questionsis it weird to have different color wall to wall…

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Personally, I don't really like it. I have a need for uniformity. However, if the colors aren't clashing then I think it could work.

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Have you ever thought about replacing the treads on your stairs with hardwood? Then you could lay new carpet in your living room and visually there would be no connection to the carpet upstairs.

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@missellienc: Had a great suggestion for you about installing laminate or hardwood on the stairs. I would like to suggest that you consider a carpet that is not too, dark. Believe it or not, dark carpet can look just as dirty and soiled as lighter carpet because it shows every light speck that is dropped on it. A carpet that has a dash of another color can often conceal that. Know this from experience with kids and dogs.

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I don't see a problem at all unless you have more than a majority of your house carpeted AND you have each room a different color. In my house growing up, the living room & hallway were peach, my room was blue and the upstairs was a light brown. To be completely honest, I didn't even notice it until now.

If you're not going drastic from a light color to a deep purple, and you accessorize each room with different paint styles to complement the carpet, it won't really matter. Going from peach to blue isn't bad if the paint is a light color in one room and a blue hint in the other room.

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It's your house. Do what you want to do.

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I don't think so at all....but it will affect your home's resale value and you may "turn off" some prospective buyers... But really who cares...you're the one living in it now....the point of owning your home is to enjoy it....

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If it were me, I'd make the floors uniform/neutral and paint the walls in whatever various colors you like.

Paint is a lot easier, faster, and cheaper to change than flooring.

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Also, depending what's under your stairs carpet, you could even just pull that up and paint them rather than putting hardwood down. A really easy, cheap fix, and it would separate the upstairs look from downstairs.

Somebody once told me, if you're going to make something different, make it really different so that it looks "on purpose."

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I agree with hardwoood floors. We have hardwoods downstairs, and have different color rugs in different rooms. Makes it easier to shake out the rugs while giving each room a different personality. Plus you get to say "hardwood" all the time, which makes it extra fun.

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I installed carpet for 2 years. It is acceptable and natural. Not exactly normal but not exotic. The most exotic designs come from the people with the most expensive houses.
Examples:

Hand woven carpet with a boarder.
Colored so bright that working with it changed the colors of the real world, carpet different color per bed room. Red Blue.
Diagonally installed hardwood with randomish 4 foot apart 12"x12" black marble tile with green veins, was my absolute favorite kitchen.

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It's up to you. I personally don't like it. It's your house, you have to live with it.

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Depends if you are considering selling your house in the near future. Interior finishes are so personal, and having multiple carpets just gives a potential buyer that much more of an opportunity to not like your house. If not selling, then do whatever makes you happy.

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Thanks for all the replies. Just to clarify, the existing carpet is a very light beige, almost white. We are thinking of going with a slightly darker tan color for the living room to handle the traffic, nothing too radical. The existing carpet was builders grade and though we don't love it, it is still in OK shape in most of the house except for the living room. We are underwater on the house right now so no sale anytime soon...

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@belowi: I just changed out all of the carpet (it was in pretty bad shape), left the tile where it waas (kitchen laundry and bathrooms), and had a discontinued lot of really gorgeous laminate put down. I cannot tell you how easy it is with my animals, guests, etc. I wish I had done it years ago

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If you are going to replace the carpet in the living room, hallway and stairs, you might want to consider using "Landlord Brown," the wears-like-iron, goes-with-everything, stuff that was installed in all (well, both) my rented apartments. It's about the same color as chocolate "Nestle's Quick" powder, and it's perfect: dark stains don't leave a mark, and light stains don't leave marks, either. I'd carpet the hallway as well as the stairs and living room, or else you're going to have a weird seam at the top of the stairs and your existing hallway carpet is going to look worn and terrible compared to the new stuff.

After really thinking about carpet, We decided that hardwood floors were the best for us. We bought cheap area rugs with good padding, when they got too cruddy to shampoo, we replaced them with new, cheap rugs. It gave the room a lift, as if we redecorated, and stayed pretty clean without a lot of effort or money.