what kind of floor do you prefer when designing interiors?
stone tile international
December 4, 2013
we would like to know your thoughts, as we tend to bicker about this topic daily :)
wood
porcelain
natural stone
mosaic
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Michael Lee, Inc
wood look is the best but there are some new products out that have the look but not the issues with wood
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yoboseiyo
i love hardwood floors.
love.
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stone tile international
yes! wood is fantastic, there is porcelain slabs that look exactly like wood that as you said Michael, have less issues, like Bio Plank or Evo 2
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Dytecture
Natural stone/Tiles for the 'wet' areas. Hardwood for the rest of the house.
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Brenda
I think there are some 'regional' preferences with flooring. Here in the north east USA, it's pretty much just hardwood or carpet. But I travel frequently to Palm Springs CA and south Florida, and from the houses I've stayed in it's pretty clear they lean more towards large scale tile.
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bungalowmo
Depends on the room. Hardwood in LR, DR, & BR's. I have original hardwood in my kitchen too...needs sanding & refinishing when I get to that room. Bathroom, I did a matte finish porcelain black hex. The last thing I want is a shiny bathroom floor.

The grout looks funny in this pic...it's called "Anthracite Gray" & is quite dark.
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nancycronk
Dytecture, I really appreciate your comment. In my old house, there was wood or carpet in the 3 bathrooms. Raising three little boys, two dogs and two cats in that house meant those floors were beyond disgusting. Tiling the bathroom floor was the first priority! I love hardwood, but not everywhere. I like carpet in bedrooms and family rooms. I personally love the softness, the sound absorbtion, and the warmth, especially if one lives in a part of the country that gets quite cold in the winter. The rest of the house -- LOVE the wood. Some areas of the house are great with wood, some with tile and some with carpet, IMHO.
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Louis
Question. Is wood flooring easier to care for than very high quality carpet?
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stone tile international
i would say hard wood floors are better than carpet....they are easier to clean and don't stain (as long as they are treated) in the long run wood is cheaper then carpet as well.
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Louis
What is "treated"?
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chookchook2
If we solve this problem for you, stone tile, what will you guys do with all the time saved by not bickering?
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chookchook2
In passive solar design,stone tiles and other masonry, come into their own as a heat sink; soaking up the sun during the day and releasing it at night. In Summer there needs to be good shading on those windows. It is the way of the future to save dollars on heating. Stone and other tiles are great in hot environments in conjunction with external shade structures on the building.
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chookchook2
Me Uggh. Me have stone in cave. No windows, get cold. Run fire, cook wooly mammoth, cough alot.
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Studio M Interior Design
Wood flooring is classic!
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mfwolfe
I think what you mean to say is "wood flooring covered by a sizable and oftentimes costly area rug is classic."
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OasisDesign&Remodeling
Wood is the most beautiful & versatile. Entrys & mudrooms & bathrooms should definitely be pocelain.
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stone tile international
chookchook2 we will probably continue bickering haha.
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shal1217
Hardwood and natural stone for tiled areas due to the beauty but procelaine for functionality.
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Oak & Broad
Wood wins! Real wood flooring can be refinished many times with different stains to accommodate changing styles and taste. Its softer on the feet than tile and not nearly as cold feeling.
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happyasaclam
Gorgeous, Oak & Broad.
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Oak & Broad
Thank you!!!
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sunnie2day
I think it does depend on the home being designed. When I lived in the US hardwood was the norm in California (although pesty to keep clean) with some carpeting in bedrooms and den. The tile floors (stone) in the Deep South were fabulous - as long as the sun didn't hit it long enough to soak up heat. Instant Ahhhhhh when bare feet hit the floor on a muggy 90F+ day!

I love tile because it can be steam mopped - hardwood not so much. But tile is cold so I have used lino or vinyl (dare I say that?) that looks like wood in the kitchens when living in colder climates. Lino and vinyl steam mops so nicely!

We're getting ready to reno a 3-gen home in NE Scotland and I'm leaning towards lino in the entry, kitchen, and bathrooms for the cleaning ease+warmth, and carpet everywhere else.

If I could it would be tile-fabulous tile through the whole house. I really fancy the idea of mosaic tiling in bathing areas (lol, Ancient Roman in a former life?) but we'd all freeze. Still, I dream of a compass rose mosaic at least in the entry...
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chookchook2
Linoleum is health and environment friendly.
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chookchook2
The Romans used underfloor heating under their tiled floors.
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ASVInteriors
I have underfloor heating and marble kitchen floor. My daughter and I sit on the kitchen floor with an ice cream tub on depressed days, and chat while the floor heating slowly melts the ice cream. When it's ready, we have chatted enough to cheer up and enjoy soft movenpick ice cream
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chookchook2
Hubby lies down to do the weeding. With the spiders and snakes we have in Oz!
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chookchook2
When your daughter is 70 she may tell the senior citizens club:- well, you think that's bad. We were so poor we used to sit on the floor!
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ASVInteriors
A whiff of Monty Python chookchook
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Creative Home Staging
Wood flooring just has so much "warmth" to it. Can't beat it in my opinion.
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chookchook2
They may have wood flooring in hell then. I don't want to find out!
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indianpatti
Absolutely wood floors in the living areas ... great for home value, ecologically sound & healthier for you than carpeting and they look gorgeous!
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