Cheryll's Area Carpet Edition

Do you want to make your home beautiful from the floor up? Then join our spokesperson Cheryll Gillespie for some amazing designer tips on putting Area Carpets in your home.

Cheryll talks about her designer crush on area carpet (which is a trendy way of talking about area rugs!). She employs them constantly when designing a great space. "They can add a lot to a room," she says, "they add colour and texture..." Especially with regards to texture, area carpets can give a lot of "wow power" and personality to the space. She recommends thinking about their application in any room, even a laundry room!

Area carpets provide a key design feature in that they actually help to define a space. When Cheryll is designing a room and she wants to ensure that it's well proportioned, she will either have all of the furniture on the area carpet or sitting just slightly off the area carpet. She recommends having at least 6 inches of area carpet behind every piece of furniture. If she's using a smaller carpet that doesn't quite fit the space, or if she's unable to put all of the seating on top of the carpet, then she will opt to have the carpet to just hit the inside edge of every seat.

As a final design tip in this video, she asks us not to be afraid to lay an area carpet on top of your normal wall-to-wall carpeted room. Not only will it protect the wall-to-wall carpet but it will look and feel fabulous!



Cheryll’s keen eye for detail and sense of style has led to a growing and successful career in interior design and the media. Cheryll ran an interior design firm in Western Canada for 15 years, specializing in both commercial and residential design work. As an established and celebrated designer, she began to share her expertise with a national audience – through public speaking, television, radio and print. Today, in addition to hosting two popular national radio shows, Cheryll writes for over 290 newspaper publications a column on construction, design and décor, making her one of the most successful syndicated columnists in Canada. She is also the official spokesperson for Floors Now!

Layering Area Carpets, aka Area Rugs, is a very cool trend, and we have another article about it right here.

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Contributed by Stephanie Gilchrist.

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