Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

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Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by scorp_pccorp » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 am

My wife wants to replace the upstairs carpet and install a new one. But she wants to do different patterns and styles in different rooms (eg. colorful patterns in kids rooms, classic color/style in master/guest bedrooms etc..). She also wants high-end plush carpets.

I spoke to a carpet installer and he said there would be a lot more wastage and cost due to the multiple cuts that have to be made per room. He also said plush carpets don't really come in patterns/colors and that only thin pile ones usually have them so we would be limited to those. We asked him to provide quotes anyway to see what it comes to.

If cost is not a concern, is it still a bad idea to do this? Will it look odd or strange? We plan to live in the house for at least 15-20 years. She says if buyers don't like it, we can replace the carpets with a standard one at that time.

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Post by PoppyA » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:33 am

A high end plush should last forever and have a timeless look.
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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by Pajamas » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:38 am

scorp_pccorp wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:28 am
If cost is not a concern, is it still a bad idea to do this? Will it look odd or strange?
It's a matter of taste. It is not usual and will look odd or strange to most people. It's a degree or two beyond painting walls in various rooms different uncoordinated colors. At least try to choose colors that coordinate well together so that it is not so jarring.

I don't think I've ever seen patterned wall-to-wall carpeting actually in someone's home besides in the common lobby and hallways of an apartment building, other than in photos. Exception would be official residences such as the White House and a few historical houses furnished in strict period style.

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by momvesting » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:41 am

I assume there is some sort of common area or hallway between all of these rooms. If there is, this common area needs to have a very neutral-looking hard flooring, preferably hard wood. This will make the bedrooms with their different carpet patterns less unusual looking.

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Post by dbr » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:49 am

In such matters people should please themselves.

My personal taste would be for different carpets in different rooms and finished wood in hallways to separate the rooms. If the hallways are carpeted then separate carpets in separate rooms seems more disjointed. But again see sentence above. If it costs more, that is just a decision you make.

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:52 am

momvesting wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:41 am
I assume there is some sort of common area or hallway between all of these rooms. If there is, this common area needs to have a very neutral-looking hard flooring, preferably hard wood. This will make the bedrooms with their different carpet patterns less unusual looking.
This is a great idea.

Also, assuming that you do indeed live in this house a long time (not always a given as thought, however), then decorate as YOU wish. That's part of the charm/fun/freedom of owning!

And if it is "eccentric" in any way, well, in your case, you can simply plan to put in fresh hardwood floors just before putting it on the market. They don't need to be expensive.
The carpets may look worn by then anyway. Or replace with all neutral carpeting.
Decide then, in terms of what is "expected" in your neighborhood and price point.

It's a lot cheaper than trying to replace a really idiosyncratic bathroom, in all black stone walls and floors/black sink/black everything, or with a huge nude in hand-made mosaic on the full shower wall. Yup, we saw both of those (in two different homes).
Not surprisingly, the house with the nude went off market, and came back on a few months later with "New bathrooms!"

Enjoy your home :happy

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by scorp_pccorp » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:04 am

momvesting wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:41 am
I assume there is some sort of common area or hallway between all of these rooms. If there is, this common area needs to have a very neutral-looking hard flooring, preferably hard wood. This will make the bedrooms with their different carpet patterns less unusual looking.
Agree that this is a fantastic idea and one we did not think of. Thanks. We do have a foyer connecting all the bedrooms. Having hardwood here will definitely make this multiple style carpet idea work much better.

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by wstrdg » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:16 am

We bought a home with different carpet styles in each of the four upstairs bedrooms. One was patterned, one was sculpted, one was shag, one was plush pile. The prior owner was a carpet installer -- we presumed he was being frugal with his leftovers. :happy

It may have been frugal, but it wasn't well-coordinated. We replaced it all with a single style.

Make yourselves happy and enjoy your home!

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by brandy » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:21 am

High end plush. Make me think "deep pile"

from https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and- ... -carpeting
Usually all types are soil and stain resistant. This type of carpeting also has protective chemicals added to the surface of the fibers that work to repel stains caused from spills. These chemicals also prevent tracked-in dirt from sticking to the fiber.
Sounds like you have kids. And even if you don't, all those chemicals outgas and cause a variety of health problems. Consider finding out what chemicals are used and getting the MSDS sheets for them.

There are a few disadvantages associated with plush carpeting that homeowners should be aware of before investing in this type of carpeting material. The level of carpet fiber ends in the pile, which is not good for high-traffic areas. Plush carpeting also has a tendency to show tracks left behind by vacuuming or footsteps, which can be an unattractive aspect for some people.
I knew a wealthy couple who had their entire high-end house done in ivory plush carpet. It was beautiful. Until someone stepped on it. Those footprints never went away until she backed her way out of the rooms with a vacuum. It's really hard to not see the footprints smashed down and the pretty plush standing upright right next to it. With the upright being the sight you want to see.
That's not something I'd do to someone I loved. And had to live with...

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by fourkids » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:24 am

This is a design no no. I also think you will tire of it over time.
Tell your wife to get creative with paint, décor, window treatments. All are easier to change every couple years.

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by Toadandfriends » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:39 pm

I'd put down hardwoods and then change out big decorative area rugs as kids get older. Plus easier to replace if damaged or as tastes change with age. But I really like hardwood floors :)
Have fun decorating.

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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by leeks » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:45 pm

Toadandfriends wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:39 pm
I'd put down hardwoods and then change out big decorative area rugs as kids get older. Plus easier to replace if damaged or as tastes change with age. But I really like hardwood floors :)
Have fun decorating.
+1 on area rugs in each room over hardwood floors
carpet can be a challenge to indoor air quality
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Re: Install different carpet styles/colors in same floor bedrooms?

Post by ResearchMed » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:49 pm

Toadandfriends wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:39 pm
I'd put down hardwoods and then change out big decorative area rugs as kids get older. Plus easier to replace if damaged or as tastes change with age. But I really like hardwood floors :)
Have fun decorating.
Actually, what is under those carpets?

We had a leak from the attic AC system shortly after moving in.
Yes, traumatic, yes expensive (even with decent insurance), but... that's how we learned rather quickly that there were GORGEOUS hardwood floors under the old wall-to-wall carpeting in all of the upstairs bedrooms.
Yup, we should have explored that, but it wouldn't have changed our desire to buy the house either way.

And those floors were shiny almost like new; they'd clearly been protected for many decades.

We've now got lovely oriental rugs, with the hardwood showing around the edges, etc., and nice runners in the hallways.

Oddly, the stairs were not finished at all, so we had those refinished, and had runners installed there, too.

It looks amazing... what a nice surprise.

And sure, get the children whatever crazy theme or patterned throw rugs they like.
(Or even do that if you just keep the current carpeting, rather than paying to change it. Then they can easily change theme/color/etc., as they get a bit older, or there is a new "theme du jour" for their age group, etc.)

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