When it comes to decorating your home, flooring is a defining feature in every room. Don't let dated, dingy flooring cramp your style. When it comes to selecting new flooring, here are some of the best options for your most important rooms.
For the Kitchen & Entry
In high-traffic areas of the house like the kitchen, entryway and mudroom, the best flooring is one that is easy to clean and won't show a lot of wear quickly. Ceramic tile is an ideal option for these settings, as it is low-maintenance and can stand up to a lot of tough wear. Light messes can easily be cleaned up with a broom or vacuum. For bigger messes — like when the kids track mud in after playing outside or when last night's leftovers end up on the floor — you can simply clean up with a mop.
Ceramic tile is also a very versatile option with countless colors available to match a wide range of decor styles. For a neutral look that will look great with nearly anything, opt for a stone look in gray or beige.
When choosing grout for the tile in these high-traffic areas, opt for a darker shade for a look that is both on-trend and practical. White grout can discolor easily in areas of the house prone to messes if it isn't regularly cleaned and sealed properly.
For the Living Room, Dining Room & Family Room
You have paid special attention to style these rooms, painstakingly selecting the perfect wall color, furniture, accents and art, so the flooring needs to complement the rest of your carefully curated design decisions. Your best bet is to choose hardwood flooring, which is timeless and will easily look lovely with any design changes that these rooms see in the coming years.
To maximize the longevity and style of hardwood flooring and avoid a dated look within a few years, choose a neutral wood like white oak. If you want something more unique, have the hardwood laid in a herringbone pattern for a classic French look. To maintain a fluid look, opt for the same hardwood flooring throughout all three rooms. This is especially important to do when the rooms lead into one another.
Accent the appeal and warm up the wood flooring with area rugs. You can even layer two different sized area rugs to add extra dimension and balance to your space.
For the Bedrooms
Keep the bedrooms in your home nice and cozy with wall-to-wall carpeting. In the master bedroom, splurge on an ultra-plush option that's extra soft.
For the kids' bedrooms and guest bedroom, opt for something a little more budget-friendly that won't show wear as much, like a low-pile, tightly woven style of carpeting. Choose a darker color like gray or light brown to avoid evidence of staining from spills and dirt in the high-traffic areas of these rooms.
If you already have existing hardwood flooring in the bedrooms, add extra luxe area rugs made from blends of wool and silk to make the flooring more comfortable on cold feet first thing in the morning.