After years of being replaced by hardwood, carpet is getting popular again. The softer feel of wall-to-wall appeals to homeowners who are tired of walking on wood. They have tried the hard surfaces and now want to surround themselves with comfort. Interior designer Eric Ross of Franklin, Tenn., says bedrooms, play rooms, studies and family rooms cry out for carpeting. Manufacturers are creating it with rich colors, patterns and textures that are designed to be a focal point rather than a neutral backdrop. A second decorator says her clients are using carpet to make a statement. If it is the right choice for a specific space, the buyer feels free to pick something a little more exciting. In a room where walls and furniture are a neutral color, a beautiful patterned carpet makes the whole room interesting.