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What are my choices in flooring for different rooms in my home?

I think I知 pretty good at knowing what I like, but when it comes to flooring I seem to like it all. Now that I知 planning to remodel several rooms in my home, I need to know what really works where. Can you help out?
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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.




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Get a good carpet for your floor also. These days you can get pretty good quality ones for around 30$. Getting stone is also probably a good idea but that all depends upon how much you are willing to spend on those.
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