If you’re redesigning a room or even a whole house, then you should always start with flooring as the base. Sorry for the obvious pun, but it’s true. With a smart but plain floor – preferably one of good quality whatever the material you use – the rest of the place looks smart even with cheap furniture.
But it’s important not to skimp on the flooring. If there’s one area above all others where it really does pay you to pay for look you’ll achieve and, generally, the longevity of that look – then it’s on the floor.
It doesn’t need to cost a fortune, though. Just be careful in your choice that you pick a colour and a hardness (with wooden flooring) that is durable.
For example, with carpets – a slightly darker, closely dappled colour scheme will still achieve an overall plain look, but will also happily take those glasses of red wine you might spill from time to time. Also, many carpets are highly stain resistant these days – but be careful here as the ones which take powerful cleaners like bleach, quite happily, can also look and feel a little cheap. Just choose carefully.
With wooden flooring, the engineered real wood finishes undoubtedly look the smartest, but they don’t take injury well. So pick the best and thickest you can afford, preferably in not too plain a shade that it won’t stand the odd knock here and there. Alternatively, go for one of the thicker solid wood floors that can be sanded and refinished if they take a bad knock anywhere. These should last you decades.
The beauty of this approach is, well, its beauty! There’s nothing quite like a real wood floor as the material is warm in the winter and cool in the summer – quite naturally. It’s particularly good in a small flat or studio apartment; a great floor, a great TV, a sofa bed from the sofa bed sale, a well-stocked fridge, and you’re all set!