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Benefits of Using Flooring as the Foundation for Your Home Design
Flooring is the foundation of your room design. When you enter someone’s home, do you notice the crown molding, the wall color and the style of furniture? You probably do. You have a keen eye, after all, but you might notice the flooring first because it is the largest surface you make contact with and the final stop for your shoes as you gaze around the living space in admiration.
Wide plank floors, whether new or reclaimed, offer refined elegance and unbeatable versatility that can make any dwelling the ultimate dream home. Plus, you can further style your room with soft surfaces like area rugs to give your space that finishing touch.
Plan First, Install Later
Floors are the last thing you install, but they represent the first decision you’ll make. Before you determine your wall colors, your area rug locations or your kitchen cabinet designs, you must plan out your floors. The width and style of your flooring helps determine the characteristics of other elements in your room, and the color of the flooring helps determine wall, ceiling and woodwork colors.
Flooring: It’s All About the Versatility
Versatility leads to creativity, and creativity is the backbone of room design. Flooring has come a long way, and today there are abundant styles and materials available to give you the ideal foundation for your living space. Here are the basic options (extensive collections excluded) we offer at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors:
Wood Flooring Options
There are essentially three wood flooring options, this is the first and most important step in selecting the right floor, because once this decision is made all of your other decisions will be based on this selection. For example, will you want a solid or engineered wood floor, what color will it be, how will it be finished.
The abundance of flooring options should inspire, not overwhelm. Keep in mind that floors are a big investment, and the eventual selection should be shown off with pride. Floors are one of the most difficult architectural elements to replace, both due to their importance in the overall design of the space, but also in terms of general inconvenience. You want to make sure you choose a floor that will be timeless, but also versatile no matter what design changes take place around it.
Furniture, cabinets and wall colors, on the other hand, are relatively easy to modify and are generally less expensive overall, which is good news because personal tastes can change over time. When you want an upgrade to your home design or interior decor, you should only need to modify the furnishings or the color of a wall, not the flooring.
As we mentioned in a recent post, “Make the Most of Smaller Spaces With Larger Planks,” wide planks can infuse balance and streamlined beauty into any room of your home; they also cut down dramatically on unsightly or uneven board seams. Narrow planks may invite cluttered thoughts, but wide planks encourage the notion of space.
How does flooring color impact your design? For starters, will you want an airy ambiance, or are you seeking intimate surroundings? As noted in our post “How to Mix Wood Flooring Styles & Colors to Create a Custom Look,” we know how exceptional your rooms can turn out when you choose the right floor color for your wood floor. From matching the shade to seeking out rich contrast, your home can be as subtle or as bold as you want.
Now, what are some other benefits of selecting plank flooring over another cover, such as carpeting?
Benefits of Plank Flooring
Wide plank floors are extremely low-maintenance, durable and long-lasting, and they outshine carpeting time and again. When you invite friends over to your home, you know that accidental spills can happen — a simple misjudged gesture can send that glass of bubbly flying right off the table. Wine stains on a carpet can seriously dampen a jovial mood. Stains, however, have no power over wide plank flooring. A quick spot clean is all you need to keep the good times rolling.
People with sensitivities know that carpeting can trap allergens, dander, dirt pollen and mold. Without proper attention, those carpets can turn your home into a potential health hazard, provoking sneezing, lung irritation or even illness. Wide plank floors, especially wood floors, are considered more hypoallergenic and don’t harbor particulates. Even if your home is a veritable pet paradise, your floors won’t trap the evidence.
Improved Home Value
You know your home decor can enhance your home’s aesthetics, but did you know your choice of floors can enhance the value? National Association of Realtors data shows that 54 percent of home buyers aged 54 and under will pay more for a home with wood flooring — hardwood flooring in particular.
When you’re designing your home, whether it’s a new build or a partial remodel, you want to take your time and make the right decisions. Consider the appeal of flooring, and make it your starting point for success. From day one to the day of completion, your home will never look better.
Contact Carlisle Wide Plank Floors for helpful guidance on designing the floor you’ve always wanted. Our design consultation service connects you with a Carlisle Wide Plank Specialist, who will work with you step by step, offering expertise and personalized support.
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