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clearhearts
« on: July 30, 2007 04:25:42 AM »

I'm considering renting this place cos it's damn cheap and literally a 30 second walk from my college, but dear lord it's cramped &it's ugly :p

I'm looking to you lot for help! I can't paint &I can think of nothing I can do about this awful red carpet.... help!!








Any ideas? The carpets my biggest gripe tbh.

Thanks in advance xo
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2007 05:14:08 AM »

Area rugs and lots of them. You can usually find really fun and inexpensive ones at IKEA. And lots of art on the wall. I love fabric on the walls when you can't paint.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2007 05:51:47 AM »

I used to have this very same problem!  I bought a truckload of books about decorating apartments & small spaces.  This was my favorite:

http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Apartment-Romantic-Flea-Market-Budget/dp/0060391693/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-4987167-9773256?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1185799605&sr=8-1
I didn't love it so much for the actual style, but for all the ideas. The styles were cool enough, just not me.

Since you have good basic colored furniture, could you get a print with some red and lots of black and do a full wall curtain regardless of the size of the windows?  Personally, I would get a crazy Pucci-esque print or some other 60's repro or vintage fabric.  Then maybe you could do some coordinating pillows.  All the pattern might detract atttention from the floor you don't like.

Tom from "Dress My Nest"  should come over to your flat.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2007 11:06:33 AM »

If you're willing to shell out a little money you could put down carpet tiles... They stick to each other and sit on top of your existing carpet, and if you had to move you could take them with you...

http://www.florcatalog.com/
Every time their catalog comes I totally lock myself in the bathroom so I can read the whole thing.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2007 02:44:39 PM »

I'm considering renting this place cos it's damn cheap and literally a 30 second walk from my college, but dear lord it's cramped &it's ugly
Go for it!  Lay an inexpensive rug over the red carpet, in a neutral color, like khaki/coir or sisal type.  Toss in a pillow or two with the red color so that it appears that the red carpet is intentional. 
Kitchen area:  Go to www.ikea.com and look at the Kvartal curtain panel system.  Attach hardware to ceiling above kitchen cabinet to block off area.  The panels slide.  You can attach canvas, artpaper, fabric to Kvartal hardware.

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2007 03:09:31 AM »

If you're willing to shell out a little money you could put down carpet tiles... They stick to each other and sit on top of your existing carpet, and if you had to move you could take them with you...

http://www.florcatalog.com/
Every time their catalog comes I totally lock myself in the bathroom so I can read the whole thing.

It says on the website that you can't lay it over existing carpeting. Is that just a word of caution in case they get sued? Have you tried &tested it?
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2007 09:42:00 AM »

It says on the website that you can't lay it over existing carpeting. Is that just a word of caution in case they get sued? Have you tried &tested it?

Y'know, I haven't tested it at all... and that's really weird, because I remember them claiming at one point you could put it over anything...
That's vexing  Undecided

I imagine if the carpet is very plush it might make the stickers unstick and the tiles separate from each other, but that's pure speculation.
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007 10:02:57 AM »

If you're willing to shell out a little money you could put down carpet tiles... They stick to each other and sit on top of your existing carpet, and if you had to move you could take them with you...

http://www.florcatalog.com/
Every time their catalog comes I totally lock myself in the bathroom so I can read the whole thing.

It says on the website that you can't lay it over existing carpeting. Is that just a word of caution in case they get sued? Have you tried &tested it?

My dad owns a carpeting company, he said it's OK to lay over carpet as long as you don't glue it down (normally it's glued to a bare floor).  I have these things in the back of my car to cover the plastic flooring, even not glued down they don't slide around.
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2007 09:30:39 AM »

If you are on a tight budget you can make cheap floorcloths out of painters canvas dropcloths.Like a fake zebra skin rug,etc. if you are crafty and can paint,that would really detract from the carpet.I don't think it is an ugly apartment,you just need to put some color into it,and I think you will be amazed at how different it will look.You didn't say what your style was,so it is hard for me to tell you what to do with it,but I think it is a really neat place.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2007 12:32:08 PM »

There are several magazines out there dedicated to small and cramped places and how to decorate them.  I agree with the one post about investing in a couple large area rugs in a neutral tone and then using the red as your pop color.  Even better, discover what the complimentary color is to the red and use that one to help calm down the red.  I don't know your style, but there are always ways to decorate even the ugliest of places.  This one isn't really that bad, just needs that personal touch.  Fabrics, pics, some functional storage, and some great curtains/window coverings would do some amazing transformations.  I'd say, go for it.
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