New Flooring, New Look
A few months back I was called in for a flooring consultation. At the time, the clients’ home had wood-looking, ceramic tile in the entry which led back towards the kitchen, and carpet in the Living, Dining and Family rooms, as well as the stairwell and bedrooms. The couple wanted to replace the carpet in the bedrooms, but weren’t sure if carpet should stay in the main living spaces. With 3 dogs in the house (2 of which are Great Danes!), they thought wood floors might be a better option for the downstairs. While the carpet had definitely seen better days, the tile was in good shape. So the options considered were: 1. Keep the existing tile and replace the carpet with new carpet or wood; 2. Take out the carpet and try to match the tile to carry it throughout the entire downstairs (matching would have been difficult as the clients hadn’t been the ones to put the tile in originally); 3. Rip out all current flooring and replace with something new, like wood.
The clients really liked the idea of having wood floors, but with 3 dogs, I suggested they consider a laminate wood flooring that would better resist scratching from the dogs’ nails. I also recommended that the downstairs have only one type of flooring which would visually make the rooms appear larger. After looking at the wood flooring samples I’d brought with me, a whitewashed laminate was decided on which complemented the home’s furnishings and fit the casual style of the clients. Shown below are the before and afters. The clients decided to go with laminate throughout the downstairs and in the upstairs hallway, and carpet in the bedrooms and stairwell. They are thrilled with the results loving the look, feel and function of their new flooring!
*Flooring and installation provided by Carpet Clearance Warehouse, Santa Clarita.