The advantages and drawbacks of various types of flooring
Wooden flooring. This is the most hard-wearing and attractive type of flooring. It will last throughout childhood and is just as suited to a newborn baby as it is to a 15-year-old teen. Just use rugs and beanbags for added comfort, depending on the child’s age. Choose a laminated version to avoid splinters and creaking, or solid wooden flooring in oak or pine. In terms of colour and style, choose what you like best! Golden oak is a good choice for adding a warm touch to the room, while darker browns give the room a vintage look. You can even paint wooden floors!
Tiles. Tiles are never ideal for a bedroom as they can make it feel cold. However, it’s a classic, understated choice which can be accessorised with a thick woollen rug to add warmth. If the room already has tiles, you can paint them using a special type of floor paint.
Carpet. Often considered difficult to maintain and bad for allergies, carpets are never the preferred choice for a child’s bedroom. However, by using carpet tiles (which can easily be changed in the event of stains) that have been treated against dust mites, it can be a good option for baby’s first steps and play. Opt for a washable wool carpet in a muted colour so as not to make the space seem smaller.
Plastic coverings in vinyl or PVC. This is the least expensive option and it’s the easiest to lay and maintain, but it sometimes lacks aesthetic appeal. Have a look at the mood boards in decor shops to get an idea as to the latest trends for this type of flooring. Wood effect or vintage tile effect flooring works well in creating a Scandinavian feel in a child’s bedroom. Consider using our free 3D online home software to try out different ideas.
5 tips for choosing the right type of flooring:
The younger the child is, the softer and more stain-resistant the flooring should be. For a teen, favour industrial, vintage or Scandinavian-inspired flooring.
Avoid rugs with child-like designs that your little one (and you) is likely to get tired of very quickly! Opt for more neutral flooring, which can be livened up with colourful accessories or those with images of their favourite hero to tickle them pink.
If you’re on a tight décor budget, go for floor coverings you can lay yourself, such as carpets or vinyl flooring, which can be laid in just a few hours.
To choose the right type of flooring, try to visualise the whole look of the completed room, including the colour of the walls, the various pieces of furniture and the overall feel of the room. This will help to ensure that all the décor elements go well with one another.
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