One of the biggest, if not the biggest purchase a person can make in a lifetime is their home. That home is not only their refuge, but also a reflection of who they are. That’s why it is vitally important that the right choices are made when decorating. By decorating we don’t just mean hanging a few pictures and putting the furniture in the right place; decorating actually begins with choosing the correct color of paint and flooring.
Flooring sets the tone of your entire home; and each room can have a different type or color depending on what mood the owner wants to portray. Most people overlook the importance of proper flooring. Sometimes they just pick a neutral color and have it installed. But even if you’re not aiming to make a showpiece of your home, the color of your neutral flooring can and does make a difference.
In very general terms, when it comes to carpets, dark colors tend to shrink a room while lighter colors make it look larger. If you are putting your carpet into a highly trafficked room you do not want to go with a lighter color. Not only will your light colored carpet develop traffic lanes, but it will fall victim to spills and stains. If you are set on that light color in that high traffic room, plastic runners or carpeted runners are an option. Runners can protect a carpet from much of the staining process and help keep it looking newer longer.
Carpets do come in more than just neutral colors; they can come in a variety of colors that can take an ordinary room and make it into something extraordinary. Brightly colored carpets are best kept to game or sun rooms. When using bright carpet, it is best to either make the walls a neutral color or have a room with many windows. Both options will showcase your carpet to its best advantages.
Deep rich colors like burgundy, forest green or cobalt blue are best used in studies or family areas were the impression of warmth, comfort and safety are the goal. Again wall color and texture can be used to augment your choice in carpet color. It is best to stick with rich wood colors or accent walls to display such sumptuously colored carpets.
Carpets are obviously not the only way to add color and accent to your floors. Wood flooring is also a very viable and perhaps more durable option. Contrary to popular belief, wood does come in colors. They are generally not bright colors but there are a few exceptions. As with carpets the color of the wood can change a room from an ordinary living space to a favorite gathering room for them family.
Unlike carpets, almost all wood flooring tend to enlarge a room simply because of the way the wood is cut and then laid in long lines. They also tend to lengthen depending on the width of the planks that come into play. The effects of wood flooring is accentuated by their color; for instance, instead of putting in rich burgundy carpet into your den try installing cherry wood. It is the warm color of chocolate cherries and gives a room a very inviting feel.
For a large entrance room where there is a lot of traffic; try using knotty pine. This wood has multiple hues, with dark knots inserted randomly into the generally blond wood, naturally hiding mud and scuffs. If you are looking for a cultured look, then use either medium or dark oak. Oak has long thin lines that straighten a room and both the medium and dark colors bring a refined air to any room. The lighter color of oak is a good choice for a room that is leaning towards a cleaner or sterile look, such as a dining room. In any dining room using a light color wood gives it a very light and clean look.
Wood gives you a choice that carpet cannot. If you have a large room that needs a very special atmosphere then tiger wood is the right choice here. It is colored just as it sounds; like a tiger. It has uneven light or dark stripes, depending upon your own personal view. This wood needs a large room to truly come to life, but when it does, it brings the room with it.
There are rooms in your home that simply cannot be covered in carpet or wood. These areas require tile. Tile comes in as many colors as carpet and if you are using clay tiles, the colors can be customized. Kitchens and bathrooms are the areas that are generally covered with tiles; but not all Kitchens or bathrooms are the same. Large open kitchens can be given a medium colored tile with accent pieces or even a mural piece in the center. Slightly darker colors can be employed in very bright kitchens. Edging a larger kitchen with a darker color tile will frame the kitchen which can be a good thing if the kitchen joins the dining room or the living area. It’s akin to erecting an invisible wall. Smaller kitchens need to stay away from breaking up solid and light colors to help them look larger.
Bathrooms also look better with lighter colors, but in bathrooms it is common to use some brighter accents like yellows or bright blues to add a cheeriness to an otherwise dark room. Try to stay away from using one color to tile the floor and another to tile the walls. Stick with the same color and change the texture or use accent design tiles if you want to break it up.
In any room, flooring choices are limited only by your imagination and by choosing the right flooring and paint, you can transform any home into one to call your own.