When thinking of your dream home, you may already picture the color of its walls, the lighting, the architecture and, of course, the furniture. But how much attention do you pay to the flooring? A home’s flooring, like any part of the house, should suit the needs, and reflect the lifestyle and personality of the homeowner.
Here are some tips on how to choose the flooring that is best for you:
Most people spend a lot of time selecting the colors to paint their walls. In selecting your flooring, you should have the same considerations as when you are deciding for your walling. Your flooring should reflect your home’s style while also giving it a clean and comfortable appearance. Like with walls, you can choose a different flooring for each part of your home, and it can also be a stylish way to separate each zone of your house. For example, if no walls separate your living room and your dining area, you can have hardwood floor for the living room and tiles for the dining area. This way, each zone is defined and divided by its flooring.
In considering your style for the flooring, you will need to refer to your home’s layout and floor plan to decide how to give it a generally easy flow. Keep in mind that the flooring helps a lot in making your home look cozier and more spacious.
Which flooring for which area?
Each room in your house has different needs, so think about the area on which you will be applying the flooring and how it is supposed to be. Is the kitchen supposed to be bright and clean? Should the bedrooms be relaxing and quiet? Also, who and what are going to be in each area? The garage floor, for example, will have to be smooth but durable, so you might have to consider garage epoxy or roll-out vinyl flooring.
Make sure that the flooring for each area of your house can handle the foot traffic that goes on there, while also supporting the room’s overall function.
Of course, your flooring should be within your budget. There is a lot to consider when designing your new place and budget goes with each of those. The costs of your flooring may be determined per square foot and the type of material. Each material could be priced differently depending on its grade or quality. Before you start hunting for the best flooring for your home, you may want to establish your budget first. Also, consider the maintenance for each flooring material and how much repairs or replacements could cost you. You might get a flooring for a low price but with poor quality, and will end up having to spend on frequent repairs and replacements.
The flooring carries the weight of your entire home and there should be a lot of thought that you have to put into picking the right one. It should be able to support you and the place you are building. But at the end of the day, you are choosing for your own home, so go with what makes you happy and comfortable, and one that you would enjoy living with.