Flooring is a crucial, yet often overlooked, piece of the home decor puzzle.  Whether it's in a home renovation or a new build, it's important to get the most out of your flooring for both the perfect look and feel of the home, as well as the economic value.

Keep in mind, floors are replaced less frequently than furniture and other home items, so choose wisely before making a decision.

Here are five tips for perfect flooring:

1. Floor Needs

When it comes to your floor needs, there are a few factors to consider: lifestyle, traffic, number of kids & pets, and exposure to moisture & dirt. These factors will determine whether or not durability should be the foremost concern, and whether or not aminate flooring, carpets or rugs will be options. 

2. Cost & Convenience

The most important thing to factor in when renovating your house is your budget. While you may have a fascinating array of paint, decor and flooring options in front of you, you must make your ultimate flooring decision fit within a given cost.

While floor tiles and ceramic floors can be expensive, they last longer and therefore are more cost-effective considering the long term impact. On the other hand, hardwood flooring and laminate flooring might be less expensive, but can be more difficult to clean than tile and ceramic, increasing your costs over time.

3. Style & Space

Ideally, different types of rooms should have different types of flooring. Kitchens, entrance and other busy areas, for instance, have high traffic throughout the day, so durability and ease of cleaning are of high concern. Floor tiles, such as a ceramic tiles, are extremely easy to maintain and highly resistant to dents and scratches.  Living rooms and family rooms are designed to enjoy, play games, hang out, and have a comfortable surface to do it on, such as carpet and rugs. Dining rooms should have higher-end flooring; playrooms should have durable flooring, and so on.

The design elements in your space should guide your flooring. Choose neutral looks for places like the living room so that it matches your furniture even when you move it around occasionally. Colors, textures and shades can all be in hardwood flooring as well as floor tiles to give you the look you desire.

4. Color Choices

Just like wall paint, floors can be done in varied colors and tones to match your furniture and fittings. You can choose combinations that best suit your rooms. Lighter colors may be better suited to rooms with less traffic and floor tiles in darker colors for areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.

5. Choose The Right Floor Retailer

Click here for a list of TrustDALE certified floor companies. 


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