I think its really important to get the basics right before layering on top! (and so my argument went when discussing the importance of new carpet with my husband the last few days) Quietly I think i've won the discussion.. and fingers crossed I think new carpet might just be on the cards Yippee!!!
I've looked a lot over the last few months at choices available and ummed and rrrrr'd about whether to go a darker charcoal or dark beige, or a light colour, texture or patterned... but I keep coming back to something very basic and very neutral. Mostly because my taste and style choices seem to change as quickly as my undies! Its not uncommon for me to love blue one day then orange the next! Also it seems that unless you have an endless supply of cash to change your room as often as your taste changes, then its better to stick with a really neutral carpet like the below.
Here's a couple of pics of some neutral carpets that I think work well with several different styles and in different rooms (PS How cute is the kids room below! I love it!)