How to Choose the Perfect Flooring for Your Home

Furniture, accessories, walls, and lighting… These are the most common things that we think of when decorating our homes. But most people forget that flooring is actually one of the most important aspects of interior design because it acts as a base for the overall look, feel, and ambiance of a room.

Luckily there’s no shortage of flooring options to choose from. Just a quick search on the internet will bring up thousands of styles, colours, materials and more. However, choosing the right flooring is far more complicated than just finding the best-looking product. There are a few other things you need to consider:

Function Over Form
Each room in your home has a different function and sets a different mood, making it common to use different flooring types in different settings, e.g. using ceramic tiles in the bathroom and hardwood in the dining room. The flooring chosen for each specific room will depend on the material’s wear and tear, traffic in the room, the probability of moisture exposure and maintenance.

A Lasting Choice
The importance of durability in flooring is oftentimes overlooked. If you have pets, children or other types of heavy traffic in your home, you’ll have to consider a floor with superior wear resistance. Some flooring that appears to be wear-resistant often is not. Materials such as certain woods, marbles and tiles can also be prone to scratches, dents and other forms of damage.

Plan Your Pennies
Before you purchase any flooring, you should calculate how much you have to spend. Refer to the house blueprints for size, or draw up a plan yourself to determine the total area that needs to be covered. It’s always a good idea to work out how much you can afford per square meter. Remember to consider the flooring, its installation, and future maintenance. Ask a professional interior decorator to help you get the best price or your budget.

Maintaining Elegance
It’s not just the money you need to consider when it comes to maintaining your flooring; it’s also the time you have to take care of it, e.g. carpeting requires the occasional professional cleaning and frequent vacuuming wile laminate, hardwood, and ceramic tiles can be low-maintenance and affordable options. Additionally, consider staying away from marble, as it can be expensive to install and maintain, hard to clean and easily damaged.

The Choice Is Yours
Now that you’ve considered all the practical elements of your flooring, it’s time to pick the style. From tiling and reclaimed wood to modern vinyl and resin options, you’ll be floored by how many choices you actually have. Here are a few quick ideas to help you decide:

  • Use ceramic tiles that imitate wood if you don’t want to use wood.
  • Try parquet flooring for a splash of colour.
  • Use vinyl (or even grass) to bring the outdoors in.
  • Get an industrial look with vinyl instead of concrete.
  • Use patterned ceramic tiles for a retro look.
  • Get classic style with monochrome tiles.
  • Use reclaimed flooring to get a shaker style.
  • The versatility of vinyl can really make a statement.
  • Consider textured vinyl prints or small tiles toad texture to the room.

When you’re ready to choose the perfect floor for your home, you have to start from the ground up. But don’t worry. Our décor specialists are with you every stylish step of the way. You can also visit our showroom floor in Kramerville, Sandton for inspiration on how to decorate your new floor with all the latest trends in home accessories.

For more information on our full-service décor and design services, or to schedule a private consultation, call us on 011 262 5225, or send an email to info@ddl.za.com.

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