Flooring choices for your home are endless and it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the ever-expanding selection. Are you a cork, hardwood or laminate person? What’s best for the bathroom versus the baby’s room?

While style and what’s on trend does play a big factor, you’ll still need to sit down and ask yourself a few important questions:

  • What rooms are you tackling?
  • What’s your lifestyle like i.e. kids, pets, etc.?
  • How much maintenance are you prepared to take on?
  • Are you installing new floors to increase your home’s resale value?
  • Does anyone in your household have allergies?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

Once you’ve asked yourself these practical questions hit the showrooms and hardware stores to preview as many styles as you can in person. Materials come in wood, laminate, cork, carpet, concrete, tile, stone, vinyl, bamboo, linoleum, and even reclaimed or recycled options. Browse the Internet and get a sense of the pros and cons of each to help narrow down the list.

According to The Home Depot, carpet is king when it comes to the bedroom, but these days hardwood and engineered hardwood are very much on trend. For the bathroom, vinyl and ceramic tile are popular; however, newer versions of laminate that can take moisture are popping up. Living rooms are a mixed bag with people choosing everything from hardwood and wall-to-wall carpeting to engineered hardwood and laminate.

If you have a well-used dining room then the pros suggest looking for stain-resistant materials and staying away from lightly coloured carpet. In the kitchen, because of its extensive use and wear and tear, laminate and engineered hardwood flooring are prime choices because they’re simple to clean and come in a variety of styles.

When it comes to the latest design trends for home flooring, patterned floors are making an appearance – think shabby chic patterned carpet for example. Herringbone hardwoods are also hip along with scraped wood, porcelain tile and various types of eco-friendly re-purposed materials like cork.

At the end of the day you don’t want to choose a flooring option simply because it’s trendy today. Make sure you are staying true to your design style and your specific lifestyle and you’ll always make the right choice.