Selecting flooring for the home

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You are finally able to reform the house from top to bottom, and now there are so many things to be decided. You must even start looking at the ground! What kind of flooring do you want for your home? The options are varied and all have both advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the material you choose, the price will be higher or lower, but we also have to consider the hardness and durability of the material, the ease of installation, and, once installed, the ease of maintenance and cleaning. You should consider these functional matters, but also the aesthetic: do you prefer something more modern or more traditional? Another difficult decision. So today we will talk about flooring materials for the home and give you examples of 5 designs to help you on this difficult task.

Parquet

Parquet is a classic flooring that is now more fashionable than ever with the new renovations and reforms in style, like this by Inside Quarter. These floors not only aesthetically give your own personality and style into our home, but also they go with almost any style, from modern to shabby chic, to the interior with a industrial or vintage Scandinavian feel. In addition, wood is a very hot material.  Although the initial costs of this option are high, the fact is that it is an investment for the future, since it will always accompany us.

Wood ceramics

But if you're not blessed with an old wooden floor and installing a brand new seems like too big a chore, you might not have to give up the aesthetic beauty of the wood. How? Using porcelain flooring  that mimics wood will give a warm and pleasant look to your living room, but with the added advantages of stoneware, which is very resistant to weather changes and humidity 

Although we are used to using this type of flooring outdoors or in areas with high humidity such as the bathroom, in this image by the company Azulejos Onuba S.L, we can clearly see that their use in the rest of the house can give light and style.

Polished concrete

A floor with a great personality is undoubtedly polished concrete. Either you love it or hate it. If you are the first, then think about it and go for it! What we have to remember is that this style goes with a very specific type of environments, so if your idea is to make a classic baroque living room, this may not be the best option. But if you want an interior like this, by Bonba Studio, that combines the industrial and retro styles, then your floor is cement. As a floor with a cold appearance, it goes perfectly with wooden furniture in rooms such as the living room or bedroom, where it can be topped with warm carpets.

Hydraulic tile

We continue with cement, but in a totally different way. These are hydraulic tiles, like ceramic tile, but compressed by hydraulic presses. The combination of a thousand and one colored tiles with geometric shapes and designs is what gives it that special air. They filled the floors of the rooms of our grandmothers and are now back with a vengeance. Hydraulic tile is durable and versatile, making it appropriate for almost any room, as we can see in this interior by Mu Architecture Studio, in which the hydraulic tile is present in the kitchen, but also in the living room, the environments separated by a sliding door and different patterns of tile.

Natural Stone

Elegant, stately, strong… natural stone can be a very good option for certain environments, like this by the studio Otto Medem Architecture. Stone has many advantages for our pavement, but also some drawbacks, mainly that it can be very cold. But we can fix this problem by installing underfloor heating. Given the conductivity of the stone, this solution works like a charm. 

We hope these options have given you the information you need to choose a flooring type!

Which floor do you like best? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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