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How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

Flooring is an important design element that runs throughout the entire house. It has a huge impact on the overall look and atmosphere of the space which is why it’s imperative to choose the right flooring for your home.

The colour, material and the finish are the top priorities when choosing flooring. But how can you work out if you’re picking flooring that will work well in your home? Let’s take a look at the different types of flooring:

What are the different types of flooring?

Carpet

Carpets are a soft and comfortable flooring option and a safe choice for kids. If they have it installed in their bedrooms they can sit and play on the floor. Carpets can also be included in your own bedroom or living room if you want something soft under foot. They can also work as an effective sound insulator.

Carpets can be made from wool or from man-made fibres. Make sure to pick ones that you are not allergic too. Neutral colours are a safe choice, but you can also go with bright colours if you want to create a focal point in the room.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular choices in Australia because of its versatility and affordability. It can be installed in any part of the house including the bathroom and the kitchen, and there is a wide variety of designs to choose from such as ceramics, wood, and stone.

If you’re budget-conscious but want to have the style of real hardwood, laminate flooring is a good option. Plus, laminate flooring is durable and easy to install so you can do it yourself.

Tiles

Tiles are a suitable choice for your bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. They may not be the cheapest flooring option because of the price per square foot and the installation required, but tiles are waterproof, tough, hypoallergenic, and very easy to maintain.

Timber

If you want something real and natural, timber is a good hard flooring option. It is available in strips, planks, and parquetry squares. Timber flooring is an ideal choice in the living room, hallways and in the bedroom. You can lay a rug over the top if you prefer. Timber flooring can last a long time and it is very easy to maintain.

Bamboo

If you find timber too expensive, bamboo is a good alternative choice for flooring. It is more water resistant than timber so you can also install it in the kitchen or bathroom. It also works well in high traffic areas at home such as in the hallway or living room. Bamboo flooring is environmentally-friendly, durable, and affordable. It looks good in modern or traditional spaces.

What is the best type of flooring?

Here are some things to consider when it comes to picking the best type of flooring:

The room

The best material for the floor will depend on the room where you’re going to install it. You don’t want to install a type of flooring that is not water resistant in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry. Make sure that the type of flooring will be suitable for the room.

Style

Of course, you want a type of flooring that will suit the furniture, fittings, colour of the walls, and overall design of your house. The floorings should compliment the home design. Light-coloured floors can make a room wider and more spacious, while medium to darker tones can add warmth and a dramatic edge.   

Maintenance

Types of flooring have different maintenance needs and some will require frequent cleaning. If you’re not keen on cleaning you might want a floor that is low maintenance.

Your needs

You will need to consider your needs when choosing a type of flooring. This will include if you have kids or pets. If you have kids, it’s best to consider carpets to lessen the risk of them hurting themselves. If you have pets, it may be appropriate to install scratch-resistant flooring.

Your budget

The price of your flooring will include the size of the room as well as the materials used. If you’re on a budget, you might want to opt for laminate flooring rather than natural flooring to save money while still capturing the looks of a hardwood floor.

 
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