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Dawn Damalas Meehan is a single mom living in Orlando with her six children, ages 17 to 6. She's the author of Because I Said So and You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth). When she's not blogging, she can be found playing chauffeur, getting buried under a mountain of laundry, or explaining to her kids why they can't have an indoor Slip 'N Slide or a pet squirrel.

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How to Pick Flooring You’ll Love (hint: make sure it’s not avocado green shag carpet)

By Dawn Damalas Meehan |

Now if that wallpaper (and hair!) doesn't scream 1970, I don't know what does!

Unless we’ve just moved into our dream home, there’s probably a room (or two or three) that we’d like to update. Sometimes we just want to keep up with the Joneses and although our room looks great by anyone’s standards, we’d just like to see something newer. Sometimes, however, the room hasn’t been touched for three decades and it’s decidedly outdated. Maybe it’s so outdated, it could be featured in a museum.  Or perhaps it’s so old, it’s chic again!

Consider these photos of outdated decor.

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How to Pick Flooring You’ll Love (hint: make sure it’s not avocado green shag carpet)

My old kitchen floor

This is the tile that was in my old house when I first moved in. Although dark colors do wonders at hiding the dirt that kids and animals have a way of tracking inside, it also closes up a room and makes it feel smaller (as well as dark and dreary).

A change of flooring can make an enormous difference in a room, but unlike a new vase for your mantle or a coat of paint on an accent wall, flooring can be a sizeable investment. (And it really is an investment that can improve the resale value of your home.) So what kind of flooring should you choose to avoid having your kids and grandkids make fun of “that avocado green sculptured carpet at grandma’s house”? How do you ensure it’ll be something you’ll love forever (or at least a couple decades)?

My advice on this one is simple. You can’t go wrong with the classics. Wood floors will always look good. Laminate flooring is a great, cheaper, (and more durable, and easily maintained in my opinion) alternative to wood floors. And when you have wood or laminate floors, you can always change it up by adding a new area rug thus freshening the look, yet avoiding the expense of redoing your flooring altogether.

If you opt for carpeting or tile, stick with neutral colors. Although neon orange might be all the rage this season, chances are you’re going to hate it in a couple years (or sooner). Also, when you have a neutral beige, for example, you can always replace or change your furniture without having to redo your floors.

Before taking the time and money to install new flooring, do your homework. Research which brands hold up the best. Take your time looking at different options. Bring home a sample to see what it will really look like in your home, among your furniture, in your lighting before purchasing anything. In the end, you’ll be happy with your investment and your room will be a place in which you’ll enjoy gathering.

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9 thoughts on “How to Pick Flooring You’ll Love (hint: make sure it’s not avocado green shag carpet)

  1. Christina says:

    The wallpaper albit ugly I would take anyday over cinderblock walls, as for floors we have 36 year old tile that looks 36 years old and tough carpet to light with this many kids but very very durrable!

  2. Pam D. says:

    Thanks for the memories! My younger sister rented a house from our Dad and Step-mom that they had owned since 1967 and “updated” in 72 with of course the very popular green shag carpet,lol. In 1981 her 2yr.old girl decided the carpet was looking dingy and dead so she brought in the hose and WATERed it to “help it grow pretty”…..it didn’t work LOL.

  3. KellyJMF says:

    I am pretty sure I had that exact avocado shag rug in my room as a kid. My mother had a rake-like attachment for the vacuum and when she was done all the shag was standing straight up and you could leave footprints in the pile.

  4. Korinthia Klein says:

    That is an impressive collection of photos, Dawn! It reminds me of a line from Home Improvement, where a young person asks the mom in the living room, “Where did you get all this cool 80s furniture?” and she replies, “The 80s.”
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  5. Chantel S. says:

    LOL! We had that same avocado green shag carpet throughout our house, and I had yellow shag carpet in my room. My mom did my whole room in yellow. Pink shag carpet would’ve been much better!

    Thankfully, we have hardwood floors now, and yes, we love, love, love them!

  6. Petra from the netherlands :) says:

    We had your kitchen wallpaper! Ours was green, but we had brown and orange carpet also with a floral print.
    I still wonder who choose the colors back then. He must have been nuts!

  7. Becca says:

    Oscar the Grouch’s fur–LOL!!

    My favorite pic is the one with the wood paneling and the mirror with the gold “cracks!”

  8. Meghan says:

    When we were talking to a flooring person about replacing the tile floors in our house, we mentioned we were leaning towards engineered hardwood floors. When he found out we have three boys and a dog, he steered us toward laminate, which he assured us would be able to stand up to our rough and tumble household!

  9. Julie F. says:

    My grandma just replaced her carpet a few years ago. The original carpet was from when they built their house about 36 or 37 years ago. It was a multi-color (different shades of browns and creams) shag carpet.

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