Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, you’ll always want to put your own touch on the design. Redecorating can be as simple as changing the drapes, or as in-depth as gutting down to the studs or redoing the entire kitchen.
A popular option for changing the look and feel of your home is to change your flooring. Nothing creates quite so dramatic a transformation as a change in flooring, but it will also alter the entire feel and ambiance of your house, so it’s important to make a careful, educated decision.
Choosing the flooring that best fits you
There are an incredible variety of flooring options that are available to you but finding one that fits the vibe of your home is what’s most important. Consider what colors, patterns, and finishes that you like and what time period you’re most attracted to. Antique style flooring such as rough-hewn hardwood or reclaimed barn board can produce an incredibly warm, rustic feeling that lends well to the industrial chic trend.
On the other hand, the modern styles of flooring such as ceramic tile or laminate click flooring allow a space to look clean, sleek and minimalist. White ceramic tile has seen a resurgence in popularity with Swedish minimalism gaining popularity in North America. It can give a home a simple and calming feel that can encourage an uncluttered and soothing zone.
Consider your lifestyle before choosing your flooring
It’s important to think about how you use your space before settling on a type of flooring. If you’re the proud owner of many furry pets, the rustic look of antique wood flooring may become the bane of your existence when you realize how difficult it can be to clean pet hair and dirt.
On the other hand, if you spend hours standing at the stove cooking up meals, you may want to skip the tile since it can be taxing to your joints to stand on for long periods of time.
You’ll also want to take into account things like, where the flooring will be installed and what it will be exposed to (water, wear, etc.), and also how it will feel underfoot. For example, tile can be very chilly in colder climates, so you may want to consider the installation of in-floor heating to offset the chill.
Crunch your numbers
When you’ve chosen your flooring, be it antique or modern, it’s important to consider the cost of your chosen floor type. While flooring can really change the atmosphere of your home, it can also add up quickly. When calculating the cost of your flooring, you will also need to take into account the cost of underlay, delivery, and installation. You should also consider the cost of removal and disposal of your current flooring that will need to be done away with.
When you finally choose your new flooring, have it installed, and stand back to see the finished product, you’ll be amazed at how it will transform your space.
Author: Sophia Williams