Choosing flooring is not always the easiest. The floor is something I notice that many people forget when it’s time to renew your home. Instead often end all the focus on the walls, furniture and furnishings.
However, the floor is one of the important “decor pieces” that will help you create the right feeling. In addition to feeling the floor adds it’s important to choose a floor that corresponds to the level of wear and tear it will face.
Three questions to help you choose flooring
Begin by asking yourself a few questions – they will help you a long way in the search for the right floor and land in a sustainable and long-term choice.
1. Which wear the floor will be exposed to?
Second Should the floor harmonise with floors in other rooms?
3rd What do I want the floor to add to the decor and feel of the room?
What is really at play when I make my decision? Below you will follow my reasoning when I chose the floor to “briefing room” at home and not really made up my style, but knew that the room would be used as a guest room when necessary and for everyday use as a relaxation room, a room that just be in. ( If you want to follow the project with a “briefing room” click here )
1. Which wear the floor will be exposed to?
Probably higher wear than in an ordinary room. Here, the kids (and safe even we adults) to pass with the shoes on both one and two times when we go between the kitchen and the patio, ( Floor plan can be found in this blog post ), or when the children suddenly realise that they are going out into the garden and jump the trampoline. Then this is the nearest road. The floor must therefore be both scratch-resistant and easy to clean.
With that in mind, I immediately removed the parquet / wood floors and carpeting. Continuing my options were plastic carpet, linoleum and laminate. Vinyl immediately went away. Partly because I do not want a plastic mat, but also because the ground is uneven and we are not so eager to add a layer of sawdust floor before the new floor covering. Linoleum flooring was long an option, borrowed through home some Click-samples , but finally realised that I did not want a single-coloured flooring, nor did I put any kind of pattern, since it would feel cluttered with striped floor in kitchen .
Remaining was then laminated flooring .
2. Should the floor harmonise with floors in other rooms?
For me it is very important that the floors in the house in any way linked. Even if the floors are not exactly as I want them to have some kind of common denominator. In the hall, we have added a light grey flooring intended for public environments and can withstand most things when it comes to the gravel and stone. ( You can read more about how I was thinking when I chose the floor of the hall .) In the kitchen we have a grey-black-striped linoleum floor . “Examination Room ‘, hall and kitchen looks the same time. The bedroom and living room, we have herringbone oak that I dealt with graphite hard wax .
The common denominator of all the other rooms in the house is cold tones, with touches of grey. Therefore, I chose immediately remove all floor that contains just that – cold tones with touches of grey. To the floor in the briefing room would fit with oak footstool in the living room and bedroom, I decided to look for an oak floor.
3. What do I want the floor to add to the decor and feel of the room?
I want the floor to form a neutral base. No visible joints, therefore I immediately removed all floors with bevelled edge.
( Mobile Carpet advises great on their website about how to think about the appearance of the laminate floor, depending on what you want the floor to bring the room .)
I also wanted to be happy to have a traditional 2-strip laminate floor, to the floor itself will “talk as little as possible.” I want it to be functional, to blend in and fit with most colours = a floor that lasts a long time both quality and appearance.
Finally, I found a floor that met all my requirements. A laminate flooring from Mobile Carpet capable of my requirements wear, which fits with the rest of the room floors and at the same time forms a neutral base to the other furnishings in the room .
Borrow home floor samples
Place them on the floor, preferably in a corner to be affected as little as possible of the other impressions of the room. Just like when you sample painting a wall, it is good to look at the floor in different light and see how the experience of the floor changes depending on the light source and the time of day. Keep in mind that daylight is reflected in the floor and bounce on up on the walls. Did you, for example, chose a red linoleum floor and white walls were red from the floor bounced up on the walls and made the white walls suddenly perceived as light pink instead of pure white.