Tiles or carpets or wood – Oh My !

Not a bad analogy if you are in the middle of trying to decide on your floor covering. It’s a big decision, and you want to get it right. Personally my favourite will always be stone with underfloor heating throughout. However, a fluffy carpet or rug right beside the bed for those cold mornings, a beautiful wooden flooring in the library or office is always appropriate and just lovely, but always, always tiles in the areas where spillages are an issue … let’s see which of the options may be best for you :

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Tiles & Stone :

This is the hardest and coldest flooring. Used extensively throughout southern Europe. Stone floors are generally easy to keep clean, and the most durable. But tricky to heat without underfloor heating and unforgiving if you or yours slips and falls. The diversity of colours, patterns and textures in this group is incredible.

Beauty:
Tiles can be extremely beautiful. The patterned Mediterranean type tile comes to mind immediately. Or the glassy finish on a marble floor. There is a fabulous variety of styles here from vintage reclaimed tiles, to newly quarries stone. You can go for a pattern, or a solid colour.

Maintenance & Durability:
Each type of tile or stone will have its own maintenance routine. Marble for example, should be ground and polished ever few years to keep a mirror like surface. Most will be treated for anti-stain, but some stone can be quite vulnerable. So best check carefully how durable it is. Moderns tiles however will be some of the most robust flooring you can find.

Cleaning:
This is a no brainer. Very easy to sweep, hoover and mop clean.

Heating:
Wonderful in hot weather, as it will stay cool. But unless you have underfloor heating it can be very cold on the feet, and even add to your heating bill in winter months. Rugs are always an option though. Keep a fluffy one at the side of the bed, for your toes first thing in the morning. And choose large sprawling ones for the living room.

Best For:
I would choose stone or tile for the bathroom & kitchen without a second thought. If only for the easy cleaning factor. But it can, and does, work beautifully throughout the whole house

 

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Carpets:

Hands down the softest and warmest. But a tad tricky to keep clean, and can even be toxic with all the chemicals used in production, Available in rolls or tiles.

Beauty:
The choice of colour and patterns here is endless. You can go to town with an eccentric design, or simple blending colour tones. Highly versatile in its design quality.

Maintenance & Durability:
This is where carpet falls flat on its face. From the moment you step on it, so begins its demise … There are Fantastic carpet cleaners that do quite a good job. But if you spill something that stains, or stinks, you had better act fast.  Make sure you have one of these – I Can Get Any Stain Out – websites handy … Even then you must have the right stuff in the cupboard that you need to neutralized the spillage.

Cleaning:
Hoover, and an occasional shampoo …

Heating:
Wonderful in cold weather. Carpet definatly acts as an additional insulator. So saves a little on your heating in cold weather !

Best For:
Bedrooms and Living rooms, even just for the heating factor.

 

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Hardwood:

Not as hard as tile or stone, warmer too. A very natural look. Available in many varieties, from reclaimed vintage flooring, to new hardwood boards, and even a more economical laminate wood effect.

Beauty:
Homely and warm in its beauty.  Gives a real comfort feel to the house. Not as much colour choice as in the other options. But you will get differing widths of slat, and you can pattern wooden floorings.

Maintenance & Durability:
Very easy maintenance. The only thing you have to worry about would be solvents, which should really live in the garage anyway. And beware the nail varnishing queens and princesses … Wood is softer than tile or stone however, so it can be prone to scratches or stiletto indentations.  The easiest solution is never to wear outside shoes in the house … I never do …

Cleaning:
Simple as the tiles or stone. Sweep hoover & mop.

Heating:
Not as bad as tile or stone in cold weather as wood will retain some heat

Best For:
Throughout the whole house.

 

 

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