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Painting Around Carpet & Picking a Floor Colour

If you didn’t already, now you know my excellent reason for dragging my feet on the basement makeover.  But we’re back at it.  Hubby’s the wall maker, I’m the wall painter.  There is a tiny area left of the basement left to strip and paint before I can tackle the laundry room.  The carpet might be giving the centipedes a run for their money in the “making this job less fun” category.  I’ve never lived with carpet (we tore the carpet out upstairs within minutes of taking possession of the townhouse), so painting around carpet is new to me.  It makes me loathe carpet even more.

But I’ve got this.

In addition to laying down painter’s tape, I’ve been using a wide scraper to push the carpet away so I can neatly edge.  I have a larger edger too (maybe meant for carpets?), but it proved too big and unwieldy so I switched to this.  I’ve done about 90% of the basement with my scraper pal by my side and it’s worked pretty well.  I almost hesitate to ask because it’s so late in the game for me: do you have a trick for painting around carpet?

Meanwhile, I’m thinking about what colour to paint the laundry room floor.  It will have the same greige walls as the basement, with black and white textiles (it’s a surprise), and industrial-style shelving (I hope).  I had narrowed down the choice to turquoise, orange or raspberry but because of my passion for turquoise, it was an easy choice: something in the green-blue family.  Now I’m thinking . . . do I want a deep teal, a super bright Caribbean turquouise, maybe more of an on-trend emerald hue, or something soft and vintage like mint green?

Colour chart via

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

(left to right): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


  1. Lil
    March 5, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    After ripping up grotty 40 year old orange carpet (the most disgusting thing EVAH!) I painted my basement floor something pretty much like the kitchen floor in pic 4. And I love it. It's fresh and light and makes the basement much more livable.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 4:58 pm

      Oh gosh, that sounds like truly horrible carpet! #4 is one of my favorites! I think I am leaning toward a shade like that (winterfresh in the colour chart).

  2. gemma@thesweetestdigs
    March 5, 2013 / 4:41 pm

    Obviously had you me at turquoise!! I would go for a bright mint, like your photo in the bottom middle. Fun, fun! Can't wait to see how it turns out 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      Haha! You will love this floor. I think the laundry room might be my favorite when it's done. I am hoping when I bring in a sample I love, they can colour match it with the same richness for the concrete paint I am using.

  3. Dana@Mid2Mod
    March 5, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Having a bright floor will be so much fun! I love all the colors you're considering. Jennifer is going to paint part of the living room a dark peacock blue similar to Tide Pool.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 5:25 pm

      Ooooo, Tide Pool is a gorgeous shade!! It is actually one of my favorites, but the basement is so dark it might look gloomy down there. But it will look fabulous for the living room!! I'm so jealous 🙂

  4. Jazmyn Strydom
    March 5, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    Mint 🙂 Keep it light and airy.I'm doing Smokey Green by Benjamin Moore with my all over Sandy Brown CC-150 Benjamin Moore color in my living room! Right now it's Fragrant Cloves by Pitsburg.. I'm ready to change from orange! My one other feature wall is Cocoa Pecan by Pitsburg.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 8:25 pm

      I googled Smokey Green and it is SUCH a gorgeous colour!!! It's surprisingly neutral but with a lot of life to it.

    • Jazmyn Strydom
      March 5, 2013 / 9:56 pm

      We have it in a display actually! (I work at a cabinet showroom as I mentioned before – designing kitchens and fun stuff) And I put it against my flooring and my Sandy Brown CC-150 (It looks SO much darker on the samples.. in real it's not that dark! I didn't choose it.. we bought a spec home) and it will feel SO relaxing! Next step: white art gallery wall and white curtains. It will be SO relaxing! You don't have facebook yet??

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 11:39 pm

      Loving the idea of a white gallery wall and white curtains!! No, no Facebook and I have a Twitter account but only tweeted once. I'm just not a fan of either social networking platform. Plus, if I start with either I'll have to blog less, because I'm already swamped with work, research, the blog and the etsy shop . . . I know that it helps blog traffic to have them, and also helps stay connected with friends, but I find not having Facebook helps me keep connected with people because I need to meet with them, have coffee, and say "hey". Although, I can see the benefit for keeping up with long distance folks. I'm not opposed to the idea, I just am not a fan of how Facebook is set up.

    • Jazmyn Strydom
      March 6, 2013 / 3:47 pm

      I totally understand! FB becomes a bad addiction! But my excuse is.. I 'meet' my husbands family on FB (they're all in South Africa. Kudos to you for staying away!!Silly facebook is always changing their privacy settings so that can be frustrating!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 7, 2013 / 6:08 am

      That is a perfectly good excuse!! Facebook is awesome for things like that. I would probably get on board if it was set up differently. The privacy settings and also how busy and messy it looks frustrate me (I've tried to like it, I swear!).

    • Jazmyn Strydom
      March 7, 2013 / 6:42 pm

      Haha you can LEARN to like it! I used to have 'Myspace' and thought Facebook was AWFUL.. well.. you grow to love it! And hate it.. it can really glamorize people's lives.. I read an article like the Facebook effect (affect??) or something about how we get so discouraged because everyone is so happy and perfect and we aren't..

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 7, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      Uh oh, sounds like you're trying to lure me to the dark side, lol!! I think I read the same article about Facebook, but I think any social media is like that. Some people only highlight what's super awesome in their lives, so other folks feel deficient because their lives aren't super awesome all the time. At the beginning of the year, other bloggers started listing all their awesome accomplishments but I rounded up what I thought were pretty funny happenings, like getting headbutted by a three-legged dog. I don't think anyone would look at my Facebook page and feel discouraged ;P

    • Jazmyn Strydom
      March 8, 2013 / 6:31 pm

      Well, if you DO get fb it WOULD be wonderful! But, I think it's great,as I said, that you can stay away from that. I look forward to more posts!

  5. Anonymous
    March 5, 2013 / 7:50 pm

    I don't have anything to add but I wanted to say I'm so excited you are painting a floor! What a great look.Whatever you decide, you will rock it!Mari

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 5, 2013 / 8:26 pm

      Awww, I'm excited too! It will be a hassle moving the washer and dryer but I'm looking forward to the finished product. The laundry room is a small space, so I think it's a perfect place to have a little fun with colour because it won't be overwhelming. I've never painted a floor before, so we'll see how it goes. But I'm not there yet – still have walls and ceiling to do.

  6. cred
    March 6, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    I really love the colour in the 4th photo of the beach house kitchen. It looks like sea glass- beautiful!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 7, 2013 / 5:36 am

      The sheen is so perfect on that one, isn't it!! I also love how fresh and beachy it feels.

  7. White Cabana
    March 6, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Everyone will be green with envy with your painted laundry room floor. 🙂 My eye was drawn to the top middle photo with the polka dot bench. Very appealing.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 7, 2013 / 5:37 am

      Haha 🙂 I also love the space with the polka dots, especially because I'm planning some black and white in our space. I love that whole vignette: the polka dots, the tables, the floor. Sigh.

  8. December 15, 2020 / 10:16 pm

    The color combination is awesome with great results and the carpets now looks stunning.

    • December 15, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much! That carpet was a doozy but with less contrast it blended in.

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