Are you in the throes of a Changing Rooms style makeover? The flooring you choose can make a massive difference to the feel of your room. So you want to make sure you get it right!
With so many options out there, choosing which one is right for you can be a little overwhelming. On the other hand, with so many flooring choices there is absolutely something for everyone!
Whether you are a fan of a rustic wooden floor, plush and luxurious carpet or even some jazzy tiles, you’re spoiled for choice.
What are your options?
There are a number of things to think about when you are considering your flooring options.
You may have spent many months dreaming of and planning the grand makeover of your room. The floor, just like the wall colours, acts as a backdrop for your furniture and belongings. So, choosing the wrong flooring would be a blow.
In our homes, the most popular flooring options are:
- Solid Wood
- Natural Stone
So, how do you narrow it down? Well, as a starting off point, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
Which room is it for?
Think about how you will be using the room and the environment you want to create. Each flooring option has it’s own characteristics which will bring a different feel to the space.
Say you are giving your living room a face lift; it is usually a room where people want to create a cosy and comforting feel. In which case, a plush carpet is ideal.
Consider the practicalities too.
Carpets are no good in kitchens and bathrooms, for example, where things are likely to get spilled and damp. Not only would the carpet become incredibly unhygienic and unsightly, but damp carpets can also lead to mouldy carpets. I doubt that’s the look you were going for when dreaming up your forever kitchen! A flooring option that is easy to clean and waterproof, such as tiles or vinyl, is a much smarter choice in this case.
Who do you live with?
The people who are going to be using the space most often should also influence your floor choice. Do you have children or pets who love to run riot around the house? If you do, wooden, tiled, laminate or vinyl flooring are incredibly practical (and easy to clean!) options.
Saying that, there are carpets out there which have very durable properties and are even good for camouflaging dirt and stains. Go for one which is made of synthetic materials and has a short pile or is made in a twist or loop style for best durability.
If your home is an adult only zone, you may want to splash out on a lovely deep pile carpet instead.
What is your budget?
Once you have narrowed down your options depending on the room you are laying a floor in and the people using the space, consider your budget.
There tends to be an option for most price points, no matter which flooring option you go for. Sometimes there are limits, however: if you’re on a tight budget, you shouldn’t set your heart on an exotic solid wood floor. It’s just not going to happen.
Flooring is sold per M2, so work out your budget according to that. If you have a smaller room, you may be willing to spend more per M2 compared to if you were fitting out a large open plan area.
Don’t forget the accessories! Depending on whether you choose carpet, wood or tiles, you’re likely to need additional materials. As an example, tiles need adhesive and grout and carpets need underlay and grip hooks. Be sure to include these when working out your costs.
Who will lay the floor? You may be able to fit the floor yourself if you DIY skills are up to scratch. If they’re not or you want to get a carpet or wooden floor put in, you will need to call in a tradesperson. Remember to also factor this into your budget. As always, get multiple, itemised quotes so you can see exactly what you would be paying for.
The floor works hard
Not only does the flooring you choose have to withstand the miles walked all over it, it also needs to look great and serve it’s purpose. Here are some handy tips to make sure you get it right.
- Be clever with the use of flooring. If you are a fan of open plan living but still want to create different zones, flooring can be the ideal way to do this. You could choose a beautiful flagstone flooring in the kitchen paired with a natural hardwood for the dining area. The natural materials will complement each other whilst providing clear and separate areas.
- If you prefer a cosy look but would still like the practicality of a wooden or laminate flooring simply use a rug to soften the look.
- Choose the best floor you can afford. This may seem like an obvious one but think about how long you are planning to have the floor down for. People don’t tend to replace flooring often so make sure you choose something that will stand the test of time.
- Another factor to consider is if you have, or want to install, underfloor heating. The majority of floor coverings are all suitable for use with UFH, but some work better than others. Tiles and stone tend to work best thanks to their excellent thermal properties.
Hopefully you should now have a better idea of how to choose the right floor covering. So go forth, pick your samples, and have a jolly good time finishing off your room with your dream flooring!