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Old 05-12-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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I may sell my house in 2 years. I am replacing the carpet in the 3 bedrooms downstairs, and hallway downstairs, as well as the stairs and hall upstairs. I went with a safe earthtone for the family room and living room last year. I know the safest thing would be to go earthy in the rest of the house as well. But I would love to have a little color! My bedroom is downstairs. The house(live alone) is somewhat dark as it sits on a lot with lots of trees, so it has to be a lighter color. Could you all suggest something that won't chase a buyer away, but offers something aside from earthtones? Thanks!
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Why don't you put carpet in and then use a colorful rug? I don't think there are any "safe" carpet colors other than lighter earthtones.

I have seen baby blue, pink, and lime green turn off buyers so fast. Since you aren't going to live there for a long time keep it safe. It will save you money in the end.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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I agree . Color on the walls is much easier to imagine changing than a carpet. Even if they like the color and it looks great with your stuff, if it does not match theirs, they will start subtracting $$ right away to replace the carpet or change their furnishings.Do color in paint or accessories, like a rug as mentioned.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Olympia
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If you want to stay safe, keep the carpet colors in tones from beige to light brown. A light grey might still be okay, as long as you don't get into the blue hues.

Sandy
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I guess I will take the advice. BUT would it be ok to get earthtone carpet, in a very subtle sculpture for a little flavor, or do buyers in general don't like that??????
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Buyers are all different. I have pets and a husband who is *ahem* less than clean most of the time. I see beige, or any other light color and I start subtracting for new floor coverings. I see berber and I start subtracting. I see white tile and I start subtracting.

My taste runs to a nice frieze (think short version of 1970's shag) with a parti fleck. Offers some color and hides a multitude of dog hair, dirty feet, etc.

Buy whatever makes you happy and don't worry so much about what someone else may want in a couple of years.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:26 PM
 
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Thanks racelady. I have the exact frieze you describe in the family and living room. I do like it, but want something a little different in the bedrooms. It does have the partial fleck, which does add some interest. Perhaps I can match the base color for the other rooms.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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The frieze is very popular right now out here in Oregon, and all of my buyer's have loved in when they walked into a home.

I have seen some gorgeous carpet with the designs that you are talking about and I'd say 75% of my buyer's have liked it. I know I am seeing a lot of that in home offices and master suites now.

While I somewhat agree with racelady that make the house yours, since you are thinking about selling in two years don't do anything that would make you have to replace flooring in two years. That just doesn't make financial sense.

Since you bought nice carpet, you know it is not cheap.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:41 AM
 
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I will stay in the cream/tan family. I knew this was the way to go, but it was nice hearing from those in the know. I know I will be glad I went this way when I sell the house. Thanks everyone.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:38 AM
 
Location: northern california
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I agree . Color on the walls is much easier to imagine changing than a carpet. Even if they like the color and it looks great with your stuff, if it does not match theirs, they will start subtracting $$ right away to replace the carpet or change their furnishings.Do color in paint or accessories, like a rug as mentioned.
As a buyer currently looking at homes, that's how I view flooring vs. walls. If I have to get rid of the flooring to preserve my sanity (eg, blue or peach carpet), I do the mental math to deduct how much it would cost to replace. If it's workable, though not to my tastes, I don't do the math, and just expect to replace it years down the road as needed, ie just work around it. In contrast, painting seems like a much more doable project, and something I'd want to do in most homes, even those w/ neutral colors.

Either way, it's easier to visualize my own things/style in your home if your palette is neutral and the furnishings minimal. What you've described sounds nice -- enjoy it!
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