Is it time to give your outdated dining room a complete makeover? If so, you have more than likely already chosen a fabulous set of curtains, a practical but attractive dining room table, and chairs and a few pictures for the walls. While these are great options for a room makeover, you will only be able to complete this project by updating the flooring in this room as well. Take a look at these practices, but eye-pleasing options for dining room flooring.
Stone or Ceramic Tiles
Stone tiles will provide an elegant but practical finishing touch to your dining room floor. Available in a wide range of colors, these tiles are known for being extremely durable and long lasting. Because stone tiles are obtained from natural sources, it’s important to remember that there may sometimes be small color or texture variations between them. Although stone tiles are quite costly, they will usually last until such time as you grow tired of them.
If you like the idea of tiles, but simply cannot afford stone, there are several ceramic options that can look just as attractive – but at a fraction of the price. These tiles are also available in an extensive range of colors, sizes, and styles, so you may even be able to find a few options that mimic the appearance of stone if you so desire.
Keep in mind that any type of tiling can become slippery if anything is spilled, so always ensure that liquids are wiped up as soon as possible to prevent this.
If you would prefer to have something that is a little softer underfoot than tiling, carpeting will most likely be one of your best options. Carpeting is available in literally thousands of design, color and style options, so you will definitely be able to find a few that will suit the rest of your dining room.
In cases where your dining room is an area that is only used to entertain guests, you may want to consider plusher and more luxurious types of carpeting. However, if you and your family eat most meals in here, it may be better to opt for carpeting that is more tightly woven, has a shorter pile and a darker color or pattern. This will prevent dirt from being too visible over time. It will also help disguise heavy foot traffic.
One of the main downfalls of using carpeting in a dining room is that it may sometimes be difficult to thoroughly clean any liquid or food spills that occur. Carpets will also require regular vacuuming to prevent dirt from becoming ingrained in the fibers over time and to help revive the fibers as they become flat from foot traffic.
This is another great option for dining room flooring, especially if you are on a tighter budget than normal. Many types of laminate floors can be purchased for just a few dollars per square foot and they are available in many different colors and styles these days.
If you intend installing this type of flooring, ensure that you hire an experienced professional to get the job done. This will ensure that all seams and joints are as small as possible, which will help prevent any type of dirt or moisture from being able to get underneath the flooring. It is also crucial to do your best to not drop any sharp objects on to this type of flooring, as it will cause damage to the protective coating.
When cleaning laminate flooring, it is also essential that a dedicated cleaning product is used, as anything else can either damage the protective coating or cause the flooring to appear cloudy or dull over time. However, in most cases, a damp mop can be used to clean this type of flooring with great success.
Before committing to any type of dining room flooring, it is important to find a reputable supplier and installer. In most cases, the flooring company you purchase your products from will offer free or discounted installation. It is also essential that you inquire whether there are any exclusions to warranties that are being provided. Always set a realistic budget beforehand so that you can get the best deal possible.