Carpet covers a large part of any room, so it’s vital to consider some basic color selection guidelines when making your choice. First and foremost, expect that once your carpet is installed, the color will seem lighter than the sample you saw in the store. Don’t ask us why, that’s just the way it is – kind of like losing a sock in the dryer. Next, recognize how color affects the apparent size of a room. Lighter colored carpet seems to enlarge a room, while darker shades make the space feel smaller and more intimate. If you like to redecorate often or plan to move soon, go neutral. It’s easy to add color with accessories anytime you want to redecorate. And when selling your house, it is much easier for buyers to imagine their furniture in a room decorated with neutral colors.