Understood. I think the meat and potatoes of any studio is recognizing the subtle nuances of a room. If your walls are nice (do they insulate well?) and adequately do what they need to do regards acoustics, this may be the focus of your room. Flooring is another story. I personally have an industrial-grade high-traffic long-lasting, low-nap patterned brownish wall-to-wall carpet, covered partially with a nice faux East Indian area rug. Regards acoustical quality, um, likely not industry or studio standard. The room itself has plenty of furniture and decor, as well as window treatments that might serve as bass traps, though not "bass traps" in the traditional sense. I'm sure I could do better, but cannot afford a quality home studio like other musicians could. However, to help you solve your carpet issue, check with a good flooring retailer and bring home some pattern and color swatches to check what would look good with your room. Take your time with the swatches, and ask your wife how she feels. (While this is your room, she may have some valuable input as to what might work with the room) FTR, my room is mostly earth and sun tones, with browns, light yellow walls, tan, green, blue, grey and black. Nothing overly vibrant or bright, like a bright pink or red. Perhaps some color accents, nothing too overt. Les, while you may find your wallet might be lighter after you put new carpeting in, you'll at least be happier with your workspace. Nothing worse than being unhappy though simply reorganizing or rearranging things proves a temporary fix for the interim.