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A high percentage of the particles held by a carpet’s fibres never reaches the breathing zone…

Did you know that having carpeted floors results in far better air quality than having solid surfaces? You might be surprised by the difference in air quality! 





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A simple way to renew the look of your home’s interior is to add a fresh coat of paint. You’ll be able cover smears and imperfections on your walls, plus brighten up your space.

Once you choose the color, the next decision is selecting the type of interior paint. Choosing the right paint for your project begins with understanding the different options.

Flat paint. This type is often used by contractors. It has a matte finish and does not reflect light. Flat paint does not wash well so cleaning the wall will result in loss of paint saturation on the wall. However, its main advantage is that it hides imperfections on walls well.

Eggshell. Eggshell paints have matte finishes and an attractive, understated shine. It will wash slightly better than flat paints, allowing for light cleaning when needed. However, it will not hide imperfections on surfaces as well as flat paints.

Satin. A satin features a medium gloss finish that reflects a greater level of light. It’s a common choice for bathrooms and kitchens. The final finish is not high-gloss, but it is very smooth and attractive. Imperfections will not be hidden, but the paint is highly washable and will stand up to high levels of humidity.

Semi-gloss and high-gloss. These types of paint are the most reflective paint finishes. They are excellent choices for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas as they can withstand high humidity and a great deal of washing. Semi-gloss and high-gloss are often picked for painting baseboards and other trim pieces due to how easy the finish is to clean. Also, these types are ideal for furniture as they give a nice sheen to the wood. Like satins and eggshells, semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes will not hide imperfections on the wall well.

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Instantly transform a room from the ground up. Shown here, a wool area rug creates a traditional feel and the same room with a more contemporary wool area rug.

Think an “extreme makeover” project has to include a sledgehammer and general contractor? Well, interior design does not always have to include knocking down walls or expensive construction.

One of the easiest ways to change an interior is to start with new area rugs, which go far beyond merely providing covering for a floor. They can serve as the impetus for a new color palette and decorating scheme, changing the entire look and feel of a room without breaking the bank. From traditional Persians to transitional styles, to contemporary works of art, there are more styles to choose from at every price point than ever before.

“Today’s designs have a level of sophistication that just wasn’t available in the past,” says Joyce Lowe, a veteran industry design expert, and VP Area Rug Sales for Nourison, the world’s largest manufacturer of handmade area rugs. “Just about any design type is now available in nearly every construction, with textures, carvings, and fiber mixtures that create striking highlights and pattern details.”

Are you a traditionalist? Choose an heirloom quality hand-made rug made of rich New Zealand wool, highlighted with pure silk-accented designs. Want a living room that’s sleek and modern? A designer rug , rich in texture, color and style, can provide the starting point.

Color is of course, a huge component of a room’s décor and should be chosen with care. “A basic rule of thumb in interior design is to select one neutral tone and two brighter accent colors that combine in a pleasing way,” adds Lowe. Transitional and contemporary rugs make choosing accent colors easy because world-class design teams have already selected colors that work well together. Simply pull and match colors from the field of design details.

“Your choice of accessories should complement the décor,” says Lowe. Wall colors, window treatments and accessories are important to a good redesign, none of which need be expensive to change. Toss out old curtains, candles and other accessories from your old room and bring in high fashion pillows, and other accents in complementary colors and styles. You’ll be surprised at how dramatic the change will be.

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We at the Carpet Barn know that buying carpet is a big commitment! That is why we are committed to helping you make the right choice for your home, lifestyle, and budget! Here are a couple of tips for buying carpet before you start shopping!

For High-traffic Areas
1. To carpet a high-traffic area, like your living room or foyer, buy level-loop or Berber carpeting. Level-loop carpeting is constructed of durable loops that are all the same height. Berber is similar, but has loops of differing heights. Both of these carpet types are made to take a beating.

For the Bedroom
2. Your bedroom is likely a place where you walk around barefoot, so buy a plush carpet that you can sink your feet into. Cut-pile carpet fibers are straight instead of looped, and dense to create the smooth “cushiness” of plush carpeting. Buy Saxony carpet for the best feel.

3. When you are buying carpet for a small room, you don’t always have to buy a new roll of carpeting from the store. Measure the length and width of the room, then check the store’s stock of remnants (leftovers from other jobs) to see if there is a piece of carpet available that would cover your room’s entire floor. If you don’t mind seams in the middle of the room, you can even piece two remnants together. This option is much less expensive compared to buying a whole new roll–you can save 50 percent or more when you buy remnants.

Don’t Buy Padding That Is Too Thick
4. You absolutely need padding under the carpet to reduce noise (like creaking), keep your feet warm when walking over the carpet, and to preserve the life of the carpet. If you use plush carpeting, you will defeat the purpose of cushioning your feet if you forget the pads. But don’t buy very thick padding because it makes the carpeting way too soft. Instead, the Carpet and Rug Institute suggests that you buy a pad that is no more than 7/16 inch thick.

-Carpet Barn

4630 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99212 – 509-533-6742

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Now is the perfect time to refresh your home with new flooring! Choose from Stainmaster, AnsoNylon, Smartstrand, and more,  from all the brands you know and trust- in stock everyday at the Carpet Barn!

We have thousands of carpet choices to choose from in stock EVERYDAY!


Our friendly and knowledgeable flooring experts never work on commission, so you can shop comfortably- and confidently!

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