The carpet can be the center of attention, or a subtle background. Subtle backgrounds use neutral colors such as grays, beiges, or earth tones. Carpet that makes a statement and stands out will be in striking colors like rich burgundy or deep hunter green.
Furniture plays an important role in the selection of color. Dark furniture made of cherry or dark oak wood, brown suede, or black leather, looks best with carpet light in color that allows furniture to show nicely. Dark carpet and dark furniture provide no contrast. The reverse is true when furniture is light in color. Light furniture should be displayed on a medium or dark carpet.
Pets and children usually dictate the use of darker carpet. Under that situation, keeping the carpet clean is difficult. If a lighter carpet is a necessity, choose a Berber or multicolored carpet.
Other decorative points in a house or room may influence the carpet color choice. A bedspread, fabric on furniture, or window treatments can affect the choice. Beware that basing color on a fixture that is not permanent can cause a choice that is difficult to accent in the future. Consider carpet an investment. It is not as easily changed as disposable items.