Selecting the perfect flooring for any room in your home isn’t easy. Chances are a visit to your local flooring retailer might leave you wandering through a sea of samples, evaluating them for different materials, designs and overall durability and function. How do you choose from all of the options to find the right flooring that not only will provide comfort and durability but also complement your style — all within your budget?

To start, set a price range and begin evaluating the design and performance features of each option. If you’re not planning to install the floor yourself, don’t forget to factor in the installation costs, which are often in addition to the square-foot cost of the floor itself.

Be sure to explore nontraditional options. Modern, stylish products like laminate and resilient vinyl flooring offer durable, affordable and easy-to-maintain surfaces that will hold up through years of everyday living.

Selecting a style for your home


Whatever flooring you choose should blend effortlessly with your home’s style, whether it’s Victorian, country, traditional, contemporary or eclectic. The size of the room where you plan to install the flooring is important for the overall design equation. Tiny tiles will be too busy in a large room, while a large-scale design will overwhelm a smaller space.

While natural materials, such as slate, stone, bamboo and hardwood catch many homeowners’ attention, consider the variety that modern flooring technology has to offer. The latest advances in resilient and laminate flooring offer the best of both worlds — fashionable colors and realistic textures, combined with unsurpassed durability, comfort, function, easy maintenance and affordability.

Comfortable and quiet

Modern flooring technology holds up to the demands of everyday living better, and more comfortably, than natural hard-surface options. Laminate and resilient floors feel soft and have insulation properties that make them warm underfoot. These modern flooring technologies also are engineered to be quiet and not carry sound.

For example, FiberFloor resilient flooring from Tarkett offers special foam density for added performance and durability, as well as warmth, comfort and a quiet living space, something natural, hard-surface flooring can’t deliver. FiberFloor also features more than 200 distinctive colors and designs, including natural-looking wood grains like oak or even exotic teak, rustic tiles and earthy stone looks, which deliver the best of both worlds.