What You Need to Know to Pick the Perfect Flooring

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

You walk on it everyday, but most people never give it a second thought. It’s your floor covering…something most people take for granted. That is, until they are faced with deciding between marble, porcelain and ceramic tile. The choices can be overwhelming, especially for those with little experience in the home improvement industry.

Many homeowners think they can simply stop by a home improvement store, pick out a product and they’re good to go. That is not the case. There are many things to consider when choosing a floor covering; important things many homeowners often overlook.

The primary concern for most people is cost, and rightfully so. Installing new tile is expensive, and depending upon what product you pick the costs increase substantially. It’s important to have a good sense of value. It would make no sense to install marble in a $150,000 house because you would never see the return on your investment.

Generally speaking, marble and other natural stones have a very luxurious feel and seem to “fit” better in high-end homes. They also have the price tag to match. You pay more for the tile itself, as well as the installation.

Now, if you want that look without paying that price, you may want to consider a rectified porcelain tile. These types of tile look like marble and are installed like marble (with very fine grout lines), but cost much less. Keep in mind, this type of installation costs more than standard tile installation because the floor must be perfectly level. This is achieved by “floating the floor,” laying a mortar mixture over the concrete slab to create a smooth surface. Be sure to consider this additional cost when pricing your new floor.

Another factor to consider is the size of the tile. Bigger is not always better. With tiles ranging in size from 12” x 12” to 36” x 36” it is important to choose one that fits the room. Just because you have a small room does not mean you must use a small tile. Many times a large tile can give the illusion of a larger room, but that is not always the case. Through our many years of experience as interior designers, we have learned that rooms with low ceilings generally do not look good with large tile.

This is something you might not realize while looking at the tile in the store. That is why it is always a good idea to take home a few different tile samples to see how they look in your home. The color and shading will appear different under the store’s fluorescent lights than in the natural lighting of your home. By bringing it home, you can also see how the tile looks with your furniture and cabinetry.

Once you have picked your tile you need to pick a grout color. It is important to choose a color that compliments the tile. Some people prefer to pick a color tone from the tile itself, while others prefer a neutral color that blends with the tile. There are literally dozens of different color options, so again we recommend taking samples and seeing how they look next to your tile.

As with most home improvement projects, the choices can be quite overwhelming if you are not educated. We hope this article has enlightened you on what to keep in mind when picking the perfect flooring for your home.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Royal Kitchen Designs writes a monthly advice column answering your questions about interior design and home remodeling. Please e-mail your questions to lilmargie38@aol.com or mail to: Royal Kitchen Designs, 5608 Travelers Palm Lane, Tamarac, FL, 33319. For more information visit www.royalkitchendesigns.com.