After much angst as to its colour, my new carpet has just been installed in my basement TV room.
I’m so happy with it!
Of course, there were other issues along the way (nothing is ever easy or straightforward in Pinklea-land). I refused to pay 200$ extra or whatever it was to have the furniture moved out then back in again. I refused to pay a similar amount to have the old carpet removed. With PG’s help, I figured I could do it myself. Kind of like my attitude with the new blinds.
And I actually did do most of all that myself. PG helped me move only the TV and the bigger hide-a-bed sofa, and he helped tear out about half the old, ugly carpet. Because this was all done the day before, I was also able to vacuum the cement floor very thoroughly so that I knew that underneath the new carpet, it would be clean.
I wish I had taken a photo of the old, gross carpet, but I didn’t. Suffice it to say that it was a nondescript, beige, stained, cheap berber.
Anyway, this is what the room looked like completely empty and ready for the installers. As you can see, the bottom of the walls is painted navy blue, and the top is a lighter blue. My two sofas in the room are beige, and that caused the colour problem.
Just try to find a neutral-ish colour to match with navy blue and beige! I had originally thought to match the sofas as closely as I could, but that proved impossible, not to mention ugly, upon second thought. I mean, it would have been just a sea of bland beige. Gross! A lighter, almost white colour might have worked, but it would have shown dirt way too easily. A shade of blue was a possibility, though not exactly neutral.
But when I brought in both a navy blue paint chip and a cushion from the sofa to show the salesperson in the store, she immediately recognized that the beige fabric actually had a green tinge to it. All I could think of at the time was that old saying “Blue and green should never be seen”. However, within the type of plush carpet I had chosen, she suggested this colour called “Riverbank”, which, as its name suggests, is a blend of brown, beige and green. And damn, but it looks terrific with both the beige sofas and the navy blue walls!
See? I would never have considered that colour without being prodded by the salesperson in a million years, but I really, really like it! It warms up the room (literally and figuratively – it’s a carpet, after all) and it looks, dare I say it, almost designer-ish. Like someone competent in interior design chose it.
Well, I do watch a lot of Home and Garden TV …