Fabulous Natural Neutral Carpet from Kersaint Cobb

In case you haven't heard, neutrals and natural textures are having a huge moment. And frankly, even if neutrals aren't your bag for walls, you'd do well to stick to a neutral tone for floor coverings.

Wall colour and coverings can be changed on a whim, but flooring is a much more long-term decision, with a bigger financial commitment. Therefore it needs more consideration, and should be less trend-led.
Pampas Nordic Stripe in Sweden
I've eyed up a patterned carpet or three in my time, but I know for a fact I'd have gone off it within a year, and I'm so pleased I never went down that route! Besides, despite their sometimes dull reputation, neutrals most definitely don't mean boring. And when I say neutral, I don’t mean white - it’s a very brave person that puts in pure white carpet! Think beiges and rich deep greys right down to the darkest charcoal.

Kersaint Cobb have a large collection of natural neutral carpet (with a few bolder colours too, which are pretty special combined with these fabulous textures).

From the subtle Pampas Nordic Stripe, to the herringbone of Cascade, it’s the texture and weave that keeps these neutrals thoroughly contemporary and fresh – they add interest, allowing the other design elements of a room to shine, whilst providing the base. A supporting role that is crucial to the overall feel.

Clockwise From Top Left: South Pacific in Tuvala, Sisal Big Boucle in Noir, Cascade in Grey Fossil, Pampas Nordic in Skagen

I've often said that flooring sets the tone of a space as it's the foundation for the look of a room, and neutral carpets do that quietly, without dominating. They lend a sense of grown up elegance to a space whilst allowing complete freedom with the other design decisions. Not only does this ensure that the look of a room can be easily changed if desired, but they also work equally well with stark white walls, warm beiges and cooler greys, right through to bolder colours too.

Left: Cascade 100% Wool Right: Luna 70% Wool / 30% Goat Hair

South Pacific 100% Wool in Tuvalu

This very contemporary look (above) is softened by the use of the South Pacific 100% wool carpet in Tuvalu, which has a subtle green tone. It stops the space from looking completely stark, adding a touch of visual and physical warmth. The weave has a fine stripe that is perfect for modern spaces, and comes in seventeen colours - some less neutral including Rarotonga, a muted blue that I could definitely get on board with! 

100% Sisal Big Boucle in Noir
A tone on tone scheme is a favourite of mine, so I love this look featuring Sisal Big Boucle in the shade Noir. The waffle weave again lends a super modern look, and works so well to balance a more traditional interior. 

Pampas Nordic in Skagen
The Pampas Nordic is a classic plain neutral for the quietest supporting role. This mid warm grey (Skagen) is the perfect choice for this room with its lighter walls, and it complements rather than competes with the pops of soft blue and pink, again adding a contemporary feel to this otherwise quite traditional space. 

South Pacific in Tonga
You can see Kersaint Cobb's full collection on their website which includes wool, sisal, coir, jute, seagrass carpet and runners alongside solid and engineered wood.

This post is in collaboration with Kersaint Cobb.

My New Cormar Carpet!

I haven’t shown the hallway and stairs on the blog for a LONG time. Purely because aside from a lick of paint, nothing had changed except that the old carpet had gotten increasingly grotty.

Come to think of it, the upper stairs and landings have never been on the blog or instagram, so here's a little peek at some parts of the house you won't have seen before. Like ever. Unless you've been to my house. Duh.

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The carpet really needed to be replaced after we did the loft over six years ago, but other things always took priority and it got ignored. It drove me completely batty to be honest; the lavender carpet that I once loved, was faded, flat, fraying and frankly, filthy. Yes, ALL the F's. I didn't want to spend the money having it professionally cleaned when it was so far beyond saving, so I did the best I could using supermarket products, which to be honest, don't make much difference at all, and tried to ignore it.

You might remember a while back on my stories that I ripped up Baxter’s carpet when I could stand it no longer, and gave the very knackered old boards a quick sand and paint, which although a vast improvement, it made an already cold room even colder, which wasn't ideal at all with winter approaching.

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I couldn’t wait to put new carpet not only on the stairs, back hall and landings, but to take it into all three bedrooms too. Edie's bedroom and my bedroom had white painted floorboards, and Edie's in particular were in pretty bad shape.

Carpet hasn’t been particularly fashionable over the last few years, but I’m a fan for several reasons:

We live in London. It’s cold, grey and miserable for a decent portion of the year, and I’m a believer that your flooring should suit your climate. There’s nothing better than getting out of bed on a chilly morning (so, 95% of the year!) and putting your feet down onto plush, soft, warm carpet. I absolutely adore having it in the bedrooms now (you may have seen it in Edie's bedroom already, Baxter's room will be revealed next week, and our bedroom in the new year!)

It also gives a real sense of luxury and comfort. The kids were literally jumping for joy when we came back to freshly laid carpet after our pretty rubbish journey home from our summer holiday - both of them rolling around with delight on it. The joy they were expressing physically, was pretty much how it made me feel emotionally! It’s that comfort and warmth that just can’t be matched with hard flooring, and I feel it’s so much better suited to bedrooms.

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The Cormar carpet I chose is from the Sensation range and the colour is Light Taupe, a warm grey, and more of a mid-tone than light. It's a lovely neutral colour that works with all the other colours in the house, and will continue to do so as I change wall colours (if you're new here, the walls in this house tend not to stay the same colour for very long!).

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What I love about this carpet is not only it’s softness underfoot (it’s SO soft and plush!), but also the gentle velvety sheen it has when the light hits it. Perhaps controversially, I personally prefer non-wool carpet because aside from the fact that you have no shedding or smell to deal with, it’s as tough as anything, stain resistant, and perfect for a busy family home like ours.

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French For Pineapple Blog - My New Cormar Carpet

The stairs are one of the first things you see when you come into the house, and the old carpet was such a depressing sight. The new carpet has totally transformed the entire look and feel of the house.

Not much else has changed in the hall, I painted it mid to late last year, and this week I also painted the banister black, which I’ve been thinking about doing for ages. It feels much more fresh and modern than the previous white, and leads the eye through into the back accents in the kitchen.

I’ve left the spindles and visible stair edges white for now, and that works with the white painted floorboards, but I expect I'll end up painting those black too if I manage to replace the floorboards next year. Fingers crossed!

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If you’re considering carpet in the new year, I wholly recommend you check out Cormar Carpets extensive collection.

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets.

Patterned Carpet

Would you? I know that patterned carpet is hardly a new thing, but it's not been particularly en vogue in recent years, except for perhaps stripes on stairs, which is not my style, so that was never an option for me.

But recently I've spotted a few patterned carpets (to clarify, I'm talking about fitted carpet - not rugs) that have really intrigued me. Some subtle, some not so much, and I started to wonder if I would consider patterned carpet over plain when the time comes to replace our (very-knackered-should-have-been-replaced-five-years-ago) carpet. And the answer was a big, resounding, YES!

I thought I'd share a few of my favourites here, and I'd love to know what you think...

These animal prints could either look super tacky, or absolutely amazing. I like the fact that they're totally Marmite, and definitely not for the faint of heart. I love the Antelope designs. Actually, come to think of it, I rather like all of them.

I've seen animal print carpets pop up a few times on Instagram and Pinterest - looking super cute in a kids playroom and dramatic on stairs. They really caught my eye, and then weirdly, as is often the case, I stumbled upon a supplier without actually looking, so I took it as a sign that I needed to spread the good word.

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All the carpets above are from Animal Print Carpet (clue's in the name), and range in price from £20-£70 a square metre. They're all Nylon, with the exception of the Kenya Antelope which is a wool mix. Of course that one is my favourite.

This is an example of Antelope carpet done oh so right, in the fabulous home of Nicole Hanley Mellon as featured on Vogue.com. The Kenya Antelope design above is a pretty close match.

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Image: Claiborne Swanson Frank / Vogue
And how about this leopard print carpet in the completely over the top but stunning home of Hutton Wilkinson. That Emerald green cabinetry with the leopard carpet and aqua ceiling. W O W !

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Image: Christopher Sturman / Harpers Bazaar 

Now I realise that this may all be a little too much, and no, this is not an April Fool's joke, so stay with me. If you like the idea of a patterned carpet, but couldn't live with animal print, how about a more subtle textured look?

I'm really liking the range from Fablon Carpets too. Their Athena, Dominique and Chantrel carpets have had me requesting yet more samples...

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Athena, Dominiuqe and Chantrel Carpets by Fablon 

And finally, I'll leave you with this Grain Du Bois offering from Timourous Beasties for Brintons. I'm in love, and I don't think there's a hope in hell that I'll be considering a plain carpet any time soon!

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