From sumptuous pastel plush to rugged berber tweeds, carpet is a universally popular floor covering.

Broadloom has long been synonymous with comfort and luxury, but in today’s eclectic room schemes, carpeting is just one of numerous soft options for a high-fashion floor.

Whether you choose a room-size loose-laid or wall to wall permanently installed over a cushion, this soft floor covering, offers many practical advantages. Broadloom’s sweep of color and underfoot comfort gives any room-even sparely set ones-a more “furnished” feeling. Colors can work magic, too. For example, a light hue visually expands a small space, and a dark one cozies up a large room. Carpet in a sunny color can visually warm a room short on natural light. Before you buy carpets, study samples at home, and remember that the color of a room-size carpet will be more intense than the samples.