Flooring can make or break the look of your home. That’s why, when you’re designing your space, you need to consider all-things design: paint colors, furniture, window treatments, your personal style, and more. Here are some helpful tips on how to pick a floor that not only complements your home, but also your lifestyle.
Choose a floor that’s right for your activity level
The number of people and pets living in your home plays a major factor in choosing a flooring material. Why? A high level of activity on a daily basis can create more wear and tear on your floors. If you have kids, pets, or kids and pets, the heavy traffic areas within your house need more resilient flooring, such as hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tile. On the other hand, if you live alone and have no kids or pets, your lifestyle may accommodate flooring made from softer materials, like carpet and bamboo.
Think about whether your entertain a lot
How you use your home is another significant factor in choosing flooring. Even if you live alone, if you like to throw parties on a regular basis you need flooring that is strong enough to withstand damaging high heels, and stain resistant enough to protect it from drops and spills. Got kids? Then you probably entertain a lot too. Birthday parties, cookouts, little league celebrations or the neighbors’ kids coming over every day to play inside your house, all this can take a toll on the flooring in your home.
Figure out your interior aesthetic
To maintain aesthetic consistency, choose a flooring material that goes well with the style of your house and furnishings. For example, if you have a contemporary or modern style, consider porcelain, ceramic or luxury vinyl tile. If you prefer a more traditional look, carpet or hardwoods may be right for you. With so many advancements in flooring technology, vinyl can look like wood or stone, giving you the stylish look you want with the ease of care your lifestyle demands, and carpet can add texture, sophistication and design to your home.
Consider your paint colors
If you’re looking to create a room that is visually appealing and well thought out, then the color of your flooring should be in tune with the color of your walls.
In terms of pairing your existing style with the right kind of flooring, when you have bright walls in a room, it might make sense to stick with a more muted type of flooring. For example, if you have a room with vibrant, colorful walls or an accent wall, then it might make sense to use a muted gray or whitewashed wood for your floors so they don’t clash.
In contrast, if you have light, muted colors in your living room and fewer distractions, then your flooring can be a little less neutral. For example, if the walls of the room are gray, brightly colored wood floors could be an excellent choice.
Consider your furniture
If you have a variety of different styles, then it might make sense to use hardwood floors. For example, if you have traditional furniture in your living room and more modern furnishings in the dining area next door, then it makes sense to choose the same flooring for both areas so that they tie together nicely.
Many people make the mistake of picking a flooring type that’s mismatched with their furniture. If you have more than one style in your home, try to stick to the same hardwood floor throughout, and use an area rug or other small accent pieces to add character. This also makes sense if there are multiple styles in the space that need to be tied together – rather than complicating it further by adding vibrant floors to the mix, keep it simple with a muted color in the floors paired with a matte finish.
What kind of style do you want to cultivate in your space? The floors you choose might be able to take you in a different direction if that’s what you’re looking for. Does your current furniture style match up with the overall look you are looking to cultivate by picking out new floors? If not, consider getting new pieces first before shifting your focus to the floors.
Compare types of flooring
There are so many flooring choices and materials available. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry! To have a Personal Flooring Advisor bring samples to your house and help you choose the best floor for your lifestyle, simply schedule an appointment. In the meantime, here are four floor options to consider.
Providing a soft surface that is safe for babies, toddlers, and seniors, carpet comes in various levels of durability and is great for low to medium traffic areas. Carpet even comes in cool patterns and textures, along with oder and stain resistant options making it a great all-around choice.
Hardwood is great for those allergic to dust, pollen, and pet dander. Hardwoods are hypoallergenic, durable, and can easily be refinished when you want a new color, look, or to fix any damage.
Tile takes durability to a whole new level, as porcelain and ceramic are scratch and stain resistant. They can even handle lots of foot traffic, making them a great choice for high traffic areas.
Vinyl is the choice for you when you need a floor that’s resilient and comfortable to walk on. With so many colors and patterns, you can find one that matches any style with a high-end look at a reasonable price.
Contact Designer Wood Flooring
While there are many things to consider when choosing a wide plank floor to complement the interior design elements of your space, we hope that this blog post has helped you narrow down your choices. Contact us today to get started!