What to do When You are Stuck with Carpets...
Cover them with rugs!
I'm slowly doing this in our apartment. We currently have 8 rugs of various sizes. For the main living area since it's one big open room I got two huge rugs to cover as much carpet as possible. And next step is to start layering smaller rugs on top of the large rugs. To break up the dramtic black and white stripe/ contrast look.
But already, things are so so much better.
The ideal situation would be to replace the carpets with wood flooring. But for now, rugs will do just fine!