Choosing Floors: Helpful Tips

Things to Consider When Selecting Your New Floors

Before shopping for carpet, consider the function of your space and how much traffic will flow through the room. If you have existing carpet, analyze what kind of wear and soiling are apparent. One of the most important aspects of keeping carpet looking good is selecting the right construction and color for the space. For high traffic areas, consider a carpet with texture – either a cut pile with tightly twisted tufts or a multilevel loop. Color will also play a role in minimizing the look of wear and tear of your new carpet. Medium and dark colors will show less soil than light colors.

Once you decided the type of carpet you need, the fun begins and you can select the carpet you desire. There are a few typical scenarios when it comes to choosing carpet. The first is matching your current furnishings to new carpet. When you go shopping, take samples such as upholstery fabrics, window treatments, paint, and wallpaper with you. Lay your samples out on the floor and look at the samples as a group. If you are looking to carpet the entire house, you probably want to go with a neutral color. Today’s neutrals are more than just beige. Consider a khaki, taupe, gray, green, blue, and terra cotta. The key to working with these colors is to pick versions that have been neutralized, or grayed down to a subtle version of the pure hue.

Another thing that shoppers might face, is having to choose carpets before the rest of the furnishings has been decided. The good news is your color options are wide open. If there is a color you love, or one that you are drawn to, you can feel confident that you will be happy selecting carpet in this color range. Let the carpet color suggest a general color theme that can continue throughout the house. It is usually better to keep the carpet consistent between rooms, unless you have natural breaks where you have different types of flooring (where wood meets carpet, for example). A tweedy-looking patterned loop provides a tailored look for a family room or home office. Plush cut pile carpet is great to sink your feet into in the bedroom. Selecting a variety of carpet styles will add another dimension to your home.

Finding the Perfect Hardwood Floor is a Personal Journey that Begins with…

From the rich hues of exotic woods to the honeyed tones of more traditional woods, the color you choose narrows down the hardwood species that are right for you. Keep in mind many species naturally exhibit wide color variation between planks and can often be enhanced with stains of varying depth.

From silky smooth to dramatic texture, the character of your floor should accent your décor. Rustic hand – scrapped or distressed surfaces exude timeworn vintage appeal, while the clarity of furniture-grade flooring suggests sophistication. Inherent graining, knots, mineral streaks and burls make every floor a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Whether looking for conservatively subtle or unbridled contrast, the perfect fit does exist.

Like people, some hardwood floors perform better in certain environments than others. It’s simply a matter of finding the perfect combination of strength and beauty to suit your needs.

The original wood floor, Solid hardwood flooring offers a traditional feel and durable thickness that can only be nailed directly to a sub floor on ground level or above. Being precisely milled from a single piece of hardwood makes it slightly more responsive to temperatures and humidity than Engineered, although its popularity and refinishing options are impressive.

An all real wood alternative to Solid hardwood flooring, is engineered wood which features a thick, single-layer hardwood veneer tightly bonded to a cross – grained core for maximum strength and durability from the attic to the basement. Dimensionally stable even in climates with high humidity, these versatile floors offer the most installation flexibility because planks can be glued, stapled or nailed to the sub floor. Some installations may even be floated, a method in which boards are attached to one another but not permanently attached to sub floor.

Helpful Hints for Choosing Your Vinyl Flooring

Select a floor that coordinates with other objects in the room, like cabinets, countertops and fabrics.

Choose a color or colors that you’re comfortable living with and that compliments the style of your room.

Light affects how a floor looks. Consider the size of the windows and the direction they face, as well as the artificial lighting in the room.

To make a room appear light and airy, choose lighter colors. To make a room feel warm and cozy, use darker tones.

For high-traffic areas such as kitchens and entries, select the best quality floor you can afford to ensure it will meet the demands of your lifestyle.

Select a floor pattern with a scale that works with other patterns in the room, as well as the room itself.

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