When it comes to renovating your home, it’s natural to think about things such as new furniture or perhaps giving the living room a new lick of paint; a lot of people forget to consider how long their current flooring has been installed, let alone whether it could do with a bit of a facelift. Your floors play a massive role around the home; it’s fair to say that they are the very foundation of a house - so why do we so often overlook them when it comes to renovating?
Home improvements can be pricey, so it’s important that you work toward a budget and in order to do this you have to pick the right type of floor that fits into it. Different materials come with different price tags. Vinyl floors, for example, are considerably cheaper than wood floors, but that’s not to say you won't find any cheap solid wood flooring, it just means you need to look in the right places! One of the hottest trends at the moment is rustic wood flooring and a lot of this can be pretty cheap to get hold of, especially in places like reclamation yards where you can get a vast quantity of wood for a lot less. One of the easiest ways to stick to your budget is to know the precise measurements of the room that you are placing the flooring in, that way you can avoid wastage by over-ordering. Once the measurements are confirmed, you can start looking further into the materials that you’d like. If you do crave a real wood floor but aren’t too keen on the price-tag, then engineered wood is a fantastic alternative. It bears almost the same qualities as solid but is much cheaper and you really can't tell the difference between the two! Once you have chosen your flooring then you need to consider whether you will be fitting it yourself or if you will be hiring someone to do it for you. These things all mount towards the final cost so need to be taken into account.
Before the whole installation and choosing what type of flooring you want it’s important to assess where the floor is being placed and the kind of traffic that it will face. If the floor is being laid in a busier place such as the hallway or kitchen/living area, then it would probably be wise to consider a more durable material, simply because these will be the places where the floor may take the most wear and tear so a material that can handle the heat is important. However, if you're looking at replacing a bedroom floor then you can consider materials that might be a little lighter or softer such as vinyl or carpets because they won't be faced with such a heavy footfall.
Another thing to consider is if you have children or pets in your home? It’s surprising how much damage the two can actually cause considering how small they are. Currently the most family-friendly floors according to various interior designers are vinyl, laminate, hard wood and tiles.
It’s surprising how much your flooring can compliment the decor of your home if you pay enough attention to it. When you’re looking into flooring consider the colours in the room, for example dark wood flooring pairs really well with neutral colours and can really accent the earthy tones that run through the wood itself, make no mistake though; neutral does not mean boring! Lighter floors make great accomplices for bright furniture, if you’re into making a statement that is! Regardless of what look you’re hoping to create it all boils down to your personal choice, the same applies with the flooring and with so much available to choose from you will definitely be spoilt for choice!