How to: pick the perfect floor for any room
When it comes to flooring there’s so much choice it can be hard to decide what’s right for you. This is because whether it’s a living room, bathroom, kitchen or any other room that you are redecorating you need to think about a material’s practical qualities as well as if it works aesthetically with the rest of the room.
Whatever flooring you pick you want it to last a long time and retain its looks, but in addition to the type of room it’s placed in there are other considerations that you should factor into this decision, for example; if you have young children or pets you may wish to pick a robust material that will have no problems standing up to the scratches and spills it may endure, another consideration may be for flooring that will not prove overly slippery when wet.
We know, that finding a fabulous floor that fits your personal tastes as well as your practical requirements can be hard, so we've made a little guide to the pros and cons of different types of flooring, a few of which you may not have thought of.
Solid wood flooring is a perennial favourite, never quite going out of style and what’s more it looks great and works in just about every type of room, and there’s a massive choice of options. Darkly varnished hardwood flooring creates a homely traditional look while glossier varnish or painted wood flooring is conducive of a minimalist, modern style. Consider using reclaimed timber for your flooring to add some character to a room and also be kind to the environment and your bank balance.
Stone flooring, put simply, is beautiful. Whether textured or smooth it creates a luxurious atmosphere for a room that suits any style. Dense, non-porous types of stone such as granite or slate are highly resilient so are good choices for floors that see high traffic and are often wet such as bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms. Softer types of stone like limestone will need to have sealant applied every now and then to prevent pitting.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are robust and come in a diverse range of shapes and styles to suit different tastes. Their resilience to water and ease to clean makes them popular choices for entrances and hallways as well as kitchens and bathrooms, if slipperiness is a worry then opt for tiles with a textured surface. Remember though that tiled flooring is not a good thermal conductor so can be particularly cold underfoot, which means it's not the best choice if you want to make a room feel cosy. although tactically placing rugs or installing underfloor heating can counteract this.
Bamboo is a stylish and durable material, which is becoming an increasingly popular choice for flooring in the UK. As bamboo is incredibly fast growing it is an ecological and economical choice that gives an exotic look to a room, but it is more prone to scratching than traditional hardwood.
Whether they’re made of synthetic or natural materials carpeting creates a comfortable atmosphere. Carpet provides excellent insulation to a room, excluding any drafts from between your floors boards to keep heat in the room, it will also dampen sounds which makes it a good choice for rooms like living rooms and bedrooms. However, carpet (particularly lighter shades) can be difficult to clean and may stain. This means you may want to think twice before installing it in an area that is likely to sustain frequent spills or where muddy boots may be coming in from outside.
Laminate flooring, may not be the fanciest choice but it comes in a variety of styles, is economical, hardwearing and environmentally friendly, and with today’s modern choices it’s almost impossible to distinguish laminate flooring from genuine hardwood without close inspection. It is much more resistant to scratches than hardwood. However, once it is worn it will need to be replaced as it cannot be sanded and refinished like a regular wooden floor.
Although there may have been a time where concrete flooring was reserved for supermarket and factory floors, polished concrete has becomes one of the hottest trends in home décor. Offering a super-chic, seamless finish to a room. Not only does it look stunning in ultramodern rooms it is just about the most hardwearing type of flooring out there.
Making your choice
While some materials are more suited to certain types of room in the home, If you’re unsure about what flooring will be best for you and your needs speak to professional. Opun’s network of Trade Partners include interior designers and flooring experts who can help you find the perfect floor for your room.