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The type of floor you choose is quite literally the foundation of any room and affects everything from the way you use the room to the interior design choices you make. While there are some rooms where a particular type of flooring is obvious (such as tiles in the bathroom), other rooms can be more difficult to decide upon.
Here are your main options:
Wooden floors are always a good option as they can be quite warm, they are easy to clean and are particularly good if you have allergies. You can also find all kinds of different colours and grains to suit your interior style. While solid wooden floors are always incredibly beautiful and offer a bit more bounce, using a wooden laminate is a cheaper option that will still look gorgeous.
If you are worried about the floor being cold, you should start by putting down an underlay like DMX 1-STEP. This is a great product because it is insulting, waterproof and will also soften the noise as you walk – just what you need for a wooden floor!
Wooden floors work in pretty much every room, though you should be careful in the bathroom if you are using laminate as the damp may cause it to warp. You can make your wooden floors look really effective downstairs by continuing to use the same wood outside on the verandah.
One of the most common and obvious floor coverings is carpet and it is a great way to cover your bedroom floor since it is warm and soft. However, carpet can be problematic if you have pets as the fibers tend to collect dust, dander and fur.
When choosing your carpet, you definitely need to consider where it is going to be used before you pick out a color or style. In high traffic areas, you should use a thicker weave of carpet and consider choosing a man-made fiber like Nylon which wears well. The colour should also be a big factor in the choice you make; a darker colour is better for areas like hallways or stairs where people are likely to have shoes on, but you can get away with cream in a living area or bedroom.
If you want all the benefits of a carpet without the fuss, a wooden floor with a large rug is probably the solution you are looking for.
Tiles can be used on the floor and walls as well and you can quite easily create a stylish wet room with them – no wonder they are so popular in the bathroom. Recent trends for black tiles create some really striking bathroom interiors, but classic white or soft grey slate will always be worth the investment.
In hotter climates, tiles are an incredibly popular choice because they are cool to touch, waterproof and easy to clean. They are suitable for use throughout the house and, like wooden floors, can be used to great effect taking the floor right out to the verandah.