Home Decor & Flooring

How many people take their feet for granted? How many consider the flooring of their house designs?

Are you one of them?

Ordinarily, the floor can have a significant impact on feet in the long run. For this reason, few invest in high quality flooring but many do not.

When buying a home, the architecture of a house matters only to a particular extent to people as they tend to notice what is at eye level – furniture, walls, doors or doorways. The flooring tends to be ignored unless it attracts attention in either a positive or negative manner.

Flooring is important to keep in mind for the house plans since every room, such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room, will have different types. Luckily, in this day and age, there is variety of choices available for proper flooring, for a new home or one which needs an upgrade.

1)      Hardwood

One of the more popular choices is hardwood flooring. It has beautiful texture and varies in colour scheme. There are two types to choose from: solid or engineered. They are relatively similar and the main difference arises from manufacturing.

Some characteristics engineered hardwoods have are that they are much more appropriate for the basement and are completely moisture resistant. It is also a combination of different materials whereas solid hardwoods are made of wholesome woods.

The durability of both is reliable and makes it easy for cleaning, should a spill occur. It is incredibly important to choose the right type of wood – Maple, Birch, Walnut, etc. – as the appearance can be altered via darkening or shrinking months or years later. This is a great choice for every room aside from the bathroom or kitchen.

2)      Laminate

For majority of people, hardwood can be considered a luxury as it can become fairly expensive depending on the type of wood purchased. A gorgeous alternative is laminate, a type of flooring which imitates the appearance of hardwood. It is made of four layers – bottom layer, fibreboard core, decorative layer, and tread layer – of melamine and fibreboard that when combined, creates a dense surface.

It is much more durable and due to its versatility, it can be utilized in all rooms. Laminate is easy to install because of their snapping feature. Aside from the ease of installation, laminate comes in a variety of textures such as Walnut, Cherry or Slate. It can make the room seem so much more attuned to nature.

3)      Ceramic Tiles

One of the best, and traditional, types of flooring for the kitchen is ceramic tile. Since food preparation occurs there the most, it gets dirtier easier. Ceramic tiles are resistant to water and come in different colours and textures. The downside to these is that they can scratch easily.

Numerous finishes are also available, allowing further choice such as embossed, matte, textured and glazed. A convenient feature of ceramic tiles is that they can be used for counter tops. It is best to use the high gloss finish for counter tops for eased cleaning.

4)      Vinyl Sheets/Tiles

Another good option for the kitchen, and also for the bathroom, is vinyl sheet or tile. The difference between them comes in the density of design as they can come in beautiful textures, adding the wow factor to both rooms.

The material is good with moisture and comes in dark or light colours. Not only is it easy to install, it is much more affordable than other choices.

5)      Carpet

If you have accident prone children at home and also want to keep warm in the winter, then carpet is a great choice. In regards to customization, there are numerous options available for textures, colours, patterns, etc. The carpet can have a spectacular effect to the room, if the perfect accenting choice is made.

So how can feet be affected by flooring? Some, such as particular types of hardwood, have a flatter surface that becomes an unnatural footing ground whereas softer flooring, like carpet, allows for a much more comfortable step. Some floors are recommended to be experienced with slippers or indoor shoes, depending on the amount of layers that were used for building.

It is important to consult with experts, such as architects, if you are not one yourself. This aids in finding the best flooring for your home on a budget. If the majority of your life is going to be spent in one home, then it is best to invest into a perfect home, starting with flooring.