Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

To get an idea of how dif­fer­ent types of car­pets feel, ask if you can walk bare­foot on sam­ples in the show­room – if you or fam­ily mem­bers like to loll around on the floor play­ing games or watch­ing TV, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate a com­fort­able floor cov­er­ing. A dense and plush cut pile car­pet will feel softer than a loop pile, and wool gen­er­ally feels nicer than ny­lon.

An­other op­tion is durable sisal, made from the agave plant, which feels firm but not scratchy. “Sisal works well in coastal, coun­try and Scandi dec­o­rat­ing styles,” says Emma. It looks great in liv­ing rooms, hall­ways and bed­rooms but is less suit­able for damp ar­eas like kitchens and bath­rooms, as mois­ture can make the nat­u­ral fi­bres shrink. For a luxe op­tion, pure sisal wo­ven with soft New Zealand wool is avail­able from The Nat­u­ral Floor­cov­er­ings Cen­tres. Or to get the look of sisal with the feel of wool, there’s Car­pet Court’s Gaia Wool Far North col­lec­tion.

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