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Choosing Flooring For Your Home

When you come to decorate your home this spring, one of the biggest things you’ll need to decide on is the type of flooring to lay down throughout your home.

There are a lot of different types of flooring available for us to buy, and it can feel like an impossible decision to make between carpet, wood, polished concrete or vinyl. However, it is important to bear in mind that every room in your home is different, and this means you can have different types of flooring throughout your home. Let’s take a look at what type of flooring will suit the different areas of your home.

Hallways and stairs

When we come to decorate our homes we often focus on the rooms in the house and neglect our hallways and the stairway; however these are the most big traffic areas of the house. When you are faced with choosing flooring for a high traffic area, the important thing to remember is to make sure the flooring is strong and stable. This will rule out carpet and vinyl right away because these are the weakest forms of flooring. Ideally, your hallway and stairs should feature either a solid wood, decorative resin flooring, or even polished concrete. This will ensure that your flooring lasts for years and years without the need to be replaced.

The living room

Our living room is often the most popular room in the house and will be the place you spend most of your time as a family. Because of this, you will want to choose an attractive type of flooring which acts as a feature and works with the rest of your room design. There are several ways you can decorate your living room floor:

Carpet: the living room is seen as a comfortable and cosy area in the home, and because of this most people choose to fill the space with a neutral toned carpet. This provides comfort, warmth and a sense of depth into the room.

Wood: hardwood flooring is a great option for families who have pets such as dogs and cats because it is much easier to clean and it is less hassle to maintain. Even though hardwood won’t offer the same cosy feel, it will open up small spaces and give for a more spacious feel to your home. You can add a brightly coloured rug alongside this for a design statement.

The bedroom

Our bedroom is supposed to be the most relaxing and comfortable place in the house, and because of this there is one clear choice for flooring in this room: carpet. Ideally you will want to go for a very thick carpet in the bedroom to give that sense of comfort and to also keep the heat in during the night as you sleep. Always go for light neutrals in the bedroom for a relaxing feel.

The bathroom and kitchen

Both the bathroom and the kitchen need to be hygienic and are the most important places to keep clean in our homes. Because of this, the main focus when choosing flooring for these rooms is the ability to clean them easily. The obvious juice for both of these rooms is either tiles or vinyl. Tiles are the ideal choice as they are incredibly watertight and therefore keep out mould, but they can be a little too expensive for some so is. This is why vinyl can offer a cheap alternative and will give the same sort of effect. Either a wood effect or marble effect will always work amazingly in these rooms and give a feeling of cleanliness and space to these rooms.

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