Inspiring Flooring Design for Your New Home
By Jason Phillips, Originally Published in Buildipedia
Flooring choices vary widely, from inlaid woods as shown here, to cork and linoleum.
One of the best ways to create visual impact and really complete a room
is to choose a floor that you love. No matter what look you’re going
for, you'll find plenty of durable, inspiring floor designs that can add
an overall sense of beauty to your house. Let’s look at a few.
You’ll want to consider several factors before you settle on a
flooring material. Think about the primary use of the room and whether
it will be a high-traffic area. Some flooring types, like pine wood, are
better suited to areas with low traffic because they are softer and
can’t always stand up to constant barrages of feet and can dent if
furniture is moved across them.
Also, think about utility. How often will you have to clean the area?
For example, if you’re looking to tile a kitchen floor, consider that
kitchens can get very messy. Do you want to be putting new coats of
grout sealer on the floor year after year? Do you mind getting down on
your hands and knees to dig out crumbs that have been ground into the
grout? Keep your answers in mind as you search for flooring.
The traditional lookIf your home is going to be somewhat traditional,
hardwood is always a good choice. It comes in a variety of woods and
options and truly looks great in any style of home, not just traditional
residential architecture. A great alternative to hardwood is EcoTimber, which is a recycled
wood product that is very durable and looks just like hardwood flooring.
This is a great choice if you want something a little more socially
The modern look
For a more modern look, try bamboo flooring, which consists of planks
made of compressed bamboo (which is actually a rapidly growing grass).
Floors made of bamboo are typically made in very eco-friendly ways and
don’t release VOCs or formaldehyde into your living environment. Bamboo
will add warmth to any room, and it comes in a variety of colors to suit
your decorating scheme. It adds a little bit more visual interest than
regular hardwood because it has naturally occurring detailed patterns
that can be seen through wood stains.
If you want something really unique, cork flooring might be a good
option for you. Cork is made from the bark of the cork tree and is
considered a renewable resource. It has great thermal qualities, meaning
that it will keep your home insulated at whatever temperature you want.
It won’t let heat slip away and it’ll stay cool when you have your
air conditioner running. As an added bonus, cork is hypoallergenic and
also insect- and fire-resistant. That means no termites and an extra layer of protection. You definitely don’t want your new home to succumb to bugs or fire.
A more natural look
Looking for another natural choice? You might like Marmoleum. It is a
natural form of linoleum made from linseed oil, wood flour, rosin,
limestone, and jute and is much more Earth-friendly than typical vinyl
or linoleum flooring. The great thing about Marmoleum is that it’s
available in almost any color and pattern that you can imagine.
Laying a Marmoleum floor is a great way to customize your home with a
very durable material. Marmoleum makes it a little easier to add some
fun with a pop of color. It’s also a prudent option for bathrooms. Where
hardwood would rot and tiles might become grimy, Marmoleum is
antimicrobial so it won’t harbor mold and dirt. It’s exceptionally easy
to clean as well.
August 29, 2013