Mixing And Matching – How To Choose The Right Flooring
Whether you’re moving into a brand new home or redecorating your current one, choosing the right flooring is crucial.
The material and colour of your floor will have a massive effect on the appearance of your home. You need to choose the right combination of flooring, wall, and ceiling colours in order to create the atmosphere you’re going for, and to provide the right look for each room. With our help, choose the right flooring for your home will be a far less daunting task.
First off, style isn’t the only criteria to keep in mind also think practically. For a room like a kitchen or bathroom, think about types of flooring that will be easy to clean, and won’t absorb liquid. For example, tiles and lino are much easier to clean than say, a carpet. Hardwood floors are also becoming more and more popular in these rooms. You also need to think about whether there’ll be children in the house.
Darker carpets are far less likely to show stains than a beautiful cream carpets you spent a fortune on. Pets are another consideration. They’re bound to make a mess and turn your lovely white carpet black in seconds. If you have children or pets, we recommend either avoiding using carpets or at the very least, going with a darker shade of carpet (and maybe investing in a steam cleaner).
When deciding on a particular colour scheme, think about how you want the room to feel. Generally, lighter colours make a room appear larger and darker colours make a room appear smaller. Therefore, the colour of the floor plays a big part in the appearance of a room.
A great design choice is to have the colour of the floor contrast with the colour of the walls and ceiling. Therefore, Dark floors are best used to contrast with light coloured walls and vice versa. This contrast can make a great combo. Beware of using dark floors in conjunction with dark walls as this can lead to a depressing atmosphere.
Another factor to consider is lighting, both natural and artificial. Good lighting can bring an otherwise ordinary room to life and make it look gorgeous. However, the same applies in reverse. Terrible lighting can make an otherwise beautiful room look dull and uninviting.
Bear in mind, just because a particular colour or type of floor looks beautiful in natural light, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll look beautiful at night with the lights on. The reverse is also true just because it looks amazing in artificial light, it doesn’t automatically mean it’ll look amazing in natural light.
With the rooms you’ve decided against carpeting, you need to decide what kind of material you want to use. Some of the most popular option are: linoleum, ceramic tiles, vinyl and hardwood. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Linoleum is available in a huge variety of styles and colours, and is available as either tiles or whole sheets. Linoleum is in the middle of the price scale, being more expensive than vinyl but cheaper than ceramic tiles or hardwood floors. Lino is very low maintenance and is highly durable. However, linoleum often has a tendency to look cheap and certainly doesn’t suit all decors.
Ceramic tiles :
Ceramic tiles are also available in a large variety of styles and colours and tiles come in a variety of sizes. Ceramic tiles are on the higher end of the price scale, generally costing more that either linoleum or vinyl and being roughly equivalent to the price of hardwood floors.
Ceramic tiles are usually the most stylish option, hence the price. However, ceramic tiles have a tendency to crack and chip, far more easily that linoleum or vinyl and require a level subfloor before laying.
As with Linoleum and Ceramic, Vinyl is available in a plethora of styles and colours. Like linoleum, vinyl can be purchased in tile or sheet form and is generally cheaper than either linoleum or ceramic tiles. Vinyl is low maintenance and easy to lay but is susceptible to tearing, scratching and staining.
Hardwood floors provide a warm, homely atmosphere and are pretty durable if sealed properly. The cost of hardwood floors is roughly equivalent to the cost of ceramic tiles and If they become scratched, all they need is sanded and resealed. Hardwood floors will need resealed every few years and if the boards are too far apart, dirt can form between them.
If you take one thing away, let it be the need to create a blend of style and practicality. Your enthusiasm for a super stylish floor will soon wane if it can’t handle the environment, and a sturdy floor that’s unattractive can dampen the mood to no end. Before buying, think about both!