If you want to liven up your home for spring, wood flooring can transform each room and update tired decor in a flash. Wood floors add instant panache to living rooms, update old fashioned bathrooms, boring bedrooms and hapless hallways (and in my case, any room with the too-thin grey carpet the people who sold us our the house put in - we had to at least re-do the living room in hardwood). But what are the other options? Choosing the right flooring for your needs can be easier said than done, but these tips can help you to find the perfect flooring solution for your home.
Solid Wood Flooring
When you want something sophisticated and exceptionally stylish, solid wood flooring is ideal. If you can splash out, solid wood flooring will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere throughout your home and will stand the test of time due to the durable nature of the wood. Solid wood flooring is available in a range of finishes to bring you beautiful flooring to complement your decor. While it is one of the most expensive flooring options, it will add value to your home and make it more desirable to potential property buyers when the time comes to sell.
If you want the stunning effect that comes with wood flooring but at a fraction of the price, laminate flooring is a superb option. If you're on a budget, you may be looking for affordable flooring that doesn’t compromise on quality. Laminate flooring is budget friendly and simple to install, making it a stress-free flooring option for homeowners. Another advantage of laminate flooring is that it is relatively low maintenance, requiring very little upkeep, and is a great option for families with young children and pets. Plus, it's not so precious that a nick here and there will give you a heart attack in the way that damaging expensive solid wood flooring will (ours already show the dozens of times remotes have been dropped but I've had to get over it).
Cork flooring is set to be an up and coming interior design trend for the season ahead and will appeal to homeowners who want to embrace greener living - only the bark of the cork oak tree is harvested and it replenishes every nine years, making it a sustainable material, and flooring can also be made from recycled wine cork production waste. Cork flooring has a few other advantages: it provides a natural cushioning effect making it soft underfoot; it isn’t as cold as some other floor tiles; and with proper maintenance it can last a lifetime. Look for more refined options that aren't immediately obvious as being cork (unless you like the corkboard effect), such as the specially textured and patterned styles that are available.