How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home
It’s hard to put together a building without including floors. Sitting atop the foundations or ceiling beams, these fundamental elements of interior design have seen a huge range of different styles over the years. Some are plain and simple, while others are filled with intricate designs.
It always takes some work to choose exactly how you want to do this for yourself. To give you a helping hand through this process, this post will be exploring some of the steps which will go into your floor design journey.
Step One: Establishing Your Style
The first stage in any interior design job involves establishing the style you want to achieve with it. Especially when it is time to choose the right flooring for your home. This means that you’re going to have to hunt for some inspiration.
There are loads of places which can be great for this. For example, social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, and even certain blogs.
You shouldn’t aim to copy other people if you want to create something unique.
Though it’s always good to draw from those who have more experience than you.
There is a huge range of different ways to determine your desired style. With loads of different angles to come from. Below you can find some different ways to find the style you like.
It’s a good idea to be creative at this stage, searching for options which might not occur to other people.
Interior design and building styles can often be traced back to specific locations in the world. For example, modern English floors often use carpets. While those found closer to the equator are more likely to be made from tiles. This gets more and more specific as you go back in time.
There have been countless designers throughout history. The best of them all have their own design language which will make them distinct. By choosing a designer whose work appeals to you, you can design a whole room, rather than just your floors.
While the natural world often incorporates the same handful of colours, textures and finishes vary by a staggering margin. This makes it easy to look at natural landscapes and use them as the inspiration for your floors, though you will have to be bold and creative to achieve something like this.
Step Two: Sourcing Your Materials
With an idea of the style you’d like to use, it will be time to begin sourcing the materials for the job. At this stage, you will have to decide the extent of the changes you’re going to make.
Restoring wood floors, replacing carpets, and laying tiles are all difficult jobs which require skills to accomplish. Cleaning things up and adding rugs or other ornamentation to your floors, though, will be far easier.
Along with this, you will also have to decide whether or not you’ll be doing all of the work by yourself or having a professional do it for you.
For those on a budget, sourcing materials can often be a tricky job, and you will need to get creative with your searching. Wood can be found fairly cheaply secondhand, with good quality examples having the potential to be made like-new.
Tiles can be found secondhand, too, though you’ll probably have to use shards and chunks, rather than whole tiles. Carpets are much harder to find like this. You will probably have to go for new ones if you want to go down this route.
You can find some examples of good places to source materials below.
Websites like eBay have revolutionized the way that people shop online. Making it possible to get second-hand goods from across the world. Along with local buying and selling sites, this is a great place to start your hunt.
When homes are renovated or demolished, the contents are often still very much usable. They often end up in scrap or reclamation yards. You may have to pay for the materials you get from a place like this, but they will be very affordable.
Getting your hands on new materials can be a challenge on a budget. This is where outlets come in. When items go out of season or have minor defects, they will often find themselves in discount stores. Though the quality difference between this and the full-price option isn’t always noticeable.
Step Three: Getting The Job Done
When you are ready to start work on the floor you’re changing, it will be time to make an important choice.
Do it yourself or leave it to the pros.
A lot of people assume that having a company do this job for them will cost more. This isn’t always the case.
Vinyl flooring, for example, should only ever be installed by a professional. The whole job is often cheaper than the materials for a wooden or tiled floor while providing similar results. This is a great way to go if you’re unsure about tackling the job for yourself.
For those confident enough to take on this sort of job, it’s probably worth setting aside more time than you think you’ll need. This sort of job will usually be a long one.
You can watch videos on sites like YouTube to help you choose the right flooring for your home. Along with reading up on the techniques which professionals use. Of course, you may need to invest in some tools along the way.
This can often be made cheaper by looking for used examples. It’s well worth having someone help you with the work you have to do. Having more than one set of hands will definitely be useful.
Style Those Floors
Changing the floors in your home can be a time-consuming and challenging job.
Even for those with a lot of DIY experience.
Of course, though, the results will always be worth it, especially if you don’t like the floors you already have.
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Once you’ve gone through this process, you can begin to think about the more intricate aspects of your flooring, like rugs, furniture, and other types of decoration.
If you know how to choose the right flooring for your home, you’ll see that they can be a focal point whenever anyone walks in the room. That only makes the style and interior design of your home even better when you finish decorating and styling.
What type of floors do you have or like?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.