If you’re in the process of renovating, getting an extension on your home or perhaps even building a new home, one of the major dilemmas you’ll be facing is deciding on a type of flooring. When it comes to timber, tiles and carpeting, there’s pros and cons to each depending on the needs of you and your family and the kind of interior design you’re going for, so we’ve laid it out for you below:
Timber is one of the most durable kinds of flooring available so it’s likely to last you a very long time. If you’re looking for an option that will stick by you in the future then timber is the way to go. It’s also easily cleaned with a simple sweeping or vacuuming and will only occasionally require a bit of specific wooden floor cleaner. Timber flooring can also add value to your home, so if you have any intentions of selling your property in the future, this choice could act as an investment as well as being aesthetically beautiful.
When it comes to flooring, timber can be a bit more of an expensive option. Also, any damage can be visible on the timber, so if you have young children or a lot of pets, any high-traffic areas may present with scuffs and blemishes. Another disadvantage is that this type of flooring doesn’t absorb much sound, so if you have a pretty busy and noisy household, you may notice that it doesn’t do much to help muffle the commotion. However, this can be easily remedied with a rug where necessary.
Design Tips & Tricks
One of the best things about timber flooring is that it’s so versatile and can be used in most styles of home from traditional to modern. One of the key things about timber flooring is creating contrast in colours. If you opt for dark timber flooring, then complement it with a luxurious white or cream rug. If you go for a light timber floor, add some splashes of colour or pastel to the room, whether it be painting one wall or even just a vase and picture frame.
Tiles are available in porcelain, ceramic and mosaic, all of which are pretty durable in the sense that they can handle heavy foot traffic and are water-resistant, which prevents deterioration. Also, a lot of tiles can withstand extreme temperatures and won’t be corroded by chemicals. Tiles are easy to clean, making them suitable for families with children or pets. If you’re environmentally conscious, then tiles are one of the most eco-friendly options available as they tend to be made from clay and various other natural materials.
Tiles are brittle so, while they are durable, they are also likely to crack or chip when impacted by strong force or a heavy object. Tiles also adapt to the temperature, meaning that during the colder months, they can actually lead to your house feeling colder than it is.
Design Tips & Tricks
Turn your floor into a work of art by using mosaic or patterned tiles. This is the ideal way to add a bit of colour to a room or add some fun to your interior. If you would like to create a more modern look, instead opt for larger sized, sleek grey tiles that feature a bit of a gradient.
Carpet flooring is excellent for providing warmth and creating a generally more cosy atmosphere within your home. It will provide comfort, particularly in an area where children may be playing and will help to soften the blow of any potential trips or falls. Carpet is also ideal for creating a bit of soundproofing in rooms where you may have a sound system, home theatre or noisy machinery.
Carpet can easily attract stains or dirt and what’s worse is that it’s difficult to clean and maintain and will likely require regular vacuuming, scrubbing, and some deep carpet cleanses. If any members of your family have a bad allergy or respiratory problems, carpet may not be the way to go as it’s susceptible to dust mites and mould. A lot of carpeting will also tend to last a shorter amount of time than other flooring options since it’s made from synthetic materials.
Design Tips & Tricks
Use wall-to-wall low-pile shag carpet in a bedroom or lounge area to create a particularly comfortable and welcoming space. Also if you’re using a carpet rug, make sure that it’s 30-45 centimetres away from the wall.
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