There is part of our home that I really dislike – the word hate is too strong but nonetheless this particular area drives me crazy at the moment. It’s not the graffiti on the far wall of our outbuilding or the horribly vinyl floor in the main bathroom. It’s not even the holes I keep pulling in the layers of old wallpaper and paint in our guest room-to-be.
Currently the part of our home which I want to change more than anything is our living room carpet. It’s so awful that I’m even quite embarrassed when people come round. Firstly, it’s a carpet. That in itself is bad enough. We have a dog, a boisterous, playful, messy dog. Dogs and carpets do not go, it’s the ultimate in unhygenic and a breeding ground for dirt, germs and smells no matter how many times I hoover with the brilliant Miele Cat & Dog hoover we have.
It’s also at least one mile thick, is beige and is stained to high heaven, admittedly the latter mainly caused by us because we don’t care about it so we don’t go out of the way to look after it. So I’m dreaming of the day hopefully in the not too distant future when we can replace the carpet and put something beautiful in its place.
That something beautiful is wood, and although I’ve called this post “perfect parquet”, really I’m not averse to any kind of style so long as it’s wood. It will take me so long to decide on a colour and a style but I already know it would be perfect for our living room. It will add warmth, quality and style to the features we’ve already added/updated (our windows, plantation shutters and wood burning stove), as well as being timeless, elegant and hardwearing.
We do know that we’ve got some kind of existing floorboards under the carpet because it’s been pulled up in the bay window previously when we’ve had damp-proofing and then painted but at the moment it’s hard to judge what condition those will be in. We’re also keen to match the living room flooring with the hallway so that it all flows in one space and who knows what we’ll find when we pull the laminate floor there.
It would be wonderful to be able to have the floor done as one of our big 2016 plans but we’ll have to see if we have budget for it. The front door will be next on the list before replacing the living room ceiling and the walls in the living room may also need replastering so there’s a lot to be done before we can get to the floor. It doesn’t stop me from dreaming though. Check out my living room inspiration board over on Pinterest.
What’s on your living room floor? Are you a carpet lover or hater?
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I love our original floorboards and am definitely a no carpet kind of girl! It’s tough having to budget and only being able to do things bit by bit, but I do think that it means that you will probably end up with a better end product if you take your time over it! Can’t wait to see what else you’re planning for 2016!
I get SO impatient Christine, especially as there’s a house over the road who seem to have a bottomless money pit and just keep doing non-stop work since they bought it. That said – no accounting for taste, it’s all VERY blingy and I can see the TV on the wall in their bedroom from about a mile down the road. Each to their own! X
Living room flooring is one of my plans for 2016, too. We have the worst carpet in there. It was badly laid because we were abroad when the carpet fitters came and I opted for wear over style as we knew we’d be renting our house out. I’m looking at wood but am torn between pale and walnut. But then I think is it worth it with the boys being so messy. Maybe we should wait a couple of years until they stop spilling things everywhere.