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Choos­ing a dif­fer­ent floor­ing ma­te­rial for your home will add vis­ual in­ter­est while break­ing up the abun­dance of wood.

CAR­PET. Soft and sound ab­sorbent, it’s a great in­su­la­tor and a solid choice for bed­rooms

PROS: Dis­guises sub­floor­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, which may cause hol­low sounds and var­ied floor heights with harder ma­te­ri­als

CONS: Only avail­able in lim­ited widths, so vis­i­ble seams are highly pos­si­ble; re­tains foot­prints and mois­ture, mak­ing it un­de­sir­able for high-traf­fic ar­eas and bath­rooms

STONE. One of the hard­est, dens­est ma­te­ri­als avail­able, stone was made for high-traf­fic ar­eas be­cause it is less prone to dents and dings..

PROS: Size and color vari­a­tions be­tween tiles — typ­i­cally a neg­a­tive in other ma­te­ri­als — adds to the rus­tic aes­thetic; durable enough to last a life­time CONS: Highly por­ous, mak­ing it more sus­cep­ti­ble to stains and wa­ter dam­age (man­u­fac­tured stone is a smart al­ter­na­tive)

TILE. Usu­ally a “through” prod­uct, mean­ing it’s the same color and con­sis­tency through­out, ce­ramic and porce­lain tile dis­guise chips and cracks well over time. PROS: With­stands mois­ture mak­ing it great in bath­rooms and mud­rooms; ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of fin­ishes, col­ors, sizes and shapes

CONS: Some tiles are not as mois­ture ab­sorbent as oth­ers, so they’re not all suit­able for out­door use; lighter tiles (with lighter grout) will be more apt to high­light dirt

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