A house is essentially an empty box made up of mostly straight lines. It's what you do with that box that turns it into a home. I think it's fair to say that most homeowners take that empty box and decorate it themselves with the help of Pinterest, Instagram, and their favorite design blogs. And if you do it yourself like I always have, it's important to have a plan. How do you want to feel when you walk through your front door? Do you prefer neutrals, color, or a mix? Are you drawn to straight lines and geometric patterns or do you like softer silhouettes and curves? What type of flooring do you want? Are you open to carpet or would you rather have hardwood? There are so many decisions to make, it can be a bit overwhelming!
The best way to narrow down the choices and come up with a cohesive plan that feels right to you is to create a mood board like the one I recently worked on for Carpet One Floor & Home's 2023 Floorcast. I received carpet, luxury vinyl, and wood flooring samples in the mail along with a theme: Adding Curves. Anyone who follows my Instagram knows that I'm all about curves, arches, wavy lines, and soft silhouettes. I’ve added them all over my DIY home via the furniture I’ve built, archways I’ve installed, and lighting that I’ve chosen. What you might not realize, however, is that I’ve added to the look with my flooring choices as well.
So how can you incorporate curves into your home design with flooring? Personally, I’ve chosen to use natural hardwood flooring throughout my home with a variety of coordinating accent rugs and area rugs in each room. The majority of the rugs I’ve chosen have a combination of high and low pile, which is a great way to add flow and movement. Sculpted or tufted patterned carpet can also give the same effect and the samples I received from Carpet One Floor & Home are a great example of that.
The sample on top in the image above is called Rhythm of Life in the color Corsica and the slight variation in pile height as well as the irregular shapes in the accent color give it a soft and oraganic look. Dare I say I’d be very into the idea of a whole entire room carpeted in this one? The other sample, Maplewood in the color Iron Gate, has the same vibe; but the colorway of the lighter one is much more my style, which is why I chose it for my mood board.
Hardwood or luxury vinyl with knots and curved lines can also give a feeling of flow and movement and the hardwood I chose for my mood board, Monterey Heights in the color Antique Lace, really reminds me of the flooring I have throughout my home. The luxury vinyl sample I received, Clear Lake in the color Modesto, also has a similar look with its knotted effect. Either of these would be an excellent choice if you’re wanting to incorporate curves!
I approached this project as though I were actually designing a room around my favorite flooring samples I received from Carpet One Floor & Home, using the current design of my den as inspiriation. I was going for a mostly neutral look with a few soft accent colors that can be easily swapped out if I tire of them via the mint velvet pillow covers and peach poppy flowers. The colors and the soft flow of the veining on the vintage marble catchall mimic those in the Rhythm of Life carpet sample, making them pair well together. The organic and curved shapes of the statue, flowers, and Art Nouveau frame also go well together and with the theme of Adding Curves. I’m really happy with the overall feel of the finished mood board. It’s the perfect representation of the curve-filled room I already have in my home and the Rhythm of Life carpet and Monterey Heights hardwood would fit in seamlessly and be the perfect addition!
This post is sponsored by Carpet One Floor & Home. However, all ideas and opinions are my own.