Flooring ideas for every room

Flooring options for your home are best based on function, looks and your lifestyle. In the kitchen, hardwood flooring and tile flooring are popular choices, but you might want to consider cork flooring which has a similar finish to laminate is virtually nonabsorbent and moisture-proof.

Dining rooms are often next to the kitchen, so it makes sense to simply extend that flooring. If you want to make a statement in a guest room or study, hardwood wood floors in dark, rich colors help make that statement. Consider throwing a warm, colorful area rug on top with a defined texture to up the coziness factor.

Carpeting helps keep kids safe in play rooms, and is a great choice in media rooms where acoustics matter. Flooring options for living rooms are many and should match the style of the house. Hardwood is timeless, and slate, terra cotta and carpet are also good choices. Ceramic tile, sealed natural stone or marble are good choices for the bathroom.

Before installing any flooring in the basement, make sure there are no moisture issues with the concrete slab. If there are, resilient vinyl floors are often used in because vinyl is unaffected by moisture and is low maintenance. Engineered wood or laminate flooring, above a moisture barrier, will also work. If moisture isn't an issue, carpet will help keep the room warm.

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