How to choose the right flooring for your new home
How to choose the right flooring for your new home
7 July 2017
Even though it’s really just there to be walked on, flooring shouldn’t be overlooked. Picking the right flooring is so important when it comes to the look, feel and liveability of your new home. Your floors can also affect the temperature, acoustics and aesthetic of your home. Before you choose your flooring, you need to ask yourself some questions. Do you want different flooring in different zones? Have you got young children and pets? Do you want a seamless look throughout? Here are a few tips to help you choose the right flooring to suit your home and your lifestyle.
Ceramic tiles – cool and clean
Ceramic tiles are easier to clean and come in almost countless colours, sizes, shapes, finishes and variations. They have the added benefit of being suitable for both indoors and outdoors, so you can use them to connect your kitchen with other rooms and outside areas for entertaining. This also creates a feeling of spaciousness, as the flooring flows seamlessly from one zone to the next.
Perfect for areas like the kitchen, family room, rumpus room, bathroom and laundry, tiles are low maintenance, making them a great choice for families with kids and pets.
It’s always a good idea to get some extra tiles, as they can be hard to match if you ever need to replace them due to damage in the future.
Timber laminate – durable and affordable
While timber floors are popular, timber laminate is a great alternative for high traffic areas such as the kitchen and family room. Designed to look like wood, this flooring option is easy to lay and can cut back on labour costs. With today’s technologies, laminate floors are made to look exactly like real timber and they offer the same stain, the same grain – and even the same texture!
Perfect for areas like the entry, hallway, family room and rumpus room, timber laminate is a cost-effective option for those who love the look of a timber floor, but not the maintenance or the high cost!
While ticking all the style boxes with versatile colours and qualities, laminate flooring is a very practical hard-floor option, making it popular with families. And you can easily soften the look with some gorgeous rugs to match your decor.
Vinyl – versatile and practical
Vinyl flooring is all about versatility. It can be made to resemble wood, stone, marble and many other surfaces, but it has the resilience and adaptability of plastic, making it perfect for a busy home. This waterproof, heat and stain-resistant flooring has the added benefit of being extremely easy to clean. It’s also a quieter surface to walk on than wood or stone, which is an important consideration in rooms that echo.
Very similar to laminate flooring, and just as good a compromise from timber, vinyl is slightly softer than laminate and, unlike laminate, is better for slip resistance, which can be safer..
Perfect for areas like the entry, hallway, family room, rumpus room and kitchen, vinyl ticks lots of boxes for low maintenance flooring that looks great!
Carpet – soft and stylish
While carpet right throughout the home isn’t for everyone, it certainly creates a feeling of luxury and style. Carpeting is soft under foot making it very pleasant to walk on. It’s flexible too – depending on the style and material you choose, it can give a room a casual or more formal look. There are endless colour choices available, so you can coordinate it with your wall colours and decor. Carpet also comes in a variety of textures and styles to add interest to a room’s overall look. On the flipside, carpet may be harder to keep clean, especially if you have a young family and pets.
A carpeted floor is certainly the last word on comfort. But bear in mind, living rooms with heavy foot traffic might not be suited to carpet, as it’s much less durable than hard floorings.
Many people choose carpet for the bedroom to create a cosy, relaxing space. It’s also great for TV/cinema rooms, as it helps absorb noise. And if you’re going to spend time lounging around on your living room floor, carpet is the perfect option.
Make your dream a reality at Select by Hallmark
Still not sure which flooring options are right for you? When you build with Hallmark Homes, our Selection Centre consultants are on hand to help guide you through the process.
Our fabulous customer selection centre, Select by Hallmark, showcases an extensive range of quality products, fittings, finishes and colour schemes for your new Hallmark home.
This is where the vision for your new home really comes alive. Select by Hallmark features some of Australia’s best brands including Laminex®, Colorbond, PGH and Caesarstone®.
As well as dozens of flooring options, you can experience a wide range of quality home products and inclusions – from cabinetry finishes, tapware and splashback options, to quality appliances, bathroom vanities and alarm systems. And because it’s all under one roof, you don’t have to drive all over town to find the right fittings and finishes for your new home. In fact, it only takes one visit to explore the comprehensive range and finalise your selections.
Expert guidance every step of the way
Creating a cohesive look for your home can add enormous value to your greatest asset. At Hallmark Homes, we look forward to assisting you with this exciting process. Our expert Selection Centre Consultants will personally guide you through all the product choices, finishes and fixtures. They will also take you through the colour selection process, ensuring that everything you choose works together seamlessly, both inside and out.
Select by Hallmark is exclusive to Hallmark Homes’ clients, and entry is by appointment only.