Just over a year ago, we turned the house upside down and inside out for the exciting process of getting all new flooring in the house. It was a HUGE undertaking since I took advantage of the empty house to clean it from top to bottom. But when the new floors were installed and we were finished moving everything back in, it was like moving into a brand new house! Other than paint, I don’t think there’s a way to make such a dramatic difference in a home’s appearance than flooring.
How to Choose Flooring
1. Think about the primary use for the room
One of the things that I HATED about our old flooring was the fact that the dining area was carpeted. With three little boys, there was just no way we had any hope of keeping the floor clean. It looked gross about a year after we moved in. So my very first request for the flooring was that we switched to wood laminate floor in the dining and family rooms. Since we park in the garage, we enter and exit the house through the kitchen/dining area. It’s high traffic and dirty, so it’s not suited for carpet. I knew that hardwood floors require a lot of upkeep and cost quite a bit more, so I knew that wasn’t for us. Tile is hard to clean and a bit cold (especially for living areas where the kids sprawl on the floor) so wood laminate floor was the natural choice for us.
Carpet is perfect for areas that aren’t high traffic, don’t involve FOOD and a bit more relaxed. The way our house is laid out, the right side of the house is the front room (which serves as the piano room as well as the place to show off our Christmas tree in December), the hallway and our bedrooms. So that side is all carpeted. I want to feel warm, soft carpet under my feet when I get out of bed, not a cold, hard floor. I just made sure to choose a carpet that was flecked with color to help hide the dirt and still a light enough color that the dog hair doesn’t stand out so obviously. Shaw Floors has a new carpet backing called LifeGuard that makes your carpet waterproof! You will never have spills that will seep into your carpet cushion or subfloor.
Here’s a little tip when choosing your carpet: take a sample and bend it gently. If you can see the backing easily, there’s too much space between carpet fibers (low density) and it’s not going to last as long.
2. Look for inspiration
We are renters, so the flooring choices were ultimately up to our landlord. He is very nice, however, and allowed us to choose from several options that he had narrowed down. I went to Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration to help guide my choices. Originally, I had been leaning toward light colored wood laminate floors because a lot of our furniture is pine or oak, and we have a dog with light colored hair. But when I saw several photos like this one, I just loved the contrast of light and dark! Our floors are more of cherry color, but the idea is similar. As soon as they started laying the floor, I knew we’d made the right choice. It’s much more striking and gives weight and balance to the room.
3. Add personal touches
While we’d all love our homes to look like the beautiful magazine inspiration rooms, that’s just not real life. And while I enjoy looking for inspiration, those rooms feel very cold and unwelcoming without the special personal touches we each give to our homes. One way to add something to your flooring is with a great custom rug. Shaw Floors has something new that intrigues me: Cut-a-Rug. It’s a custom rug program that allows you to create a rug uniquely perfect for you! You decide the style, the color, the border, the shape, and the size. I have a long, skinny living room that has made finding a rug incredibly difficult. Something like this is perfect for me. I even found a great graphic to help with choosing a rug size.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaw Floors. The opinions and text are all mine.