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I am so excited to find this website! I'm painting the master bdrm. a blue/green (color you see on all the linens now)& the guest bedroom a gray/green color. Both rooms will have strong white molding & white coffered ceilings to offset. Both colors are darker so am concerned about using gray/taupe carpet as it may be too dark. Hesitate using lighter color because I have a dog. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks!


I've been there! It's wise to decorate around real life (dogs/kids) or you end up frustrated. You could try a lighter platinum gray shade. It will still hide wear and tear. Even if you go a bit darker with the carpet, the white moldings will give you great contrast and brighten things up. If you do go with a lighter gray/taupe, be sure to purchase a carpet fabric that cleans well. Some are far superior to others and are worth the extra up front investment. Check out Mohawk smart strand. There are new innovations always coming out.

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Susan Matthews

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Susan Matthews


I'm here to help you create a luxe look by making the most of any room within any budget. I welcome questions about furniture placement, colors, style, accessories and more.


I am a guest host and lifestyle expert for QVC - the premier home shopping network. I'm trained in redesign which entails using what you already own to create a new look. I own Decorvention - a redesign company based in the Philadelphia area. My articles have been published in national and regional publications.

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