Deciding on the best floor for your bedroom is as personal a decision as anything else you choose for your retreat. You might consider traditional choices like hardwood or carpeting, but the best choice for your bedroom will depend on the look you want, the size and layout of your bedroom and the climate where you live.
Hardwood floors are a classic choice for bedrooms; they add both beauty and value to a home. In a master bedroom suite, hardwood can be used throughout, including the bathroom. Wood is also a good choice for kids' bedrooms, because of its durability. In the guest bedroom, a beautiful wood floor creates a warm look.
In addition to traditional hardwoods, many homeowners are choosing bamboo and eucalyptus for their durability, sustainability and relatively low cost. Another economic alternative is cork, which is both durable and easy to install (you can put it down over an existing floor). Cork's resilience provides built-in cushioning, a nice touch when walking across a bedroom in bare feet, and it's an environmentally sustainable product.
Tile might not be a type of bedroom flooring you've considered, but it's worth taking a look at. Whether or not it's right for your bedroom depends on your decorating style and the climate in which you live. If you live in a warm environment and prefer a Mediterranean style of decorating, tile may work for you. There are many choices, from ceramic to travertine, and you can use the same tile throughout your suite, including the bathroom. Tile is also a good choice in children's rooms, because it is tough and easy to clean.
Concrete is a very durable floor for any room in the house, including the bedroom. Concrete accepts color well and can be polished to a glossy sheen. It's a good choice for warm climates and more modern styles of decorating. It is also a low-maintenance material, making it a good choice for kids' bedrooms.
Many homeowners still choose carpet for their master bedrooms. You can have wall-to-wall carpet installed, or choose a large carpet with bound edges that will let some floor show around the perimeter of your room. Carpet provides both warmth and noise absorption, and it can make a large room feel cozy. You can choose from a wide range of colors in either a loop or cut weave. A reputable carpet dealer can help you determine which type of carpeting is best for your room, depending on your tastes, traffic level and budget. You can choose from several synthetic fibers, or select a natural wool or silk for a touch of luxury.
If you choose a hard surface for your flooring, you may want to add an area rug under your bed, or place smaller rugs on either side to give your feet a warm place to land on cold winter mornings.
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