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Wall to wall

We received this request via email last month from Eileen: (and I finally found some time to scour my photo stash)

"I've always lived in older homes with wood floors, but I recently purchased an 80's tract house with wall-to-wall carpet. The carpet has to be replaced now, but it's going to be a few years before I can afford to put in wood. Can you pull together some photos of inspiring living rooms with carpet? Is there such a thing?"  I have selected some photos of living rooms with wall-to-wall carpet (and if it's not wall-to-wall, pretend it is) to help give Eileen some ideas. I'd suggest a very neutral (cream or very light grey) berber or a sisal-type carpet (but not a rough sisal) and then layer some fun area rugs on top (kilims and cowhide are my favs). Being the owner of a plethora of cats, carpet is my worst enemy. So might I suggest something a little zany. If your subfloor is plywood and is in decent shape, how about sanding it smooth and then painting it in the meantime? I've seen this a few times and think it looks great considering the inexpensive material. (If you don't believe me check out this post by Erin of Design Crisis).

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Reader Comments (4)

Thanks for the great ideas! I'll defintely put them to good use.

25 Mar 2010 | Unregistered Commentereileen

Hey Kim:
I really like that plywood floor in the first photo you linked to! I've never seen a plywood floor like that. I wonder how that would lookin my new breakfast room (for which I've not purchase wood flooring yet)? Thanks for this post. Some very good examples of carpeted rooms, too. ~Sparky

25 Mar 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni (aka Sparky)

Oooooh....so many good things to look at in these photos! The furniture, the flowers, the lighting....it's candy for our eyes!

25 Mar 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhite Cabana

Here in chilly NZ we are able to purchase offcuts/end of rolls of expensive carpets at a reasonable price and have them professionally edged as oversized rugs. They're a good wall to wall subsitute especially if you get a equal sized piece of underlay to go with them. We lift them up for summer and have the best of both worlds.

27 Mar 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

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