All You Need to Know About Choosing the Right Flooring For Your Home*

When it comes to renovating the home, there are a variety of different things that you could change. You can paint walls, use wallpaper, change the flooring, and even knock through some walls. A lot of what you choose to do will be dependent on your style and your budget. If money were no object, I wonder if we would all have completely different home style to what we have now? One of the things that can affect the look of a room is the flooring. You’d be surprised at just how much of a difference it can make. Imagine one of the rooms in your home as it is. Then imagine it with completely different flooring. It will look rather different, won’t it? So how do we know what kind of flooring we should have in each room? There are some cardinal sins with flooring in the home decor world. There are some more flexible options too. So have a read through this and hopefully it will help you to choose the flooring that you need in your home.

 

 

At the end of the day, it is completely up to you how you choose to finish off the look pf the home.

 

But there are some rooms that suit certain flooring over others. Take tiles for instance. Would you want tiles on your bedroom floor? The chances are that you wouldn’t, because it doesn’t exactly scream soft and cosy. In a room like a bedroom, that is what you ideally want. In other rooms, tiles work perfectly. They would be suited best to rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. They work so well in these rooms, as they are easy to clean for one thing. In high-traffic areas of the home, you need flooring that is easy to clean. They are likely to get wet or damp from things being dropped or water spraying on the floor. So they are easy to clean, wipe and dry.

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Tiles work best when they compliment the rest of the decoration in the room. If they are too different, it creates an obvious line on the floor. This has the effect of making the room look smaller than it is. This also happens when you use darker tiles. They can make the room look smaller than it is if it isn’t styled well.
Small rooms are best with light and airy tiles and patterns. Try to avoid too much detail on the tiles too. Large patterns can distract from other decoration in the room. It can be a hard look to pull off, so the best tip is to keep it simple.

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Carpet is common in a lot of homes. The price of it can vary, but it a lot of cases, it can be a cheaper option. Carpets are best for warmth and insulation. So they are best in rooms like bedrooms and living areas. You need to be selective about the style of carpet that you have, depending on your circumstances. If you were putting down the carpet in a child’s
playroom, for example, you wouldn’t want a light colour. It will be heard to clean and show up stains easily. A patterned carpet would be a better option to go for if you were choosing carpet for that room. Then the likely stains that will occur will be hidden a little until you can get round to cleaning them. A dining room would suit a patterned carpet too.

In areas like a hallway, it is best to choose a hard wearing carpet. If there is high footfall, it can wear away easily. So bear this in mind when carpeting your home. Don’t just choose the same carpet for every room. Underlay is of paramount importance in the life of your carpet. A lot of people say that the carpet is only as good as it’s underlay. So you want to make sure you invest in some quality underlay. It will mean the ‘wear and tear’ will be much slower if the underlay is top quality. A site like Walter Wall Floorings will show you the types of carpet available so you can see what you would expect to pay.

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One of the other options for flooring is choosing wooden flooring. It is popular these days, and I can see why. You can have real wood flooring or laminate flooring. The difference is the price, to be honest. They can both look good, but real wood gives a much nice finish. You do pay for the price, though. Wooden flooring can work in most rooms. You could choose it for your living area, instead of carpet. They are easier to clean than carpets, but they don’t give the warmth that a carpet does. So it does just depend on your life and family situation as to what you have. If you have pets like cats and dogs, wooden flooring is one of the best options. Otherwise, you will constantly have to vacuum as the carpet will be full of dog or cat hair!

Kitchens and bathrooms are best to avoid with wooden flooring. They can get quite slippery, and it could even damage or expand the wood if it gets wet. So stick to tiles in those rooms. Staircases divide opinion with what flooring you should have. Carpet is softer underfoot and does mute some of the noise of walking up the stairs. Wooden flooring on staircases can be so noisy! It can look good, though. So it is a tricky situation of what to go for.

Do you have a favourite kind of flooring in your home? There are pros and cons of all the types. So you do just need to weigh up the good versus the bad and decide what will work best for your situation. Of course, the cost of it all plays a part too. I hope you have found this quick little guide useful in helping you to choose the right kind of flooring for your home.

Love, Charlotte x

*This is a collaborative post

 

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