Every room in your home has a character and a life of its own, so good interior design should bear in mind the different pressures that your flooring goes through in every area. To help you plan for your home, here’s a guide to the type of things that you need to consider for the main rooms of the house:
In many homes, the living room is where you spend most time together as a family. Whether you are watching TV, playing a game or enjoying a meal, the living room is a place to sit back and relax without worrying about the pressure of outward appearances, so the décor should reflect and contribute to this atmosphere. It is also a well-used area, so your flooring should be durable enough to cope with a heavy footfall.
Recommended: solid wood flooring will give your family areas a homely feel that will lend itself to changing styles and retain its beauty throughout the years.
You spend more waking hours in your kitchen than any other room in the house. It is an area of daily industry that can also double up as a place to enjoy a family breakfast, a midnight feast or an evening or entertaining. A contemporary kitchen should boast the latest in convenience and style, and should be robust enough to cope with regular deep cleaning.
Recommended: laminate will withstand the high traffic of a busy kitchen, and is so easy to clean that you won’t have to worry about the consequences of cooking up a storm.
Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? That novelty road map that they used to enjoy playing on so much can quickly become a source of embarrassment and complaints as the years fly by. Bedrooms don’t suffer as much traffic as the living areas of the home, so durability doesn’t always have to be the primary concern when choosing your flooring here.
Recommended: carpet is cheap enough to replace regularly so that your kids’ bedroom can evolve with them as they grow older.
The bathroom should offer a little piece of heaven right in the comfort of your home. With a beautiful bathroom space to escape to you will be able to nip off to your own private sanctuary at a moment’s notice. Moisture sensitive flooring is an obvious no-go here, but that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice the enduring quality of natural materials.
Recommended: stone is extremely durable and resistant to high levels of moisture in the air so it is perfectly suited to the steamy atmosphere of your bathroom.
Your office should be distinct from the adjoining rooms to help you to keep your work and home lives separate. Wooden flooring can create a professional look, but beware of the effects of your office furniture scraping back and forth over the surface on a daily basis.
Recommended: engineered wood flooring is highly durable and a cheaper alternative to solid wood, and a few carefully placed rugs will help to protect the area around your desk.
Written by Nicky Hand. For a wide range of flooring solutions suited to every room in your home, I recommend Posh Flooring.