For many, the flooring might not be at the top of the list when it comes to designing or revamping your home. However, the flooring can change the entire look of your home and each individual room more than you can imagine. The tone, texture and style of the material you use for your flooring can help create a certain style and atmosphere in different rooms of your home, whilst also providing practical benefits in each, if you choose wisely.
Flooring can take a lot of abuse, especially the flooring in the entrance rooms to your house. Your hallways, for instance, may endure a lot of muddy shoes and pet paws, and your dining room may be abused by chair legs scrapping along the floor. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a guide with the help of flooring specialist QC Flooring, to help you choose the right flooring for your home.
For the muddy areas
For those rooms which have doors that lead to the outside, make sure you use a material that’s easy to clean. The best options are porcelain or ceramic tiles because these are durable, and also low-maintenance. If the tiles get dirty, you can easily clean up dry dirt and pet fur with a hoover or broom, or muddy messes with a mop.
For if you have kids
If you have a kid’s playroom, or they use the living room a lot, it’s a good idea to go for a soft carpet for warmth and comfort. This softer surface means they can also run around until their hearts are content! It also means that, if there are any falls, these will be a little softer and less likely than on slippy tiles or hardwood flooring.
Another major consideration is whether or not you need a material that’s easy to clean. Is your living room going to be a drinks-free zone for the kids, or are you going to go for a carpet that’s easy to clean? Materials like polypropylene and nylon are easier to clean than most other carpet materials.
Alternatively, Karndean or other vinyl flooring is softer than hardwood and easier to clean than carpet, for an option that will make kiddie messes easy to deal with, while being soft and comfortable for little feet.
For cosy bedrooms and living rooms
Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for throughout the house, and it can really help create an overall warmth and homely atmosphere in your home. But hardwood flooring isn’t particularly cosy in its feel, as it can be cold on the feet in those harsh winter months, so it’s definitely a good idea to go for some plush carpet in your bedroom and living room, or to consider underfloor heating when fitting wood floors.
If you already have hardwood flooring in your bedroom or living room, and don’t want to invest in a new carpet, you can still get this cosy feel by buying a lovely big rug like this snuggly wool rug, or even one made from silk, alpaca wool or any other cosy material you love the look of.
Turn your bathroom into a spa
Finally, the bathroom. Most people agree that carpet in a bathroom is a bad idea, but also don’t like the idea of cold tiles underfoot. Luckily, you can get heated flooring fairly cheap nowadays, as it is more widely available.
You can get a radiant floor mat quite cheaply, but full underfloor heating can set you back a fair amount for a professional fitting. For many though, it’s definitely worth the investment for the comfort you get in those cold winter months, and for the value it will add to your property.
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