Flooring decisions in your home can be tough, because unlike a paint color or throw pillow, flooring is a choice that you’ll want to live with for years. Your choice should be a balance between practicality and personal aesthetics. The best material will vary from room to room; no matter how much you love hardwood flooring, it may not be the best choice for a moisture-prone basement. If you are ready to replace your outdated flooring, check out these ideas for modern and durable materials for every room in your home.
A kid’s room is going to take a lot of abuse so you’ll want to choose flooring that can stand up to spills, falls and rough play while still providing a comfortable and inviting foundation for your littlest family members. A fun and little-used flooring option is rubber, which is super easy to clean, extremely durable, and provides some cushion for tumbles.
The entryway sets the tone for your home, so look for a material that speaks to your personal taste. It’s also where people will bring in the most dirt from outside, so you need something that can handle a mess and wipe up easily. Tile is a great option and for tile that makes a statement, look at the colorful patterns of encaustic tiles. Encaustic is made from different layers of clay or cement and comes in both old-school European patterns and more modern designs.
Your dining room will be where friends and family gather for meals on significant occasions, and while you want flooring that is inviting, you also need a spilled drink or dropped bowl of spaghetti to not ruin your party. Hardwood fits the bill for both of these considerations. Hardwood comes in a variety of finishes and widths to fit your personal style, from a wide barn wood for a homey feel to a narrow black stain for an ultra-modern look.
The kitchen is the heart of every home and needs a floor that can take a good deal of foot traffic, handle moisture and not show wear. Cork flooring has gained popularity in recent years for its eco-friendliness, cushion and ease in cleaning, making it an excellent choice for a kitchen. Cork comes in a host of patterns and finishes, so you can individualize it to your kitchen’s style.
Your bedroom is the one place to really indulge in a comfortable floor covering. While plush carpeting fell off trend in favor of hardwood, it’s making a comeback and is particularly appropriate for bedrooms. Carpet is also an economical choice, but a plush natural fiber will make it look and feel expensive. Your feet hitting a warm, soft carpet might be enough to make you look forward to getting out of bed every morning.
Your biggest considerations in a bathroom are moisture and germs, so the most practical choice is tile. To make tile, which can often be a bit cold, more inviting, consider heated ceramic tiles.
Your living area is another high traffic room in the house and you’ll never go wrong with a durable, attractive hardwood, but if you’re looking for something more modern, concrete flooring can give a living area a beautiful contemporary feel. Concrete floors can be finished with a sealant to make them shine or simply polished to a matte finish.
While it’s ok to mix and match flooring materials, stick to two or three since you don’t want a different flooring choice in every room of the house.Google+