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How well does carpet have to match hardwood?

12 years ago

The first floor of our new build is mostly hardwood but the family room will be carpet. I have a young son and I wanted a place where he could play and toddle and not be on a hard slippery surface.

I think we are going with a natural colored American cherry hardwood. The flooring store is suggesting to try to match the carpet so the transition will be minimized. But I don't think an amber-colored carpet would look right with our furniture - grey couch and walnut topped parson's end tables, brown leather ottoman as coffee table.

Would it look ok to go with a more taupe color for the carpet? Or would it look odd next to the floor?

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