Tuesday, April 15, 2008


A stylish floor covering will lift you rooms instantly and enhance their impression of comfort. In the same way,ugly, stained or worn floors create an air of decay and grubbiness that won't go away until they do. The fact that more of your budget is likely to be taken up by floor coverings than any other elements due partly to the fact that after walls, floors cover the largest area in your home. Unlike walls, though, they have to withstand constant wear and damaging grime, either tracked in from outside or deposited by gravity.

Despite this tight brief, however, finding an appropriate floor covering simply involves identifying a combination of style and practically that works for you. Floor covering trends seem to change more often- and more violently-than those in other design areas, however, so it's easy for novice to feel intimidated, but try to keep your head; the only thing more foolish than choosing and unsuitable floor on the basis of its street cred is rejecting one that meets all your needs just because it was last year's hot news.

Flooring types
Floor covering are grouped under four basic headings:

Soft flooring (carpets, rugs and natural coverings like coir nad sisal)
Wood flooring (including bamboo and man-made boards)
Resilient flooring (vinyl, linoleum, rubber, cork and leather)
Hard flooring (stone, concrete, metal and tiles - ceramic,quarry,etc)