Ready to shop for a new floor? Let us guide you through the process. The following questions will help you pinpoint not just what you like but what your room needs, so your new floor will be ideal for your home and lifestyle.

Think about room logistics

  • How do you use the room most—what types of activities are common there?
  • What are the room’s lighting sources? (In a room with less natural light, for example, you might want to consider a lighter-colored floor.)
  • What is the room’s size?
  • Does the room open to others or stand alone?

Think about existing or intended aesthetics

  • How do you want to feel when you’re in this room?
  • What types of furnishings do you have?
  • What’s the style or feel of the room? Traditional, contemporary or rustic? Casual, formal or somewhere in between?

Consider risk factors for the room

  • Does the room open directly to the outside?
  • Do you have indoor pets?
  • Will people have food in this room?
  • Will kids play in this room?  (Or better yet, will kids play with their food in this room?)

Understand expectations for the room

  • Is your flooring purchase prompted by the desire for style or for practicality?
  • What’s the first thing you want to notice when you enter the room?
  • Is the floor for your use, or do you plan to sell your home?
  • The better you can answer these questions, the easier it will be to choose the best flooring for your home.

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