I did something that I am not proud of, something that irks me when others do it. I criticized the previous owner’s decor. Paint and carpet colors are matters of personal taste and are usually easy to change.
The pink and cream sponged walls may not have been to our taste, but a couple of coats of paint later, we are looking at a color that is more in line with our style. The sponge technique itself was very popular at the time, so the previous homeowners might even have been on the “cutting edge” so to speak. At the time, the family room probably wowed their friends and family.
The cranberry carpet was once a popular color choice although I don’t know how well it goes with the walls. I’m just thinking back to the carpet styles over my lifetime. I grew up in the 1970′s when shag carpeting was popular. In fact, I can remember having red shag carpet as a child. Tastes change. Trends come and go. I remember going to open houses in the nineties when floors were covered with emerald green, ice blue, or even, yes, cranberry carpeting. So when this room was decorated, the cranberry carpet was very fashionable.
The blue flowered border that encircled the room was also a product of its time. I question how well it matches the style and color of the other elements but that is a matter of personal preference.
With all things considered, the main problem with our family room was that it was simply no longer in style. The fault for not updating it sooner falls squarely on our shoulders. The next homeowner will likely be calling our decorating style hideous as well.
So, my apologies go to the previous homeowners for writing so negatively about your color and design choices. Our styles may not agree, but that doesn’t mean that your style didn’t work for you. You weren’t decorating for us.