Spice Up Your Home With 5 Flooring Designs You Will Love

Spice Up Your Home With 5 Flooring Designs You Will Love From North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Choosing new flooring for your home is an exciting undertaking. There are several attractive options to choose from and the right one can transform a room while potentially increasing the value of the home. Choosing flooring can also be daunting if you don’t know which type to pick. Some rooms may require different solutions based on the flow of traffic. This guide will introduce you five options and give you some pointers to help you choose.

Traditional wood

Wood flooring is one of the most popular choices. Hardwood adds a warm, natural look to a room and it quite durable. Oak and cherry are the usual options and they come in a variety of styles including plank and parquet. They also come in a range of shades with wide vAriations in grain so there is something for every homeowner. 

Hardwood floors are easy to clean and be swept, vacuumed or mopped, albeit only with specific cleaners. They can’t be cleaned with just water since they are sensitive to moisture and some species of wood will change color if exposed to direct sunlight.


If you want the look of hardwood without the cost, a laminate may be the answer. Laminate floors are made of wood-based materials which are layered then finished with a wood grain look. Modern technology even makes laminate feel like wood so it will be hard for guests to tell that it isn’t actually hardwood. The appearance of wood is not the only option though. Laminate can also resemble cork, stone, bamboo or even fabric.

This type of flooring is easy to clean and doesn’t trap dust. However, it is important to note that laminate floors can’t be sanded down like wood if they get damaged. The sheet would have to be replaced.

If you’re choosing between wood and laminate, there are several other pros and cons to consider.


Vinyl flooring is even more affordable. It is especially practical in areas that can get moist like bathrooms and kitchens since it is resistant to water and stains and relatively durable. Vinyl flooring solutions are available as large sheets or self-adhesive tiles. The latter gives the appearance of ceramic tile.

Vinyl is available in a wide range of patterns ranging from the abstract to the minimalist. It holds up well under heavy foot traffic and can help to reduce noise. However, it can be easily damaged by sharp objects and direct sunlight can cause bright colors to fade.


We all love the feeling of soft, warm carpet under our feet, especially in the colder months. While other types of flooring are all the rage these days, there are still some uses of carpet. Bedrooms and living rooms are best locations for carpet floors. You can step out of bed onto a comfortable floor or sit on the floor in front the TV. Carpet is, however, not a good choice for kitchens or bathrooms which will get damp, wet or dirty.

Tile and stone

Porcelain, terracotta and natural stone are quite popular choices. Porcelain costs less and is easier to maintain than marble which needs to be resealed at some points because of its porosity. Natural stone tiles are durable, eco-friendly and quite comfortable to walk on. They are not slippery like ceramic materials. These stones can, however, be expensive to purchase and damage can be difficult to fix.

The bottom line: Before you decide on your new flooring solution, think about how the room will be used, how much traffic it will get and how much money you want to spend.

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