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How to Choose Flooring in Every Room

Use these ideas to choose flooring in your rooms

The flooring in your home needs to be stylish as well as must be able to withstand all the wear and tear it encounters on a daily basis. The type of flooring depends upon the needs of your family and is also effected by the presence or absence of pets in your family. There are plenty of options for you to choose from and this article provides some good ideas which you can use to select the perfect flooring for each room in your house.

Read the complete to learn some great ideas for flooring in your house!

If your family tends to track in lots of mud and dirt:

Protect your mudroom — and ultimately the rest of your house — by putting down easy-to-clean flooring that will also catch dirt. Interior designer Julia Buckingham suggests porcelain or ceramic tiles, since they’re durable and low-maintenance. Simply sweep or vacuum them to clean up debris, and tackle bigger messes with a mop or Swiffer. A dark-colored sisal or sea grass rug over the tile can help trap (and hide) the dirt, she adds. Just beware: Tile can crack if you drop something on it, so caution is necessary. And white grout can become discolored if it’s not properly cleaned — but luckily, dark grout is pretty trendy right now.

If your kids act like little hurricanes in their playroom:

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Go for something that will be soft underfoot so kids can sit, lay, and play. “I suggest a low, tightly woven — almost industrial — loop or cut area rug or wall-to-wall carpet,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Home Appliances and Cleaning Products lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. “Look for something in an easy-to-clean fiber like polypropylene or nylon.” Buckingham also recommends the carpet tiles from Flor, which can be arranged in all sorts of sizes and patterns. “You build with individual tiles that can be easily cleaned or replaced,” she says.

If you entertain a lot and often use your dining room:

Hardwood wins here, too, and wear can add character over time. “The wood can always be refinished if necessary,” says Buckingham. You can also consider a dense area rug for under the table. They’re durable and easy to clean when spills happen — and you know they will.

If you have rambunctious pets:

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“Bamboo flooring or tiles hold up well if you have pets running around pets,” says Buckingham. Area rugs layered on top can easily be cleaned of pet hair and stains — and are easily replaced if necessary. Wall-to-wall carpeting can be more of a headache, but don’t rule it out if you love it. “It’s best to choose a cut pile versus loop carpet, so your pet’s nails don’t snag the loops and cause the carpet to wear faster,” she adds. Opt for a stain-resistant carpet and also be mindful of your color choice. If you have a pup or cat that sheds, consider choosing a hue that coordinates with his fur.

Author: Lisa Freedman

The complete article can be accessed here:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/decorating-ideas/tips/a32172/best-flooring-for-each-room/

 

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