Do You Know What Floor Type is Best for Certain Rooms in Your Home?
Flooring plays many important roles in your home – the way it makes your home look, and feel, and the functionality it has. While you may prefer a certain type of floors and want to see it throughout your house, it’s good to remember that each area of your home has its own purpose, and also comes with its own challenges. This means that the flooring in a steamy bathroom will likely need to be different that the flooring in your bedroom, or kids’ room.
Nowadays, with such a wide array of floor options, how do you know if you’re selecting the right type for different purpose areas of your home?
The good news is, you no longer have to choose between form and function, thanks to the advances in modern technology, as there’s a flooring material that’s just right for each space in your home!
Our guide will help you choose the best flooring options, visually and functionally, for your kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and other areas of your home:
When considering new flooring, what you need to look into is how you use each room in the house.
For instance, if your family typically brings in a lot of mud and dirt, it’s wise to go for easy-to-clean flooring that will also catch dirt. This will be especially important for your mudroom and hallways.
Porcelain or ceramic tiles are durable and low-maintenance; you can easily sweep or vacuum them, and also use a mop or Swiffer on them. You can place area rugs over the tile to help trap and hide the dirt, as well as bring softness and warmth to the flooring. Keep in mind that tile can crack if you drop something heavy on it, so use caution; also, light colored grout can become discolored if not properly cleaned.
For areas such as a kid’s playroom, choose soft flooring where it’s easy to sit, lay, and play on; for instance – a low, tightly woven loop or cut area rug or wall-to-wall carpet is a great idea, made of easy-to-clean fiber like polypropylene or nylon. If you and your loved ones like cozy, comfy feeling, choose a premium plush, super-soft carpet for your bedrooms.
For a guest room or an office, you can choose from many beautiful, low-pile carpets in interesting patterns and colors. Such carpets hold up better than plush ones, plus it’s easier for your office chair to roll around without having to use a plastic mat. Of course, if you prefer hardwood flooring, you can always have a flat-weave rug under the bed or office desk and chair.
The most stylish option for most people remains hardwood flooring. Always ask the floor installer for care instructions, since different woods and finishes will have different specifications. A little bit of aging is not so bad, either – wood gets better over the years and develops a beautiful patina.
For homes with lots of entertaining, hardwood floors are a great option, since they can be refinished if necessary. A dense area rug is always an option for under the table. They’re durable and easy to clean when spills happen — and you know they will.
If you have rambunctious pets:
Bamboo flooring or tiles hold up well if you have pets running around. Area rugs layered on top can easily be cleaned of pet hair and stains — and are easily replaced if necessary. Wall-to-wall carpeting can be more of a headache, but don’t rule it out if you love it. Opt for a stain-resistant carpet and also be mindful of your color choice. If you have a pup or cat that sheds, consider choosing a hue that coordinates with his fur.
Almost every expert will agree that the bathroom is no place for wall-to-wall carpet. If you recoil at chill underfoot, look into heated tile, which can cost up to $200 for a radiant floor mat or around $1,000 for a professional installation.
For the kitchen, look beyond light and dark woods and consider a grey hardwood flooring option. Grey has been the new neutral in interior design, as more cork flooring and vinyl have been designed to look like real wood. All of these options are super durable, so they’ll last well into the next few trend cycles.
Whether you need complete remodeling of your property or simply wish to replace your current floors, let us help you enhance the look, comfort and safety of your home.
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