Considering new flooring as one of your home improvement projects for 2015? Unsure of which home flooring options to consider? Well, I’m here to help. I, too, have flooring at the top of my home to-do list. Flooring will make a big impact on the look and feel of your home, so in this blog we’ll cover some questions to consider before you make this very big, very expensive choice.
The first thing to think about when choosing new flooring is where it’s going—bathroom, kitchen, family room, etc. Besides deciding what type of look you want, you should also choose your desired feel. By this I mean some floors feel colder, harder, warmer, friendlier, more formal, and so on. Weather will likely impact your decision. For instance, if you live where it gets really cold in the winter, you may not want the coldness of a hard-surface floor like wood or tile in your bedrooms or family-living spaces. Area rugs can provide a decent workaround, but if you have to cover a large amount of your beautiful, expensive wood or tile floor with rugs, is that the best choice for you?
Now think about what will happen in this space. How will it be used? Will food or beverages be involved? Is it a high-traffic area? A play area for kids or pets? All of these questions should be asked and answered before you make your flooring choice. For instance, you probably don’t want to put carpet in a kitchen, bath, or laundry room. We’ve all seen it, and I think we all have the same reaction….WHY, WHY, WHY? Exactly. Why would you put that type of clearly not-practical flooring in that space? A lot of pain can be avoided by following the simple design adage: form follows function. Make sure you think about function as well as look and feel when you select your flooring.
Who will be using the space? Someone who’s elderly and may trip easily? Small children or pets, who sometimes—as we know very well—are messy or maybe even a little destructive? (pets are more likely than kids to be destructive, but sometimes the two-legged types can do damage, as well J). If the new flooring is for mom’s craft room, a nice tile or laminate flooring could be ideal—simple clean-up, durable, doesn’t scratch or mar easily. As you consider your situation, make sure you understand who will be walking, playing, crafting or perhaps even destructing on your new floor.
The “how” question has two variations: How much will it cost? How will it be installed? We all have budgets to work with, so make sure to be a smart shopper and strongly consider your installation options and whether you can take on all or some of the work yourself (often the installation costs are as much or more than the price of the flooring itself).
- Carpeting will warm up your space, both physically and visually
- Darker-colored flooring (hard or soft) can help ground your space, but if your furniture and walls are dark, too, this may make your room feel bottom-heavy and cave-like
- Think of your floor as another wall in your room—visually, it’s a big space so choose your colors accordingly
- When you consider cost, think about longevity; flooring is expensive so select a surface that will work as your design needs and style change over time (you may get up one day and decide to completely change your color scheme—not that I would…okay, that totally sounds like something I’d do)
- Remember hard floors can feel and look cold, and so your room can take on those characteristics as well—this may be a good or bad thing, just be aware
- Ceramic, slate tiles, cement, and similar surfaces might perfectly complete your kitchen, laundry or bath, but if you’re going to be standing for long periods you may want to purchase one of those nice, cushy floor mats to keep your feet and back comfy as you work
I hope this will help you make the right flooring choice for your home. Now, what will you do next to love where you live?