Monday, October 11, 2010

Finding Your Favorite Floor

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When you decorate a room, you usually think about your color scheme, the furniture, accessories and furnishings such as curtains and wall-decorations, the type of paint or wallpaper you will use, and the lighting. But what about the floor? That is often a part of a room that gets very neglected. After all, you may think, who cares about the floor? Is anyone looking at it anyway?

In fact, if you think this way you are quite mistaken. The kind of flooring that you have can make a huge difference to a room. For example, if you have a large, drafty room, you will find that a stone floor will make it feel much colder. Therefore, you are much better off either fitting a soft, thick pile carpet or even a wooden floor to make it feel warmer. On the other hand, if you visit a hot country, you will probably find that the floors are made from marble or stone, which cools down a hot, stuffy room. In Asian countries, you will find bamboo rugs or tatami mats to soften a wooden floor.

Another feature about flooring is that it can add the finishing touch to the look of a room. For example, no matter what kind of flooring you have, if the floor in any room is dirty or cluttered, the rest of the room can have beautiful, immaculate furniture, but the room will look terrible. On the other hand, if the floor is spotlessly clean, even if the sofas are piled with clutter the room still looks orderly.

If we take this idea a little further, if you are trying to achieve a very elegant, sophisticated look, maybe with some antique vases or terracotta, Italian marble will add the finishing touches. On the other hand, if you want a minimalist look, a plain wooden floor, maybe with a small contemporary rug, will do the job.

You don’t have to stick with a single kind of flooring either. For example, you may want to use a carpet with contrasting area rug on top, or have a wooden floor with some rugs here and there. The great thing, in fact, about area rugs is that you can move them around whenever you want if you wish to vary the look of the room. You are also not bound to one color or style all the time.

Another factor to consider is the use of the room. For example, in the bathroom, you may prefer tiles or linoleum to carpet or wood because of the constant exposure to water. You need materials that will not be damaged by moisture and are easily cleaned. In the kitchen, you will need materials that are both water and heat resistant because of the presence of your oven and other appliances. They should also be easily washed due to the many accidental spills that occur in most family kitchens.

So when you are designing or decorating a room, think of the flooring that is the best for you in terms of price range, look, usage, and conditions of the room, and you will see that the right choice will make all the difference.
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