When I look at my current flooring it doesn’t fill me with pleasure, I am fed up with it to be completely honest. My whole house is carpeted apart from the kitchen and utility/outhouse and while carpet is good and keeps the old house warmer in winter there are many issues is having carpet in my home.
So let’s start with upstairs, carpet in teenager/pre-teens room is asking for trouble when they start using makeup and bringing drinks and food into their room, it ends up all over the carpet and it is hard to get out. It makes it even worse when a new carpet has just been fitted. Then you have the baby/toddler room, night time nappy changes on the floor, drinks being spilt again needs the carpet washing, luckily I do have a carpet cleaning but it leaves the carpets damp.
My bedroom is the least likely to have any marks left on the carpet.
For all of these rooms, my ideal flooring would definitely be laminate flooring, I’ve seen some great laminate at Floors Direct that I have my eye on. The reasoning for choosing laminate is it is easier to clean with a vacuum, mop or broom, or a damp cloth, it’s less likely to stain and it looks more modern than carpets.
I do not like carpet in the bathroom although I do have it for the moment, it is a pain to vacuum as it is a small bathroom with lots of nooks and crannies and it gets damp from showers and baths. I think in here I would prefer a lighter coloured flooring as it is a small bathroom to make it look a bit bigger, light grey marble kind of effect porcelain tiles. They would be a lot easier to clean and with a mop I could get into the nook and crannies easily. I would definitely hire someone to do this as I can imagine tiling around the toilet would be quite difficult.
Downstairs obviously is the main living areas, they get used a lot. We also have dogs and a cat so we definitely have to consider changing the carpets as at the moment, wet dog paws, and kids coming in with wet and dirty shoes make the carpets grubby. Even after giving them a proper clean they never come up like new.
So first room would be the kitchen, the dogs go in and out of here a lot due to the back door being in here. Currently is non-slip flooring and I really don’t like it, it is like there are little teeth on it and when mopping the floor it always snags, plus the texture of the flooring makes a small spill of tea or coffee going into small little creases of the floor. It is also a horrible beige colour and looks like there are bits all over the floor but it’s not it is the actual flooring.
My ideal flooring for the kitchen would definitely be tiled, possibly slate tiles and grey or black in colour. They would be perfect as I have had slate tiles before and they are so much easier to clean when the dogs come through with dirty wet paws, and cleaning spills would be so much easier as the mop would not snag. I would more than likely continue the slate tiles throughout the utility room/outhouse as that currently has lino laid.
The living room and dining room are two separate rooms but there is a walk-through between them, not a door, currently carpeted too but the cat is starting to pluck it and with there being a walkway between the rooms it gets grubby, plus the kids drop food, spill drinks, you name it the carpet has probably seen it.
My ideal flooring for these two rooms would definitely be solid wood flooring; oak would be my choice, in a dark colour as this would go with the mantle which is also a dark oak.
Solid wood flooring is hardy, easier to clean, vacuum, mop spills and leave it looking as good as it was laid. A typical hardwood floor can last at least a couple of decades, a lot longer than a carpet even in the heavier use areas and it looks more modern than carpet.
The only places I am not sure of are the stairs and landing areas because I didn’t even think of them when I think of flooring for my home. I like the carpet that is on them, but as the hall and stairs are heavy traffic areas again they get grubby. We could sand the stairs and varnish them, that is one option.
What would you have on your hall stairs and landing?