Clearwater, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/03/2014 -- A home is a house that truly reflects the spirit of those who live there. The right flooring enhances that ambiance.
“A home is one of the biggest assets people will ever have in their lives. It then follows that they would want to make that home a reflection of their lifestyles. This can be done in a number of ways, and many choose to vigorously pursue the latest, trendy designs and go with what is “hot” in terms of flooring installations,” said Dean Dupre, owner of Champion Tile and Marble in Tampa, Florida.
While it may sometimes make sense to follow the style of the moment, it is important to remember that some fads do not withstand the test of time. What looks terrific now may feel stale in ten years — a distinct disadvantage if a homeowner is considering selling at any time in the future.
So, choose color schemes and flooring carefully, and develop an eye to determine what may sell well later.
“That does not mean you have to have a completely neutral home with white and beige tones in all the rooms, but it does mean you should be cautious about a red wall in the recreation room or a neon backsplash in the kitchen. While you may love it, chances are, someone else, a potential buyer, may want to rip it out or consider that having to cover the color is too much of an effort to buy the house,” added Dupre.
With an eye to the future, possible sale of a home, make smart flooring choices that enhance your home and make its rooms airy, alive and spacious. In small rooms, avoid dark flooring, as it can appear to “shrink” the space. But for high-traffic areas, including the front- and back-door entries, darker flooring may be perfect to hide dirty footprints and paw prints until the floor is mopped.
“You also want flooring that is easy to clean and maintain,” suggested Dupre, “because no one wants something that shows absolutely everything.” Floor runners also offer a good alternative if mopping will not be on the agenda every week.
This year, the hottest trend in durable, easy-care flooring is hardwood and wood derivatives. The wide range of choices available make choosing wood — or natural stone, marble, laminate or eco-friendly flooring — a snap. Mix and match tones, textures, styles and even patterns for an interesting, yet liveable look that will develop its own personality over the years.
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