The short answer to this would be yes, but, as ever in life, there are some exceptions.
Almost overnight in the mid 1990s, as contemporary urban living emerged as the lifestyle of choice for modern city folk, carpets found themselves on the end of a bad rap. They were declared as universally naff and suburban by London’s new loft dwellers, causing a massive drop in carpet sales (you might say the market went through the floor) and a huge rise in real wood, laminate and other hard floorings.
A dog day for floors: please don’t carpet your loft apartment living room like this.
However, as with all extreme views, opinion has softened over time and there are certainly carpets that do ‘go’ in the sleeping areas of urban living spaces. Manufacturers, rather than go out of business, turned their efforts to merging suburban comfort with inner city cool to create soft floor coverings that work in any sort of space without screaming footballers wives. The result is an upgrade of suburbia, and the softening of city living.
So, with today’s history lesson over, let’s start with the living room. Frankly, if you want a carpeted living room then you don’t really sound like a likely loft candidate. The whole idea of loft living is to expose and highlight the original aesthetic of a space. Not many warehouses, factories or schools came with carpet and there’s a jolly good reason for that. So, to retain an authentic vibe to the main living space, no carpet please. Rugs are a different matter, and we’ll touch on those later.
Kitchens & bathrooms: no carpets, end of.
Bedrooms and studies are where flexibility makes its appearance. If we’re being purists – and we mainly are – fitted carpets do not strictly adhere to the loft code of ethics. However, who can argue with the soft underfoot toastiness of an 80/20 Berber twist when getting up or going to bed?
Plain, uncomplicated designs in neutral tones are the way to go: think of the carpet as an inconspicuous treat for your loft-dwelling feet, rather than a full-on design statement. When it comes to carpeting a loft, think background, background, background. And no rouched blinds!
Who can resist a berber twist? A good example of the way to go with bedroom carpet in loft apartments.
While carpets are confined to bedrooms, it doesn’t mean the floor has to remain devoid of pattern. Often a building’s original floors offer plenty of personality – whether timber, concrete or tile – but rugs are more than acceptable as a way of drawing attention to your urban style savvy. In fact, we’d go so far as to say there are no rules when it comes to these furry islands on your floor, so go have some fun.
Who needs rules? When it comes to rugs in your loft apartment, go Moroccan, go Turkish, go Conran, go your own way.