Wall-to-wall carpet in a kitchen is rather unusual, but so is a home with nothing but cold tile floors in every room of the house. The flooring you choose for each room helps to define its atmosphere and adds to its overall design. In some cases, certain flooring options are simply more practical than others in certain areas of your home.
Let’s take a look at the unique needs of each room in your home and determine the best kind of flooring options to consider.
Foyer & Mud Room
The foyer and mud room both serve as an intermediary between all of the dust and dirt outside and the cleaner environment inside. They are also high-traffic areas and can quickly get worn down if, for example, carpet is used as the main floor.
Instead, these areas need to be able to withstand some wear and tear, should be waterproof and should be easy to clean. Sheet vinyl and laminate are excellent choices, especially when paired with a machine-washable rug to help catch dirt. Tile is another good choice, although grout can be difficult to keep clean. Hardwood may warp if exposed to too much moisture, and it will show wear if used in such a high-traffic area. Carpet is not recommended.
Living Room & Bed Room
Living rooms and bed rooms are relaxing, cozy and quiet spaces. You want to be able to walk around in these areas in your bare feet and feel comfortable the entire time. Carpet is a great choice for living rooms and bed rooms since it is plush underfoot and also lends to the cozy atmosphere of these spaces.
A popular and timeless look for living rooms and bed rooms is to place a central rug on top of the main floor. Elegant hardwood floors are commonly used in these rooms and paired with large rugs. The rug also serves as a great anchor point for your furniture; in other words, arranging the furniture around the rug gives the room a well-designed feel.
Kitchen & Bath Room
Kitchens and bath rooms have the same basic requirements as foyers and mud rooms: the floor needs to be able to withstand heavy traffic without much wear, and it also needs to be waterproof.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and your family is likely to spend a lot of time there. That’s why it’s important for the floor to be comfortable underfoot. A well-prepared subfloor, with plenty of padding, is useful here to help relieve fatigue, which can occur when standing for long periods of time at the sink, stove or counter. Vinyl and laminate are good options. Tile may be too unforgiving of a surface for a kitchen, but it can work if you strategically place rugs where you often stand. Putting carpet in the kitchen or bathroom, while not unheard of, is generally asking for trouble, since spills can easily occur, it’s difficult to disinfect a carpet, and the carpet can quickly be worn thin from foot traffic.
Because steam can build up in the bathroom during a hot shower and coat every surface in a slick layer of water, stay away from slippery floors in the bathroom. You can buy special non-slip floors, like non-slip vinyl or even rubber tiles, to be extra safe.
The dining room is often seen as the most elegant room in your home. This is the place where you can go all-out in term of luxury. Hardwood floor in the dining room is classic and also practical. Plush carpets may also be used, since they feel great underfoot and help to make the dining room feel like a welcoming, relaxing place.
If you are worried about foods and drinks spilling onto the floor but still want to enjoy an elegant dining room, a good compromise is to place a thick rug under the table but leave the main floor exposed elsewhere. It will be more difficult to see minor stains on the rug in this out-of-the-way location if they do occur, and the rug will also be safe from anything spilled while walking to and from the table.
A sun room is a great place to enjoy summer weather without having to feel the full force of the sun or battle with a bunch of insects, especially if you live in a southern city like Houston. Carpet is not a good option for sun rooms, since it will make the room feel more closed off and stuffy. Sun rooms should be light and airy, and your floor should reflect that. Tile is a great choice, as are laminate and vinyl. You can always add a rug in the cooler winter months and take it out again for summer.
Of course, these are just suggestions. You can go against the grain and choose non-traditional flooring options for the different rooms in your home. Ultimately, it’s important to select whatever works best for you.