A Guide to Choosing the Right Carpeting and Flooring for Your Home or Office

When you are selecting carpeting and flooring for your home and office, there are several conditions to consider. Once the product is down, it can be difficult and expensive to change, so take your time, and do your homework. Get samples of the flooring and look at it during different times of the day and night. With these tips, you will be able to find the best floor covering for your home or office space.

Activity Level

What will the room be used for? If there will be a lot of foot traffic, consider using a low-nap carpet, laminate, or wood because they are easier to keep clean, and they are durable. For a kitchen or bath, select something that will stand up to moisture, such as laminate, vinyl, or tile. A home office can feel warm with thicker carpeting.

Also, you should consider future maintenance and cleaning of the flooring you choose. Consult with a carpet cleaning service to help you decide what works best for you.


After you have narrowed down the style of flooring, it is time to pick out a color. Light colors will make a room feel larger, but they can show dirt quickly. Darker shades can make any area feel cozy, while bright colors can add freshness and cheer to a space. Note that the hues will change throughout the day, so make it a point to check out the sample piece often. Solid colors are dramatic, but carpeting can be speckled or accented with other dyes and materials. These contrasts can make the carpet look cleaner longer, give it interest, and add depth to a room.

Laminate flooring comes in a full spectrum of colors from soft gray to chocolate brown. Manufacturers create vinyl flooring in solid colors, repeating designs, faux wood grain, and faux tile patterns. Tiles can look like marble and granite with flecks of color and swirls.


Carpeting is available in a variety of textures, from a low, straight pile to a grooved, shaggy cut. The more texture a piece has, the more forgiving it is when it comes to showing wear and dirt. A thick, straight-cut carpet will show shoe prints.

Wood floors can be offset to create textures, like chevron and herringbone patterns. For a classic look, lay the wood straight but offset the seams. If you are going for a modern feel, vinyl with geometric shapes or brightly colored carpet might be a good choice.


An area that most people have to consider when picking flooring for an office or the whole house is the final cost. There is more to the project than the flooring itself. Whichever product you choose, factor in any tools you will need to purchase or rent to install it, the under-padding that will be required, and the disposal fee for the old flooring. A good rule of thumb to follow is to select the highest and best grade of flooring you can comfortably afford because it will be part of your home for many years to come.