We fantasized about laminate for a while, but our floors are a little lumpy. Nothing wrong structurally, they're just uneven. So that was pretty much out. I thought the perfect solution would be Flor tiles, but my fiance is less than thrilled about the cost when carpet is relatively much cheaper. I just HATE HATE HATE carpet.
Lately I've been thinking about stained or polished concrete. We're on the second story, over garages so the noise factor wouldn't be a problem, and they won't get very cold... but is there another solution to our problem that I haven't thought of? Or is there something we didn't consider about concrete floors? We're just going for something comparable in price to carpet, ok with somewhat uneven concrete, and attractive. I attached a photo so you can get an idea of the horrendously ugly pink carpet and what we've done with the decor and such. That's my grumpy cat Max modeling. Thanks for your help! Iris & Joe.