Decorating & Furniture/what colour carpet?

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Hi Andrea

Just wondered if you could help me with my dilemma, I have beech wood furniture, most of which also has silver legs etc, and a lavender leather sofa with silver legs.  I have been putting off buying a carpet or getting a wooden floor as I can't make up my mind which colour to go for. Please help.

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Hi Rachael

I think you have quite a few options here and a lot depends on whether you would prefer light or dark, wood or carpet.

If wood appeals, I would suggest something a couple of shades darker than your furniture as trying to get an exact match is difficult.  Add a coupe of area rugs and you are done.

If you opt for carpet you have more choices to make.

If for example you want a darker look, something like this fabric:

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=ff5af9d2-4e82-41b9-a4d3-f0a48

would enable you to introduce a dark brown/aubergine (eggplant?) colour to the room which you could use for the carpet if you use this fabric for a couple of pillows for the sofa:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/do_it_yourself_cushion_co

and maybe also a wall panel:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/Textile_Art.html

There are lots of colours - dark brown, navy blue, black - that you can make work with your lavender sofa if you can find a fabric to bring the two colours together.

If you like something a bit 'funky', I have a really bright purple carpet in my office which I love and it would look stunning in a colour scheme with beech, lavender and silver.

If you like a lighter look, something like this would look very pretty - perhaps with a wood floor or neutral toned carpet:

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=36085a65-4a67-43db-af4e-b6647

Kind regards,

Andrea  

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Andrea Elliston

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I am happy to answer questions regarding decorating, use of colour, soft furnishings ideas etc. I love quick and easy ideas that help people like me - short of time, money and sewing skills! I own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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I have been involved in the decoration and preparation of a number of vacation rental properties where making a property look a million dollars whilst only spending a few pounds is very important.

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My whole career has been in the travel industry working everywhere from UK travel agencies and London Heathrow Airport to a 5 star European resort - La Manga Club. I have extensive experience with vacation rental property and own and run the website Decorating Vacation Property for Profit

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