Flooring is one of the most important choices you will make for your new home.  It forms the base for a home’s interior style and is the reason many interior designers literally start from the ground and work their way up. The right flooring creates mood, adds texture, colour and flow throughout your home. With so many types of flooring to choose from and endless practical aspects to consider, selecting the best flooring for every room in the house is a process that needs to be carefully thought out and well researched.

On the surface, contemplating the obvious choices of carpet, tiles or timber flooring sounds simple.  However, it’s important to consider the practicalities and overall purpose of the space. Do you have pets? Which floors need to cope with paws and claws? Do you have children and what are their ages? Will you be cleaning up spills? Are you an entertainer? Think about wear, tear and care for high traffic and entertaining zones.  You’re now thinking with your head but as your heart takes over, ponder your personal taste, what’s on trend and the enhancing extras that go into creating a dream home.  Imagine under floor heating to warm up those winter mornings.  

There’s no denying timber floors create warmth and timeless visual appeal.  Floorboards are durable and become more resilient over time.  They are easy to clean but can scratch and dent from pets and heels.  Whilst a rustic look may appeal to some, if this bothers you, it’s best to get expert advice from a Metricon Studio M specialist on floorboard finishes and maintenance to minimise the effect. There’s an abundance of floorboard looks to choose from, catering to every lifestyle and every budget.   Whilst an exclusive rustic or polished oak floor will lift the luxe factor in your living room, the impressive design aesthetics of modern laminate now offer an affordable replicate look for those that appreciate a high end look without the worry of wear.

The softness and comfort of carpet makes it a sensible choice for quieter, more private areas of the home such as bedrooms, the home theatre or study areas.  Carpet choices are limitless in colour, style and texture. Cut pile is like velvet on your feet and is characteristically known for shading.  If you need something more durable, loop pile is a popular choice for high traffic areas. It’s easy to clean and hard wearing. Regardless of your lifestyle, you won’t be limited for choice.

For moisture zones, in particular bathrooms, hard floors become a necessity. This presents the toss up over tiles and whether to go ceramic, porcelain, marble or mosaic.  You need to think about colour, texture, pattern and size. Larger, light coloured tiles reflect light and create an illusion of space. Darker toned tiles are contemporary and can give a bathroom a more dramatic mood.  Reflective gloss tiles add to the sophistication of a room and work beautifully in an opulent kitchen. By mixing it up you can create a unique focal feature with smaller, patterned tiles.

It’s perfectly fine to mix and match throughout your home but important that transitions are subtle.  This is when a mood board can help you to create consistent and complementary surfaces that flow.  When you build a home with Metricon our Studio M interior specialists are there to help you with every selection step. Our state of the art selection centres have an extensive range of flooring choices and samples on display for you to look, feel and creatively co-ordinate.

For further interior style inspiration, visit our collection of Lookbook Themes to see how flooring options flow to create a consistent and complementary style throughout your home.