If you’re planning on renovating your home or are on the hunt for a new place, one big thing to consider is flooring. It may be something you overlook but a room’s floor has just as big an impact as the wall color and furniture does. All three features are cohesive in the best looking rooms. Plus, it’s what your feet will be constantly touching while you’re at home so it’s important to make sure you’ve made the right choice!
Hardwood is probably the most common type of flooring, but not all hardwood is made equal. If the shade of hardwood doesn’t match the wall color, even the nicest furniture/decor won’t save the room. Contrast dark wood with white or light colored walls for a modern feel.
With light wood you can play around with different colors to match the furniture. You can use light/neutral colors for a warmer feel or brighter hues if you want to give your room a more unique feel.
The downside to hardwood is that it is a more sensitive material that is susceptible to damage. Avoid it in bathrooms/kitchens where it may suffer water damage. It’s best suited for living rooms, bedrooms, or hallways.
Carpet is the second most common type of flooring. Pros: it is very cozy and comfortable to step on, and it usually comes in a neutral color that is easy to match to walls/furniture. Cons: you have to be careful when it comes to maintaining cleanliness. While it is easy to vacuum, it might not be the best idea if you or anyone in your house is prone to spills. So choose your rooms with carpet wisely. Your best bets are bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices. Carpet will create a very comforting atmosphere.
Laminate is a more affordable alternative to hardwood, giving the same visual effect for a lower price. However it is more difficult to repair damages - once damaged, the laminate will need to be replaced rather than fixed.
Tile is a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways as it is waterproof. Another great thing about tile is that it comes in so many options. You can get tile that looks like wood if your other rooms have hardwood or laminate and you want your flooring to be consistent. You can also get printed tiles to add interest to your floors. The downside is that it is cold to step on, so it’s best to avoid it in bedrooms, living rooms, or anywhere else you’d want to hang out barefoot.
Vinyl has a similar look and feel to tile, and also comes in many different prints. The main differences are that vinyl tends to be easier to install, but is a thinner material. In general, they have the same amount of water resistance.
Cork is a less common but excellent flooring option. It’s eco-friendly, soft, insulating, and is mold-resistant. It gives a modern, earthy vibe and looks great with neutral colored walls and furniture. There are a few downsides though. Its softness means it’s prone to indentation from furniture, water damage, and it can get discolored by excessive sunlight. However, if you can work around these factors cork is definitely an option to consider.
Bamboo floors are another great eco-friendly option. It’s durable, water-resistant, and looks elegant (light and dark options are available). Unfortunately it may not be the best choice if you live in a humid area. Moisture can cause the planks to swell.
No matter what style of flooring you choose, make sure that it aligns with your lifestyle and home decor vision. You’ll be sure to have happy feet and eyes!