Making a choice for your home can be tricky...
Choosing the right flooring can be a serious decision for a lot of homeowners, especially those who want to keep everything looking consistent and clean. Getting the type right is easy – tiles for bathrooms and kitchens, carpets for bedrooms – but when it comes to deciding on the colour and material, you’ve got plenty of freedom to either make or break your room’s atmosphere and design.
As with walls, the colour of your flooring can go a long way to making a room feel perfect. Even if you’re not going to paint it yourself and are just going to keep the colours from commercially-bought tiles or panels, it’s best to try and match it to the general tone of the room.
For example, say you’re planning to go for a wooden pattern – plenty of companies stock multiple varieties of wood from timber to pine in various colours, patterns and levels of glossiness, making it easy for you to find the style that appeals to you. Brown wood that’s intentionally untreated and full of knots can project a rural or natural atmosphere, whereas clean white wood organised into a consistent pattern can make the whole room look more classy and professional.
No matter which room you’re flooring, there’s always an “expected” style – tiles for bathrooms and kitchens, wood for hallways, and so forth – but the vast range of materials offered by most flooring companies means that you can shake things up a little bit – maybe you want a tile floor for your bathroom that looks like natural wood, or a hybrid of two materials for a kitchen.
If you’re willing to break out of the usual ‘rules’ of flooring, you can turn a room into a unique, interesting environment, no matter what it’s actually for. Wood can turn any room into a more quaint or simple space, whereas an elaborate, patterned mix of different kinds of tile can add a hint of ‘indoor patio’ can make it a great place to be during summer. You can even order multiple styles of flooring from a single brand, like Amtico, if you still want consistent quality.
If you’re planning to use a pattern in your flooring, it’s worth looking at different shapes and graphics to see what you can find. Maybe you’d want a diagonal series of arrows, or maybe a classic white-tiles-with-black-dots layout – you could even have a messy, flagstone-like set of random tile sizes, depending on what the room is and how you want it to look.
A clean pattern creates an air of care and control over the room, whereas something more varied and inconsistent can help you create a more carefree atmosphere that can help you relax and not worry about the fine details of the things around you.
A lot of people buy a large amount of flooring and share it between rooms, which often leaves at least one area of the house looking a bit off or out-of-place. By planning your house out in advance, you can avoid this – for example, if you’ve got two bedrooms, consider buying enough carpet or wood tiles to fill both, since this will let you keep both rooms similar in terms of how they look and feel.
Don’t just mix-and-match flooring without thinking about it. If you want luxury vinyl flooring but all you have left is carpet, try to go out and find some vinyl flooring before you have the carpet in place – it’s difficult to change flooring in a room full of furniture.
Making a statement with a room isn’t hard, but you need be to sure that you aren’t focusing too much on one room – your bedroom may look great, but people won’t find your house as nice if your kitchen feels slapdash and doesn’t have any real appealing theme to it. Remember that you’ll also need to actually measure, prepare, and handle all of the materials properly, at least if you’re doing it yourself.
You’ll need to incorporate these things into your design, rather than having to work around them – for example, and you need to cut a section out of some flooring to make it fit past an odd outcrop in the wall, make sure to choose a material that you can easily cut in that way.