Interior Design Flooring

Floor covering purchases are a foundation for the style of the effective decorating structure.

 Flooring is an essential part of any interior design. The first physical contact anyone has with your living space is with the flooring.  Your flooring provides the foundation for your design and holds a significant impact on the success of your design plan.

You want to start by selecting complementary flooring for your space and your vision.  Flooring is the most used surface in your home, so it must withstand constant use.  You have many flooring choices available, so it is easy to focus on design rather than function, but let us help you make the correct choice.

The most researched aspects of flooring are price, quality, and style. While you can save money upfront by buying inexpensive flooring, you will end up replacing it more often because it will not last.  Spend the time on getting the flooring selection that matches what you envision and get flooring that will stand the test of time.

Here is an overview of the flooring choices you can have throughout your house:

 Carpet

Your carpet textures will amend your style more than you think.  You can try many non-traditional types in your home, but it is usually best to stay with a traditional push style of carpet for comfort.  Carpeting is a great safety feature on wooden steps for vigorous children.

Wood Floors

Wood floors range from vibrant to dramatic to comfy. New hardwood floors come with low maintenance features.  These are an excellent option that ties a room together.

Tile Floors

Tile floors provide you with a textured open feel to your space.   They open up your space and make it feel more substantial and more relaxed.  Tile floors can also literally moderate the temperature in your house. During the hot summer months, tiles remain cool to the touch.  In the cold winter months, a heated mat is installed under the tile is all you need to feel warm.

Marble Floors

Travertine marble floors provide you a proper and timeless look.

 

Suggested places to use different flooring types

 

Living Room

The living room is a high traffic area.  You will need to consider who is using the space, how you want the room to feel, and what flooring type is most practical.

When it comes to custom interiors, hardwood is almost always preferred over carpet because it creates an elegant look, and it is easier to care for and maintain.

You will need to decide what type of hardwood you want to use in your living room.  Cherry and Oak are popular and good starter hardwoods, but there is the question as to if these hardwoods will complement your interior and décor.  If not, you will want to consider other hardwoods, but there is a higher cost consideration.

A carpet is also a possible option for the main living area. It is warmer than bare hardwood floors, which is vital if you do not want your feet to get cold when walking around barefoot.  Also, carpet provides a safety cushion for children and pets if they accidentally fall.  Additionally, carpet masks noise from movement about the room.

 

Bedroom

You should place a great deal of consideration into deciding the best floor covering for this room since this is the place where you will spend 1/3 of your day and where you will seek respite and relaxation.

Carpet and hardwood floors are the most popular options for floor covering in the bedroom.

Carpets are popular because they provide warmth.  Who wants to wake up and put their feet on a cold hardwood floor? Carpet also muffles noise and protects from falls.

Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain.  They also keep their elegance.

Kitchen

When most people think of flooring in the kitchen, they think tile, but there is more than just picking the right tile pattern.  You will want to select the right tile type – ceramic, porcelain, slate, or granite – these are only your starting options.

You will not want hardwoods in the kitchen.  It will be almost impossible to keep them clean, but they are easier to damage than tile.  Imagine what it would be like to drop a pot or a plate on your hardwood floor in the kitchen. Now imagine spilling sauce or milk on these same hardwoods.  Wear and tear on kitchen floors should be relegated to tile since they are typically moisture resistant and resist stains.

Bathroom

Vinyl is a notable choice when it comes to dealing with space where moisture and humidity will happen.

Alternatively, you can use porcelain or ceramic tile since these materials are highly waterproof, but look beautiful and stylish (compared to vinyl).  With tile, you maintain elegance throughout the bathroom.  And if you are looking to keep your feet warm on those cold mornings or during the winter months, you can add heated elements to porcelain.

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