Carpets & making decisions


Moving into a brand new, new-build home with twins – wasn’t as I had imagined it. If we had moved around the corner then making decisions on bathrooms, tiles, kitchens and carpets would have been done at the show-home office, with a coffee and many, many samples laid across their floor – with me perched above them – deciding which colours would go best together.

Instead, because we were moving 160 miles away, and the twins were always with me, these decisions were rushed and nothing like the above. I was usually harassed and mostly under pressure to make a decision in 5 seconds flat.

Luckily we chose well. I am SO happy with the details and finish. Perfect.

One of the decisions we made was to carpet the entire house in the same colour. We decided on the colour ‘putty’, which actually looks lighter in real-life than in the photographs. However it seemed more practical than cream, which I have had before, and that shows every stain.

IMG_3986 IMG_4465 IMG_4006Although I have not stopped vacuuming the carpet, picking bits off it and diving under every spilt cup – I am fully aware that (as a family of four) this will get quite worn and very lived in.

Especially the stair carpet, which always gets a lot of traffic.

I like our choice throughout our home, and for our hallway, but I do also like stair carpets with stripes and character. I may therefore change the stair carpet at some point in the future, when the other one is worn and tired, and add some colour into our hallway. I do feel as though stair carpets with colour add character and warmth into a hallway.


Image source – Carpetright.

For now though you will mostly find me trying to maintain the clean look of our new carpet – and make it look as wonderful, shiny and new for as long as possible!

Please note: this post was written in collaboration with Carpetright.

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. August 20, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    We have wooden floors throughout our house apart from on the stairs, our stair carpet is a very similar colour to yours, it may even be the same.
    I was only saying to hubby earlier that I’d like a new one, something with stripes in it.

    • Jess
      August 21, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Yes I know what you mean. They look great striped stair carpets don’t they? We had a lot of wooden floor in our last home and carpet now feels so strange! xx

  2. August 21, 2015 / 11:28 am

    I’m fully in favour of striped carpets, I love ours! That putty colour looks like a great choice.

    • Jess
      August 21, 2015 / 11:31 am

      Yours is stunning. I thought about yours when I was writing it. You have a stunning home x

  3. August 21, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I really like the striped carpets on stairs. They certainly seem to brighten up a hallway. I think I would opt for the same colour throughout the house if we moved again. Our carpet in our living room is a similar colour to yours and has been down for 15 years. We wash and vax ours about twice a year which keeps it looking fairly new. And believe me, with 2 kids over the years there has been EVERY stain imaginable on it ! x

    • Jess
      August 22, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      Ha ha! Great idea Tracey might do that with mine too. I love how nice and clean they look right now! Not going to last long though! xx

  4. August 23, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Jess – I totally love your carpet colour!!!!!! I’m looking for a new carpet for our hall stairs landing and bedroom and think this would be fab!!! Though – like you I still wonder whether to do something different on the stairs. Is it from carpetright? Don’t suppose you’d let me know??? Xxxxx

    • Jess
      August 23, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Yes the stair carpet shown is from Carpetright – I love it. Thanks, we love the putty colour so practical and yet really light still! xx

  5. August 23, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    We have a striped carpet on the stairs, its masks family life well ha ha , I have had to make choices for new home from a distance too and it is tough. I love the colour of your carpets Jess they are perfect canvas for injecting colours into rooms but I am with you on the stripes I love them x

    • Jess
      August 24, 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks lovely Sarah and yes perfect for boys I guess too! xx

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