Sure-footed Tips for Choosing New Flooring

Interior Living Room 08When spring cleaning uncovers a worn floor, it may be time to consider purchasing a new one, especially if you’re selling your home in the near future. A new floor, like refreshed paint and updated fixtures, makes a home more enjoyable to live in as well as more marketable.

Floor purchases are often postponed because homeowners are confused about how to make a selection. But Erinn Valencich, celebrity designer and contestant on NBC’s reality home- design show, American Dream Builders, says choosing a floor is easier than you think. She offers three easy steps to help guide you through the process:

1. Think color first. When redoing a room, always starts with fabric swatches to determine a color palette. So if you’re refreshing a room, you’ll want to select a floor that will complement the new color palette of your fabrics and walls. Find a floor color that contrasts with the walls and furniture in the room. If you have rich, dark walls, a lighter floor creates a dramatic difference. White and light walls may look more dramatic when paired with mid-tone or dark floors.

2. Choose your style. With the resurgence of vintage looks in furniture and accessories, reclaimed, time-worn and rustic textures are extremely popular while smooth surfaces are always a classic. Try combining a rustic textured floor with the clean lines of a contemporary space. There’s no right or wrong, so choose what speaks to you and your style.

3. Visualize your floor in your home. When you’ve narrowed your choices, it’s time to visualize the new floors in your home. There are several ways to do this. Most manufacturers provide some type of visualization tool on their websites. Once you’ve narrowed your choices even further, it’s best to see actual flooring samples in your room with available light. It’s wise to involve your retailer early on in the process; he or she can provide great information on product specifications, durability and maintenance. Your retailer will also measure the room, order flooring and arrange installation.

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