The floor covers the largest surface in your home, and picking the best flooring for each room will make your space look fantastic, feel cozy, and prove easy to care for. When choosing flooring materials for your rooms, whether you’re looking to build your own custom home from the ground up or you want to make some updates to your home, there is a lot to weigh up.
Choosing the best floor type for different rooms in your home depends on many factors, including your household needs, budget, and personal taste. Each type of floor offers unique benefits, and determining which floor material will suit your home depends on where you intend to install it.
Popular flooring types include tile, vinyl, hardwood, and classic stone floors. But whichever type of floor you pick, it comes down to being clever in your choices. Your floor needs to stand up to daily use, so it’s vital it’s durable. It also has to be easy to care for as the floor sees a lot of footsteps and dirt and spills. And, of course, you don’t have to compromise on style – you need to love the look of your floor, too.
Learn more about different floor types for rooms and each floor material’s best attributes.
1. Carpet Flooring
Carpet flooring makes the surface warm and soft underfoot. Carpets are available in different colors and come in either pure wool, synthetic fibers, or a mix of both to suit every room (although there’re best for living rooms and bedrooms). Carpets are generally affordable, and wall-to-wall installations can make your space seem bigger.
– Great for soundproofing
– Warm and soft on feet
– Multiple color options, designs, and materials
– Visually warms up any room
– Accumulate dirt and grime
– Can stain
– Not suitable for homes with pets or allergy sufferers
– Shows wear pattern
2. Stylish Hardwood Flooring
One of the most traditional options but still super popular in homes everywhere for living rooms, stairs, and kitchen flooring not only because hardwood flooring is stunning and works well with a variety of design schemes – but also because wooden flooring is durable and versatile. Popular hardwood varieties include oak, cherry, maple, and walnut, and can be oiled or lacquered, depending on your preference.
– Easy to update
– Many colors
– Versatile and can complement all types of interior decors
– Adds natural warmth to any space
– Cleaning is easy
– Can be slippery (especially in the kitchen)
– Can incur scratches, crapes, and dents in high traffic areas or if you have pets and young kids
– Not suitable for laundry rooms, basements, and bathrooms
Are you looking for a money-saving flooring option to give your rooms the look of a more expensive stone, parquet, or wood? If so, then vinyl flooring is your go-to. Composed of plastic, vinyl floors are available in different forms, including tile, plank, and sheet form. Vinyl is a great option for bathrooms and the kitchen as it is non-porous.
– Easy to maintain
– A wide variety of design choices is available
– DIY-friendly and easy to keep clean
– Fade and water-resistant
– Great for bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements
– Not the finest option for forever homes
– Lower return on investment than other types of floors
– Can be a slippery surface
A tile floor is definitely one of the types of flooring you should check out for moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Tiles are stylish, durable, and some of the most contemporary types of floors. Common choices for tile flooring include ceramic, stone, and porcelain, and all are highly resistant to damage. Are you considering installing tile flooring but want softness and warmth underfoot? You can always use area rugs, which can also help zone your rooms.
– Durable and long-lasting
– Available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, styles, finishes, design patterns, and colors
– Tiles are super easy to clean
– Can add the punch to designs that are hard to achieve in other ways
– Can be a slippery surface
– It can be expensive if you don’t shop around (it’s also expensive to change since they are permanent)
– Hard to install (requires professional installation)
5. Laminate Flooring
Do you want an alternative to carpet flooring but can’t afford to install hardwood flooring or tiles? Laminate flooring – made from layers of high-density fiberboard with a photographic image of tile, wood, etc. – is an affordable flooring option for many property owners on a tight budget.
– Ant-scratching properties
– Easy to install
– A great option for busy homes and suitable for all rooms that are not exposed to heavy moisture
– Many colors and styles are available
– Easy to clean
– Chips easily
– Susceptible to moisture damage (not suitable for bathrooms)
– Cold (depending on the manufacturer) and does not feel or look like wood
– Could have a hollow sound underfoot
Floor types are not limited to the materials mentioned above. There are many other options like engineered wood flooring, cork, concrete, terrazzo, rubber, etc.
Renovating or building a home can be an exciting and overwhelming process, and you need to consider the flooring. The floor you pick needs to give your home a streamlined look and meet every room’s needs in regard to foot traffic, resistance to humidity, maintenance, and of course, style. A new floor can make or break the design scheme of your home, so your floor choice for each room should balance functionality and your personality.