How to Choose Flooring

Between the charm of the wooden floor, the warmth of the carpet and practicality of vinyl floor, it is not always easy to choose the flooring. It is important to clearly define the needs because each coating has its own characteristics.

Depending on the type of room and your budget, the below practices will helps you make the right choice.

Flooring: define its needs

Before starting your work, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you prefer the comfort or aesthetics?
  • How much time would you spend on maintenance of your flooring?
  • What are your habits?

If the room is damp or is likely to be stained by food, it is best to choose a tile floor or a plastic. You cannot install a floating floor if you have under floor heating because their principles are contradictory.

The question of the budget is also very important. The price range is considerable for different types of flooring starts from $4 to $600 per square meter or more. Remember to take this criterion into consideration while choosing the flooring.

Different types of floor covering

Parquet:

Noble and charming, this type of floor gives a stamp to an interior. The hardwood floors are expensive but there is a real investment in time.

If your budget is tight, you can choose a laminate floor with wood imitation as a cheaper option. An alternative option is to lay the laminate which consists of blades that fit into each other. It also put sub-layer insulation.

Although unlike the linoleum, we must add a touch of elbow grease to polish regularly in order to ensure its health and shine for a long time.

Tile:

The tile is also an easygoing flooring option. Luxury Tile cleans easily and can be disinfected thoroughly with detergent which is very important in rooms where perfect hygiene is necessary such as kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

  • Non-stick, tile can also be calmly tried as quickly cleaned.
  • Its natural insulating properties and combustible guard stops the spreading of fires.

PVC;

Floors made of flexible plastic replica were upgraded substantially and are now treated as stain and scratch resistant. They combine many advantages like:

  • Low cost.
  • Easy going and clean.
  • You can even find those commercially, soil PVC that mimic the floor or polished concrete.
  • The charm without drawbacks.

Despite an overall low cost, it is wise to invest in soil quality plastic. Thicker PVC gives you a feeling of better acoustic and thermal insulation. This is the ideal coating for places which are the most abused such as children’s rooms, entrances, kitchen, etc…

Carpet:

The carpet retains 10% more heat than other types of flooring. However, it keeps the dust between its fibers and should be avoided if any member of your family suffers from allergies. However, new carpets are treated well and do not attract more mites than traditional mattresses. The carpets provide good thermal and acoustic insulation.

A wool carpet is more durable and more comfortable but less easy to maintain. A synthetic carpet is less sensitive to crushing of the feet of furniture and less allergenic. However, it is reasonable to avoid carpets in rooms like the living room where the shod people or smokers may enter or stay.

Standards for flooring:

Each floor must meet a number of standards, imposed by the nature of environment. Remember to check compliance with these provisions:

  • Heat & fire resistance.
  • Easy to clean & maintain.
  • Household products, etc…

You can also check the level of slipperiness of the floor which could help you avoid many unfortunate waterfalls. Although the wooden flooring or PVC is recommended for better grip and to avoid such accidents.

How to mix vintage and modern styles in decorating?

You have furniture from different eras and you want your home to be as you are now, the result of different inspirations? So, you can create a personalized atmosphere in your home by mixing the styles on the condition that it should be done according to certain rules. You should not fall into the jumble of bad taste. All things must present a certain unity, created around a guideline (same color for example).

Also, we have to avoid too great contrasts, like a patterned sofa with a modern Chinese buffet Louis XVI. We also must know how to balance the things because the styles should always remain dominant and consistence. Central part of the house, the living room must first be a space that looks like us 100% to accommodate the people and things we love. A reception, but also a place of relaxation where one allows TV breaks, nap or play! In short, we want pleasant, warm and welcoming.

Home decoration

Find a unity between the different styles

It is important that the overall appearance of your room returns a sense of control of the design and not a pile of furniture arrived there by various accidents of life. When mixing styles, we risk falling into excess or is swayed by the crowding of disparate objects. Find a unit, whether in the lines, the colors or materials. Then you can easily incorporate elements vintage decoration and antique flea market in a modern design. For example, if it is done by keys that fit into the decor, the trick is to take a step back to your room and see if all seems harmonious.

Do not create too large contrasts

The former blends perfectly with the contemporary, a leather sofa associates well with a quite dining period. Similarly, the new modern design combines very well with the vintage. One can imagine designer chairs around a vintage table of even 50’s. Feel free to mix warm and cool colors, objects and ethnic baroque or even wood and metal. But do not create too great contrasts that attack the eyes and will not be elegant, like a huge sofa surrounded by small stools or chairs and old tapestry around a modern bistro table.

Add contrasting lines

If your furniture is mostly decorated with straight lines as is the case with industrial metal furniture, break that harmony with curved lines, e.g. adding a club chair all round. This creates a pleasant surprise for the eyes without overwhelming the decor. However, the dominant lines must be repeated mainly to preserve unity.

Maintain the same proportions for furniture

Try not to introduce a cabinet of gigantic proportions relative to the rest of the furniture at the risk of creating an unsightly effect. Similarly, do not introduce an element having a height very different from the rest. Grandfather’s Clock is the only substantive in a room where the furniture is to be decorated and can be put on the wall in front of giant sofa or aside of stereo-video installation to make it look more impressive.

Author Bio:

Author is writing on behalf of DP Doors, leading Indian manufacturers of wooden doors and modern home & office furniture.