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When science collides with fashion: How the science of colour is informing the carpet design of the future

Carpet is probably one of the last things that comes to mind when you’re considering fashion. I mean, let’s face it, carpet’s primary purpose is to be walked on.

But when you stop to think about it, carpet easily one of the most important elements to consider when designing any room.

After your walls, the floor is likely to be the largest visible surface in any given room, so it’s not something to be flippant about. Will your carpet colour choice clash with your furniture?

An art and design graduate of Georgia State University, Kristin Stallings is the product designer for carpet fibre manufacturer Antron.

“Colour has a big impact on our thoughts and emotions. So the colours of a space are incredibly important,” Stallings told Interior Design.

There’s also the psychology behind choosing the right carpet – you hardly want a pristine, white fibres covering the floor of a kindergarten, but not just because those little finger-painting digits are going to make a mess.

“This is why there are so many colour studies in interior design specific to different market segments,” Stallings said. “You use different colours for senior living than you would for education, because the energy you want to get out of each space is much different.

“So for example, at the Antron brand we’ve been introducing lots of tinted neutrals with natural colorations because they have a calming effect. These sorts of colours are best suited for mills that are developing products for healthcare.”

So it should come as no surprise that Stallings is part of a global team focussed on getting colour right.

“We have a creative team of designers from every corner of the globe — Europe, Asia, Asia-Pacific and North America. It’s a team from different backgrounds, and we all drive colour development and fiber innovation.”

Perhaps more importantly – because, again, it’s primary purpose is to be walked on – how is the fibre your carpet is made from going to hold up? You want that stuff to last at least 15 years, but that’s not going to happen if it’s made from something delicate.

“By bringing together art and science, I can help create products that will look good for a long time,” Stallings said. “Our thread makes carpets look newer longer, so they don’t have to be replaced as often.”

And more than just saving you money, that’s less taxing on the environment, resulting in as much as 42 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

So the pay-off for great carpet is more than just a good-looking floor, it’s also a greener planet.

Images: Antron

Via Interior Design

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