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Here are some tips regarding color choices (passed along to my from my mother, who has a background in construction and real estate):

-choose colors that harmonize well with each other; make sure all your paint colors look good next to each other so that the entire house has a cohesive feel to it

- warm colors tend to feel more inviting than cool colors, so I would choose warmer versions of whatever colors you choose

-keep carpets, cabinets, etc. fairly neutral if you're at all concered with resale value (the above tips will also help with resale value as well as making your home pleasant to live in)

Finally, as for the carpet color, the townhome I'm living in now has a beautiful golden beige color for the carpets, and it's great! It doesn't show stains (and it's had drinks and even dog pee--unfortunately) on it, and it still looks great. I'd definitely go with the mid-shade of carpet rather than the lighter as it would wear well.

If you're ever planning on having kids or pets in the house, that darker carpet will pay off. Or if you're ever thinking of selling.
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