While decking out your home with the same flooring throughout is a great way to save money, it’s not always the most inspired approach to making a house feel like a home. Different rooms require different approaches, from their general aesthetics to simple practicalities. That’s why we have put together this floor-covering guide to help you find the right flooring solution for every room in your home.
A kitchen is a place of many spills and high foot traffic as it’s a room that will be used in your home practically every day. Often multiple times per day. There is water to contend with from the sink, and often appliances like washing machines and dishwashers too.
Then there are the food spills that come with cooking dinner, and the potential need for a hardwearing floor if you also eat there. Temperature resistance is also an important consideration due to the proximity of the oven, which is commonly placed at ground level.
Although you need your kitchen to be durable, as it’s used so often, it’s important to make the right visual choice too. Fortunately, there are many hardwearing, stain-resistant materials to choose from when it comes to kitchen flooring.
Popular choices include vinyl for a cost-effective inclusion, they even come in designs that make them look like wood, like our Karndean flooring. However, luxury vinyl flooring in the style of stone or tiles is a great alternative that adds extra character. That flooring could extend to the dining room if you have one, with more potential for spills and food debris making their way to the floor.
Similar to the kitchen, the bathroom is part of a home that sees plenty of use, and a lot of moisture. From showers and baths to hand washing, teeth cleaning and even scrubbing the dog, the bathroom floor needs to be water-resistant and practical. Commonly, luxury vinyl flooring is the best shout for bathroom floor covering as it can be relatively inexpensive but long-lasting.
Wood is not a good option for the bathroom because it absorbs moisture, which can cause the beams to become bowed or misshapen. Equally, while not impossible, a carpet in the bathroom is going to act like a sponge and soak up much of the moisture from the steam of a hot shower or any spills.
People spend quite a lot of time in their living rooms, with many opting for comfort above all else. There are a few strong choices for living room floor covering, with carpets and Karndean floors being two of the most popular.
Carpets allow for a nice feeling underfoot and with the right underlay, they can insulate a room so it retains its heat. Karndean flooring in the living area can be dressed up with soft furnishings like rugs and blankets to add texture and comfort.
Ultimately, the living room is one of the most versatile areas of your home for flooring and it’s down to personal preference. Carpets and vinyl flooring work perfectly well; it’s all in the way you choose to style the room.
If you are looking to personalise your bedroom so that it matches your exact style, then the carpet is largely the flooring option to choose from. Not only is it comfortable underfoot, especially if you have to get up in the middle of the night, but it comes in many colours and patterns to suit your tastes.
Hallway and Utility
It’s common for the hallway to be the first room or space that people encounter in their homes. This makes it another high-traffic area that may have to deal with muddy shoes, dripping overcoats and dust blowing in from the front door. As such, a practical flooring solution is ideal but many people want their hallway to make a statement and a good first impression.
Once again, Karndean flooring is a great choice because not only is it hard-wearing, but it can make a grand statement depending on the colour and style applied. It’s also easy to clean as a few wipes with a cloth and a quick once-over with the vacuum do the trick.
The utility room is a similar story but the need for a good impression is diminished as most guests aren’t likely to see your utility space. As such, luxury vinyl tiles are a good shout because they are easy to clean and resistant to leaks and spills that may come from appliances housed in the utility space.
Finding the right flooring with Greg Stone
Here at Greg Stone Flooring, we take pride in bringing the best flooring options to our customers. From our well-stocked Brighton warehouse, we have your floor covered. If you have any enquiries or would like to book a home visit, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 01273 423444 or our contact page today.