Your floors are the first thing your guests notice when they enter your home. But unfortunately, flooring is usually an after thought when we do up our homes. We pore over catalogs trying to get the right paint colors and furniture while we leave the most expansive design element aside.
Well, it’s never too late. Here are a few ideas around flooring that you can use to enhance this important aspect of your home interiors. Read on to understand more.
Marble is a bit fancier than the rest when it comes to flooring materials, but it gives you a bang for your buck and with the right care, can last really long. And nothing really comes close, when it comes to giving your home a Regal appearance. Marble floors are also easy to clean and don’t get impacted by exposure to water or heat.
Tile floors are a popular and very commonly used option that comes in several varieties like ceramic, porcelain or natural stones. They are easy on the pocket, easy to maintain, easy to install and available in a wide variety of colors and designs for you to choose from.
Wood isn’t just strong but also looks stunning in any home. And what’s more, it works well with many different furniture and décor styles. Two drawbacks, however, are the prohibitive costs involved (especially if you use high-grade wood) and their inability to withstand exposure to water, which makes them unsuitable for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
Engineered wood floors are much cheaper than their solid wood counterparts and are also stronger in the face of rough use.
This is also a flooring option quite popularly used and consists of a sheet that is placed on an existing floor. Available in a wide variety of designs and colors, it is also easier on the pocket.
Glass is yet another beautiful flooring option, although not very practical if you have children and/or pets. While it adds a touch of elegance and class to any space and is easy to clean, it tends to be a more popular choice in offices, hotels, and resorts.
Before You Choose A Flooring Material…
Keep these points in mind before you set out to choose your flooring material:
1. Size of your home
Keep the size of your home in mind before choosing the flooring material. Marble, for instance, that looks elegant in a large home, might not work as well in a small home and end up making it look chaotic.
2. Your Budget
Remember to remember your budget, at all times. Marble, for instance, won’t be a good choice if you want a quick floor makeover with little financial implication. Vinyl, on the other hand, might work just fine.
3. Your Interiors
The flooring you choose needs to work with your décor – like the color of your walls and furniture, for instance. Dark flooring will work well with light-colored walls, and if you have dark-hued walls, a light-colored marble floor would enhance their appeal.
4. The Usage
Think about everything that your floors will need to endure before choosing a flooring material. Having children and pets certainly puts more strain on them and needs a sturdier material to avoid damage and frequent repairs.
5. The Weather
This might sound strange, but you will also need to consider the weather of the place you live in before investing in flooring. If you live in a humid place with frequent rain, wooden floors might not be your best bet. If the place you live in, is hot and sunny, marble floors might get really warm.