How To Choose The Right Flooring For You
When renovating your home, there are many options that will affect the look and feel of your home. While the colours you choose for your walls, your light fittings, the types of doors and window frames will all affect your house, nothing does this to the extent that your choice of flooring will. Today, we look at different types of flooring in order to help you make the right choice for yourself when renovating your house.
Before we start looking at different kinds of flooring available to you, there are a few factors you need to consider. What can you afford? What is your lifestyle like? What is the weather in your area like?
Not only is linoleum affordable, it’s nearly maintenance free. Whilst many believe linoleum to be unsophisticated, it is considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly options when it comes to flooring. Properly installed and paired with stylish furnishings and other décor elements, linoleum floors can look great in retro and modern homes.
Wooden floors are experiencing resurgence in popularity as of late and no wonder; it looks great and adds warmth and comfort to any home. With proper care, it will look fantastic for a long time. This floor is equally at home in classic and contemporary houses.
If you’re in the market for wooden floors, but don’t have the budget, laminate is a great alternative. A good quality laminate floor will be hardwearing, long lasting and low maintenance. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why many people choose it. If you can live with the fact that it’s not “real wood”, you should be happy with this option for a long time to come.
With so many different kinds of stone, each with different properties, it is difficult to put it all into one category. In general, stone is extremely durable, looks great and offers unmatched elegance in your home. As with wood, stone looks great in classic and contemporary homes. Stone is also generally easy to keep clean and maintain.
Again, there are many different kinds of tiles on the market and you’re spoilt for choice when deciding on tiles – from glass mosaics to tiles that look like wood. Installation of tiles is a specialised task and you will need to consult a professional for this, but once done, most tiles are hardwearing, low maintenance and look great. Consider your lifestyle before choosing the type of tile.
Carpets aren’t an appropriate choice in some rooms, like bathrooms or kitchens, but in bedrooms and lounges, they offer ultimate warmth and comfort. Carpet is generally soft and comfortable to walk, though cleaning stains can be difficult. If you’re not scared off by frequent vacuuming and the risk of stains, then carpets are a great choice. Bonus – if you have a clumsy toddler or baby that’s just learning to walk, carpets offer a soft landing.
As with all elements in your home, your choice in flooring is absolutely dependent on the look and feel you’re hoping to achieve. Shop around and consider all your options before settling on one. Remember, you can combine different options in your house – tiled bathrooms and kitchens, carpeted bedrooms and wood in your lounge. The choice is yours!
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