Flooring sets the foundation not only for a room’s overall aesthetic, but also for comfort and utility. Here are some ideas for outfitting the various areas of your Carillon home.
Entryway On the one hand, most people do wipe their feet on a mat before entering a home, so it’s not likely they’ll be tracking in an excessive amount of debris. Still, because it’s a high-traffic area, you’ll want something substantial that can withstand scratching. Hardwood (which is durable and long-lasting) and ceramic tile are two easy-to-maintain options.
Kids’ rooms and playrooms Carpet is ideal in kids’ spaces because it cushions falls and muffles noise, and it’s available in an array of fun colors and patterns. Worried about spills and stains? Look for carpet made from a nonabsorbent yarn, which makes clean-up a snap.
Master bedroom Again, carpet is great because it absorbs sound and it feels good underfoot. Whether you go with Berber or something with a plusher pile is up to you, though older homeowners might consider something a little firmer, which decreases the odds of slipping.
Guest bedroom This space is an opportunity to impress, and stylish hardwood will do just the trick. If you’re looking for something for an eco-friendly alternative, bamboo—which grows at a fast pace and is thus easy to harvest and replenish—is a great choice. A plush rug will add softness and color.
Kitchen Hardwood is susceptible to water damage, but cork is attractive and, more importantly, nonabsorbent and moisture proof. It’s also springy, meaning avid cooks can reduce pressure on their feet, knees and back.
Dining room In many houses, the dining room is an extension of the kitchen, so it makes sense to use the same material for both rooms, but an area rug under the dining room table and chairs will add color and create a sense of space.
Living room Really, anything is fine. Look for something that ties together the overall aesthetic of the house, whether it’s hardwood, carpet, slate or terra cotta.
Bathroom Water splashed from the tub and steam and humidity can wreak havoc on materials such as laminate and hardwood, which absorb water. Ceramic tile, as well as natural stone and marble that have been properly sealed, are easy to maintain and won’t let you down.
Libraries and studies You want something elegant that inspires intellect, such as hardwood in rich, dark colors. For warmth, add an opulent oriental rug.
Media room Sound quality here is important. You want to enjoy your entertainment without disturbing people in other areas of the house. Carpet and cork lend themselves well to absorbing sound. Hardwood tends to echo.
Basement Before you choose a flooring material, you’ll want to see whether you have any moisture issues. If so, avoid laminate and wood. Resilient vinyl is low-maintenance and long-lasting, and can withstand water damage. Engineered wood with a moisture barrier also might do the trick. If you don’t have any moisture issues, go ahead and go for carpet, which will provide a little insulation in what often is a cool space.
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