Add Elegance and Functionality to Your Home in a Few Steps
A few considerations can help you make the best choices for your home.
Flooring for Families with Children
Hardwood adds warmth and beauty to any room. On your hardwood floor, adding an area rug will give a soft place for kids to lay and play.
Consider a hardwood floor that has:
- More naturally occurring grain such as Oak, Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, etc. that will minimize the appearance of dirt and scratches.
- A satin or semi-gloss finish to help reduce the appearance of scratches or dents
Carpet can be a soft and durable choice for families with babies or children.
Select a carpet that:
- Has stain and soil resistance
- Has tightly twisted yarns
- Has a minimum density of 35 – 40 oz.
- Tile is great for flooring in the family room, especially in warmer climates.
- Consider larger sized tiles, 16 x 16, 18 x18, etc. to minimize grout joints.
- Throw in an area rug for kids’ play, and added warmth and sound insulation.
Making Your Dog Feel at Home
If your dog spends some time indoors, the most durable flooring choices are luxury vinyl tile, ceramic tile, laminate or a top quality sheet vinyl.
- It is a good idea to have a hard surface flooring area in front of exterior doors in case of wet or muddy paws.
- Tile can be great in the laundry space, not to just provide protection from an overfilled washer or a pile of wet towels. Main level laundry rooms are also great rooms for your dog’s water and food and for grooming.
- If you select carpet for your home, select a product that has stain and soil protection in case of doggie accidents.
- Hardwood floors are beautiful choices, but be aware that a dog’s nails can scratch your floors.
Making Your Cat Feel at Home
When you want carpet and own a cat consider the following:
- When you want carpet and own a cat, select a carpet that does not have loops. Although looped carpets wear well, they can snag easily if your cat has claws.
- Be sure that the carpet you select is durable and has stain and soil protection.
- Textured, frieze, and cut pile are some of the carpet styles that will help minimize footprints or in this case paw prints.
- Consider the color and length of your cat’s hair when selecting colors for your flooring, upholstery, and fabrics.
- Flooring to consider – ceramic tile, luxury vinyl planks or tiles, sheet vinyl, or laminate
Mudrooms, laundry rooms, basements or a spare bathroom are all good options for the kitty litter box. Be sure that whatever room you choose has hard surface flooring for easy cleanups.
Designing for Specific Family Members
Keep in mind the needs of any family members who live with you when installing flooring.
Consider what room each person occupies and what bathrooms they use. You should also strive to make sure you maintain a healthy and safe home environment for your family members.
If certain family members are older, or have special needs, are there certain products that would make their lives a little easier and more comfortable?
- Consider carpeting as a safe and warm flooring option.
- If you prefer a hard surface, consider a durable, matte, textured ceramic tile or luxury vinyl planks or tiles. Add a throw rug for warmth but make sure that the rug is rubber backed so it won’t move underfoot.
- Vinyl can also be a good flooring option because it is warmer and softer than ceramic tile. However, be aware that vinyl can be slippery when wet and rubber-backed mats are not recommended because they can discolor the floor.
- Solid surface or engineered stone work well for countertops in the bathrooms for ease of maintenance.
- Consider the needs of any family members who use special equipment for mobility such as wheelchairs or walkers.
- Heating systems can be installed understand hard surface flooring for additional warmth.
Creating a Formal Atmosphere
Natural stone always makes a statement.
Mix marble, granite and limestone in a design in the foyer; use granite on kitchen countertops and fireplace surrounds.
Marble is always at home in a master bathroom on floors, counters and surrounds.
Hardwood floors work well in formal and casual environments depending on the stain, finish and sometimes species of wood.
Some popular choices for formal homes include: Brazilian cherry, maple, and pecan.
Some hardwood products have the ability to be installed in patterns such as herringbone, chevron or diagonal.
Hardwood floors with a darker stain are typically a good choice for the formal interior.
Larger-sized tiles for floors, walls and surrounds with a high gloss finish create a formal atmosphere.
For a more customized look, add liners or décor on backsplashes and surrounds.
Use ceramic tiles that emulate the look of natural stone.
Install floor tile on the diagonal with a border around the perimeter of the room or special feature such as a kitchen island or a beautiful table in the foyer.
Saxony or Plush: Great for formal living rooms, master bedrooms or throughout the house for an overall formal appearance.
These carpets are also available in higher ounce weights called Velvets. Although they show footprints, these styles are very luxurious and are perfect for any formal environment. Your options are:
- Patterned or cut and uncut carpets. (Geometric, botanicals, etc.)
- Thick cable carpets
- Wool carpets
Options for Entertaining in Your Home
If you like to entertain frequently, consider hard surfaces for high traffic areas.
For example, select a large ceramic tile or natural stone for a foyer and extend the tile down the hall and into the kitchen and nook.
The tile will visually expand the space and stand up to heavy foot traffic.
People typically select a more formal carpet for the living room and dining room than for the playroom or bedrooms.
For example, to compliment the taupe frieze carpet in the family room, choose a low profile, cut and uncut (patterned) carpet in a complimentary color.
If you entertain, then your powder room is one area for eye-catching décor.
- Hard surface flooring is the way to go in powder rooms.
- Consider a pattern on the floor such as installing your ceramic tile, natural stone or hardwood on the diagonal or add decorative borders.
- Countertops and backsplashes are other attention grabbers. Be creative and use different colors and products than what you have throughout the rest of your home. For a more elegant or modern look use granite, marble or other natural stones.
Cleaning & Maintaining Your Floors
Cleaning with the appropriate products is the most important step in your home’s maintenance, regardless of who is doing the cleaning. Make sure that each person involved in the maintenance of your home knows which products to use on all of your surfaces.
- Sweep or vacuum your floors at least once a week. Vacuum heads should be felt or brush and not have beater bars.
- Place felt pads under furniture.
- Use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner on a regular basis.
- Place door mats at all exterior doors.
- Do not use wax, polish, or steam cleaners.
- Remove high heels and cleats before walking on your floors.
- Vacuum regularly.
- Spot clean as needed.
- Address spills immediately.
- Some warranties require that you have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-24 months.
- Select larger sizes to minimize the number of grout joints.
- Patterns or different colors help minimize the appearance of dirt.
Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Clean regularly with a non-abrasive floor cleaner formulated for luxury vinyl.
- Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar.
- Use felt protectors on furniture legs.
- Remove high heels and cleats before walking on floors.
- Select a quality constructed sheet vinyl with a protective coating or wear layer.
- Patterns or different colors help minimize the appearance of dirt.