Carpet that isn't grey but won't look like shit? Anyone?

(29 Posts)
RocketSipp Sat 09-Jan-21 12:10:26

I have toddlers and dogs. I don't really want grey carpet. I want a nice light carpet that will contrast with our oak features. I want one of these. But all I keep hearing is how much I'll regret it!

Is there no other choice but grey? I'm sad!

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Soutiner Sat 09-Jan-21 12:15:38

Get a hard wearing Berber carpet in the colour of your choice.

RocketSipp Sat 09-Jan-21 12:22:36

We don't have the budget to pick our own outside the included options. We can replace down the line but for now we're limited to one collection!

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SushiGo Sat 09-Jan-21 12:24:38

Are they artificial? Artificial carpets wash well, so I don't think it will be too bad. You can always put cheap darker coloured rugs over the high traffic areas. IKEA do a huge range, many very affordable.

nothingcanhurtmewithmyeyesshut Sat 09-Jan-21 12:25:01

I have one like the second pic, a sandy colour. I definitely wouldn't have gone this light if I had toddlers. Dogs aren't a big deal as I hoover every day and dry their paws before they come in.

Invisimamma Sat 09-Jan-21 12:25:24

You'll regret that colour for sure! It'll look dirty and worn very quickly.

If you don't want grey you might be quite limited though, maybe a mocha brown? What about a dark colour like navy? What's the rest of your house colour scheme like.

Leobynature Sat 09-Jan-21 12:26:03

Hmm I would not get a bright carpet of any colour with kids and dogs. I have a dark grey carpet and accidents have happened but it’s forgivable because of the colour.
If is stain free and your happy to replace when needed then get it.


GreekOddess Sat 09-Jan-21 12:29:10

Our carpet is greige colour and goes well with our walnut furniture downstairs and light oak furniture and white furniture upstairs. When the sun is shining it looks beige but on a dull day it's more grey but a warm grey not the industrial grey that you find in offices.

RealisticSketch Sat 09-Jan-21 12:29:12

Ask in your local area for places that do roll ends, you can often get a better carpet cheaper from such places. There might be some wild card options. Does it need to be neutral or could you go for a colour?

Tehmina23 Sat 09-Jan-21 13:01:58

I'm a single adult with a black & white cat, I totally regret getting a cream carpet for my bedroom.
Downstairs is the original brown hard wearing stain proof carpet that was there when I moved in, If I had the choice id now choose something similar but in a pinky grey to go with the sofa & walls. Or even laminate with big rugs.

shallbe Sat 09-Jan-21 13:11:39

I've got something similar to the second, it's called cloud so technically grey but does look a bit Sandy. It cleans up really well when it gets dirty, doesn't look worn at all.

Thistles24 Sat 09-Jan-21 14:02:56

My SIL has one the same as the first in your pic. 4 years on it still looks great! They’re obsessive about no shoes, and no eating in the living room which obviously helps a huge amount!

YouBoughtMeAWall Sat 09-Jan-21 14:05:39

Where is the carpet going? Throughout the house or can you limit it to stairs only and put hard flooring everywhere else?

RocketSipp Sat 09-Jan-21 14:10:22


Where is the carpet going? Throughout the house or can you limit it to stairs only and put hard flooring everywhere else?

Carpet in lounge, stairs and whole of upstairs. I've tried arguing for wood throughout the downstairs but dh will not have a lounge without carpet.

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YouBoughtMeAWall Sat 09-Jan-21 14:22:40

In that case I would make the lounge and upstairs shoes off and dog free spaces, install a stair gate at the bottom of stairs and lounge door to prevent any unsupervised access and restrict food to the kitchen only.

LER83 Sat 09-Jan-21 14:35:00

I've got 3 children and a cat. We have light beige carpet throughout the whole house, and whilst its more maintenance then wood or a dark carpet, we don't really have an issues. We bought a vax carpet cleaner which we use every few months, and have a runner by the front door. Shoes off as soon as we come in. The room that gets the most stains is our boys bedroom, my youngest always seems to find a pen or pot of play dough that ends up smeared into the carpet!

Bleepertybleep Sat 09-Jan-21 14:39:56

I live on my own, no pets and have a light sand coloured carpet throughout my flat. It looks gorgeous but never again.

BasiliskStare Sat 09-Jan-21 14:44:06

I'd go for the 2nd one if you have toddlers and dogs. A cream carpet if your dogs have an accident is a bugger to clean. Anything with more of a contrast will, hide stains so much more easily 9 & what I mean is you can clean up spillage and accidents so that the carpet it clean ( i.e. nothing dodgy left on it - but stains i.e. the colouring ) is a different matter.

VenusClapTrap Sat 09-Jan-21 15:25:32

I have just had a pale sage green carpet installed throughout. It looks beautiful and is very neutral - goes with different colour schemes nicely.

Roselilly36 Sat 09-Jan-21 15:48:32

I have had a beige Berber carpet, for 17 years, survived to babies, 1 dog & 3 Cats. Been professionally steam cleaned many times.

Roselilly36 Sat 09-Jan-21 15:48:48

Two babies even!

Neolara Sat 09-Jan-21 15:55:27

I have a sandy coloured carpet, a bit darker than your darkest one. It has a lot of flecks in it. It's been down 3 years so far and is absolutely fine. The shop recommend an artificial one as it was more resistant to dirt than wool. In the shop, it was virtually impossible to tell the difference between wool and this particular artificial carpet. I suspect it was quite a good quality artificial carpet.

helpmum2003 Sat 09-Jan-21 16:01:29

We have sandy coloured with flecks a bit darker than the one you have on the right. Matches all colour schemes and wears very well. We have oak doors etc. Grey is very popular now but will date I think.

RocketSipp Sat 09-Jan-21 16:02:38


We have sandy coloured with flecks a bit darker than the one you have on the right. Matches all colour schemes and wears very well. We have oak doors etc. Grey is very popular now but will date I think.

Will look for a darker one. We have oak doors and an oak staircase so want something that will go nicely!

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Username54789129671 Sat 09-Jan-21 16:26:13

We have a dog and a toddler and have something this sort of colour. ( Not this actual one)It's got specks of different colours in so hides the dirt well. Not the best quality in the world but is perfectly acceptable.

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