Here at Home Flooring Pros we appreciate how important it is for you to make the right decisions when choosing, buying and installing new floors in your home. We also understand that you won’t be installing the same type of flooring right the way through every room in your home. What works in your master bedroom is unlikely to meet your needs in the kitchen.
In this home flooring guide let us walk together through each room of your home and get an overview of the main flooring options for each. If you want more in-depth options for each room just click on the links provided. As usual we would really love to hear your views on the type of floor you prefer for each room in our comments section at the end of this guide. For current flooring trends click here.
Outdoor Flooring Options – Many homeowners now see the benefits of creating an outdoor living space if their property permits one. Creating a simple deck, a BBQ area or a more sophisticated recreational space are all ways to improve your overall standard of living with great potential for a return on your investment when the time comes to sell. Your main considerations should be focused on durability to the outside elements and aesthetics that match your outdoor environment. Think solid wood decking, natural stone, hard-wearing tiles, decorative concrete or low cost outdoor carpets and rugs.
Garage Flooring Options – Wise homeowners know better than to let their garage become a disorganized and unattractive space whose only function is housing their car and clutter. A well thought out garage can act as an extra room for your home. A smart utility space or workshop will provide you with functionality and higher resale value. Floors need to be tough, durable and easy to clean. Think stamped or acid stained concrete and garage floor tiles.
Basement Flooring Options – Just like your garage your basement can be so much more than just a storage space. A kids play room, a games room or a man cave are all options to consider but just be aware of the different flooring requirements compared to the rest of your house. Higher humidity below ground level means only certain flooring is practicable. Take a look at engineered wood flooring, vinyl or ceramic tile.
Kitchen Flooring Options – The kitchen is another high traffic area where your family spends a great deal of time and where spills are pretty much inevitable. Kitchens and bathrooms have become showcase spaces in a way they never were 20 or 30 years ago and style options are limitless. Nevertheless when deciding on the floor ease of cleaning should be at the forefront of your mind. In her 2013 flooring trend article, interior designer Kathy Banak of Authentic Home suggests,
If you are simply tired of looking at your linoleum or spending time scrubbing grout lines, consider installing hardwood floors. In the kitchen it is easy on your back, easy to clean and comes in a range of color and finish options.
Living Room and Den Flooring Options – Whether relaxing or entertaining your living room is likely to be one of the most frequently used spaces in your home. Your main consideration will be style but you also need to think about the high traffic which means durability too. Your choices here are really just limited to your budget, low-cost vinyl to high-end solid hardwood are all viable solutions.
Dining Room Flooring Options – When deciding on the right flooring option for your dining room you should be led by lifestyle. Are you a large family with young kids, prone to dropping food and drink, or do you use the room primarily for entertaining friends in a more formal setting? If your dining room opens up directly from your living room perhaps you will want to extend the same type of flooring through out for continuity. Think style and practicality.
Home Office Flooring Options – Simple, smart and comfortable are the watch words for your home office. A formal, uncluttered setting but with some warmth where you can receive clients, focus on work and generally be productive. Flooring should be low maintenance and easily cleaned. No need to go crazy with your budget either, laminate, cork, vinyl and carpet are all great options. Perhaps extending your floors from the hallway will work. Keep it simple.
Bedroom Flooring Options – Your bedroom is all about warmth, comfort and style. Style is personal and so is your choice of flooring for the bedroom. Carpet is still the flooring option of choice but engineered or solid hardwood, cork, bamboo and even laminate can all work well in your personal space. Interior designer Cathy Wolfram, in her bedroom trends article, describes her preference thus,
My first choice is always a wood floor with an area rug in the bedroom but many of my clients like wall to wall carpet in the bedroom, it’s a personal preference.
Bathroom Flooring Options – And finally what flooring options do we have for the bathroom? More than you would think. With plenty of water and humidity we can discount carpet and solid hardwood but otherwise we can go with pretty much anything. Funky Linoleum designs are back in trend, engineered hardwood floors are classy and ceramic or porcelain tiles are a staple favorite. Interior designer Karen Mills explains that nature inspired material like “pebbled tiles” are trending. Karen also goes on to say,
As time goes on, you’ve probably noticed a trend toward more open bathrooms with less walls and more tile. And I’m not just talking about tile on the floors and shower, but also tile on walls and ceilings.
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