Selecting the Right Flooring for your Home
Walk into any room. What do you see first? The floor, probably. Yes, the walls and furniture also “hit” you, but the flooring probably has the biggest impact on how a room “feels” to you.
When you enter a room that “speaks” to you, what is it saying? Are you enjoying its coziness? Is it modern and sleek? Or does it evoke a Spartan-feel, sparse and free of clutter? Which of these rooms make you feel the most comfortable, the most secure, the most “yourself”?
Was there a favorite room in your childhood home, or a grandparents’ or friends’ house? Why was it your favorite? Was it cozy? Was it light and bright? Did you feel safe there, or did you feel energized and able to do anything?
Now, think about its flooring. Homes often have hardwood floors with rugs of various sizes upon them. Many have wall-to-wall carpeting. Kitchens can be linoleum, vinyl, tile or hardwood.
A room’s flooring has a major effect on a room’s “feel.”
Here are some tips to help you in your search for flooring:
Think of the room’s function. Wall-to-wall carpeting rarely works well in a kitchen, but is often great for a family room, living room and bedroom. Have you ever been in a bathroom that had carpet or hardwood floors? Even though people are beginning to put hardwood in their baths, it felt a bit “odd,” didn’t it? That’s because ceramic or porcelain tile, vinyl or today’s hottest flooring, luxury vinyl plank or tile works best in bathrooms.
What kind of mood do you want the room to have? Natural flooring such as hardwoods softens and “warms” a room. Tiling, depending on the colors and any patterns on the tiles, can help a room look sleek and modern, cute and charming or even harsh and uninviting. Your choice of flooring goes a long way to enhance — or hurt — the mood you want to set in the room.
How much maintenance and care are you willing to expend on your flooring? Are you willing to spend the time and the money to maintain a hardwood floor? If not, a laminate floor — one that has the look of wood — may be your best bet. Laminate is especially a great choice if you have pets or active children.
If you would like to learn more, feel free to reach out and speak to one of our many product specialists at any of our 4 locations, or call 877-445-7799, and you will be directed to the product specialist that can best serve you in the area where you live.