CHI Good Questions: Carpet or Wood?

CHI Good Questions: Carpet or Wood?

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Janel Laban
Jul 1, 2008

Cara sent us an email: My parents are replacing their living room flooring and are trying to decide between carpet or laminate/engineered wood. (Hardwood is not an option right now, unfortunately.) Based on the colors in the room, I'm really pulling for the engineered wood. I think it would tie the room together, and would look more warm and welcoming. Not to mention the fact that wood floors are less dirty and easier to clean! However, my parents are afraid the wood will be too cold....

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The room is essentially the focal point of our house: with high ceilings, it is the first room you see upon entering, and it is visible from all other rooms on the main level. For these reasons, I don't want my parents to make a decision based on "cold feet". I need your help, dear AT readers!

What do you think, Carpet or Wood? And what colors would you recommend (especially if your choice is carpet)?

Also: I've read that hardwood floors will generate a return on investment, when you sell your home. Do engineered wood floors carry the same reverence? Or do they have the opposite effect (i.e. if it's not hardwood, it's not worth it)? What is the general attitude toward engineered wood or laminate?

I need a good argument for them, either way - thanks for your feedback!

Feel free to weigh in and help Cara build up a good argument - please add your 2 cents to the flooring question in the comments below....

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