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.
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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
Oooooh….so many good things to look at in these photos! The furniture, the flowers, the lighting….it’s candy for our eyes!
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.
Thanks for the great ideas! I’ll defintely put them to good use.