Are you building your dream house? Or are you redecorating your house to bring it into the new millennium? Whether you are building from scratch, or giving your house a completely new revamp, nothing can ruin the overall look of a house than old-fashioned, out-dated floorings.
Many people tend to overlook the importance of their flooring, and instead get to the end of their project, only to scratch their head and wonder why things didn’t turn out the way they had imagined. Too often, it is not until the end of a job that people realize they have forgotten to invest in new floor coverings, and the whole effect of their interior decorating has been lost.
When you are building or redecorating, the type of floor covering that will be used in your house should be one of the first things you think about. Choosing the right floor covering can be an arduous task, since there are so many materials and styles around.
These days it is very fashionable to have polished wooden floors. Likewise, tiles and slate are very popular. All are beautiful materials to walk on, especially barefoot in summer! That said, you need to think about the climate that you live in, ease of cleaning and price. Wood, tiles and slate tend to be expensive, and if you live in a cool climate can be very cold. Be sure you have adequate heating because woods, tile and slate offer very little warmth.
If you are on a budget, there are literally hundreds of very stylish and functional vinyls on the market. Indeed, there are so many excellent vinyls nowadays that mimic polished wood that it is difficult to tell what is the real thing. Many people who opt for vinyl are pleased they did because it is heavy wearing, does not require polishing, re-sanding or re-lacquering, all of which saves money down the track.
Another budget friendly floor covering is cork. Lovely underfoot, warm and easy to lay, cork is a relatively cheap and easy to source material that comes in a variety of shades and styles.
Choosing the right floor covering for your needs depends on the level of usage, your individual decorating taste and your budget. Whatever floor covering you go for, be sure to think about this important decorating element early in the piece. Your floor can be the centerpiece of your house if you choose wisely.