Having a wide, open area in your room is a situation in which most of us have been. Redecorating, moving to a new house or flat, causes are numerous, but we find ourselves thinking what we could do, to cover up the floor? Choices are many, and here I will give you few tips on what you could do, in order to make your floor stylish, and to fit in with the rest of the room.
Floors can be paved and decorated at the same time. You should choose what pavement to use upon the room’s purpose. If it is the kitchen, you must take into consideration splashes and drips made during cooking. For bathroom, the most important thing is to find material resistant to water and moist, and the rest of the rooms are mostly free of demands.
Generally speaking, wood is quite convenient to use for floor pavement. Because of its natural origin, it will retain warmth during heat, and yet during summer, it won’t be heated up as much. You could choose from lighter, honey-like colours, up to the darker, warmer shades and hues. It would be wise to fit the shades and tones with the rest of the room, so you will create visual unity, something that will add up a bit of space, on sight only.
Although it is good thing to use, wood has also certain drawbacks. It is not insect resilient, and it requires much attention and care. You must be careful not to leave it wet, for it will twist and thus be wasted. Also, changing boards each few years is a must, for they can wear off quite fast, it the wood is less resistant to wearing off.
Although tiles are in most of the cases used in bathrooms and kitchens, those can be nicely used even in living rooms, under condition that you have adequate cover, such as carpet or a rug. They are easy to maintain, are quite damage-resistant, with the exception of scratches and breaks, such as those made by heavier appliances, refrigerator for example.
Huge plethora of colours, designs, sizes and finishes provide creative freedom, and you can plan as you wish. You could create patterns, stripes and shapes, so you need to take care where are you putting them, and what their purpose will be. If you are planning to pave bathroom with those, choose the ones with anti-slipping finish, for it can be nasty and painful if you fall.
Natural, semi-finished stone is quite often used within the outside buildings, such as summer kitchens and if they are applied within the house, it is in the bathroom. Stone is highly damage and breaking resistant, but the setback is its price. It is pretty expensive, but in long terms, it pays off.
Flat, finished slabs of stone, however, can be used in the kitchen, rarely in the living room. Again, its resistance to damage and easy maintenance is crucial here. Colours are not its stronger point, for you can choose from dirty yellow to black or pale pink.
Somewhat unavoidable, floor rugs are not just usable, but convenient too. Besides they are preserving warmth, and keep your feet from getting cold, rugs can be also combined with different styles and patterns. You could find one of Oriental type, with the blue stripe which will match the colour of the wall. These tiny details mean a lot, and to the visitor, they give out your nature of careful observer.
As for the drawbacks, carpet can be easily stained with drops of food, so be cautious to choose matching rug with the room. Expensive, Persian one put in your bedroom, where is no food, and thin one, made form polyester, put in the dining room. Such carpet can be cleaned easily, so there is no big fuss. Additionally, if you are allergic to dust, try not to have too many rugs in your house, for dust as well as hair from pets gets accumulated within the rug, so vacuum cleaning is a must.
So, I hope that I managed to kick start your imagination, and get you thinking about unused space on the floor. Keep in mind that the only thing important is your personal impression. If you are pleased, everybody will be.