With so many options of flooring available on the market, it can be overwhelming to filter through each type and decide on the best one for you. That’s why we decided to simplify the process and create a step by step guide on choosing the perfect flooring.

What to consider when choosing your perfect flooring

Whether you’re a fan of hardwood and are looking for oak flooring, or whether you’re opting for carpet because of its cosier feel, there are a variety of elements you need to consider before making your final choice.

For starters, you need to think about the colour scheme of your home, in particular, the rooms you are planning on getting new flooring for. For example, you should try to purchase flooring in a colour that complements the current colours in your home. Neutral tones often complement brighter, bolder colours.

Additionally, it’s also important to think about the placement of your new flooring. For example, if you are updating the flooring in your bathroom, it’s best to avoid carpet because of condensation and water. On the other hand, you may prefer to have carpet in your bedroom because it offers a cosier feel than wood.

Along with considering the colour scheme and purpose of each room, you may also need to consider the space you have available and the amount of natural light the room has. This is because dark flooring accompanied by very little natural light can make a room appear smaller than it is. If you have a small room that you’d like to make appear more spacious, try to choose lighter coloured flooring.

What is your square footage budget for hardwood or carpet?

Before shopping around for new flooring, you should be aware of your square footage budget. Having a set budget in place is vital as it helps you explore the options available in your price range and prevents you from falling in love with a floor you can’t afford.

Square footage cost varies depending on the type of flooring you choose as well as the quality, thickness and material. However, to help you understand roughly what you might be paying, we’ve looked into the average highest and lowest costs per square foot for both carpet and wood. We found that hardwood flooring ranges from £25 to £70 p/m2 and carpet ranges from £7 to £35 p/m2.

Purchase the option that’s right for you

Once you’ve considered all the things we’ve discussed above, you should have much more of an idea about the type and colour of flooring that you’d like to install. At this stage, it’s time for you to start shopping until you find the flooring of your dreams.

There are plenty of places you can buy your flooring from and most are happy to offer free samples and swatches to help you make your decision. Many will also have a dedicated customer service team, such as ourselves, that are happy to answer any questions you have and give you more information about any of the flooring you’re considering.

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