5 Factors When Selecting Flooring for Different Living Spaces
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Home flooring is a detail of interior decoration that should never be underestimated. The choice of flooring can set the stage for the entire feel of the household. Here are 5 major things you should consider when selecting the right flooring for your particular home and living spaces.
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Before style comes into play, functionality is the most important factor when considering kitchen or bathroom flooring. Remember that these two rooms typically have the biggest problems when it comes to maintaining spotlessness. Spillage and water overflow are definite factors. That being said, remember your most surefire way of maintaining a well-polished look will be ceramic tile, laminate, or terrazzo flooring. With these three styles, cleaning is a breeze.
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Moisture is another giant factor when choosing flooring. Most living spaces in the house simply don’t have to deal directly with wetness. However, bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are notorious places for moisture to lurk. That being said, immediately throw out carpet and solid hardwood flooring (though engineered hardwood is fine). Hardwood flooring can warp and crack under moisture and carpet soaks it up and leads to mold, mildew, and awful smell. Just remember that the easiest floors to clean — tile, laminate, and terrazzo — are also the most moisture resistant.
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Foot traffic is a heavy determinant in flooring selection. For areas adjacent to exterior doors, cleaning is a tough proposition. So remember, wherever there’s traffic, hardwood or tile is best. To liven the mood of the house, add throw rugs or area rugs. Especially at the foyer of the house, a nice rug goes a long way to making the home seem inviting. And don’t be afraid to check with the experts — if you live in Colorado, for instance, there are many flooring companies in Denver that could be a go-to resource in helping you to find high-traffic flooring.
4. Color Schemes
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Color schemes are very important to any house. This includes wall paint, furniture, interior decor, and just about everything else in your home, so why should the flooring be any different? The main goal in deciding flooring is to have the rooms blend from one to the next. Avoid gaudy colors — subtlety is key. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have several types of flooring, but just have a flow from room to room.
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The last portion of deciding on your home flooring is comfort. One often-overlooked aspect is temperature. In the summer or winter, certain floors can become scorchingly hot or agonizingly cold. Bathrooms, bedrooms, and living rooms, in particular, are three places that most people want to travel barefoot in their home. With this in consideration, avoid climate-susceptible surfaces such as tile, marble, and terrazzo.
Use carpet and wood flooring in bedrooms and living rooms, as these two floors keep the same temperature no matter what their surroundings. Bathrooms, however, would be better suited with a tile or ceramic floor. Just remember to throw a nice shower rug on the ground.
Make sure to analyze these five factors of your home before choosing your flooring. What other needs do you have when it comes to renovating your floorspace?
Eric Schad is a freelance writer that is currently traveling the world. When he’s not behind his laptop writing articles, he enjoys experiencing the culture of foreign places and playing guitar. He graduated from the University of Tampa in 2007 with degrees in Finance and Music. He currently resides in New Zealand.