“What’s the best place to start when beginning a decorating project?” That has to be the question I am asked most often. No matter what the budget or project, the best place to start is always at the floor and to work your way up. There was a time when this meant carpet or hard wood, but times have changed; Now there’s a multitude of choices!
Pros: Super resilient, “spongy” feel is better on your feet and back. It is shock absorbent, warm, and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Cons: Can be costly, may have permanent marks from heavy furniture, or cat and dog claws and paws.
Pros: Available in porcelain, stone, and an endless array of sizes and colors. It can be installed over radiant heat, and it is easy to maintain if sealed. It’s even non-toxic and hypoallergenic! Tile is great for animals with easy clean-up, and can withstand heavy foot traffic.
Cons: A hard walking surface, tile is cold if radiant heat is not installed. With no insulating properties, it has nothing to dampen sound, and can be easily chipped or cracked.
Pros: It will feel warm on the feet! It has great insulation and sound absorption, and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Cons: Spills may stain, and poor quality carpets may mat down. Carpet can hold dust and mildew, so it is not a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Pros: An incredibly durable “floating floor”, laminate can be installed over existing hardwood! It is relatively low cost, easy to install and maintain, and great for allergy sufferers.
Cons: Laminate may feel hard underfoot and damaged planks cannot be sanded, but must be replaced.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Pros: It comes in a great array of colors and choices, has a high durability, and low maintenance. LVT can be glued down to “floating”, and is even slip resistant.
Cons: LVT is relatively high in cost, and has limited transition strip options.
Which flooring would suit your home best? Do you currently have one that works great for your lifestyle?