Here's the deal: We had our house built 5 years ago. It's a single story, 1800 square foot, 3 bedroom, open floor plan home. I had fallen in love with the newer, modern shag carpets in light colors. I was hesistant about picking a light color (cream) due to animals, kids, etc. The carpet dealer talked me into it getting it for the living room and hallway, guaranteeing me that these new stain treatments are fabulous and I'd have no problem keeping it clean. Yeah, right. After 5 years my carpet is trashed. I've shampood it regularly, cleaned up spots, vaccumed, you name it and it just looks horrible. The new stain treatments were great, until there was an accident on the carpet and you used a cleaner to clean it up. From that point on that spot collected more dirt than others. So now I have to look into new carpeting. Obviously I won't ever do a cream color again (I'm thinking a mottled dirt brown would be perfect!) but I just don't know what type of carpet to consider. I've never been a fan of Berber, but people seem to love it. Is that because it's so easy to take care of or what? I have considered just pulling the carpets up and painting the subfloor for the time being, but I'm afraid it would be too cold (we have baseboard, not radient floor heat). Please don't suggest hardwood. We've already got hardwood in the kitchen and dining, which are open to the living room, and the style we got was discontinued almost immediately after the house was done, and I don't want to have to replace that too, so hardwood is not an option. Any suggestions are appreciated!