Actually, the trends in flooring have been pretty consistent over the years. Homeowners seem to like hard surfaces like wood and tile but the softer options like carpeting are also still very popular and gaining in popularity. Each approach has plusses and minuses, read on to learn more. Today we are focusing primarily on the harder options like wood.
If you think of your room as a six-sided cube, the floor will automatically become a part of the decorative scheme, serving as the anchor for everything which goes above it. Most (but by no means all) rooms have two floor coverings, one hard and one soft. The choice of a particular type of flooring is determined by how you plan on using the room. Hard floor coverings are divided into two groups: rigid and resilient.
Hard Surface Flooring Options
Hallways, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms all call for particular types of floor coverings. In fact, every room in your house has a hard surface flooring, which is either rigid or resilient, depending on the amount of wear and tear to which the room will be subjected.
Rigid flooring includes both soft and hard wood, marble, stone, brick, terrazzo, and mosaic and ceramic tile. Resilient flooring, which affords a certain amount of springiness, includes vinyl tile, rubber tile, cork tile, and linoleum. Here are just a few of the options available to you:
Brick – Brick can be used with great success in country kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms. Brick is also excellent for the floor of a hall, vestibule, sun porch, lanai, or patio, as well as for garden paths.
Terrazzo – Terrazzo (poured concrete made with chips of marble) was developed by the Romans and used extensively by them in private and public buildings. It is practical for halls and bathrooms and for other areas which get a great deal of wear. Although not used today as often as it was 20 years ago, it is relatively inexpensive and very durable.
Mosaic and ceramic tile – Floors with mosaic tile use designs created with colored chips of stone, glass, or marble. In Roman times, mosaic-tiled floors also served as heating devices. Underneath the floor, there was a network of small canals through which, in winter, hot water was sluiced to keep the occupants of the house warm. However, you probably don’t have a canal under your home…lol
In recent years, there has been a renaissance in the use of ceramic tile due to new colors and patterns. Used formerly only in bathrooms and kitchens, tile is now finding its way into the rest of the
Hardwood floors – Nothing is more attractive than a large expanse of well-polished hardwood flooring, whether oak, maple, birch, beech, or pecan. The best approach for using hardwood floors is to stain them dark brown or brown-black. Dark floors are an ideal base for a colored carpet or an Oriental rug.
Softwood floors – Softwood floors of pine or other wood are usually found in older homes. Such floors are worth preserving, as they are not easily come by today. Keep them well polished.
The type of flooring you choose is going to stay with you for 10-20 years. Before you buy, or make a decision, make sure you do your research, weigh the pros and cons. And make a choice that you will still be happy with years from now.