri 9am – 4pm, or email

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