One of the most fundamental parts in the construction or remodeling of our homes is the selection of the flooring. Currently in the market there is a wide variety of options to choose from, but do you know which type of floor is best suited to each room?
Among the types of flooring that can be found in the market are porcelain, wood, ceramic, stoneware, and laminate or vinyl floors. They can be subdivided into enamelled, polished, imitation wood and texturised flooring.
Choosing the right flooring for each room of the home is very important, because not all types of flooring will serve for all areas of the home, each one has its characteristics and specific needs.
Textured flooring is recommended for places such as terraces or garages, smooth flooring for kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, while imitation wood works well in all rooms, as well as some imitation wood floors that can be used in terraces, since they are rich in texture.
In the kitchen it is not recommended to install polished flooring as it is an area where liquid spills can occur more easily, making the space more slippery; in addition, for this area, it is not recommended to place tiles or flooring with much texture, since it is a place that must be kept clean for preparation of food, and textured flooring retains more dirt.
The ideal type for each room
Rooms: wood imitation can be used, because it gives warmth to the room. Laminate flooring can also be installed, which also transmits this same sensation and is warm to the touch on the sole of the foot.
It is recommended to use ceramic flooring or enamelled porcelain, in light colours. You can also use a floor that imitates marble or a dark colour if the house has large windows that help to give natural light. In case the interior of the house does not have an abundance of natural light, it is recommended to use light-coloured flooring.
Bathroom: in the area of the shower, you can opt for an anti-slip porcelain, while outside the shower you can use a floor that is similar to the colours with which the walls are painted and that is also non-slip.
Kitchen: it is recommended to place a smooth enamelled flooring, or waterproof flooring such as vinyl or laminate, for easy cleaning, since food preparation makes use of fats and liquids that can splash on the floor.
Terrace: the recommendation is to install a textured floor. You can also place an imitation wood floor that is non-slip, because outdoor areas are usually affected by rain and a non-slip floor can prevent people falling.
What colour of floor to use?
The colour of the flooring must harmonise with the furniture, the decoration and the colour of the walls of the house, so that all the decorative elements of the home can be interwoven; however, the choice of floor colour will also depend on the lighting you have.
Only if your home has very good lighting is it recommended to install flooring with darker shades and colours, but if your home has little natural lighting what is recommended is to use lighter-coloured flooring so as not to reduce the perception of space.
The current trend is to install flooring with large formats in imitation wood or marble, which are fashionable at the moment; however, you should make sure that these styles fit well with your existing home décor.