The flooring in your home is a major contributor to not only the appearance of your home, but also the function, comfort and safety of each room. Choosing the appropriate flooring or carpet for certain areas of a household is a major decision therefore, it’s important to understand the basic options that work best for each room’s purpose and style.
Take into account the amount of traffic that each room or area will receive. A thick carpet may not be the best option for an entry hallway or stairs, where people will be walking through frequently and tracking in dirt. The kitchen is also a room where high traffic should be considered, as oftentimes there are multiple people crowding into a kitchen on a daily basis. For these rooms, consider tile, laminate or hardwood, which are durable enough to withstand heavy traffic. Nonslip area rugs can create a softer touch and add to the room’s decor.
Because most rooms have a specific purpose, they should require specific flooring to function properly. Kitchen floors must endure messy spills and should be easy to clean. Bathroom floors should withstand frequent use and large amounts of water in case a bathtub or toilet overflows. Laundry and utility rooms are not frequented often, yet the flooring should still be easy to maintain, as spills from cleaning solutions and dents from heavy tools are likely to occur. Vinyl and ceramic tiles work well in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
The style and decor of certain rooms sometimes surpass function when it comes to choosing the right flooring. The living room, for example, is usually a low-traffic area that contributes mainly to the look and feel of a home, as it is often the first room you see upon entering and might only be frequented when entertaining guests. Possible flooring options for living rooms include parquet floors, luxurious rugs or plush carpets that accompany the style and colors of the furniture and offer an attractive statement about the home.
Rooms that are typically used to relax should have flooring that is soft to the touch and allows you to lounge or sit without feeling uncomfortable. The family room is generally used to watch television, play games or simply take a moment to rest. Expect the flooring to endure possible spills from snacks and drinks, and be sure the style and feel is welcoming and comfortable enough for children to play on. Carpet offers a warm and inviting texture, while wood floors are also an attractive and durable option when paired with the right area rug.
Safety must be considered in rooms that are prone to spillage or falls. Kitchens and bathrooms should have nonslip flooring. Children’s bedrooms are often used for more than just sleeping. Babies and toddlers might learn to crawl and walk in their bedrooms, while young children will spend time playing on the floor. For these reasons, the flooring in kids’ rooms should be nonslip and nonabrasive, resistant to stains and dirt, and easy to clean.
No matter what the room, your flooring should match your style and needs. Take the time to go over many different samples and shop around for the flooring that works best for you.