Hello all! The camera charger eluded me today, so photos / video tour of the house will come later this week. In the meantime, I thought I’d throw a question out there that my husband and I have been debating. In period properties especially, the first thing I want to do is rip out the carpet and refinish floorboards that are (hopefully) underneath. While my husband wholly agrees with the aesthetic of floorboards, he has pointed out a few functional benefits that come from carpet – especially in bedrooms and hallways. So I’m curious – where do you stand on carpet in homes? Yay, or major ‘Nay’? Anyone who’s regretted ditching the carpet?
We have a floor guy coming around tomorrow to take a look at what I want done. I’m really hoping he finds gorgeous original wooden flooring underneath the miles of beige carpet we’ve inherited. And given how much squeaking and creaking happens as I’m walking around, I think the odds are in my favour. As a base throughout the house, I want something like the shot below. Not fully white washed, but bleached with the grain showing through. Almost as if they sat in the sun for a summer. with large rugs as a compromise in places where we want to up the coziness factor. And of course, a runner on the stairs to keep me, cats, and Freja out of the emergency room.
I’ve opted for a stain instead of white washing as I think it will be more durable, show fewer marks and retain character, weathering nicely over time. If we went the full white-wash route, I could imagine myself in three years wondering why I painted perfectly good wood. Trying to think long-term here. Hopefully it’s achievable – I’ll let you know!