When renovating your home, it’s important to know what type of flooring works best for each area of the house. For instance, hardwood may be perfect for the den on the main floor, but did you know that you shouldn’t use solid hardwood in your basement?
To help make your home renovation a little bit easier, we’ve put together a guide to choosing the perfect flooring for every room.
We tend to spend the most of our time in the living room or family room. Whether we’re watching TV, entertaining friends, or chasing the kids around to get them ready for bed, these floors get constant use.
Do you want a hard floor or soft floor? If you prefer something soft and luxurious to sink into after a long day of work, our new luxurious SmartStrand Silk Reserve is both astonishingly soft and incredibly durable.
How much foot traffic will the floor need to endure? With its Forever Clean and All Pet Protection technologies, SmartStrand Silk Reserve is the softest, easiest to clean and most durable carpet around, which makes it perfect for a heavily used family room.
If you desire a wood look, the living room is one of the best places in the home for solid hardwood. This area of the house typically remains at a constant temperature with low moisture, and the hardwood lends a gorgeous, timeless appearance.
If you live alone or don’t see much foot traffic in your home, frieze or textured carpets may be perfect for your bedroom. A frieze carpet uses longer cut yarns to add a little extra bounce or sponginess underfoot. Textured carpets are incredibly popular because of their dense, cut pile that surrounds your foot in softness with every step.
If you have a family, carpets made with our plush SmartStrand Silk Reserve fibers provide a great option for any type of traffic. And if you have a few kiddos or active animals running in and out of your room, the low profile and tight construction of looped carpet can provide durability as well as beauty and comfort.
The kitchen can be one of the most fun rooms to remodel. Do you envision a gorgeous tile floor? Or do you prefer to spice things up with a hardwood look? Do you long for a rustic farmhouse kitchen or a sleek, modern space?
Tile floors have long been the standard for kitchens, but advances in flooring have opened up new options. Innovations in Luxury Vinyl Tile, like our SolidTech LVT, give you the classic hardwood look but with superior scratch resistance and waterproof capabilities. You no longer have to worry about dropping a utensil or spilling a dish and ruining your floors!
Choosing the perfect flooring for the bathroom is a little trickier. Do you live somewhere that gets extremely cold in the winter so you need warmth under foot? Do you need flooring that’s resistant to abrasive textures like sand?
Tile can give your bathroom an elegant stone façade or a wood look that’s ultra-resistant to moisture, stains and wear. If you need something a little bit warmer under foot during the colder months, luxury vinyl flooring provides a waterproof option that is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.
The basement is one of the most challenging areas of the house when it comes to planning the perfect floor. Moisture and temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on solid hardwood, for example, buckling and warping the planks. Instead, opt for our RevWood Plus or LVF products, which are built to stand up to a basement’s less than ideal conditions.
If you prefer the warmth and softness of carpet in your basement, be sure to choose a high quality product constructed to resist moisture and allergens. Our Air.o Hypoallergenic Soft flooring features innovative carpet fibers that repel moisture and release dirt, helping to keep your basement clean. The advanced technology keeps your basement smelling fresh, too, avoiding the musty odors from moisture and dust that can collect in carpet with traditional padding.
Custom Bound Area Rugs
A custom bound area rug can be used to beautify and soften a floor in any area of the home. Placed on top of either hard or soft flooring, they can add color and pattern to the room while protecting your floor at the same time! If you’re having a hard time deciding between a hard or soft floor, a custom bound area rug over wood or tile can give you the best of both worlds. Simply talk to your retailer about binding your favorite carpet, figure out the size you need, and you’re all set.
What kind of flooring are you considering for your home? Let us know in the comments!