The Ultimate Guide To Choose Your Flooring

November 17, 2005
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Let your flooring define you


What look and feel are you seeking with your flooring choice? Formal or informal? Utilitarian or luxurious? Old world or modern? Different options will create different moods. Bamboo flooring has a very different feel from brick or stone flooring. Carpeting, linoleum and tile are quite different from each other too. The pattern can be busy or soothing, expanding or reducing; a square flooring will have a very different affect than a slate flooring pattern. Will you go with the elegance of hardwood or the functionality and ease of vinyl flooring?


Choosing flooring for your home can update your home and entirely change its look. Trying to decide between hardwood, laminate, vinyl tile, linoleum, stone (like slate, stone, and marble) or carpet can be somewhat difficult and overwhelming. At the end of the day, you want to go back to your home and every brick in it should make you feel right at home. A flooring design that looks good in one place may not fit your home. it is all about preferences and choices that define you. What better ways than letting your flooring do the talking?


Making the right flooring choice


Flooring is a major choice that directly affects the whole feel of your home. That is why it is a decision that needs to be made carefully.


Deciding on the right flooring for the style of your home depends upon several different factors.


  1. What kind of traffic does that room get? For example, a formal dining room may not see as much traffic. On the other hand, a play room or even the kitchen see a lot of footfall, day in day out.
  2. What kind of function does the room serve? Will it be used sparingly, or will it be a room frequented often?
  3. Will the floor flow with the rest of the house? Will you need to redecorate so the floor will go with the room?
  4. How much time are you willing to devote to maintenance? Lets face it, nobody wants to take leave from work just so that they can do the maintenance of the home. If given the chance, they would prefer installing the flooring and forgetting it completely. Frequent repair and maintenance are a headache that most people prefer to avoid.


After you answer these questions, you will be able to make an informed decision about the kind of flooring style that you need and want for your home.


Factors that decide the flooring option


The amount  of  traffic in the room that you are purchasing flooring for impacts your purchase decision. For example, if you are buying flooring for the kitchen then you want to purchase flooring that is durable enough for all of the traffic that moves through the kitchen each day and that you will not slip on. In the living room, you want flooring that can hold up to lots of traffic, but you also want a floor that is attractive since it is a focal point in the house and many people use it. Bathrooms need waterproof flooring that is easy to clean and is non-slip. Determine how much traffic that goes through the room and then try to find a flooring style that will be durable enough for the traffic in that room. High traffic rooms include the living room, family room, kitchen, mud room, and foyer.


The function of a room has great bearing on your flooring style choice too. For the kitchen, you want a flooring style that is easy to clean and take care of because of spills and splatters from cooking. A bedroom floor is not as likely to be spilled on as other rooms so it can have a different kind of flooring. Bathroom floors need to be water resistant, non-slip and easy to clean. If you family room is used often, you want to have flooring that is easy to clean and durable. On the other hand, if you have a formal living room that is not used very often, you can go with flooring that is more for the décor of the room than the function. Think about how the room is used and then make your flooring choice accordingly.


Choosing a flooring design


How the flooring you choose flows with the rest of the home is another consideration. If your home has an open floor plan, then this makes it even more important to find flooring that flows well. If your kitchen floor is a sandstone tile, then you want to consider how the hardwood color will go with the sandstone color. Not paying attention to the flow of the house and how the flooring choices work together will make you unhappy. Also, if you don’t want to redecorate the entire room, make sure that the flooring you choose goes with existing décor. A lot of people do the mistake of considering flooring and home renovation as entirely different things. Thus, they choose one plan for the flooring and a totally different one for the home. What eventually results is a home that may look great in parts, but overall looks confusing at best. You need to avoid this conundrum at all costs and the only possible solution is to choose uniform floor plans.


Consider how patterned walls go with patterned flooring — it may be too much. Try a few samples until you find flooring that looks great with your existing flooring styles, color scheme and existing decor!


Maintenance is a crucial factor


Flooring maintenance on most floors these days is pretty simple. Read the directions on the flooring style that you are considering to understand what maintenance that the manufacturer recommends. This will help you to decide if that flooring is the right choice for you. There will be lots of intricate flooring designs that will look great, but is difficult to install and need frequent maintenance. If you are someone who has the time and budget to invest on the maintenance cycle, then there is nothing stopping you from going for it. On the other hand, you cannot afford that versatility, your best bet would be to go with a flooring option that is attractive to begin with and entails minimum maintenance in the long run.


The flooring style that you choose can make a huge impact on your entire home. It can help your home feel warm and inviting or can make your home feel cold and unfeeling. Choose flooring that meets the needs and function of the room that you need flooring for and you are sure to find flooring that you will love! Do not hesitate to put in the required time and effort until you find exactly what you need. Do not go blindly by the recommendations of others or even the local store owner. Be clear as to what you want, and if you are not able to get that, go for the next best thing. Talk to experts, friends and neighbors and at the end of it all, you are sure to get a flooring that will define you in the most elegant of ways.


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