When remodeling your home, it’s important to create an environment that you can be proud to call your own. Choosing the right flooring is a significant aspect to consider when remodeling, especially since selecting flooring is a more challenging task than most homeowners anticipate. There are various factors to consider when deciding on flooring, including cost, style, and the durability of the materials. When browsing the market for flooring, there are various options to suit individual tastes and purposes–so how do you go about determining what’s most suitable for you?
You should consider factors beyond simply the aesthetic of the flooring. You can begin by thinking about how the room is typically used (and how often), and the type of flooring that will be most practical for that space. From there, you can determine whether style, or functionality, is more important for that particular space. This will surely help you narrow down your choices.
Since different materials offer different advantages, how do you go about choosing the right flooring for your home? To help you make an informed decision, this article provides functional advice on factors to consider as you browse through the multitudes of options.
The Aesthetic of Your Home
While it’s necessary to choose flooring that suits your particular style and taste, it should also be a design that complements the actual look and feel of your home. Depending on the nature of your room, you might elect for something practical–like in a kitchen, where ceramic floor tile is applicable. In other environments, luxury vinyl is perfect for amping up the style and creating a visually pleasing aesthetic. In an ideal world, you could marry functionality and style. However, to make your decision more clear cut, you should probably prioritize one or the other. You can narrow down your options by researching online, and learning about the relevance of different floor types for different settings.
The Overall Space
To make an informed decision, you should understand the overall space that you are working with. This includes the size, shape, and lighting of your room. Is your room generally dark, or is it brightly illuminated with large windows? If the lighting is typically dark, light-colored floors can help brighten your room and make it feel more spacious. Alternatively, mid-toned materials will add warmth to a space. If you’re uncertain about what will work best, you can order samples and test how the light reflects off of the color tone. This opportunity to sample different flooring types will be invaluable in the decision-making process, and help you to choose a tone that works with your lighting to complement the overall aesthetic.
Practicality of Materials
Do you prefer luxury vinyl flooring, ceramic tile flooring, carpet, or perhaps simple tile flooring? There are many flooring materials to choose from, and every material offers a unique style and practical application. If wood floats your boat, oak is a classic style. For those seeking a less conventional style, tigerwood, elm, and hickory create an unusual look. Stone options, such as marble and limestone, can add a touch of class. While aesthetic is always important, the material you choose should also depend on what is most practical for the space. Certain environments require a practical flooring solution as opposed to a luxury choice. If you’re decorating the kitchen or entrance hall, this is a heavy duty area that requires flooring to match. If there will likely be spills, stains, and footprints, your flooring should be durable and easy to maintain. This consequently renders it capable of dealing with the hustle and bustle in your home.
Color, Size, and Shape
Assess the dominant colors used in your room of choice, and think about how you can incorporate flooring that matches the current theme. Natural colors are a great match with different types of furniture, and if you’re planning on updating your setup regularly, natural designs allow evolution without many alterations to your room’s overall color scheme. Experiment with different wall colors and floor tones, and configure a combination that works well in your space for the long-term.
In addition to considering the overall color scheme of the space, you’ll need to make a decision on the size and shape of the tiles. Do you prefer tiles that are skinny or wide, square or rectangular? The size and shape of each tile plays an important role in how the space appears, with certain designs being known to make the room appear larger. Horizontal lines can deceive the eye and make a small space seem longer, and wider scale tiles are perfect for making a floor appear to take up more space (therefore, making the space seem larger). Depending on whether you would like to change the overall appearance of your space (or maybe even keep it the same), the size and shape of your tiles can drastically change the overall aesthetic.
Finishing Touches for Choosing the Right Flooring
Customizations are a great way to make the floor design reflect your personal taste, and can be achieved with design strips or borders. You can also combine two flooring types to create a uniquely-attractive space. Get creative and make bespoke additions, or design a particular area of the room differently than the rest to highlight a specific feature of the room. It’s important to create a focal point in a room, and develop other aspects around this point to create complementary hues. Choose features that create an aesthetic unique to your tastes, while ensuring that you retain the comfy, homey environment you’ll cherish.
Choosing the right flooring isn’t always an easy decision, but hopefully these tips have enhanced your understanding of the important factors to consider. Contact us at (843) 881-6868 for help with answering your flooring questions.