When it comes to home building or renovating, some of the most simpliest decisions seem to turn into some of the most complex decisions. When it comes to flooring, you can sometimes feel overwhelmed once you realize just how many options you have to work with out there. I've been an interior designer for quite some time now and this is one of the first decisions that clients need to make because everything else you choose seems to coordinate with the flooring.
Flooring covers a vast amount of your home. You walk on it everywhere you go throughout your house, whether it be ceramic or porcelain tile, hardwood, resilient or carpet, you're going to see it everyday. In order to choose the right one for you and your family, you need to narrow down your options.
First, think about cleanliness. Do you have children running in and out of the house? Do you have babies? Do you have pets? Do you have none of the above? Hard surfaces are definitely easier to maintain and keep clean as opposed to carpet and some resilient or vinyl flooring. If you're choosing a hardwood and you have pets, say a couple of dogs with sharp claws, be sure to choose add a couple of extra coats of polyurethane to ensure hardness is obtained to keep your floors from being permanently dented or scratched.
In general, people always tend to choose tile for the bathrooms and kitchen, hardwood for all of the general areas and carpet for the bedrooms. As the times are changing, many people are just done with carpet totally and resort to putting hardwood in the bedrooms to help maintain cleanliness. Never put carpet in the kitchen or bathroom because of the moisture factor in both locations. Over time, that will get very smelly and possibly even rot out your subfloor and cause some serious future renovations and costly expenses.
Think about the colors, textures and styles that you enjoy and are pleasing to you in your everyday life. This is where you should derive your basis of your decision. Go buy a color wheel and educate yourself on some different color schemes. For example, a complementery color scheme would be two colors opposite of eachother on the color wheel. These combinations have been worked over for years and are proven to naturally flow together. A good example of this would be Christmas colors, green and red, a complementery color scheme.
Do you like contemporary, modern things, country thing, classic or elegant styles? Look through catalogs and choose examples that you interest you and try to base your decision off of all of those factors. Think about what is most durable and suitable for your situation and family.
Cost is always a factor here, too. You can get a decent, basic hardwood floor for around $1.50/sq ft, but if you want the good stuff, it will cost you. If you're into some handscraped, wide-planked hardwood, that will be around $10/sq ft or more. This applies to tile as well. It's all about your style and what you like. The main objects in your choosing should be derived from what will work for you and your environment. Always keep in mind what will be the most functional for your family and lifestyle and you can't go wrong.