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4 questions to ask yourself when choosing flooring for your home

Article by Homes to Love

You’ll be living with your flooring for a long time, so it’s important to get a look you love, with the practicality you need. Here’s how

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When it comes to choosing flooring, the options available can be overwhelming. Wool or synthetic carpet? Laminate or engineered wood? Vinyl or tiles? The friendly team at Carpet Court will guide you through the process – here are some simple questions to get you started:

1. What do you need the floor for?

Is it for a rental, a new build to sell, or for long-term use in your own dream home? If you’re building for keeps, like our My New Home family, invest in the best quality you can afford for years of enjoyment ahead. Anthony Gilmour from Carpet Court says Rhino SmartStrand is the most stain-resistant carpet on the market. “Its amazing Forever Clean(R) technology means spills just sit on top and don’t soak in – even red wine can be easily cleaned up.”

2. What stage of life are you at?

Are you building a busy family home, a long-awaited retirement nest or a beachside bach? If children and pets are part of the picture, you need sturdy, easy-care flooring that’s designed to take the knocks, but if the kids have flown the coop and you’re building just for you, you can indulge in something more luxurious, like that white carpet you’ve always wanted.

3. What look do you like?

Here’s where you get to add your personal stamp. Do you like the crisp, clean lines of wood or tiles, or the soft warmth of carpet? Maybe you want different looks and textures in different rooms of the house? You’ll need a hard surface like wood, tiles or vinyl in the kitchen and wet areas, but many people like the comfort of carpet in their living areas and bedrooms.

4. What colour do you want?

Bring the colours of nature indoors with soothing neutrals, greys and browns, or make your mark with colour and pattern. You can have different types of flooring in different areas of your home, but choosing a similar colour and tone throughout will help it feel unified. Once you’ve chosen your flooring, take samples with you when you choose paint and window furnishings.

Flooring is one of the biggest investments and hardest to change so it’s important to get it right for your lifestyle and needs. Cheapest is not always the best. Flick through magazines and websites to find the looks you love and take them to your local Carpet Court for advice. Take your plans and budget along too, so the store can quantify how much you’ll need and provide an estimate.

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