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How I Chose My Carpet: Interview With a Teenager

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Apr 2013 | comments*Discuss
How I Chose My Carpet: Interview With A Teenager

When Tiffany Rose, 17, was allowed to decorate her bedroom as she chose, she spent a long time deliberating about flooring. Eventually she opted for a wall-to-wall Natural Wool Carpet – it was cosy underfoot and looked great with the rest of her décor.

Q: Can you describe your bedroom to us?
A: Well, it’s not huge. It’s about 10ft by 11ft. It’s at the back of the house, which is a Victorian terrace, and it does get the sunshine in the morning. We moved into our new house about three months ago and the décor was pretty hideous. Someone had painted the walls a minty green colour and then stencilled on top in red.

Q: What was the flooring like?
A: There was a carpet there already but it looked about 40 years old! It was threadbare and a very non-descript faded olive colour. When we pulled it up in one corner we saw there were floorboards underneath.

Q: So you decided to redecorate?
A: Yes. My parents said I could redecorate the room as I chose – as long as I did it myself! I decided to go for something simple, to paint the walls in an off-white shade. This would then act as a backdrop for my photos and posters. They said they would buy me a wooden blind but in the end I decided to go for curtains in a heavy dark blue material. The sun streams in, in the morning, and teenagers like to be able to sleep in!

Q: So what were the options with the flooring?
A: Well, initially I thought I would like to have the floorboards sanded. My parents bought me an iron bed from the internet and I thought the black metal would look great on the wooden floor with the off-white walls behind. But then my dad decided not to sand the other floors in the house that he’d been going to do - and it seemed a waste to Hire a Sander just to do my small room. So we looked into using Floor Paint instead.

Q: But you decided against it?
A: In the end, yes. There are some great floor paints out there and I think my room would have looked good with white washed boards and a rug thrown on top. But then I began to worry about being cold underfoot. My room is at the back of the house and although the sun comes in, it also gets cold because it has three exposed exterior walls.

Q: So what was the solution?
A: My mum and I started to look at neutral carpets. I realised that if I went for something in a soft, sandy shade it would look good with the bed standing on it and wouldn’t make the room feel too “busy” or “patterned.” There were some lovely carpets in hessian or jute but I didn’t find them particularly cosy. We then looked at natural wool. I was amazed at how lovely it looked – and I could imagine it would feel nice in bare feet.

Q: So has the room come together well then?
A: Yes, I love it. It’s got my new bed in it and all my old pieces of furniture – and my pictures on the walls. The new carpet seems to bring the whole room together. And I have almost forgiven my parents for making me move house in the first place!

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