Floors are a big decision in a home. You need a surface that is durable, as floors are the largest surface in the room. They lay the foundation for the entire aesthetic of the home. The color, style, texture, and pattern are all very important. Floors are also a huge investment, whether you go for the cheap end of the spectrum, or the high-end. You want a surface that will last for years to come, and that requires the least maintenance. Here are some things you should consider when deciding on what flooring to put in your new construction or remodel.
Factor in your style
Yes, the floor needs to be practical, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your personal wants out of the window. What textures do you like? Do you like thick carpet, hardwood, tile, or marble? You’ll also want to take into account the furniture you have now, or the furniture you plan on getting, as the furniture should relate to the floors.
You must also factor in your LIFEstyle
How often are you going to use the room? Do you cook a lot? Do you spend most of your time in the den? If you love to cook, you might want to forego tile which is not comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. If you have children who leave water all over the bathroom floor, you might want to skip the hardwood floors and opt for marble. You want your floor to be able to handle high traffic.
Think about your budget before you decide
You’ll find that your options will be much lower in regards to flooring once you set your budget. Most of us do not have an unlimited amount of money to spend on flooring. You’ll also need to factor in not just the cost of the material itself but the cost of the delivery, installation, underlayment, and the removal of the floor that is currently there. You’ll also have to buy baseboards, finishes, and other tools.
What size flooring do you want?
Do you like thin or wide wooden planks? If you’re going for tile, do you want large rectangular ones, or square? If you are going for carpet tile, how large do you want the tiles to be? When it comes to wood, the size of the planks can make a room look either smaller or larger. Horizontal lines will make the space seem longer. If you do want to make the room look bigger, use wider tiles or wooden planks.
Do you want to personalise your floor with design strips, borders or other bespoke features? By using design strips and borders, you can easily zone your space and highlight architectural features. Or, go for bespoke features to make your home truly unique and original.
Be sure to think practically.
Is the floor for a busy area in your home such as a kitchen or entrance hall? Will there be food and drink spills such as a kitchen or dining room? If the answer is yes, choose flooring accordingly. Light floors make a room feel more spacious and can brighten up darker areas of your home, whilst mid-toned materials can add warmth to a space. Order samples and test them out in your room at different times of day to see how the lighting looks against your favorite products.
Finally, the largest question you have to ask yourself, is what do you use the room for? It is best to go with function over aesthetics when making a decision regarding to the flooring you will have in your home.