We bought our house 3 years ago and it had been “flipped” by someone with terrible taste. Coffee brown paint for every piece of wood in the house, beige walls with FLAT paint in every room (even bathrooms and kitchen!), and the ugliest dark brown frieze carpet (that’s shag carpet) I’ve ever seen. It photographs pink, which add to the embarrassment.
After 1 year of painting it was finally time for new carpet downstairs and it changed the whole appearance of every room. I picked a light off-white, low-profile weave and it matches the decor, doesn’t mat down, and brightens up the room. I could not be happier. The paint and carpet have changed the way I feel about this house. It was dark and gloomy before and now it’s light and bright.
The irony? The upstairs where I Airbnb has the original paint and carpet and they look great with the styles that are hot right now. But that damn flat paint can be damaged by giving the lightest touch. I am hoping for someone to ruin the ugly brown carpet so I have an excuse to replace it. But I’m sort of glad that I don’t like it, because then I don’t get upset about guests leaving wear and tear.