Choosing the fixtures and furnishings for your new space is one of the exciting steps in your home’s transformation. With so many options to choose from, including hardwood, engineered hardwood, ceramic and porcelain tile, concrete, carpet, sheet vinyl, vinyl plank, cork, bamboo, marmoleum, selecting the flooring material for your space can be challenging.
At House Lift, we advise homeowners to start with the function of the room and narrow their flooring choices from there. Bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, and bedrooms all make specific demands on their flooring material, from water resistance to a soft touch underfoot. You can have fun choosing your flooring color, texture, and material to put your personal touch on your remodel or renovation.
Flooring options for kitchens
Your kitchen is the heart of your home and the primary place where your family gathers. Your kitchen floor needs to be warm, inviting, and extremely hard-wearing as well as water-resistant so it can take a beating from spilled food, crashing dishes, and the patter of feet.
With that functionality in mind, House Lift often recommends tile, hardwood, or vinyl for kitchens. For eco-conscious homeowners, we may also suggest bamboo or marmoleum. All of these options are water-resistant, easy to clean, and durable enough to withstand years of use. For homeowners with modern tastes, stained concrete could also be an option.
Flooring options for bathrooms
Flooring materials for bathrooms must be water and moisture-resistant, easy to clean, and durable. With the exception of hardwood, which standing water can damage, kitchen flooring options often make good bathroom flooring options. Tile is a popular choice for bathrooms, as is vinyl and engineered flooring.
Since bathrooms often feature tiling on walls and in the tub and shower area, be sure that your flooring choices are compatible with the materials you chose for your walls and tub surround. Some homeowners choose to use the same or similar tile throughout the bathroom, while others opt for contrast.
Flooring options for entryways
Entryways take a beating. Depending on the season, the entryway of a Twin Cities home may be piled with sandy flip-flops, dripping rain boots, or ice-clogged snow boots. Water resistance and slip-free flooring options are an absolute must. And since your entryway is where visitors will make their first impression of your home, your entryway floor should be beautiful, too.
Tile, vinyl, and concrete are natural choices for entryways if water resistance is your top priority. If you intend to lay down mats and rugs, hardwood and engineered flooring can work, too, as can eco-friendly options such as cork, bamboo, and marmoleum.
Flooring options for living areas
The living areas of your home should be inviting and comfortable. Think about how your living area’s floors will feel beneath bare or stocking feet. Also consider your living area’s functionality. Are you hosting large parties, small groups of friends for game night, or will your family plop down on the couch for an afternoon of binging your favorite show?
Depending on how you’ll use your space, rich hardwoods, springy cork, and carpet all make excellent choices for living area flooring. If you have an open-concept living area, it is possible to use flooring to divide your space, too. You may opt for lush carpet under the couch and hardwood, stone, tile, or cork near the fireplace.
Flooring options for bedrooms
Bedrooms should be cozy and quiet. Flooring materials for bedrooms should help absorb sound, be incredibly comfortable underfoot, and add to the calming ambience of the space.
While many homeowners are opting for hardwood and cork in bedrooms, carpet remains the all-time most popular bedroom flooring choice. Carpet is hard-wearing, comfortable, insulating, and available in all sorts of colors and textures to suit any taste, although from an allergy perspective, a solid surface is best.
Flooring options for basements
Choosing flooring materials for basements can be tricky. Basement remodels often incorporate several different types of spaces, from rec rooms and bedrooms to bars and bathrooms. It’s likely that your basement remodel will feature more than one type of flooring material.
For basements, House Lift may recommend tile, sheet vinyl, vinyl plank, engineered hardwood, or Berber carpet, depending on whether you need your flooring to be water resistant, easy to clean, hard-wearing, or soft underfoot. Cork can be a good choice for basements, too, since it provides some cushioning, insulates the floor, and is moisture resistant. Adding in-floor heating to hard-surface flooring make tile and hardwoods viable options. Staining or stamping the concrete floor of your basement can give it a fresh look, too. Just remember to address any moisture issues before laying flooring.
Have a little fun and express your personality with the range of choices for flooring materials for your remodel. With help from House Lift, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect flooring material for your space. Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation on your remodeling project.