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Need to replace bedroom carpet to look good with rest of carpet

bjdusaDecember 31, 2012
I have a contemporary styled condo with a beigeish gray plush carpet which is no longer availaable. Should I try to match this existing carpet?
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Nancy Hehmann
I probably would either match or switch to hardwoods. They really are not difficult to lay down and could increase the value of your condo if you own it.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 3:43PM
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Granite Grannies
Will they be directly next to each other? Even if they are, you could add a threshold to separate the bedroom carpet from the hall/ whatever is next to it. If the carpet is no longer available then trying for a close match might just look off. I'd go for a different carpet, maybe one that compliments the existing carpet. Of course, like Carolina Photo said, hardwood is the number one choice.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 3:45PM
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Thanks for your help.Yes, they are directly next to each other. I have hardwood in my kitchen, but for bedroom above garage, I need carpet for warmth. The threshold idea sounds interesting. How do I do that?
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 5:49PM
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Granite Grannies
You could do something as simple as a level wood threshold like the first picture.
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or you could do an interesting raised threshold like the second picture

The third picture shows your average wood transition
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We've done some really cool granite thresholds that are basically an obtuse isosceles triangle. You could make one out of brick, wood, granite, marble, metal....really anything that would complement the home well.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:13PM
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Granite Grannies
And since they are next to each other, unless you can get a carpet that look exactly the same, I would recommend finding a different, but complementary carpet. Depending on the age of the pre-existing carpet, it may even look off if you find an exact match, like when people add brand new hardwood right next to older, more worn wood of the exact same wood, finish, and cut. Or when you clean one area of a wall, and realize that you know have a bright spot.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:15PM
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Sue Ann Stevens
What about using a hardwood in the hall and then it frees you up to choose whatever carpet you want for that bedroom. I'm making an assumption that "next to" regarding carpet from adjacent area means that the door to the bedroom that needs the replacement carpet comes off a hallway or passage.
    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 7:43PM
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I would go for a totally different look to the room and match the carpet to it. I always feel with decorating, that if something has to be different, then make sure it is different, make it a WOW factor rather than an apology for not fitting in.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 31, 2012 at 9:53PM
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I like this idea-just have to figure out what to do. Thanks.
    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:21PM
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Tell us what you have, add some photos, and we will probably have you more confused than ever :) ........ at least you will have more choices.
    Bookmark   January 1, 2013 at 9:33PM
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