When it comes to flooring, no material can be considered ‘one size fits all’. It is best to mix and match different flooring materials to suit the purposes of the room they are going in. After all, a bathroom serves a very different purpose from a kitchen, which is also different from a bedroom, and each of these rooms will need a different type of flooring. Our guide will provide recommendations regarding what type of flooring to select for every room in the house. Note this is not the end-all, be-all of flooring guides: these are simply recommendations of what works best. Your own tastes may vary!
One of the first rooms people often see when they enter your house is the living room. This front room serves as an introduction to your house and is the primary place guests to your home will occupy. It is the center piece of family activity with the television, sound system, and perhaps even a small library for the more literary in the household. As such, the flooring material you choose should be focused on aesthetics.
Hardwood is a popular and stylish choice for the living room as it provides the perfect balance between comfort, durability, and style. A hardwood floor can deliver a positive first impression of your home for guests.
Carpet is another popular choice for its soft and inviting texture. Furthermore, carpet flooring absorbs sound well. This will allow the living room activities to not disturb others in the home. If you have small children in the house, carpeting will likely become the first-choice material for the living room.
Vinyl and tile are primarily recommended if you entertain a lot, and especially if you enjoy hosting parties that serve lots of food. Vinyl and tile flooring for the living room is easy to clean after a mess, and if you are hosting many people this can make cleanup far easier than it would be with a carpet floor.
Tile flooring is recommended for the kitchen due to easy cleanup and waterproof properties. Tile materials can generally withstand the impact of the sharp edge of knives and forks, and are easy to clean up after a spill. The waterproof nature of tile also makes it a more attractive option for kitchens.
Vinyl is a secondary option and one sometimes preferred in kitchens to reduce the likelihood of breakage should glass dishes fall to the ground. Although more vulnerable to gouging from dropped cutlery, it retains many of tile’s other advantages in being waterproof and easy to clean.
Carpet is not recommended for the kitchen. The high probability of food and water spills means that a carpeted kitchen is likely to see more frequent carpet replacements than any other room in the house.
The same recommendation for bathrooms are made for the kitchen. You can’t go wrong with tile flooring in bathrooms, though a rug is highly recommended to minimize the chance of slips after a shower. Vinyl is another popular bathroom option for many of the same reasons.
Hardwood or laminate is also a good option for the bathrooms as you get easy cleanup, water resistance, and style. That being said, tile is the more water-resistant option and generally the first choice.
We would generally shy away from carpeting in bathrooms – water is a guarantee in the bathroom, and you can expect a carpeted bathroom to be damp on a regular basis, thus increasing the amount of time spent maintaining the carpet.
Carpeted bedrooms are a highly popular choice for their warmth and sound dampening capabilities. Carpet flooring delivers a sense of comfort and ease, something that is crucial for the bedroom. As such, we generally recommend carpet flooring in most cases. For a children’s room, carpeting is the ideal option as the cushioning provides a soft landing in the event of a fall.
Hardwood and laminate flooring are also popular bedroom options. These flooring options deliver the same level of comfort and hominess as carpeting, though the harder nature of these materials may be unattractive to some homeowners. The choice between carpeting and hardwood/laminate is ultimately down to taste.
While tile is certainly another option for a bedroom, some consumers shy away from tile because it feels cold on bare feet. Furthermore, the ease with which sound is transmitted over and through tile can rob residents of the privacy that bedrooms are supposed to offer.
For a home office or other work area, the flooring decision ultimately comes down to the degree of professionalism you wish to project. Certain style of vinyl flooring can deliver a professional feel at the cost of feeling more like an office than feeling like home. For some telecommuters, however, this is considered a good thing.
Carpet is another choice for home office, and a very popular one. Carpet can provide the warmth and comfort that a traditional office simply cannot. Some telecommuters may shy away from this, however, as feeling too relaxed hampers with their ability to get work done. However, with the right style you can easily find that balance between comfort and professionalism that you crave in a home office.
Hardwood, laminate, and tile are also all good options for the home office depending on a combination of taste and profession. The office is one of those places where you can generally be free to customize depending what image you want to project. It’s hard to choose the wrong material for an office!
Ultimately, the type of flooring you choose for a given room will come down to personal taste. It is your home and a statement of your character after all. However, if you are having trouble deciding, these are our recommendations based upon the characteristics of each material and the purpose each room serves. Remember that you have a high degree of customization with just about any material, so when choosing material focus on the utility value and then find the style that suits your purposes. We are sure to have a style that perfectly fits your needs!