How many times have you asked yourself this question? When redecorating your home or buying a new house, you have to think of every single aspect of your home including and if not most important, flooring. It’s not only the aesthetical point but also the functionality of your home. So, What type of flooring do you need in your home?
You can pick the most beautiful tiles for your kitchen, but for example, if you live on the ground floor and don’t have the right insulations, you gong to suffer during winter. As an interior designer, I am often being asked by design inspirations and trends advice, but what often people forget is the practicality of the material you chose for your home. I spoke before in my guide about flooring, but today let’s look into it closer.
When should you consider carpet flooring?
Carpet flooring is great. It can make your home appear cosy, warm and stylish. Carpets can also work as extra insulation and keep your home warmer during winters. Carpets also a great for acoustics, so if you have big space it can help to keep the noise level lower. The downside to carpets is that they attract loads of bacteria, and in the house, with pets like cats or dogs, it can attract fleas and other insects that can be stuck in it. Also, carpets are iron to stains if natural wool and again with animals, their fur can more difficult to remove and you will need social vacuum cleaners for it. Carpets can also soak any smells like smoke, animal or cooking and it’s difficult to get rid of. Best use for carpets is bedrooms only. It can be nice and soft when you wake up but also keep it warmer and quieter when need asleep. Avoid kitchen or corridors where it can get stained or warn off in heavy traffic areas.
Wooden flooring when and where.
If you considering wooden flooring, then you have loads to chose from. Whether is an engraining wood, laminate panels or natural wooden flooring then you can choose from many great styles and prices. The advantage of wooden flooring is that you can use it pretty much anywhere around your house. Is easy to clean and maintain however, you do need special products to clean it if you wish to enjoy your flooring longer. The downside of wooden flooring is it can attract beetles but also if any pipes burst or install any near water, the damage of excessive moisture can be costly and in most cases needs replacement. However, wood can be recycled and you can re-use in most cases in other rooms but also wooden flooring can give you the appearance of nice and warm feeling and not to mention that timeless style appearance. Avoid kitchen or bathrooms ( moisture) but you can use in bedrooms with nice rugs as design statement but also great for corridors.
When should you consider vinyl flooring?
Vinyl flooring is cost-effective and you can get great faux wood designs on it. Vinyl is also easy to clean and can be used in any communal areas. Heavy cushioned vinyl floor can be warmer and its also great for acoustics. The cons of vinyl flooring are that it can be easily damaged if heavy sharp objects fell on it ( high heel, scissors glass etc.) Best use of it is in the kitchens and bathrooms as it is waterproof and it can be easily wiped off if any water spillage.
How about tiles?
Tiles can bring a great feature to your home. It comes in some many design styles and shapes that you can go extra creative as you like. Tiles are super easy to maintain and clean. you can just wipe it off and can be used in any rooms like bathroom or kitchen without worrying about water damage. The downside to tiles is that can appear cold and if you live on a ground floor, then tiles will keep the room cold ( positive for those who don’t like warm rooms). Tiles, however, can break if heavy object fell on it, it can be replaced but in most cases, you will have to replace the tiles around.