New Carpet on the Stairs, a Confession and Solution.

The Solution


 I have a confession to make. I H-A-T-E  looking at my new carpet. Hate it. It is driving me nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I love the carpet. It has flecks of gold, creme and brown and it’s exactly what I wanted. It will hold up to traffic, feels good on my feet, doesn’t show a lick of dirt and is a great color…unless it’s next to the painted wall. Today I realized it’s the paint. It makes the carpet look ugly and it’s not ugly. It’s all about the paint.  

 Here’s the story. I have golden/yellow paint in the living area which I love, a deeper greenish gold in the entry which I hate don’t love and another shade of gold in the  dining area which is okay, although it’s a tad bright when the sun comes in. It’s complicated to explain how those three different shade got in my house, but the simple fact is I don’t like them together and I don’t like them with my carpet. I preach all the time about whole house planning and technically I have followed my plan by having all yellow/gold walls – but because they are all a different shade, they are driving me nuts. Absolutely nuts. It took the carpet to make me realize it.  

The solution. I love my woodwork, drapes, furniture (well most of it!), slate and wood floors. The paint though is a problem, but lucky for me it’s the least expensive thing to change. And even better, I found a fabulous painter who is a perfectionist, slow and inexpensive. I adore him. Sooooooo… when he finishes up a few other jobs he is going to paint my entire lower level one single color. I am so excited. It’s a perfect example of why continuity and planning ahead with a Whole House Plan is important.    

Anyway, here are some “before” shots of my stairs when we moved in and “after” showing the new carpet. Keep in mind that while the paint looks horrible with the carpet…that will not be an issue in a few months!  

Yikes! I forgot how bad it was when we first moved in! Pink wallpaper, blue carpet and inexpensive grey ceramic tile. Ouch!


We painted several years ago, pulled up the carpet, and laid a gorgeous slate floor. Love, my slate floor! Like the paint with the wood and slate, but it's just not right with the new carpet or the rest of the house. That will be changing for sure!


As I mentioned the other day, I chose to bind the edges of the carpet rather than roll them making a nice clean finished edge.


Here's a photo looking up the stairs from the landing. I know, paint is awful with the carpet. Say no more.


And here's the second set of stairs looking down the landing. It will be perfect once I get the new paint on the walls!


New carpet and a chip of the future paint! I can't wait to show you the final photo's. It will be soooooooo much better! The paint is Valspar from Lowe's


  Whoooo… I feel so much better now that I have a solution. I actually thought at first it was the carpet I hated, but thankfully, after exploring it more I realized it’s just a matter of paint. xoxoxo Amy    

2 thoughts on “New Carpet on the Stairs, a Confession and Solution.

  1. Amy,

    I think the walls look great and I’m so glad you went for the “harder wearing” carpet.

    So often people will go for a cheaper carpet in a busy traffic area and wonder why it didn’t last.

    Love the site, great for lots of different ideas.


  2. Color is very important. You can change the color of your walls very cheaply and easily simply by painting over them. But you don’t want to change your carpet every few months! This means choosing your color very carefully indeed. Make sure that even if you decided to change the walls, the décor and the furniture, your carpet would still fit in and not look out-of-place.

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