By Annette Callari, ASID; CMG
Contract carpets continue to exert influence on residential carpet design. This is a trend that has been in place for several years now, and growing in importance. Contract patterns, colors and constructions are all making their way to the residential side and consumers seem to love it.
Form follows function is the guiding tenet behind commercial carpet design. With function being a critical factor, carpet constructions have to be durable. Mannington Commercial Mills just released a new contract carpet that is shockingly an oxymoron! Boucle is the name of this high profile carpet (broadloom and carpet tile). You are all familiar with boucle fabrics: nubby, luxurious weaves with varying sized large and small loops. Now this fashion classic has been interpreted for the floor. Mannington’s marketing department has done an excellent job of capturing this in words: …(this is) a modern, luxe take on classic boucle – reinterpreted as broadloom and modular carpet, in a color palette that ranges from vibrant hues to timeless neutrals…
The actual construction of the carpet is an even bigger story. Mannington uses a proprietary, ultra-large denier yarn (with a patented twist technology) to get the high texture look that can still withstand heavy foot traffic. Do you see what I mean by an oxymoron? Large profile loops do not traditionally equate to high-performance textiles, and certainly not a textile for the floor. Yet here it is, with a color palette of calming neutrals countered with fiery, unexpected colors (Amethyst, Ruby, Sunset, Teal and Sapphire to name a few).
Let’s switch gears and focus on glass tile. Daltile gave me a sneak peek at their upcoming introductions, and one in particular fits the “fiery” category. NorthStar Tumbled Glass combines random sized mosaic glass tiles to create pure art. My favorite colorway is a mix of coral, orange, peach and red-orange—a colorburst in glass that rivals even the most beautiful sunset.
There are so many fans of terra cotta that I had to include an exceptional example here. Walker Zanger created Spanish Cotto, a combination of ceramic and terra cotta. These tiles are handmade and high fired. The result is a beautiful and durable surface for floors, walls and counters. The manufacturer uses a hand-pressed technique to give each tile a warm, leathery patina reflective of aged terra cotta. Mucho caliente!
If you are NOT afraid of color and favor the hot side of the color wheel, then you probably loved this article. Manufacturers are more than willing to bring dramatic color to your floors. Gone are the beige days, and both residential and contract interiors are offering palettes that include spicy hues to bring drama to your interiors.