Have you been mulling over home renovations, trying to find the right time to give your home a revamp but with work, school, homework, driving between baseball practice, piano, guitar and ballet lessons, there’s never enough hours in the day?!
Well, since we are all under lock down, quarantined or socially isolating, now is the best time to get that home renovation project started – there’s no time like the present! Quite literally, there is and has never been any time quite like the present!
They say, “An Englishman’s home is his Castle’ and that saying is true the world over, not just in England. There’s nothing more comforting than living in a cozy, warm and loving home and it does not have to cost the world to do so.
Where do you begin?
So, where do you begin? Flooring is a great start!
Get the flooring right and everything else stems from the ground up, or the floor up, at least. Deciding on the flooring sets the direction for the rest of your home renovations.
Your personal taste and the type of ambience you are trying to create in your home, will have an influence on the type of flooring you will ultimately choose.
Whether your style is chic and modern, vintage and classic, Scandinavian sleek, monotone and minimalistic, or elegant and sophisticated, or you want to create that warm cozy, family atmosphere, there is something out there for everyone when It comes to flooring options.
Once you’ve determined the personal vibe you are trying to create, remember that your home needs to be both stylish and practical at the same time or else it becomes a beautiful work of art; much like a museum; good to look at but not fit for much else!
When it comes to flooring, we are spoiled for choices. We have hardwood flooring, carpets, tiles, vinyl and laminate flooring to choose from. But how do you know which type of flooring to use for each room?
Here are a few personal tips that I hope you will find helpful, inspired by flooring sold by Flooring Canada Simcoe.
The hallway is the entrance into the home – the first port of entry from the outside world so you want to create a warm and welcoming vibe but at the same time, it is also where you get a lot of foot traffic so you want your flooring to be practical, hardwearing and durable.
From my personal experience, laminate flooring in the hallways can give you the warm and inviting reception that you want and at the same time, it is easy to keep clean and can withstand the test of the tread of shoes, boots and heels!
The great thing about laminate flooring is that you have a variety of options that look like hardwood flooring so give you that elegant look and inviting vibe whilst at the same time, it is water resistant, easy to maintain and durable.
As we all know, a lot of wear and tear goes on in the hallway, especially on a rainy day – picture all those muddy boots coming in from soccer practice!
Laminate flooring wears well and is unlikely to scratch or dent. It’s also easier to clean and keep clean – ideal for active and busy households in Simcoe and Norfolk County!
Flooring Canada Simcoe has an array of beautiful and practical laminate flooring to choose from at affordable prices from Deer Plain Oak to Ash Grove Oak, depending on your personal taste.
I personally like the Clover Bottom Oak because it looks like real oak and its varied wood-tone hues gives it that fresh, clean look – ideal for that modern and trendy appeal!
Living or Sitting Room
This is the room most people don’t compromise on style or comfort.
It’s your safe-haven – the place you want to be warm and comfy in after a long stressful workday – feet up with a glass of wine!
It’s the place where you welcome guests and entertain so you want it to have THE look – at that may mean different things to different people!
For a warm cozy feeling, I would opt for plush pile carpets which are soft and smooth to walk barefoot on!
Flooring Canada Simcoe also has a variety of carpets in a range of colors to choose from that are luxurious to the touch, soft, stain resistant and durable at affordable prices.
They are also easy to vacuum and keep clean, ideal if there’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing! My choice of carpet for a living or sitting room would have to be the Lapsus 12’ in a burgundy kind of red colour because its elegant beauty and stylish look is bound to make a striking first impression. Besides, it wears well and is durable!
If you are more the modern-contemporary-look kind of person, then wooden flooring is another viable option.
It’s practical, especially if you have an active family and versatile so you can create any kind of ambience you want. I like a fresh clean look so for those with similar tastes, I would recommend Villa Ridge Oak hard floor.
It’s light, matte finish helps to brighten up a living room – ideal for that minimalistic look!
Dining and Kitchen Area
For open plan kitchen-dining rooms, Dingley hardwood flooring is ideal for that bright, fresh and natural look. This type of hardwood flooring gives the impression of more space and compliments rooms designed to let in more light.
For a rustic, rugged and natural farmhouse look, Lanes Prairie Pine is practical, has character and is pet and kid proof. For a one-tone effect throughout the house, it can be used in other rooms as well due to its natural appeal.
Vinyl flooring in kitchens, can help create that old fashioned stone floor look without creating that cold, hard vibe. My favorite luxury vinyl which Flooring Canada Simcoe stock, has to be Royal Travertine. Apart from its modern, elegant look, its water and stain resistant and hard-wearing.
For style and beauty, title flooring gives you a wide range to choose from, whatever your personal choice.
Tiles are durable and ideal for high moisture environments like the bathroom and around your toilet and come in ceramic and porcelain. My personal favorite is the Brixton Field Tile which is affordable, durable, easy to keep clean and candy to the eye for that fresh, clean look – who likes a stuffy, dark bathroom in their Simcoe home, certainly not me?!
For a more child-friendly bathroom, laminate flooring or luxurious vinyl can also provide the same ambience as tiles, most of which are moisture resistant.
I love the look that laminate or wooden flooring give to a house but when it comes to a bedroom, there is nothing as comforting as feeling your feet drown into a luxurious deep pile carpet! Ideal for bedrooms where shoes are off limits!
Flooring Canada Simcoe has a variety of textures and carpets to choose from but the one that ticks all the boxes for me is the Panoramic Plus.
This carpet comes in different colors but it’s the comfort and feel of the carpet under your feet that tickles my fancy, with its deep-pile, soft and gentle texture that makes you feel as if your feet are being tenderly and lovingly massaged!
Whatever flooring you opt to select; I hope that I’ve provided some useful tips to set you off in the right direction. Let your creative juices run wild as you create the ambience of your choice – sleek and stylish, modern and minimalistic, chic and contemporary, or classic and timeless – whatever your flavor; the world of flooring is your oyster! There truly is no limit!