With flooring being one of the most impactful things in our lives, whether you have kids spilling food all around the corner of the house or you prefer a comfortable surface, you will have infinite options that will do nothing but only confuse you.

I understand, whether you are getting a renovation done or moving to your dream house, from picking up the furniture to deciding upon the wall colors, when it comes to home décor, there are endless things that need to be done. But, hold on, since, there are too many things that you need to decide for, don’t just randomly go with the choice especially with choosing the flooring material as they do cost quite a lot, rushing upon things is equivalent to wasting your money and time. So relax, enjoy this home décor phase of your life while doing good research on what works the best for you and your family.

You will just have to spare a few mins for reading this article, and I’m sure by the time you finish reading this article, you would have made a choice.

Things to consider when choosing flooring for your house 

Lifestyle

The flooring that you pick might be suitable for your kids but not for your pets or it can be the other way round also if you do not do a thorough research upon the flooring sample that attracted you the most before purchasing. I would advise you to go for carpet flooring if you have kids, pets, and elderly at home as they are the easiest ones to clean, if you do not have toddlers to watch out for and are not planning to have for the next few years then going for ceramic tile or vinyl flooring would give your home an elegant look.

Budget

You need to figure out the budget as the costing of flooring material varies quite a lot from one another, a more durable flooring material you look for, the more expensive it will cost you and so, it is a must for you to have an estimate of how much you’re willing to spend on the purchasing the flooring. Remember, besides the cost of the flooring material, you are also payable for underlayment, delivery, and installation of the flooring. And, if you are getting a renovation done, then add the cost of removal and disposal of your previous flooring.

Location

Where is the flooring being installed? Will the flooring be in a wet or semi-wet, dry, or high traffic location? You should opt for durable, elegant, and strong flooring material for the entryway, a water-resistant one for bathrooms and utility room, warm and comfortable one for living rooms and bedrooms.

Durable

You wouldn’t want to compromise with the beauty of your house and flooring playing a crucial role, you would want to go for the best that you can afford. A lot of time, energy, and money goes into choosing the best ones as it is not something that can be done just randomly. It would be wise of you to choose a strong and durable floor depending on the activities that would be going on.

Maintenance

Even the cheapest flooring materials can be used for decades but only if you maintain them properly. If your house has heavy foot traffic it is important to look at choices that are easy to manage and clean so that it can continue for a good long time. Look for floors that can be conveniently swiped and cleaned with minimal effort.

Color

Think about the colors and patterns that you like. Serene and relaxing or bright and atmospheric? Consider the general feel you wish to achieve in the room you are flooring. You can have different flooring styles in different areas of your house, but it will help you to feel united if you use the same hue and tone throughout.

Finishes

With infinite options available, the most timeless ones are the Glossy, Semi-glossy, Wooden, Metallic, Polished, and Rustic flooring finishes. So, which one is your pick? You need to look for diverse finishes that you feel goes perfectly well with your sense of style

Future Plan

Flooring requires a lot of investment and so, when you are at it ensure that you look ahead to your plans when choosing a floor now. Think of the all the possibilities like having a toddler or a pet, an in-house business in the nearing future, and then make the right flooring choice accordingly

Looks and Appearance

Last but not the least, you will have to ensure a stunning and appealing overall look for your home. Go for a flooring that you feel suits best to your taste and would complement your entire home décor.

Best flooring options to go for

Hardwood Flooring

Looking for something classic? Hardwood is the ideal choice for you to go ahead with. Due to its elegant appearance and durability, it has always been one of the favorite choices for homeowners. They are available in various patterns and finishes for you to choose from

  • Solid Hardwood: These are extremely easy to keep clean and maintain as they do not hold dirt or dust which means you will not have to waste your time and energy in removing the stains.
  • Engineered Hardwood: This one is stronger when compared to solid hardwood which makes it suitable for high traffic areas. Also, it is less likely to expand or shrink with regards to the drastic changes in climate.
  • Reclaimed Hardwood: Having similar features to solid and engineered hardwood, this one is the most budget-friendly option in hardwood flooring

Pros

  • Looks great in any style of home, and can complement any décor
  • Increases the resale value of your home

Cons

  • Not suitable for rough handling
  • Vulnerable to scratches and dents

Best Uses: Entryway, Kitchen, Living Rooms, Dining Room, Bedroom, Laundry Room

Laminate Flooring

If you’re tight on budget but are also a huge admirer of wooden flooring? Then laminate flooring must be your go-to option, they are a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. Similar to wood flooring, these also come in a wide range of finishes to opt from

Pros

  •  Resists scratches, fading, and stains
  • Super easy to clean

Cons

  • Slippery when wet
  • If worn out, it has to be replaced as it doesn’t support refinishing

Best Uses: Entryway, Kitchen, Living Rooms, Dining Room, Bedroom, Laundry Room

Tile Flooring

Want something fancy to enhance the beauty of your home? Tile Flooring is another budget-friendly option that can appear to look like wood or stone.

  • Ceramic Tile: Available in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures giving you options to fit your style. Also, most of the ceramic tiles are slip-resistant
  • Porcelain Tile: Available in a variety of finishes, and are highly recommended if you have children or pets at home as these tiles do not hold dust or dirt

Pros

  •  Water, scratch, and stain resistant
  • Durable and long-lasting

Cons

  • Makes footsteps sound louder
  • Feels cold and hard underfoot

Best Uses: Entryway, Bathroom, Dining Room, Laundry Room, Kitchen

Vinyl Flooring

Another reasonable option to look for, Vinyl flooring comes in a wide range of colors and patterns and its unique features include convincingly stimulate the look of almost another type of material

  • Vinyl Tile: It is made to appear and feel like a natural stone tile with a desired aesthetic. Extremely easy to maintain
  • Vinyl Plank: It is made to appear and feel like wooden flooring. They are waterproof and give you options for a slip-resistant one.
  • Sheet Vinyl: It is made to appear like wood or tile for any room on a budget. These sheets defend against stains and moisture.

Pros

  • Stands both, moisture and heavy foot traffic
  • Inexpensive and durable

Cons

  • Vulnerable to scratching and gouging
  • If worn out, it has to be replaced as it doesn’t support refinishing

Best Uses: Entryway, Kitchen, Living Rooms, Dining Room, Bedroom, Laundry Room, Bathroom

Carpet Flooring

Wish to provide a cozy feel to your space while giving a formal look? Then nothing could be better than carpet flooring.

  • Berber Carpet: Offering a casual look, this type of carpet flooring is made with thicker, heavier loops of yarns. Best suited for rooms where you and your family spend most of your time
  • Frieze Carpet: This shaggy looking carpet will help you hide the dirt while offering a soft and comfortable surface. Also, this carpet is a great complement to hardwood floors
  • Plush/Texture Carpet: You will admire this carpet for its traditional look paired with a smooth, level surface and a universal style
  • Pattern Carpet: Offering an accent to neutral furniture and décor, this carpet comes in linear, dotted, and other geometric patterns to choose from.

Pros

  • Soft and Warm Underfoot
  • Slip-resistant and easy to maintain

Cons

  • Vulnerable to stains
  • Harbor allergens such as pollen

Best Uses: Living Rooms, Bedroom

Trending Floor Color for Your Home

White

If you possess an exclusive collection of art, furniture, and accessories, then white flooring in a room painted in white will make a statement. A white flooring would make your pieces pop out, becoming a feast for the eyes

Grey

Grey flooring blends extremely well with everything, from modern and urban interiors to beachy and rustic ones.

Blonde

Blonde floors have the potential to create the illusion of a bigger space, so, for smaller homes or tiny rooms, blonde floors are great to go ahead with or even otherwise as light-colored floors would give a calm effect to your home which is a whole lot of fun

Chocolate

For a sophisticated look, you can never go wrong with chocolate-colored flooring while creating depth and dimension. Pair it with white or light color walls, and you would be head over heels with the entire outcome.

Common Mistakes to Avoid when choosing the flooring

  1. Not matching the floors to the walls
  2. Choosing floors that doesn’t fit your lifestyle
  3. Not considering the warranty of the flooring
  4. Not considering the exposure of the floor to water and humidity
  5. Going too trendy
  6. Not consulting an expert

Final Thoughts

I’m confident enough that by now you must have made a choice, but again ensure that whatever you have chosen must go well with your entire house décor. That’s how you can have an elegant, comfortable home and create an atmosphere you’ll be rushing to get home to. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many different types of floors can I put in a room?

Most preferably one or two. However, you can put as many different types of floorings in a room as long as you put transitions between them

2. When’s the best time of year to buy flooring material?

Early winter and late spring are the best times as they are considered as the off-season, so, you can get better deals and quick installations

3. Which is the best flooring for bedrooms?

Carpet is a soft and warm material offering great comfort