The right flooring can breathe new life into your home. But not every room will have the same flooring considerations.
The living room, bedroom and kitchen all come with their unique flooring needs. This article will explore the best flooring options for different rooms in your home.
Let’s Start With The Living Room
The living room is one of the most high-traffic areas of your home. From post-work lounging to family movie nights, it certainly sees its fair share of action. As such, it deserves the right type of flooring to suit your lifestyle.
Hardwood remains a popular choice and a classic look for the living room. Available in dark, medium and light hues, hardwood always provides a timeless, classy look. Though it may require periodic refinishing, hardwood can also increase the value of your home. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, real estate agents said that homes with hardwood floors sell for more money – up to 10% more than similar homes without wood floors.
One of the flooring types that continue to rise in popularity is Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring. It’s been popping up in more and more living rooms recently. This is due to the fact that it’s a very affordable material and easy to install. Plus, vinyl is available in a wide variety of styles that can even mimic the look of hardwood or ceramic.
For a more regal look, porcelain tile makes a great choice for the living room. It offers gleaming opulence, while remaining resistant to scratches and stains. Porcelain tile is supremely durable and strong enough to withstand commercial applications.
On To The Bedroom
Bedroom flooring should first and foremost be comfortable to bare feet. It also needs to be attractive, durable, and complementary to the bedroom’s decorating style.
Unsurprisingly, hardwood is a popular choice. Hardwood offers warm, natural beauty and a very welcoming feeling to the bedroom. Plus, it can be covered with a stylish area rug for a little more softness underfoot. Not to be outdone, LVP flooring has also become an increasingly common sight in the bedroom.
Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring is easy on the feet and can be cleaned with a simple sweep in a low-traffic room like the bedroom. Plus, if you’ve got an ensuite bathroom, vinyl is a great waterproof option that’s resistant to mold and mildew. Considering that bedrooms are usually low-traffic, Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.
What About The Kitchen?
Given its exposure to moisture, the kitchen has a unique set of considerations to think about when choosing flooring options.
Ceramic tile is softer than its porcelain cousin and glazed to create a hard wear surface in virtually any colour. Because it’s softer, it’s easier to cut and install. The glazing creates a surface that’s impervious to kitchen spills and splashes.
Stone tiles have become a great choice for the kitchen. Stone floor tiles are made from natural stone including slate, granite, limestone, travertine and marble. Most stone tiles are porous and need to be refinished with a quality stone sealer every two to three years. Polished stone surfaces are slippery when wet, but the polishing lets the full beauty of the stone show through. Honed stone tiles provide more traction but have a less vibrant look.
Though not necessarily flooring, glass mosaic tiles can also be used in the kitchen to create a unique and attractive backsplash. Plus, they’re relatively easy to clean and maintain. When needed, just wipe them down with a non-abrasive cleaner to keep their shine for years to come.
Think About the Needs of Every Room
Every room in your home has a different and unique function. From withstanding the high-traffic living room to keeping your feet comfortable in the bedroom to managing spills and moisture in the kitchen, different floors need to take on different jobs. As such, the considerations when it comes to flooring will also change from room to room.
Visit Sarana Tile to do a little more flooring exploring.