Before you can choose the best flooring for your home, it’s important to determine what your top priority is in that room. Each room of your home serves a very specific purpose in terms of comfort and functionality and your flooring should reflect that. If you are looking for easy cleaning, say in a kitchen or bathroom, you’ll want to choose harder materials like wood, tile and concrete. If you’re looking for maximum comfort in the family room or bedroom, carpet is probably your best bet. If you’re trying to be environmentally conscious, we suggest looking into sustainable materials such as bamboo. The best flooring option will always serve your room’s purpose. That being said, here are a few tips to help the decision process go smoother:
Don’t go for trendy floors. Flooring is not easy, or inexpensive, to continually replace each year. This makes any “trendy” floor moot in as short as a few seasons. Rather than picking a fleeting design or material fad, aim for a floor that is timeless that you can design around. The longevity of an interior floor is always the most important factor.
Along those same lines, it’s usually best to choose a neutral color choice. After all, you’ll probably regret the hot pink carpet in a few years. Beiges, creams and natural colors are all safe choices that can support interior design and color changes elsewhere in the room.
While the entire house doesn’t need to have the same flooring, your floors should contribute, not detract, from the flow of your home. This means that if it doesn’t make sense to suddenly switch from a nice hardwood floor to a shag carpet in the middle of the hallways, don’t do it. It’s also a good general rule to avoid shag carpeting anywhere - it’s one of those trends best left in the past.
Consider the wear and tear your floor will get in each room. Kitchens, for example, often require harder, easy-to-clean floors. However, if you have small children it might be best to skip expensive hardwood floors and choose a sturdy, yet more forgiving, tile instead. Remember, your floor is an investment so you want to care for it properly and prepare for any minor or major accidents.
Finally, mind your budget. Your home’s flooring is not a place to skimp and save on quality. That being said, however, it is possible to take some wallet-conscious shortcuts without sacrificing that quality. If your heart is set on a beautifully pricey hardwood floor, for example, it is possible to achieve the same aesthetic with a well-installed concrete floor and the right sealant. It can actually last longer, at a fraction of the cost.
If you're hesitant to upgrade your interior flooring because you think you'll have to relocate, keep in mind there are great ways to make staying at home during a remodel a reality for your family.