Experts and BHG readers answer.
What are my choices in flooring for different rooms in my home?
Decorating expert Lacey Howard has a great video on this. She identifies six different types of flooring. I’ll touch on each in my answer, along with my own comments and mention of what type of flooring is most suitable where.
Carpet offers a warm, quiet, comfortable surface, making it a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms. No matter how carefully you vacuum, however, carpet will never be as free of dust and dander as hard surfaces can be. Prefinished hardwood has gained tremendously in popularity for use in all of the home’s public areas. It’s renewable and easy to recycle. Tile is an excellent choice for kitchens and baths. It’s moisture resistant and cheaper than stone. Laminate floors are extremely durable and fairly inexpensive, but as much as they try to mimic natural materials, some people think they look artificial. Resilient flooring (vinyl) is hard to recycle, but many people like its soft feel underfoot and wide color and pattern selection. It’s best in the kitchen. Stone is the most expensive, but arguably the most beautiful hard surface and works well in entryways and other public areas of the home.