LET'S TALK FLOORS…
The dreaded task. Picking flooring. Flooring is arguably the most critical design decision we make, not to mention a considerable investment. For this reason, it can be challenging to choose what type of flooring to use. Many people are faced with an overwhelming variety of materials to choose from when it comes to floors. Each type has an endless range of options to go along with it. The choice you end up making makes all the difference in your home's overall feel, style, and durability. Also, depending on the room and traffic flow, there are various considerations to think about. We've put together this simple guide that best explains the most popular types of flooring materials and the ones we like best.
Today, we will share a glimpse of each flooring type, the pros and cons of each choice, and our personal, professional opinion to help you make the best possible decision.
We love utilizing wood, but only in places that don't usually get wet. We wouldn't use wood in a bathroom with a tub or shower because the wood can absorb the moisture and puff up. That said, wood is excellent for kitchens, family rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, hallways, powder bathrooms, etc.
HARDWOOD: Natural wood can be pricier and more sensitive than other flooring options. However, its timeless beauty and warmth add value to your home and works well with any style.
You can refinish hardwood floors and stain between 4 to 6 times (depends on the thickness) and give your floors new life.
ENGINEERED WOOD: Engineered wood flooring looks very much like solid hardwood, but its construction features a relatively thin layer of hardwood bonded over a premium-quality plywood layer that gives the flooring very good stability.
These options should only really be used when budget or high traffic are significant concerns.
LAMINATE: Is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Easier to clean and durable. Lower qualities of laminate may have artificial-looking wood grain textures.
LUXURY VINYL FLOORING: Premium vinyl flooring offers the richness and texture of more expensive natural materials,without maxing out your budget.Offered in tile, plank, and sheet formats, vinyl flooring boasts realistic visuals, easy installation, and a high level of comfort.
One of our favorite flooring is White Oak! This can be found in engineered wood and hardwood! We always recommend to install the same flooring throughout the house with bedrooms and bathrooms exception.
TILE & CONCRETE
CERAMIC: Durable, classic, and comes in a large array of shapes, styles, and colors and can work just about anywhere. Ceramic is typically available at a lower cost than porcelain, so you’re able to get more tile for less. Ceramic is also easier to cut than porcelain, so you’ll be able to get the shape and size you need for your project.
PORCELAIN: Porcelain is a good choice for busy spaces (just like ceramic), but it’s also the premier choice for outdoor spaces like patios, pool areas, and sun rooms because it is heat resistance and waterproof. You can even use porcelain around a fireplace to create a unique design.
Porcelain tile is also extremely durable. It’s completely waterproof, and it’s resistant to staining, scratches, and fading.
CONCRETE: Concrete floors are completely customizable and provide a great alternative to traditional flooring. Plus, concrete is extremely durable, long-lasting and easy to maintain. This is one of the most economical flooring options and can be beautiful in a modern home or office.
We love to play with shapes and styles of Tiles in bathrooms in order to create unique and playful space.
The softest option, Comes in a variety of piles, so be sure you look at all of the possibilities.
Carpet is soft, comfortable, and warm (both physically and visually). It dampens sounds/echoing in a room, there are lots of colors/patterns available, and it is cozy for kids to play on. However, staining is more likely (although there are many carpets with stain-resistant finishes on the market today!).
We typically suggest wool or a wool blend for high-quality and durability and mostly in kids bedrooms. We definitely recommend playing with area rugs in the living room and master bedroom to add color and layer to the room.
So before you take any further step...when it comes to picking flooring, it all depends on YOUR style and YOUR preference. This is why it is SO important for you to take a deep dive into the vibe you want to instill in your home before you make any drastic changes.