If you're moving home or just doing some renovations, you might be faced with the question of what flooring to choose.
There are so many different options other than just plain carpet in a house, but each choice comes with pros and cons.
Here's my basic guide to flooring choices.
Okay, so carpet gets a really bad rap as being very 70s but put in the right environment, I still believe that carpet can be a great asset.
Even though it might seem expensive, you can get really good sale offers on carpet, depending on the season.
Also carpet is very hard wearing and so a good option if you're looking for a long term flooring solution that won't need replacing too quickly.
What I love about carpet is its softness, so it's great in cold countries or for rooms where you want to bring a softer more soothing look to the design.
The problem with carpet though is how it gets stained very easily and can be harder to clean. I sometimes worry that despite all the vacumming and carpet cleaning, carpets might be hiding a lot of dirt underneath.
Hardwoods are the latest trend in flooring. The costs really vary depending on the quality of wood that you go for.
Installation is also important - it not only costs money for the installation but needs to be done by a professional as hardwood flooring isn't something you can experiment with.
Hardwood floors look great and are much easier to clean than carpet. I find that some hardwood floors are a bit loud to walk on but putting rugs down can help with that.
Lounges look amazing with hardwood floors and modern furniture.
Tiled floors look wonderful but it's not a cheap material for flooring a large area and requires a big investment of time and money to install.
Personally I love tilling in bathrooms and kitchens and as it's water resistant it's perfect for rooms where spillages are a common occurance.
I suggest that you look around showrooms. Don't limit yourself to one style of flooring thoughout the whole house. You can mix and match between hardwood flooring and carpets.