The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in any home. It is where we finish the day and begin each new one. It provides comfort when we are sick and privacy when we need time alone. It is usually the most intimate and personal space in a house, and is unique to each individual.
It’s for these reasons and more that thought should be put into how a bedroom is styled and decorated. And, seeing as flooring is such a large component due to its sheer size alone, careful consideration is required for this component in particular.
If you’re not sure where to start – or if you’re simply looking for inspiration – check out these five flooring ideas for your personal chamber:
1. Carpet – Timeless ClassicTable of Contents [show]
One of the most comfortable feelings upon rolling out of bed in the morning is a soft carpet underfoot. The warmth and luxuriousness of well-suited carpeting can make those first few steps of the day all the more tolerable – and even enjoyable.
Carpeting is a great choice for bedroom flooring as it not only has natural sound-reducing qualities, but it is available in a plethora of patterns and colours.
The amount of traffic your bedroom sees – and how often you are willing to vacuum – will help determine the best shade for your space. Medium to dark coloured carpets, for example, may give a warm cozy appearance, while light colours may make for a bright cool space Further the medium to dark colours generally require less maintenance and light colours may require a little more up keep.
There are a number of different styles to choose from, including frieze, level loop, looped-pile berber, pattern and texture carpet and the ever popular softer feeling carpets. Whichever style you choose will depend on the look and feel you are seeking.
When choosing a carpet style for your bedroom, it is best to avoid the hard, tightly looped varieties that are better suited to basements. There are many fibers to choose from check with a flooring store professional to advise you best, based on your requirements.
2. Laminate Flooring – Easy and AffordableFor an inexpensive and low-maintenance flooring option in your bedroom, laminate may just be a top contender.
With a transparent, stain-resistant finish designed to endure wear and tear, laminate can be a hardy opponent when up against the lifestyle of busy families with children and pets.
With a life that can span a couple decades, laminate doesn’t require refinishing, and can be cleaned without the need of chemicals or heavy duty equipment.
Laminate also tends to have less expensive installation costs than other materials such as hardwood, and is fairly easy to install on one’s own.
And the visual choices for a bedroom are endless. One of the most popular picks for this intimate space is a hardwood look, whether in a light oak colour or dark cherry hue. For a more contemporary finish, try black laminate with a wood grain, contrasted by white furnishings.
3. Tile – Old World CharmWhile tile may be more commonly associated with a bathroom or kitchen, there is no reason one can’t bring that unique look to the bedroom. Not only is this option highly durable and easy to keep clean, but its beauty and timelessness are arguably unmatched. The material adds an instant Mediterranean feel to any space, and – when complemented with green foliage and strewn-about rugs – can emanate a tropical experience.
There are a number of different materials to choose from – including porcelain, ceramic and vinyl – all of which have varying levels of firmness, durability and installation difficulty.
They also come in a range of shapes – such as squares, rectangles and octagons – as well as sizes, so one can choose to lay their bedroom in fewer large tiles or a higher volume of smaller pieces.
Choose between one solid colour, such as an earthy, sunburnt yellow for a rustic Tuscan feel. Or pattern a number of colours to create an intricate mosaic under your feet.
4. Environmentally-Friendly Flooring OptionsThose looking to floor their bedroom may want to take this opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by exploring eco-friendly options. Materials can not only impact the natural environment by contributing to pollution when produced and shipped, but products that release chemicals, dust or fibres can also have a harmful effect on the atmosphere inside the home.
Luckily, there are many materials on the market that are not only clean and green, but are also suitable for the bedroom. While linoleum may be associated with the shiny, rubbery look of generations past, it is making a strong and stylish comeback with a range of colours and patterns. Not only is it visually pleasing, but its composition of linseed oil, pine resins and sawdust is also environmentally friendly.
Bamboo is a sustainable option that looks and feels much like hardwood despite the fact it is actually a grass. It is easy to install and maintain, and is available in a variety of hues.
If you have your heart stuck on wood floors choose an engineered hardwood over solid hardwood. Less raw materials are used to produce this style of wood than that of its solid hardwood counterpart. You can help limit your contribution to deforestation by choosing an engineered floor.
5. Turn up the HeatWhatever flooring material you choose for your bedroom can be given an extra boost of comfort with the addition of a little warmth. If you’re building a new home, you may wish to consider the following option.
Radiant heating – or underfloor heating – is the perfect finishing detail for the bedroom, which is already generally associated with relaxation and coziness.
Whether you use a wet system (which utilizes hot-water tubes) or electric system (which uses wires), this added luxury reduces bedroom clutter by eliminating the need for radiators and portable heaters. You may also wish to consider for your existing home the use of heating pads that are installed under certain types of flooring. Again a very efficient way to heat your home as generally the these systems make use of low voltage in some applications, as well the use of programmable thermostats. These handy thermostats allow you to turn up the heat at just the right times, and down when not so much heat is required.
And, gone will be the days of hopping from rug to rug to avoid cold patches on your floor, as this energy-efficient option produces and maintains an even distribution of heat.
While it is compatible with most materials, some will work better than others, so check with your floor manufacturer or installer to learn how to best utilize radiant heat in your space.
Lastly…With countless materials, colours and designs, there have never been so many options for the flooring in your bedroom.
While the selection may seem a little overwhelming to some, it’s important to remember that flooring is an individual preference that will vary depending on one’s situation and needs.
Keep in mind all you’ve learned about bedroom flooring, but at the end of the day, go with what works for you and your home. By following your gut – and your heart – you’re sure to have a bedroom you can take pride in.