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Painted floor ideas are a quick, easy and affordable way to transform a space, bringing instant color and personality. Whether you’re after a subtle foundation to a scheme or a beautiful feature floor, painting a floor can work in any room and is within the abilities of most DIYers, plus it gives the opportunity to […]

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Painted floor ideas are a quick, easy and affordable way to transform a space, bringing instant color and personality.

Whether you’re after a subtle foundation to a scheme or a beautiful feature floor, painting a floor can work in any room and is within the abilities of most DIYers, plus it gives the opportunity to create endless looks.

‘Creating a feature of your floor is an easy yet impactful way to immediately change the feel of a space. To create impact, use an all-over vibrant single color, smart stripes or even a checkerboard pattern in bold bright shades,’ says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene.

If you’re thinking of new flooring ideas then these painted floor ideas are guaranteed to get you inspired, plus the great thing about them is they can suit all looks from contemporary to traditional.

Painted floor ideas

If you’re considering painted flooring ideas it’s important to take into account what the floor is made of. Most surfaces can be painted, from wood and concrete to ceramic tiles and even vinyl, but different paint ideas and materials will require different treatments so it’s important that you do your research.

‘When painting any floor, it is essential to use a specially formulated floor paint that will be durable and hardwearing,’ says Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene (opens in new tab).

Painting wood flooring is a wonderful way to give it a new lease of life and can bring an entirely new dimension to a room. Floorboards are usually made from soft wood such as pine which can easily be painted. ‘The one thing you must do before you start is to do a test,’ advises Annie Sloan (opens in new tab).

To ensure the best possible finish thorough preparation is essential. ‘Before applying floor paint, we recommend preparing the surface. For softwoods, knots should be sealed with primer to prevent staining,’ says Ruth Mottershead.

Finishing is also important to ensure longevity. ‘You must use a lacquer on the floor because obviously it needs to be hard-wearing, I would probably do two coats because that makes it extra strong,’ says Annie Sloan.

1. Bring life to a kitchen

Blue painted kitchen floor

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

Painted kitchen flooring is a fabulous way to bring zest and energy into the hub of the home. When it comes to kitchen color ideas, it is a bold move to paint cabinets or walls in a vibrant color, but creating a feature floor is a brilliant way to bring personality without overpowering a space.

Here, Benjamin Moore (opens in new tab)‘s San Francisco Bay blue brings a color pop to this tranquil kitchen and sets the tone for bringing in extra color accents through accessories.

2. Create a playful pattern

Bathroom with a painted white and yellow checkered wood floor

(Image credit: Salvesen Graham / Photograph by Simon Brown; bathroom in the home of Aurelia London founder Claire Vero)

Checkered floors are a big decorating trend right now and are a fabulous way to bring interest into smaller spaces such as bathrooms which can lack personality.

This sunshine yellow bathroom flooring idea by Salvesen Graham (opens in new tab) is guaranteed to put a spring in your step in the morning plus is more affordable than traditional bathroom floor tile ideas.

3. Complement your decor

Painted living room with earthy, natural palette, leather lounge chair and wooden coffee table with leather cushion, Moroccan style cream patterned rug

(Image credit: Ti Archive)

Painting a wood floor in the same color as your walls is a great way to unify a room and make the space feel bigger, plus it can help create a versatile and neutral backdrop for showcasing more decorative furnishings and fabrics.

In this gray living room the plain gray living room flooring brightens the space but also helps draw attention to the statement patterned rug.

4. Create a chic, modern look with black

Black dining room floor painted in Myland's Downing Street

(Image credit: Mylands)

Painting a floor black is a great way to anchor a room as well as bring sophistication and drama but it can also be a very practical choice.

Decorating with black works with nearly any color so can make a versatile foundation, but it will also cover any marks and blemishes. When painting floors in light colors, remember that they can be susceptible to staining, especially if the floorboards have been painted or varnished previously.

‘A dark color will cover any staining, whereas any light color will always change slightly,’ says Annie Sloan.

5. Create a quirky kitchen

kitchen with red island and green flooring

(Image credit: Alison Kandler Interior Design)

If you love bohemian kitchen decor then painting a floor is an easy way to create a unique, colorful look.

‘This kitchen is my kitchen and I wanted to bring in everything I love: painted floors, bright colors, gingerbread details, European lighting, whimsical hardware, and all of my favorite flea market collections,’ says Alison Kandler Interior Design (opens in new tab).

6. Paint a tiled floor

Annie Sloan yellow kitchen with green cabinets and painted tile floor

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Can you paint a tiled floor? The answer is yes, it can be a great way to breathe new life into existing floor tiles, prolonging the need to replace them. However, it is not the most hardwearing solution for busy areas and should be seen more as a short-term solution or used in rooms used infrequently such as cloakroom. To make tiled floors more durable be sure to apply several coats of lacquer or seal with epoxy.

7. Brighten up a space with a white floor

Attic bedroom with white painted floor

(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Painting a floor white is a quick and easy way to brighten up dark spaces as they help to reflect the daylight back into the room.

In this attic bedroom, the white floor makes a wonderful foundation for a soft pastel scheme. Hard floors can leave bedrooms feeling cold, so be sure to add in plenty of bedroom rug ideas.

8. Paint a hallway floor

How to restore hardwood floors Vanessa Arbuthnott hallway

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

When it comes to hallway flooring, durability is important, as they are areas with a high footfall, however, being the first place people enter, it’s also important that they make the space feel uplifted and welcoming. Painted floors can be a brilliant way to satisfy both needs, plus it is affordable too, which is particularly important if you have a large hallway as paving in solid stone or top quality solid or engineered wood can be costly.

Vanessa Arbuthnott (opens in new tab) chose a light mint green for her home which provides a fresh contrast to the dark wood furniture and helps set off her large collection of artwork.

9. Let texture take the lead

Whitewashed wood floor

(Image credit: Future)

While a lacquer or vanish will make painted floors more durable, the worn texture can be a sought-after look, especially for country decorating ideas.

‘Part of the charm of a painted floor is the patina and character that comes through as you live with it. The cottage feeling really comes through as you see wear and tear – which I think is the best look,’ says Rudy Saunders, interior designer at Dorothy Draper & Co (opens in new tab).

If you’re looking to create a rustic look or Scandinavian decor ideas, you could also try whitewashing a wood floor to highlight the beautiful natural grain.

10. Create a striped effect

Kids room with painted floorboards

(Image credit: Future / Kasia Fiszer)

For a fun kids’ bedroom paint idea try painting each floorboard in a different color. You could use different tones of the same color, or choose a variety for a rainbow effect.

Unlike carpet, painted floors are easy to wipe clean which is handy in kids’ rooms, but be sure to add in a rug to make it cozy.

Is painting a floor a good idea?

Painting a floor is a good way to instantly transform the look of a room as they can be very durable and hardwearing provided the right paint finishes and processes are followed for the type of floor you are painting.

‘Use the proper paint and then protect them properly,’ says interior designer Jennifer Hunter (opens in new tab)‘I suggest using either porch paint or a paint specifically for floors and then doing multiple coats of polyurethane.

‘I like either doing a geometric pattern using natural floor stains contrasted with a neutral paint color like off-white, or painting the entire floor a single color for that wow factor.’

What is a good color to paint a floor?

The color you paint a floor is essentially personal preference and will depend on the light levels and orientation of the room as well as the look you are trying to achieve. Light colors will help rooms feel larger white dark colors will bring the space in so may be best if you are looking for a more cozy, cocooning feel.

If you like decorating with art, bright furnishings or patterned fabrics then choosing a neutral color will provide a timeless, versatile backdrop for layering statement pieces.

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Best place to buy carpet/flooring – Orange County Register https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/best-place-to-buy-carpet-flooring-orange-county-register-3/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:06:26 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=55601

1. Floor & Decor multiple locations; flooranddecor.com Since its founding in 2000, Floor & Décor has taken the superstore model and applied it to a niche department, hard surface flooring. It’s been a winning game plan for the Atlanta-based company, which counts Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Mission Viejo among its 166 warehouse-style outposts […]

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1. Floor & Decor

multiple locations; flooranddecor.com

Since its founding in 2000, Floor & Décor has taken the superstore model and applied it to a niche department, hard surface flooring. It’s been a winning game plan for the Atlanta-based company, which counts Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Mission Viejo among its 166 warehouse-style outposts across the United States.

Inside Floor & Décor’s stores, and on ITS website, you’ll find a wealth of tile, stone, wood, laminate and vinyl surfaces, including eco-friendly options like bamboo.

If the options seem overwhelming, test drive a few different styles at home with the online visualizer tool. Just upload a photo of your space and add one of the flooring options to see how it looks in your room. Set up an account on Floor & Décor’s website to save items related to your projects.

For more guidance, you can schedule an appointment with a Floor & Décor designer to discuss your vision and options either at the store or via a virtual meeting. The designers can make recommendations based on your budget and needs, as well as give you a better understanding of the installation process. The design services are free.

For DIY folks, the company’s website offers tutorials for installing multiple flooring materials, as well as backsplashes. You’ll be able to find the materials and tools that you need at the store. If you need professional help, the store partners with Installation Made Easy.

— Liz Ohanesian

2. Colonial Carpet

7331 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite B, Garden Grove; 714-892-4495; colonialcarpetco.com

Family owned and operated for 67 years, Colonial Carpet is a longtime favorite of Orange County residents. “We offer good values,” says owner Rick Tessier of the company’s secret to success. “We follow up with customers and we listen to them.”

Colonial Carpet’s staff walks customers through the process from deciding which carpet or flooring will work best with your needs — are you looking for something that’s pet friendly? — through the installation. “We’re very patient because it’s kind of daunting to tear up your whole house and pick something new,” says Tessier.

Colonial Carpet representatives will come to your home, take the measurements, answer your questions and coordinate with their crew to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. Then, at the end, your point person will follow up to ensure that the job was done properly. “There’s no loss of continuity,” says Tessier. “You’re working with that same person from beginning to end.”

3. Michael’s Carpet

9005 Adams Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-962-6569; michaelscarpethb.com

Looking for an eco-friendly flooring option? Michael’s Carpet in Huntington Beach offers bamboo flooring, considered to be a sustainable alternative to hardwood, as well as cork, which is made from recycled materials.

Michael’s also works with a number of manufacturers who are employing more environmentally conscious practices. You can stop by family-owned Michael’s Carpet, which has been in business since 1984, to see what’s in store. However, you can also go to the shop’s website and schedule an at-home appointment, where an employee will go through samples with you. The team at Michael’s can also handle floor and carpet installations.

Michael’s Carpet also offers interior design consultations, free in-home estimates with product samples and financing options. Head over to its website to peruse the look book or read through helpful articles about types of carpet and flooring and the installation process as you make your next home improvement decision.

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In Home Flooring Brings Personalized Flooring Service To Denver https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/in-home-flooring-brings-personalized-flooring-service-to-denver/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 17:05:08 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=55487

Colorado based In Home Flooring is pleased to announce the launch of their new flooring service, available now for all their Denver area customers. Having identified a problem in how customers were once obliged to consider a variety of flooring options in an unfamiliar environment, the company is delighted to share that their new service […]

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Colorado based In Home Flooring is pleased to announce the launch of their new flooring service, available now for all their Denver area customers. Having identified a problem in how customers were once obliged to consider a variety of flooring options in an unfamiliar environment, the company is delighted to share that their new service will now bring said options directly to the customer’s own residence for a personalized consultation as well as several other amenities. Further details can be found on the company’s newly launched website.

This service, notably, is all-inclusive, which means that homeowners can expect to have the full extent of their flooring needs met by a single provider. According to the company, the issue begins with the act of shopping itself. When a homeowner wishes to update or change their flooring for any reason, they generally have to locate the nearest flooring stores in their area and then commit some time to travel to them all. In addition to being time-consuming, In Home Flooring points out that this is largely inefficient since they would need to check a sample’s appearance in the lighting and environment of their home for the most accurate results. This is impossible at a store that will most likely maintain a single type of lighting throughout its premises, leaving customers to guess what would look best in other conditions.

Some customers will take the approach of buying samples of every flooring option they like in order to make better comparisons at home. While this would help, it is similarly wasteful, and the discarded samples sometimes cannot be returned. Fortunately, In Home Flooring has the answer.

Given that people buy flooring for specific spaces, in this case their homes, In Home Flooring decided to take the more practical route of visiting each customer’s residence with a selection of flooring options. This allows customers to quickly and conveniently compare possibilities and narrow down the options much faster (especially since it eliminates the need for a second or third trip to the store). However, this is by no means the end of the company’s involvement. Should the customer decide to entrust their home’s flooring update to In Home Flooring’s experienced contractors, the company will make sure the installation is completed to the highest of industry standards.

On one hand, the team will take care of a number of minor yet no less crucial aspects of the installation, such as measuring the space accurately as well as preparing it to ensure it lasts as long as expected. On the other hand, customers always have the personal attention of company owner and project manager, Jillian Rowe, whose background in interior design and years of experience in the flooring industry make her a valuable resource for any customer.

Jillian RoweAccording to Jillian Rowe, every single customer is entitled to a full design consultation where she will have a frank discussion regarding their goals and enumerate what their options may be. This is true no matter how familiar the customer may be with flooring — Rowe explains that she can simply get involved enough to make sure a project is executed in line with a customer’s vision. Those who know little about flooring or who might even find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer variety of choices can also rely on Rowe to guide them from step to step. Since she is always on hand, they can direct any and all questions to her instead of having to make their way through several intermediaries (as they might expect with other providers). In either case, the final decision always rests with the customer, and Rowe’s team will bring it to life exactly as agreed.

Following the consultation, the team will bring samples to the customer’s home. Once the necessary decisions are made, Rowe and her team will take over completely, taking measurements, developing accurate estimates, ordering the right materials, scheduling installation, and more. Since the method of installation has an impact on the longevity of the flooring, customers will be pleased to learn that In Home Flooring abides by strict standards in every project. See more here: Flooring Denver.

Denver homeowners who wish to enjoy a personalized flooring installation are welcome to contact Jillian Rowe of In Home Flooring at their earliest convenience. The company will promptly schedule a design consultation. Further details are available on the official In Home Flooring website.

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For more information about In Home Flooring, contact the company here:

In Home Flooring
Jillian Rowe
720-586-4391
[email protected]
60 S Havana St #602
Denver, CO 80230

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What is the lowest maintenance kitchen floor? Experts advise https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/what-is-the-lowest-maintenance-kitchen-floor-experts-advise/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:06:58 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=55388

When it comes to choosing a kitchen floor picking a material that is both stylish and easy to maintain is often a top priority. So, what is the lowest maintenance kitchen floor? Luckily, when looking for a low-maintenance kitchen floor there are a few beautiful options to choose from. If you do not want to […]

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When it comes to choosing a kitchen floor picking a material that is both stylish and easy to maintain is often a top priority. So, what is the lowest maintenance kitchen floor?

Luckily, when looking for a low-maintenance kitchen floor there are a few beautiful options to choose from. If you do not want to spend all of your time cleaning a kitchen floor, options such as tile or luxury vinyl flooring offer the best value while maintaining a gorgeous look for your kitchen ideas. What’s more, with modern improvements in sealants, natural wood and stone are fast becoming an easy-clean option for your kitchen flooring ideas.

Here, experts have offered their advice for how to choose the best kitchen flooring for minimal maintenance so you can enjoy your time in your kitchen, rather than fret about keeping it clean.

What is the lowest maintenance kitchen floor?

‘No longer a space used solely for cooking, the kitchen operates as a multifunctional hub that serves as a zone for preparing food, socializing, and entertaining,’ highlights Sarah Escott, Amtico (opens in new tab) design manager. ‘As one of the high traffic areas in the home, it calls for a durable floor that’s both stylish and practical.’

These flooring ideas are bound to impress and stand up to the vigors of daily use.

1. Try tile for a tremendous look with little cleaning

View from the kitchen to the glass roofed dining area, dark gray cupboards and black and white tiled floor.

(Image credit: James Balston)

Kitchen floor tile ideas are one of the most traditional options for a kitchen floor and for good reason. Tiles are some of the most durable and low-maintenance materials for such a high-traffic space.

‘Encaustic floor tiles are a wonderful way of bringing life to a room and accentuating color and pattern in a space,’ says Diane Hyde, Marketing Manager at Craven Dunnill (opens in new tab). ‘Beautiful in appearance, encaustic floor tiles are also completely durable, making them perfect for high-traffic areas such as hallways or kitchens. Designed with longevity in mind, they are a complete investment that promises to stand the test of time for years to come.’

An all white kitchen with a natural stone tile floor

(Image credit: Martin Moore)

‘Whether you’re looking to go more traditional with geometric patterned tiles or contemporary with large format porcelain floor tiles for colorful kitchen ideas, there is something to suit all tastes and styles of home,’ Dianne continues. ‘Color and pattern play a vital role in determining the feel of a room, but they can also impact the size of a space. While light, muted and natural tones make a space appear bigger, heavily patterned tiles in bold colors can make a room feel more enclosed.’

If tile is too cold an option for your flooring, consider using plainer tiles and adding an easy maintenance kitchen rug idea in the areas you walk most such as by counters. Choose an easily washable rug to warm up the space both visually and literally and maintain the easy-maintenance appeal.

2. Look towards luxury vinyl (LVT) for a laid-back approach to maintenance

Airy and angular kitchen with kitchen island in white, wood flooring looking out on garden with French doors, and art work on shelves with bench below

(Image credit: David Lovatti)

A more cost-effective alternative to floor tile ideas is luxury vinyl kitchen flooring ideas. These floor coverings have almost become a popular kitchen floor option as their quality improves. ‘LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) boasts a huge number of benefits that simply cannot be replicated with its natural counterparts. One of these is maintenance. The kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas in the home and so picking a floor that requires low maintenance is key,’ explains Sarah Escott.

Open plan kitchen diner with pendant lights and dark units, a large kitchen island and a long wooden table and chairs, set for dinner.

(Image credit: Jody Stewart)

‘LVT simply requires a sweep and occasional mop to keep it looking fresh,’ she continues. ‘Durable flooring that will stand the test of daily wear and tear is crucial for a kitchen floor. Damage to a finished floor can occur over the life of the product. Fortunately, with an Amtico floor, tiles can be lifted and replaced by a flooring professional with relative ease. This isn’t always the case with natural planks.’

3. Consider natural materials for a no-fuss finish

An all white kitchen with marble countertops and a real wood floor

(Image credit: Martin Moore)

Many people wonder is wood floors suitable for kitchens, and the answer is yes. Natural wood flooring ideas are incredibly durable when treated correctly, so can stand up to the rigors of everyday life in a kitchen.

‘When buying a kitchen floor, it’s important to make an educated and informed decision. The big choice is often between LVT or real wood/stone. There are advantages to both. With natural wood or stone, it can be tricky to keep it looking good as it requires regular treatment,’ says Sarah.

If you want to choose natural materials for your kitchen floor, opt for a matt finished wood as these tend to be more forgiving, or reclaimed wood that already has character from its previous uses. To further protect your wood flooring, oil, lacquer, or varnish the wood, or coat with a protective coating when it is installed and place washable rugs in the most used areas.

What is the most durable floor for a kitchen?

One of the most durable floors to use in a kitchen is ceramic or porcelain tile. Although cold underfoot, these tiles are incredibly durable and easy to clean having been handmade and baked. They are also available in a range of shapes, styles, and colours, making them perfect for any kitchen aesthetic.

One of the most popular kitchen flooring materials is wood, with wooden floorings being warmer than tile but easy to clean if there are spills with recent improvements in sealants to protect natural materials.

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What type of flooring is best for a living room? https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/what-type-of-flooring-is-best-for-a-living-room/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 17:05:43 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=55289

When it comes to finding the best type of flooring for your living room you are faced with a nearly endless array of colors, textures and materials. Finding the best type of flooring will of course depend on the style of your room and interiors; the make-up of your family (namely if you have children […]

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When it comes to finding the best type of flooring for your living room you are faced with a nearly endless array of colors, textures and materials. Finding the best type of flooring will of course depend on the style of your room and interiors; the make-up of your family (namely if you have children or pets) and the look and feel you want to achieve.

Your flooring is one of the most important parts of your living room ideas. Covering the largest surface area in the room, living room flooring ideas are extremely influential in the atmosphere of the space.

So whether you’re looking for the perfect carpet for a classic living room or are in search of a hardwearing material to complement your open plan living room ideas, we’ve rounded up some of the best types of flooring for your living room.

What type of flooring is best for a living room?

Wool carpet and wood flooring are often regarded as the best types of flooring for a living room, however, there are lots of other living room flooring ideas that are equally great.

‘Flooring is the key element when it comes to setting the tone for any interior. Get this right and all the other details will fall into place,’ says Darwyn Ker, managing director of Woodpecker Flooring (opens in new tab).

1. Choose solid oak flooring for a classic look

Lapicida Chianti Rovere wood effect floor tiles

(Image credit: Lapicida Chianti Rovere wood effect floor tiles)

Timelessly beautiful, wooden flooring is one of the most desirable features in a traditional living room due to its authentic, natural appearance, its durability and warmth underfoot.

From light blondes to deep and moody tones there are lots of wood floor ideas for a living room. However, the most characterful option is natural hardwood flooring. Aging gracefully, natural wood flooring reveals a characterful differentiation of shades between each board that other materials all attempt to imitate.

2. Embrace elegance with geometric wood flooring

Living room trends

(Image credit: Future / Alexander James)

If you’re looking to make a statement with your flooring – perhaps searching for the perfect pairing to your formal living room ideas – then an intricately laid parquet is a great choice. In this beautiful living room designed by architectural and interior design company, Point 3 Design, marquetry and parquet has been combined in a geometric pattern to create an eye-catching living room floor that is a work of art in its own right. We love the warmth it brings to the space with its rich variety of colors and textures

3. Embrace high-end comfort with a wool carpet

Brown living room with gray fabric daybed with bolster cushions, red leather coffee table, large vase of flowers, study desk, orange chair, fireplace surround, wall painting mounted, window with neutral colored curtains

(Image credit: Mark Bolton Photography)

Carpet ideas are the classic choice for living room design and there are plenty of living room carpet ideas from which to choose. If you’re looking for a plush, springy and completely natural floor covering, then 100 percent wool is the way to go.

‘Carpets are often the biggest investment to a room in so many ways; value, longevity and area coverage. This is why we always advise to style from the floor up when completely refurbishing a space,’ says Jodie Hatton, design manager at Brintons (opens in new tab). ‘Where an alternative flooring like wood or tiles might make a room feel stark and bare, a soft woven wool carpet, layered with accessories in cashmere, mohair and linen will all work to soften the overall look.’

It is commonly known that wool is a highly effective insulator. After all, it is designed to keep sheep warm through even the coldest winters, so it will certainly help to reduce a home’s heat loss and lower energy bills. However, it can also help keep your living room cooler in warmer weather. ‘As an insulator wool can also prevent too much heat coming through the floor and it’s moisture wicking properties prevent you from getting too warm.’

If you are looking for a living room flooring covering that will complement your fireplace ideas, wool is a great choice due to its fire-resistant properties.

4. Consider tiles for the living room

pink tiled living room with brown leather chair and kilim style rug

(Image credit: Bert & May)

Tiles might feel like an unusual choice for a living room but they can bring a burst of color and texture to both modern and traditional living room ideas. Furthermore, they are also an extremely durable choice of floor covering.

Hand-poured in Spain, these Leather Brown encaustic tiles from Bert & May (opens in new tab), contain crushed marble for a strong and beautifully tactile finish. Colored with natural pigments and taking inspiration from the warm, earthy tones of terracotta, the tiles create a neutral backdrop for a wide variety of interior styles.

Make them work in a living room by teaming with a cozy Berber rug, warming metallics and leather furnishings for an inviting, rustic ambience.

5. Stain-resistant carpet for a family living room

living room with light colored carpet and plush fabric sofas and whick basket coffee table

(Image credit: Future)

When it comes to family living room ideas, durability is key. The best living room flooring for this space will be able to withstand potential scratches, scuffs and spills while still retaining a flawless aesthetic.

Stain-resistant carpet is the best living room flooring for a family living room. You can also opt for lighter colors. Often, neutral, lighter-colored carpets are seen as a challenge to keep clean, particularly for younger families or those with pets. Man-made materials, however, as opposed to more natural alternatives, can withstand more vigorous cleaning methods such as bleach. This means you can keep your new carpet in pristine condition, no matter what shade you choose.

6. Create a traditional look with an antique rug

White living room with impressive chandelier and pink rug

(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

If you are gravitating towards solid flooring for your living room, then a rug is a must. Not only does a rug bring comfort underfoot and zone your space but it will also define your living room’s color scheme. Therefore, it is key you know how to choose a rug. Thankfully there are lots of living room rug ideas to inspire you, too.

‘Heading into the colder months, layering rugs on either a hard or carpeted floor is a wonderful way of bringing even more warmth, texture, and vibrancy into a space. To create a balanced scheme, it is important to consider the composition of the colors and patterns that you’re combining, as too many can easily overwhelm a scheme,’ notes Jodie Hatton, design manager at Brintons (opens in new tab).

‘As a general rule, it is a good idea to pick out just a few colors and run them throughout the rug scheme or use a hue that harmoniously works well as a backdrop such as grays or beiges. Similar to how dark walls can transform a small room or a patterned wallpaper can bring interest to otherwise dull space, a patterned rug is an inspired way to make a feature of a smaller room. It can help to add interest and character to the room.’

7. Sisal carpets for a country living room

Living room ideas

(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

Derived from the leaf fiber of the Agave sisalana plant, sisal, when woven, becomes an extremely hard-wearing, comfortable and sustainable flooring material. Like seagrass, it doesn’t require any artificial treatment to preserve its rich color or woven texture, making it the perfect natural addition to your home.

Pair with neutral furnishings – like a linen sofa and wood grain cabinetry and coffee table – and accessories – rattan is a great choice – for a laid back, eco-friendly scheme.

8. Durable and cost-effective wood-effect porcelain tiles

Traditional living room with paneled walls, porcelain wood tiles and gray sofas

(Image credit: Porcelain Superstore)

While hardwood flooring is beautiful, it is expensive, can be prone to scratches and it’s a poor companion to underfloor heating. Thankfully, you can mimic its warm and welcoming appearance with wood-effect porcelain tiles.

‘Wood effect porcelain flooring is a more practical choice to solid wood flooring, and the prints and tones available certainly do mimic the look of real wood,’ says Isabel Fernandez, director at specialist high-quality natural stone company Quorn Stone (opens in new tab). ‘However, unlike real wood, wood effect porcelain is also suitable for underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is an increasingly popular asset to have in the home – providing warmth from the floor up.’

9. Natural stone for an open-plan living room

Open plan modern living room with small kitchen behind with stone floor and log burner

(Image credit: Polly Eltes)

If your living room opens out into your kitchen, then you need a flooring that feels luxurious and characterful in the living room but can withstand the vigor of the kitchen environment. In spaces such as these, stone flooring is the perfect solution.

Add warmth to your living room by pairing stone flooring with underfloor heating. ‘Natural stone tiles tend to be thicker, which will take a little longer to heat up, but means it will retain the temperature for longer – thanks to its natural density and thermal conductivity. Porcelain is a manmade product that is fired at an extremely high temperature, resulting in a strong, robust tile. Porcelain is also a good thermal conductor, and tending to be thinner, will heat up faster yet still retain the heat for a long while after,’ says Fernandez.

10. Reclaimed wood for a period home

Farrow & Ball paint in living room

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If your style is on the more traditional side of things, then you can’t go wrong with a reclaimed floor. Boasting a rich patina that is impossible to replicate artificially, opting for a reclaimed wood flooring is also a great way to save energy and resources. Reclaimed wooden flooring has the added benefit of being previously exposed to a range of temperatures. This means it will have already expanded and contracted to its full potential, so it is less likely to warp or split.

11. Choose a blonde wooden flooring for a Scandi inspired living room

Minimalist living room with white walls

(Image credit: JDP Interiors / Bess Friday)

When it comes to the best flooring for Scandinavian living rooms, then blonde wood flooring is a great choice. Inspired by the vastly popular Nordic trend, paler finishes for wooden floors are becoming increasingly popular in homes of all ages and styles. Complementing a more minimalist design scheme, gray and light-toned floors add a modern flair to a home.

Yes, carpet is still popular in living rooms. ‘Carpets are synonymous with comfort which is why they are the most popular choice for flooring in the bedroom and living room,’ says Jon Flannigan, product manager at Kersaint Cobb (opens in new tab).

What type of carpet is best for living rooms?

Wool is the best type of carpet for living rooms. ‘Wool is an excellent choice due to its natural insulating properties. Wool is often thought of as creating a warm and cozy environment which is one of its many benefits, a lesser known benefit is wool’s cooling properties, as an insulator wool can also prevent too much heat coming through the floor and it’s moisture wicking properties prevent you from getting too warm,’ says Jodie Hatton.

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New Parl flooring in Kashmiri carpets – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/new-parl-flooring-in-kashmiri-carpets-jammu-kashmir-latest-news-tourism/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 17:01:28 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=55214

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: The New Parliament House of India would have the traditional Kashmiri carpet flooring for which 50 weavers including women are working day and night to complete the project before the deadline at a far off village Khag in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.Qamar Ali Khan of Tahiri Carpets got the order from a […]

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SRINAGAR, Sept 3: The New Parliament House of India would have the traditional Kashmiri carpet flooring for which 50 weavers including women are working day and night to complete the project before the deadline at a far off village Khag in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Qamar Ali Khan of Tahiri Carpets got the order from a Delhi based company after submitting the samples in September 2021 to prepare 12 pieces of 8 x 11 feet traditional Kashmiri Silk-on-Silk carpets for the new Parliament house of India.
Khan feels proud and honored for getting the order of making carpets for India’s biggest constitutional institution where these would be put on the floor and the members from all across India would see craftsmanship and traditional Kashmir work.
“It is a great honor for us that we are preparing the carpets for the Indian Parliament,” Khan told UNI. He said 50 artisans including women are working dedicatedly day and night to take the project to its conclusion and have completed almost seven pieces so far.
The delivery of the order is September 20 which is a month ahead of the deadline, he added. Khan, whose family is associated with the carpet making for the past 30 years, said after receiving the order our artisans honestly started designing on the basis of traditional Kashmiri ancient tradition, nature and shawl making.
“We have weavers and looms and started the work proudly day and night on the project to complete it ahead a month of the deadline,” Khan said.
He said the main aim of the project was the Kashmiri carpet should reach to the places where it would get proper notice and the art will further flourish which almost has gone down due to less demand across the globe.
He said the handmade traditional Kashmiri handicrafts including Carpets declined for the past several years due to less demand in the world and hopefully “I am sure that now it will get the recognition again not only in India but all over the world?. When asked why he chooses Silk-on-Silk for the carpets to be floored in the Indian Parliament, he said, the Silk carpets made were almost shelved due to its less demand as the export of it was stopped. Silk cotton was exported earlier, but that too could not be continued”.
He said, “we have started weaving Silk-on-Silk carpets almost after four years and it was the demand of the company who have provided us the order”.
He said the carpets will give a perfect look and shine only on Silk-on-Silk nature carpets, not on any other material made carpet.
He said, “We did not face any problem in making the carpets, even everybody including weavers and my all staff wholeheartedly supported us to complete this project”.
Khan gave 80 percent credit to his weavers who have shown their caliber and dedication and worked hard day and night to take this project to its logical conclusion. “It is a proud moment for the carpet industry of Kashmir and hopefully in future such orders will pour from other parts of the country as well as from the international fora”, Khan said. (UNIVERSITY)

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Concrete flooring isn’t as popular in the US as it should be. Maybe it’s considered a little too strong and urban, too hard and cold underfoot, but it’s a style of flooring that’s embraced in even the most luxurious of homes elsewhere in the world in abundance. Yes, concrete is a floor type that has […]

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Concrete flooring isn’t as popular in the US as it should be. Maybe it’s considered a little too strong and urban, too hard and cold underfoot, but it’s a style of flooring that’s embraced in even the most luxurious of homes elsewhere in the world in abundance.

Yes, concrete is a floor type that has much more to offer than just industrial chic. It’s a material that can balance out super luxe materials to keep a room scheme feeling contemporary and understated. Plus, it has that real feeling of luxury. It’s generally installed seamlessly, removing fussy joint lines so that large open-plan spaces feel like one space.

Still not convinced concrete flooring is the right choice for you? These 8 real spaces, all using concrete floors in interesting ways, are sure to make you look at this material differently.

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In his time as a property journalist, Hugh has specialized in covering self builds and renovation projects, delving in depth into the processes used to construct modern homes around the world. ‘Concrete is not always thought of as an eco-friendly material, but in the right application, it should definitely be considered on the balance of its benefits,’ he says. Here, he’s curated some of the most creative ideas for concrete floors from global architects.

8 modern ideas for using concrete flooring

One of the major benefits of concrete flooring is that it’s custom and adaptable. ‘We enjoy using polished concrete as the material is versatile – it can be molded into any shape, with different textures, finishes and colors,’ explains architect Oliver Leech. This makes its design applications numerous, and means concrete can be used as a bespoke design element to elevate your interiors.

1. Add color to bring energy to a concrete floor

a green colored concrete floor in a home

(Image credit: Hannelore Veelaert. Design: Design Studio Kleok)

Did you know that you could install concrete floors in different colors? This is generally done by using concrete stains, which are pigments that penetrate and color an existing concrete floor, or by including color in the mix before a new concrete floor is laid.

In this modern home designed by Studio Kloek (opens in new tab)a green concrete floor has been used to turn this usually urban element into a biophilic design feature.

‘The color refers to the green color of plants, an unconscious link to nature,’ Pieter Cloeckaert, founder of Studio Kloek, tells us. ‘It is aesthetically beautiful because the dark green color matches with the existing old red brick color and the gold frames of the windows very well.’

The one back of stained concrete floors, in particular? They’re not as UV stable, so are best avoided outdoors and in areas with constant exposure to unfiltered natural light.

2. Embrace the imperfections for a wabi sabi style

a modern kitchen with a concrete floor

(Image credit: Ståle Eriksen. Design: Oliver Leech Architect)

If you’re seeking perfection, concrete flooring may not be the right fit for your home, as architect Oliver Leech (opens in new tab) . ‘Concrete is a porous material so it will never stay the same and receives marks stains easily, as well as showing the makers marks from the day it was poured and buffed,’ he explains. ‘The aesthetic is therefore less refined and evokes some of the wabi-sabi principles of transience and imperfection.’

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that looks to find beauty in the imperfect, and in this way, you can think about concrete floors as adding a natural patina to your home that lends its character and history, creating an on-trend modern rustic look .

Here, the concrete floor, topped with a light gray powder, balances out the warm textures of the kitchen. ‘We chose a gray smooth matt floor to act as a neutral backdrop to the more rough textured oak cabinetry, and the more tactile timber façade,’ Oliver tells us.

3. Make concrete floors an eco feature

a house with speckled concrete flooring

(Image credit: Jade Cantwell. Design: Altereco Design)

Architects have a complicated relationship with concrete when it comes to sustainable living. Cement is a huge producer of CO2 emissions, however, it’s only a component of concrete, and when used thoughtfully, its durable, long-lasting nature means that it can be a worthy trade-off in the long run compared to alternatives. Plus, designers often use concrete flooring as a way to contribute to a home’s heating mix, reducing its energy requirements.

‘As designers we are always looking for a passive solar opportunity,’ James Goodlet, director of Altereco Design (opens in new tab), tells us of this modern home in Victoria, Australia. ‘Although tricky to achieve on this site (with a south-facing backyard) the opportunity did present itself.’

This design feature relies on concrete’s ability to absorb and disperse heat. ‘The courtyard between the old and new made it possible to incorporate 3m tall north facing windows,’ James explains. ‘The sunlight floods the living space landing directly on the polished concrete slab which is a thermal mass, absorbing the heat, warming the internal space.’

4. Mix types of flooring for a modern home

a split concrete floor design

(Image credit: Tatjana Plitt. Design: BENT Architecture)

Concrete floors can appear monolithic – seamless interventions into a space that unites a floorplan with a common flooring. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to combine floor types to zone a room in different ways, or to add interesting design details.

In this space, for example, a polished concrete floor meets an exterior brick tile, which extends into the home from the outdoor patio. ‘The living spaces are designed to be an extension of the garden,’ explains Paul Porjazoski of BENT Architecture (opens in new tab), ‘and transitioning materials such as brick paving from outside to inside reinforces this connection.’ The concrete floor extends through the rest of the living spaces in this single-story home.

5. Use concrete as one element of your flooring

a living room with a concrete plinth floor

(Image credit: Gus MacDonald. Design: The Stylesmiths)

For another take on combining styles of flooring, this project sees a polished concrete plinth used under a modern fireplace, that also forms flooring for the adjacent stairs.

‘In this project the concrete plinth was existing,’ explains The Stylesmiths (opens in new tab)‘David Puckering, lead designer of this inviting home. ‘It actually extends to become a part of the stairs in the hallway, a unique architectural detail that connects the entryway to the living space.’

With its colorful furnishings, this space goes to prove the versatility of including polished concrete in a modern design. ‘Polished concrete is a beautiful, organic material that suits many interior styles so it was easy to integrate into this colorful living room, offsetting the softness of plush furnishings and providing structure to delineate the space,’ David explains. ‘Practical also, it provided the perfect heat-resistant foundation for the new wood fireplace.’

6. Choose a style with exposed aggregate

a modern home with an exposed aggregate concrete floor

(Image credit: Jack Lovel. Design: Bryant Alsop)

There are other options for your concrete floor, especially if you’re after a more decorative look. Exposed aggregate floors, which have been ground down to reveal materials floating in the concrete mix, offer a modern speckled finish, similar in effect to traditional terrazzo flooring.

The benefits are not only in the aesthetic. If you’re worried about the effects of wear and tear on a concrete floor, this style of concrete will disguise the least desirable signs of its ongoing patina such as scratches and stains.

7. Use across split levels

a modern living space with concrete floors

(Image credit: Tatjana Plitt. Design: Poly Studio)

The seamless quality of concrete flooring makes it a useful choice in a home with various level changes, streamlining the design for a sleeker look. In this home by Poly Studios, a staggered floor plan helps to demarcate the open plan kitchen from the living space.

‘In selecting polished concrete for the flooring, we were drawn to its durability, its thermal mass properties and the material character with its inherent variation of aggregate exposure,’ architect Daniel Wolkenberg of Poly Studio (opens in new tab) tell us ‘It provided a monolithic base to the house, beyond a single floor plane, and was formed into multiple level changes which help to articulate a large space.’

8. Choose a darker shade

Casa C living room area

(Image credit: Serena Eller Vainicher)

Mid-tone concrete floors are the standard for many homes adopting this material – a classic aesthetic that you can’t go wrong with. However, by shifting the tone of your concrete you can also shift its design language.

In this project by architect Alvisi Kirimoto (opens in new tab)a dark gray concrete floor has the texture you’d expect, but shifts the space away from this material’s overt industrial connotations, while embracing its modern qualities.

Are concrete floors good in a house?

Concrete floors work well for a home, however, it does have its limitations. While it is durable, polished concrete can scratch and stain, so in choosing it, you’ll have to also adopt a slightly different mindset where you embrace the patina of the floor.

It also needs to be used cautiously with underfloor heating, as sudden drastic temperature changes can cause cracks. You’ll need to set underfloor heating to turn on slowly when used with polished concrete floors.

This type of poured concrete also largely only works for rooms on ground or basement levels. For upper floors, an alternative like microcement is more practical.

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Wood floor types – designers on how to pick the right one https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/wood-floor-types-designers-on-how-to-pick-the-right-one/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 16:57:24 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=54905

Wood floor types come in a real range of styles, colors, material, grains and finishes, but whatever your choice, a wood floor is a classic flooring choice, creating a timeless look in your home that will withstand the test of time. Aside from the aesthetic of wooden flooring, a hardwood floor is hardwearing, taking the […]

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Wood floor types come in a real range of styles, colors, material, grains and finishes, but whatever your choice, a wood floor is a classic flooring choice, creating a timeless look in your home that will withstand the test of time.

Aside from the aesthetic of wooden flooring, a hardwood floor is hardwearing, taking the toll of daily use and spillages in a busy space, and can often improve with use and age, giving your flooring a rustic quality. Wood flooring is too long-lasting, while it is not totally waterproof, it can be water-resistant with adequate care, and investing in the right wood for your home will last a lifetime.

There are so many ways to make your wood flooring look distinct too, think about the lightness of finish, how you lay down the tiles to create patterns, from Herringbone to diagonal, to wide plank. Trend-wise, reclaimed, recycled and environmentally sustainable choices are popular for hardwood flooring too. Read on for our favorite wood floor type that you should recreate in your home.

What are the best wood floor types?

The best wood floor types are those that are hardwearing, durable and won’t wear down after heavy use. Flooring is also about aesthetic, and you want your wood floor to be beautiful so that once it’s laid down, it lasts for the rest of your time in the home. As well as the material, which can be anything from oak to walnut to engineered wood with a top coat made of wood, the best wood floor type is about gloss, stains, coloring and just as much about how you lay it. Read on for our favorite wood floor types.

1. White oak hardwood

A white oak floor with a warm stain

(Image credit: Phil Crozier. Design: Reena Sotropa In House Design Group)

White oak hardwood is a classic natural hardwood material that has been used in residential interiors for many years, but recent wood flooring trends has seen white oak hardwood used more and more. White oak is a great wood flooring idea as its attributes make it dense and exhibit a beautiful pronounced pattern and texture, which works well across all styles of home. Contrary to the name, white oak is a mix of browns and tans. White oak is a domestic hardwood, meaning it is grown in North America and is pretty affordable, especially when compared to its sister wood species like walnut and cherry.

‘Now more than ever, white oak is having a moment in terms of current design trends,’ says Reena Sotropa of the Reena Sotropa In House Design Group (opens in new tab). ‘White oak takes any color of stain beautifully and is a popular choice with homewoners,’ she adds. The oak is relatively neutral in color and its ability to take on stains makes it a versatile choice for customizing the look to suit your home. The above example is a white oak hardwood floor with a stain, giving it a warm aesthetic that takes away from the stark white of the kitchen.

2. Engineered wood flooring

A kitchen floor made from engineered wood

(Image credit: Ståle Eriksen. Design: Davide di Martino)

For an inexpensive floor that gives the wooden effect, engineered wood flooring is made from a mixture of materials like wood fibres, sawdust and chemicals. A top layer of real wood is then stuck to the top. The flooring is good because of its sustainability credential, while it provides good performance in extra wear and splash resistance. Meanwhile, solid wood floorboard are made from solid planks of hardwood.

‘Usually, the oil-based finish has an outer layer that is hardened to give extra wear and splash resistance. Additionally, this also allows easy maintenance while offering a great range of color and texture selection to match with the interior.’ says Thomas Barstow, architect at Unagru (opens in new tab)who designed this space.

‘Engineered wood is a great option,’ adds Katie Hudghton of Ted Todd (opens in new tab), the company that produced this engineered wood plank liquorice in this home. ‘Easy to care for and can handle marks and scratches from pets and busy family lifestyles, while still providing the intimate individual details of real wood.’

The longevity engineered wood provides also means you won’t need to redo your kitchen flooring frequently, it will grow with your family and continue to look smart.

3. Maple wood flooring

A maple wooden floor in a kitchen

(Image credit: Phil Crozier. Design: Reena Sotropa In House Design Group)

For a richer, earthier look, a maple floor is a great choice and one of the harder wood species. Of all the wood types, maple is dense, meaning it is hard to stain and resulting in possible inconsistencies, but this is part of its charm, and it is great for those high-traffic areas. It’s also more affordable than oak, meaning its a good choice for those on a budget who want that long-lasting floor.

‘When refinishing existing maple floors, we have found that our clients are often looking for a richer color and wanting to play down the variation between the boards as much as possible,’ says Reena Sotropa, who used maple in this kitchen.

4. Walnut flooring

A walnut floor

(Image credit: Phil Crozier. Design: Reena Sotropa In House Design Group)

A beautiful wood floor option and arguably one of the most classic wood finishes, walnut is highly prized for its dark, luxurious look and its sustainability, being that walnut trees are the only trees that are grown in Britain which produce naturally dark hardwood timber, so they are a sustainable alternative to cutting down tropical timber. Walnut is also characterized by its rich dark nuttiness and chocolate tones, giving any room a dramatically dark floor.

Walnut is, however, naturally softer and much more susceptible to damage than other types of wood flooring and is not recommended in areas of the home where durability is a priority.

5. Laminate wood flooring

Laminate kitchen flooring

(Image credit: Lifestyle Floors)

While not technically wood flooring, if you’re after the wooden floor look, but are on a budget or are minding your sustainability credentials, laminate flooring in the style of wood can be a great option.

Given laminate’s affordability, it’s been around for so long that it has a huge range of styles and looks, and you can recreate any type of wood flooring, color, and layout style you wish.

‘Laminate flooring is a great option for anyone who wants to get that real hardwood look for a fraction of the price, and it can bring warmth and coziness to a space that can easily look and feel quite cold,’ says Marc Husband of Leader Floors (opens in new tab). ‘Laminate flooring is hard-wearing and highly durable when properly cared for, which is ideal for a room with such a high daily footfall like a kitchen.’

6. Wood flooring color

A blue painted stairway flooring

(Image credit: Little Greene)

A painted wooden floor is a type you might be seeing more and more, with all the color qualities of wood but with a splash of color. Your choice will depend on personal style, but one floor paint idea that is popular is a bright white, giving a Scandinavian interior design look. But avoid white floorboards in busy areas as the pristine look won’t last in a space that is high traffic. Darker paints can create a dramatic effect, but again can really show up dirt and spillages. If you’re going for the painted floor look, stick to hallways and bedrooms.

In terms of the best wood floor color, ‘If your goal is to brighten a dark room, white floor paint creates a greater sense of scale in a space,’ says Camilla Clarke, Creative Director at Albion Nord (opens in new tab). ‘Use floor paint to help create more light in a poorly-lit room. This solution is ideal for small rooms or rooms with few windows.’

7. Parquet, patterns and planks

Parquet flooring in a traditional Parisian apartment

(Image credit: Kasha Paris)

Parquet wood flooring is still extremely popular. Popular in the seventeenth century, and often found in grand estates and the likes of Versailles, parquet is associated with luxury and opulence. It may have had its heyday centuries ago, but it’s still a fashionable fixture in kitchens and living rooms, and is comprised of small blocks of solid timber, laid in a pattern, like this style from Kasha Paris (opens in new tab).

In terms of parquet patterns you can achieve with wood flooring, there really are ample options. From chevron to checkerboard, to geometric to hexparket, there are so many different styles that give your wooden floor that extra bit of personality.

The timeless Herringbone pattern is probably the most popular look of them all, bringing the allure of French flooring into your home and reminiscent of Parisian style decor.

As with solid hardwood boards, parquet flooring can be complex and expensive for those fitting at home, and you can recreate the look for cheaper with luxury vinyl tiles.

When it comes to cleaning your parquet floor, for sealed parquet flooring, use a mop, water and cleaners that are designed for parquet and gently scrub.

When laying your timber blocks, you might also want to consider plank flooring. ‘As well as Herringbone, which is here to stay, plank is really popular which suits the Scandinavian and Japandi style well, making rooms feel longer and wider.’

8. Gloss and stains

The Stylesmiths

(Image credit: Marnie Hawson)

Using stains to seal and polish natural wood flooring helps preserve the wood, adds a shine to your flooring, and can really emphasize the richness of the color. Dark wood stains have a luxurious quality, like this dazzling floor from The Stylesmiths.

In terms of trends, a light or white colored wood floor stain is popular. ‘We’re seeing a huge push for white and light colored wood flooring at the moment and it is a trend that is set to stay through until next year,’ says Katie Hudghton at Ted Todd (opens in new tab)luxury wooden floor specialists.

‘Lighter flooring allows light to bounce around a room, which can make rooms feel bigger and brighter. White, gray and light flooring pairs well with a range of styles and cabinetry colours, especially with the dark kitchen trend that’s popular at the moment,’ she says.

‘Also, the higher the gloss, the more resilient your wood floor will be,’ adds Camilla of Albion Nord.

Remember that stain colors look different on different types of wood, so test your stain out on a corner of your chosen wood before applying it to the whole project.

What room does wood flooring work well in?

Wood flooring’s durability means that it is a solid choice of flooring across the home, whether it’s a high traffic area like a kitchen or a bathroom, or a relaxing space where the priority is creating a warm and inviting aesthetic.

‘We currently have several projects that have either hardwood flooring in the kitchen, or they have added single plank hardwood floors,’ says Christian Ladd of Christian Ladd Interiors (opens in new tab). ‘There is something warm and soft about wood flooring in a kitchen and it’s surprisingly functional – you’re less likely to shatter a dropped dish on a hardwood floor than tile or marble.’

Water is an issue for hardwood flooring though, so consider how much moisture a room gets. ‘While suitable for other areas where water is present, like the kitchen, it doesn’t work as an option for a bathroom,’ says Barrie Cutchie of bathroom specialists, BC Designs (opens in new tab). ‘For it to be suitable, they have to be perfectly installed and perfectly sealed from the moisture, and this is almost impossible. If hardwood floor isn’t fitted correctly, water will penetrate, and they will rot eventually.’ he adds

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9 Types of Floor Options for Your Home https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/9-types-of-floor-options-for-your-home/ Tue, 16 Aug 2022 16:56:37 +0000 https://homeimprovementnewsjournal.com/?p=54806

Few features in the home combine form and function quite like flooring. You literally walk all over it, yet it’s also a crucial design element, every bit as visually impactful as paint colors and furniture. Then there’s the size of the investment, especially if you’re redoing the floors throughout your entire home. “It’s not far […]

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Few features in the home combine form and function quite like flooring. You literally walk all over it, yet it’s also a crucial design element, every bit as visually impactful as paint colors and furniture. Then there’s the size of the investment, especially if you’re redoing the floors throughout your entire home. “It’s not far behind the cost of a new car or all new kitchen appliances, but most people aren’t armed with nearly as much information,” says Carol Swedlow, President of Aronson’s Floor Covering, which has been selling all manner of flooring out of its New York City showroom since 1867.

The Good Housekeeping Institute has been around since 1900, and our experts have long appreciated the importance of flooring to a home’s look and functionality. We’ve rigorously tested timeless materials like wood and stone, along with newer alternatives like vinyl and engineered wood flooring, both of which came about in the 1970s. More recently, our experts have followed the rise in popularity of even more materials, including concrete and wood-look porcelain.

Our ultimate flooring guide walks you through all the options, including pros, cons and basic pricing information for the best types of flooring for your home. Keep in mind that most houses feature multiple flooring materials, depending on the room and your needs. Our advice on that front hasn’t changed in over a hundred years: Spend more on the high-traffic, high-visibility areas of your home, and choose lower-cost, durable materials everywhere else.

Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood flooring confers warmth and authenticity.

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There are two main types of hardwood flooring: solid wood flooring, which as the name implies consists of a one solid piece of wood, and engineered wood flooring, in which a thin veneer of real wood is bonded to layers of structural plywood. Both types come in up to fifty species, with some of the most popular options being oak, ash, maple and walnut.

  • Pros: The warmth and beauty of hardwood flooring explains its enduring appeal. Since the material can be sanded and refinished multiple times (especially solid wood versions) a well-maintained hardwood floor can last for decades, or even centuries.
  • Cons: The biggest downside is cost. Though some species are less expensive than others, wood flooring tends to be the most expensive. It’s also subject to dents and scratches, plus solid flooring in particular will expand and contract with changes in humidity levels, leading to cracks, splinters and squeaky boards (engineered flooring does much better with moisture, making it suitable to kitchens and basements).
  • Cost: Solid wood flooring, $5 to $10 per square foot, installed; Engineered wood flooring, $4 to $9 per square foot, installed.

    Laminate Flooring

    a professional install planks of laminate flooring with a wood pattern

    Laminate flooring adheres easily to subfloors.

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    Laminate is another engineered product, though instead of a veneer of wood on top, it uses a photo of wood (or stone or any other material) and adds a protective plastic coating. The substrate of laminate flooring typically consists of dense fiberboard.

    • Pros: The plastic topcoat is extremely resistant to scratches and dents, making laminate one of the most durable flooring options. It’s also among the least expensive and it often comes as a DIY-friendly “floating” floor system, with planks that snap together, instead of having to be nailed or glued down.
    • Cons: Not many people will mistake laminate flooring for real wood or stone. It tends to have a plastic feel and sound underfoot, and the repetition of patterns can give away its fakeness. Laminate can never be refinished, so it’s not a forever floor. And the use of formaldehyde and other chemicals in the manufacturing process makes it a less healthy and less sustainable choice.
    • Cost: $3 to $7 per square foot, installed.

      Vinyl Flooring

      luxury vinyl planks use pictures of real wood to make them almost indistinguishable from the real thing

      Luxury vinyl tiles are hard to tell apart from real wood.

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      Also known as resilient flooring, vinyl is the fastest-growing category of flooring. It ranges from inexpensive, DIY-friendly peel-and-stick tiles to so-called luxury vinyl tile (or LVT, for short) which consists of multiple layers, including a design layer with a high-definition printed image, a durable top layer and several cushion layers.

      • Pros: Entry-level sheet vinyl is very affordable. All vinyl resists stains, scratches and dents, plus its waterproof, making it safe for basements and bathrooms. Installation is easy, particularly for adhesive tiles and floating planks. LVT is a thick, sturdy tile that has the look and feel of real wood. In fact, our product experts often have trouble distinguishing LVT from solid wood in tests.
      • Cons: Though patterns and color options have improved, even LVT is still a far cry from real wood or stone, so it will never pass muster with the purists. It can’t be refinished, meaning once it does begin to wear out, the only choice is a full replacement. LVT is also surprisingly expensive, often rivaling the cost of real wood.
      • Cost: $2 to $6 per square foot, installed.

        Carpet

        a blue area carpet adds color and softness to a living room

        Carpet softens any room, in the color of your choice

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        Though carpet has been losing market share to resilient flooring, it’s still the biggest flooring category in the U.S. Most carpet sold in this country is tufted, with small, usually nylon fibers poking up through a backing that’s typically made of polyurethane. Then there’s woven carpet, which is more common in Europe and is made by weaving lengths of yarn that is usually made of wool. Woven carpet is several times more expensive than tufted carpet.

        • Pros: Carpet is the most comfortable and cost-effective flooring material and it’s available in a wide range of colors and patterns. It installs easily and carpet is easy to maintain, requiring just regular vacuuming. Stain-resistant versions are even easier to keep clean.
        • Cons: The main knock against carpet is that it holds dirt and dust, which can be particularly unpleasant for allergy sufferers. Woven carpet is much better at resisting this, since its construction doesn’t create places for dirt to hide. Wool is also anti-static, so it doesn’t attract dust the way nylon tufted carpets will.
        • Cost: $3 to $10 per square foot, installed.

          Stone Flooring

          large format stone tiles lend a contemporary feel in a bedroom

          Stone flooring can add value to your home.

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          Like wood, stone is another timeless flooring material that almost always adds value to the home. Three types of stone are used for flooring. Sedimentary stones like travertine and limestone are formed by layers of dissolved minerals and marine organism. Igneous stone like granite is the result of extreme heat and volcanic action. Metamorphic stone like marble and slate has changed from one state to another under extreme heat and pressure.

          • Pros: Because no two stones are the same, stone flooring has tons of character and uniqueness. Stone is also a durable material that can withstand heavy foot traffic and fading under intense sunlight. It also keeps the dust and allergens at bay.
          • Cons: You’ll pay a premium for most stone flooring and it requires professional installation. Stone floors aren’t soft underfoot and dropped dish ware is almost certain to break when dropped on it. Many types of stone floors require sealing to resist stains.
          • Cost: $3 to $7 per square foot, installed.

            Concrete Flooring

            a living room with a polished concrete floor

            Concrete floors with a polished finish have a singular look.

            Andreas von Einsiedel

            This basic building material has been seized by high-end builders and designers as a fashion-forward material for floors, as well as kitchen countertops. A poured-in-place concrete floor can be the expected shade of institutional gray or it can be colored with dyes. It can also take on different surface treatments, from acid stains to rubber-stamp stencils, creating a truly one-of-a-kind effect.

            • Pros: Besides its uniqueness, concrete floors are durable and easy to maintain, assuming they’re properly sealed during installation. The material conducts heat well, so concrete floors are a good option if you’re planning on radiant heating, whereby hot water tubes are embedded in the floors during the installation process.
            • Cons: Since it’s basically a custom product, concrete floors are pricey and require professional installation. The rock-hard material is also unforgiving, and it needs to be resealed every year or so to prevent stains.
            • Cost: $3 to $8 per square foot, installed

              Tile Flooring

              water proof ceramic tile flooring with a mosaic pattern is used for a bathroom floor

              Water-proof tile is ideal for bathrooms.

              Oscar Wong

              There are two main types of tile flooring: ceramic and porcelain. Ceramic is typically made from a mixture of water and sand, making it softer yet more affordable. Porcelain is made from a finer, denser clay and fired at a higher temperature, so it’s naturally harder and less porous.

              • Pros: Tile floors have a classic look and they’ll available in countless colors and design configurations, from mosaic to large-format tiles with minimal grout lines. All tile is water-proof and low-maintenance. Porcelain tile is extremely hard-wearing and resistant to scratches and dents.
              • Cons: Difficult installation is the biggest drawback. The tiles are typically laid in mortar over a smooth, stable substrate; unless you’re a very experienced DIYer, the project is best left to a professional. Porcelain tile is also on the pricey side, ab0ut the same as solid wood flooring.
              • Cost: $4 to $15 per square foot, installed.

                Cork Flooring

                a boy plays with magnetic constructor in children room sitting on cork floor

                Soft, forgiving cork flooring is great for kids.

                Olga Khorkova / EyeEm

                Another niche flooring product, cork is a renewable material that’s made from harvesting the bark of cork trees. It has its fans (Swedlow calls it “the best stuff on earth”), but it’s a category with a particularly wide range in quality, so it’s best to source it from a specialized flooring dealer who can help steer you to a top-performing line.

                • Pros: Cork’s light, airy quality makes it one of the most comfortable flooring materials. It’s also water-resistant and doesn’t become slippery when wet, making it suitable to kitchens and bathrooms. Cork is non-toxic and eco-friendly.
                • Cons: The material is prone to fading under intense sunlight. Cheaper versions will damage easily, showing scratches from heavy foot traffic, furniture and pets.
                • Cost: $5 to $14 per square foot, installed.

                  Linoleum Flooring

                  a linoleum flooring with a checkerboard pattern has retro appeal

                  A linoleum flooring with a checkerboard pattern has retro appeal.

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                  This all-natural flooring is made from linseed oil and wood products. Like vinyl, it is sold in tiles or sheets, though it’s not nearly as common as its resilient cousin. “It tends to be a more sophisticated customer who is putting linoleum in their kitchen, bathroom, or maybe a new home gym,” says Swedlow.

                  • Pros: The sustainable appeal is a huge selling point, along with linoleum’s uniqueness and retro charm. The latest versions come in many more styles and colors than years past. Linoleum also has a softness underfoot that makes it very comfortable, and it resists fading from sunlight.
                  • Cons: Linoleum is not as durable as vinyl. It’s prone to wearing under heavy foot traffic and it can scratch and dent easily. Applying a wax finish will help protect the surface, but that adds to the maintenance.
                  • Cost: $3 to $7 per square foot, installed.

                    How we chose the best flooring

                    Our experts are always paying attention to the marketplace to identify the flooring materials you’re most likely to find at home centers, independent showrooms and online. We also regularly attend trade shows and industry events, including Surfaces, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builders Show, to keep up with all the latest trends and innovations.

                    a good housekeeping expert performs stain testing on a variety of flooring samples

                    To measure stain resistance, we apply mustard, chocolate, wine and more, leave them overnight, and then see how easily the stains wipe up with a cleaner and cloth.

                    Philip Friedman

                    When it comes to hands-on testing, we focus on brands with a proven track record for performance and reliability. In our Labs, we run stain tests to determine how well a material resists mustard, wine and the like. We also run abrasion tests to make sure materials can withstand scratches and drop tests to measure their resistance to dings and dents. Our engineers review technical data from the manufacturers related to performance, safety and sustainability. Finally, whenever possible, we use the flooring materials for actual installations at consumer testers’ homes to see how they perform under real-world conditions.

                    an expert at the good housekeeping institute uses an abrasion machine to test flooring's scratch resistance

                    Our experts use an abrasion machine to test flooring’s scratch resistance.

                    Philip Friedman

                    What to consider when choosing flooring for your home?

                    Many homeowners focus on the look and price of flooring, without thinking through what it will be like to live with the material over the long term. Here are the factors you need to weigh to make the smart decision.

                    ✔ Comfort: What will it be like standing on the floor for long stretches of time? Flooring materials that offer a softness underfoot, like cork and vinyl tile, will be much more comfortable than those that are rock hard, like concrete, stone and porcelain. Especially in rooms where you do a lot of standing — think kitchen and laundry room, for example —comfort is critical.

                    ✔ Maintenance: Most floors look fabulous when they’re first installed. How hard are you going to have to work to keep them looking that way for years and even decades? Vinyl, laminate and engineered wood are extremely easy to care for. Materials that need to be sealed, like stone and linoleum, are much higher maintenance.

                    ✔ Health and sustainability: Some floors are better for you and for the planet. As a rule, the fewer synthetic materials they contain, the better. That’s why solid wood flooring is a better option than engineered or laminate. Likewise, all-natural linoleum and cork are superior to vinyl. Wood flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative comes from responsibly managed forests. Resilient flooring with the industry’s FloorScore certification will off-gas relatively low levels of volatile organic compound, or VOCs.

                    What’s the best place to shop for flooring?

                    Flooring in all its various forms is primarily sold at home centers and specialty flooring retailers. If you’re working with a contractor or installer, it probably makes sense to purchase your flooring through them, since they’ll get it at a lower professional rate. Be sure to leave plenty of lead time. “Like most things these days, the flooring industry is experiencing some challenges with the supply chain,” says Brett Miller of National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).

                    Inflation and supply chain issues are making it harder to price out the project. “Costs for hardwood flooring like oak and maple are still elevated, with manufacturers facing prices 38% higher than at the start of the pandemic,” explains Mischa Fisher, chief economist at ANGI, the home services provider. “Because of the price volatility, it’s always a good idea for consumers to shop around for multiple prices and quotes from installers. Periods of high volatility may produce a wide range of possible prices in the market.”

                    Here are the top places to shop:

                    ✔ Home Depot: With some 2,300 locations nationwide, the biggest home center carries a wide range of flooring materials at competitive prices. Whether you want solid, engineered, laminate or faux-wood flooring, you’ll find it at the Home Depot, along with various financing options and installation services.

                    ✔ Lowe’s: The country’s second biggest home center is another safe bet for all kinds of wood flooring. Its service offerings are even more robust, including in-home flooring measurements, design consults, professional installation and free shipping on flooring samples.

                    ✔ LL Flooring: Formerly known as Lumber Liquidators, LL Flooring has more than 400 locations across 47 states, plus an excellent website that makes it easy to find the right flooring and receive up to four free samples. In 2015, the company announced that it would stop selling vinyl flooring with phthalates; today its vendors are required to meet stringent GREENGUARD Gold or FloorScore certification standards for indoor air quality.

                    ✔ Floor & Décor:Though LL Flooring has the most locations, Floor & Décor sells the most flooring, so you’re guaranteed to find a wide selection of floors at all price points. The site has an extensive library of virtual how-to clinics, for those looking to save by installing their flooring themselves.

                    ✔ Independent dealers: Specialty retailers like Aronsons tend to have very knowledgeable salespeople, along with a network of installers, so they can guide you through every step of the process. However, they tend to cater to higher-end customers, making them less ideal for budget shopper.

                    ✔ Local mills: If you’re in the market for wood floors, buying direct from your local lumber mills cuts out the middleman, leading to potentially better prices. Also, most mills will let you see the manufacturing process, so you know exactly what you’re getting and also where the wood is sourced.

                    Why trust Good Housekeeping?

                    The Good Housekeeping Institute Home Improvement Lab provides expert reviews and advice on all things home-related, including the best paints for cabinets, decking materials and more. As the director of the Home Improvement & Outdoor Lab, Dan DiClerico brings more than 20 years of experience to the Institute, reviewing thousands of products for Good Housekeeping and previously for This Old House and Consumer Reports. He has also helped install and restore many floors over the years — most recently, the hardwood floors at his own home in Brooklyn, NY.

                    For this report, Dan worked closely with the Institute’s Chief Technologist & Director of Engineering Rachel Rothman, who oversaw the testing protocol for flooring. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about products across the home improvement space. Like Dan, she has plenty of real-world experience, both with her own projects and those she advises on at the homes of consumer testers.


                    Home Improvement & Outdoor Director
                    Dan DiClerico has written about home improvement for more than 20 years, including countless how-to articles and product reviews, ranging from appliances to smart home technology.

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