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By Alice Lesch Kelly
Marble. Ceramic. Porcelain. Hardwood. Bamboo. Laminate. Water-resistant. When it comes to flooring, homeowners need a wide range of choices so they can pick a style that finishes their room perfectly. “The right flooring brings everything in the room together,” says Rich Erath, chief executive merchant at Floor & Decor in Avon. “It really completes your project.”
You may love having a dizzying number of flooring options. Or you may feel just a little bit stressed by it. All those materials, brands, colors, and sizes can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not quite sure what you want.
Relax. Sorting through flooring choices is simpler than it seems. By asking yourself the following questions, you can narrow down your options and have fun picking the perfect flooring for any room in your home.
What’s going on in the room?
Different types of flooring offer different levels of durability and functionality. For example, if you have kids or pets, or if you’re choosing flooring for the busiest room of the house, you’re best steering toward high-durability products such as waterproof flooring, solid wood, or tile.
Factors such as the amount of moisture in a room and the location of the room also come into play when choosing flooring. For example, solid hardwood and bamboo are not typically recommended for bathrooms or basements because of the potential for moisture damage. Luckily, Floor & Decor has flooring options for every floor of your home.
The type of subfloor in the room also matters because certain flooring materials won’t properly adhere to certain types of subfloor. Be sure you know what’s under your floor before you shop.
What’s your style?
We all bring our personal tastes to home design. You may prefer modern, contemporary, coastal, antique, rustic, curated, farmhouse, urban, or other types of design. Each of these styles presents a range of opportunity for flooring; having an idea of which of those styles you like—or dislike—helps.
Your home’s style and setting can also contribute design cues. For example, decorating a beach cottage may nudge you toward different choices than an urban condo, a suburban Victorian, a rural raised ranch, or a downtown loft.
What inspires you?
You may have a vague idea of what you’re looking for. Or you may have photographs from a design magazine, images from Pinterest, or video from your favorite home decorating TV show. Either way, be sure to bring your inspiration sources with you when you shop.
Your inspiration may even be a design element already in the room that can serve as a starting point for you. “Pick the one thing you want to build off of,” Erath suggests. “Whether it’s the countertop or a mirror or a lighting fixture, you can start there and design the room around it.” Or you can start with the floor—choose one you love and design the entire room around it.
If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the vignettes at Floor & Decor. At the new Avon store, you’ll find 39 mini-rooms that incorporate a wide range of flooring and wall designs. “Some are patterns, some are glass, some are marble, some are modern, some are classic, some are trendy,” Erath says. “They are so inspiring. We’ve had customers actually look at them and say, ‘I want that exact vignette in my house. Don’t change a thing.’”
How trendy are you?
Do you like the latest styles fresh from the hippest decor trendsetters? Or do you prefer traditional designs that never go out of style? Either way—or if you’re somewhere in the middle—knowing where you stand on the trend spectrum can help you decide whether to lean in to the sharpest new looks or stick with more familiar styles.
You can also mix classic and cool. “Right now, for example, we’re seeing a theme of ambient, artistic, clean, contemporary looks with a lot of natural, neutral colors—blacks, whites, and greys,” says Jasmine Andrade, design supervisor at Floor & Decor in Avon. “What’s nice about this theme is that you can really coordinate it with anything. If the style changes and your flooring is grey, there’s so much you can still do with that flooring.”
Another cutting-edge trend is using flooring on walls. “People aren’t just painting their walls or putting up wallpaper anymore,” Andrade says. To bring new life to walls, designers and homeowners are going vertical with traditional flooring materials such as marble, stone, glass tile, or wide wood planks. “One accent wall like this can really pull a room together. It gives the room a lot of character,” Andrade says.
Do you need advice?
Choosing the perfect flooring for any room in your home is even easier when you have expert advice. Floor & Decor has trained associates, ready to help with all your project needs. For more in-depth assistance, you can take advantage of Floor & Decor’s free in-store design services.
Floor & Decor designers work one-on-one with you to help you determine which flooring best suits you and your home. “I find out which directions you’re trying to go in, so I can understand your style, your taste, and what you want. Then I help get you there,” Andrade says. “You can have beautiful furniture and all kinds of things that make a look, but if the flooring doesn’t match or the walls aren’t quite right, it really can take away from a complete design.”
With expert guidance and an honest assessment of your design aesthetic, you’ll be sure-footed on the path to deciding which flooring works perfectly for you and your space. And always remember, when you start with perfect floors, your design can only go up from there.