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