Carpet VS. Hardwood Floors: Which Is Right for You?

Are you looking to renovate your home? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy, and you don’t know which type of flooring is the right fit for you. When deciding whether to go with carpet or hardwood floors, you have to think about your budget, the resale value of each, the maintenance each requires, and many more considerations. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the different aspects of carpet and hardwood flooring so you can decide which is the right choice for you.

Cost

Almost always, quality hardwood will cost more than carpet. On average, installing hardwoods can cost between $12 and $20 per square foot, while installing carpet can cost anywhere between $6 and $12 per square foot. However, there are hardwood and carpet alternatives.

Engineered hardwood flooring can be dramatically cheaper than solid hardwood floors. The average cost of this floor option will run you about $7 to $15 per square foot.

Synthetic carpets are petroleum-made. We’ll talk later about why that may not be a great thing, but if you opt for a natural carpet option, like wool, expect to pay upwards of $20 per square foot.

You should also consider the lifespan of both hardwood flooring and carpet. Depending on the grade of carpet you purchase, you’ll end up replacing it after about ten years, while hardwoods, if properly maintained, can last generations.

Resale Value

On average, 54% of home buyers are willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors. This statistic proves that hardwood floors have a direct impact on the value and price of a home. However, carpet still reigns as king for older generations, especially in multi-level homes, where sound travels quickly. Some people prefer carpet for bedrooms, children’s rooms, and stairs because it offers comfort, warmth, extra padding for young and elderly residents. Overall, when it comes to resale value, hardwood is prized for its classic look, but you’ll have people looking for some carpet.

Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining them, hardwood floors are easier. Sweep and damp mop them to clean dust, spills, surface stains, and other debris. Unfortunately, things like dust, dirt, and allergens become trapped in carpet fibers over time. Vacuum both floors regularly, but certain stains require a deep shampoo cleaning or special chemicals and treatments with carpet. At the end of the day, if you’re concerned about keeping things clean, we suggest you go with hardwood floors. They’re less susceptible to staining, and they don’t trap dust and allergens.

Health/Environmentally Friendly

As mentioned earlier, most carpets these days are made from synthetic materials like nylon and polyester. Petroleum is nonrenewable and breaks down unevenly, giving off volatile organic compounds as it ages. Natural carpets, like wool, have less impact on the household and environment, but they will cost more.

As well as offering allergen relief, hardwood floors are a more sustainable flooring option for the environmentally conscious. Trees can be replanted and renewed. Just make sure that an ecologically sound company is harvesting the wood for your floors in an environmentally friendly way.

Appearance

While carpet offers more variety in color, texture, and feel, hardwood also comes in hundreds of styles to meet any interior design need. Ultimately, it depends on the look you’re going for. Carpet is soft to feel and appearance, while hardwood offers its rich natural tones. Match that with the wood’s varying grain, and your wood floors create an opportunity to make a bold statement.

Water and Heat Resistance

Neither carpet nor hardwood flooring is ideal for damp or hot conditions. While the synthetic fibers in most modern carpets make them exceptionally resistant to water, water can still seep down into the backing layer and the wood subfloor where mold can grow. As far as heat goes, carpet damages easily by heat. Some carpet materials can even release toxic gases if caught in a severe home fire.

Hardwood is fine for living areas and even the kitchen but keep it away from bathrooms and laundry rooms. You’ll want to avoid installing wood floors on concrete slabs, as moisture from the ground tends to seep through those slabs.

Intense heat can scorch hardwood. Mild scorch marks can sometimes be sanded out and refinished, but the best thing to do is just to stay away from that intense heat.

Carpet VS. Hardwood—Conclusion

Overall, we suggest hardwood for your home, with a touch of carpet here and there for those of you who prefer the comfort and security it can provide. While hardwood floors cost more, they offer a higher resale value for your home. Their timeless and effortless look can turn any room into a designer’s dream. You’ll be the envy of all your house guests with your clean lines and glossy finishes.

Hardwood is also easier to keep clean and more environmentally friendly than many carpet options available today. However, we understand that budget and preference are everything, so we’re not telling you to forgo carpet entirely. Carpet has its benefits and is perfect for some homeowners. We hope this helped clarify why some individuals choose hardwood over carpet.

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7 Common Color Mistakes to Avoid In Your Home

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to decorating your home. What style of couch should you purchase? Do you want a glass or wood dining table? But, most importantly, what color schemes should you indulge in? Color can be tricky to get right, especially if you don’t have a keen eye for detail and general knowledge of color theory. But there’s no need to worry! In this blog, we’ll be discussing the common color mistakes people make so you know just what you can do the next time you find yourself decorating a space.

Not Considering Light

Does that blue look green to you? Is it a trick of the light? Could be. Whether artificial or natural, light changes the look of color depending on its brightness and time of day. To avoid painting an entire wall and discovering that your color has transformed, paint a small sample of your desired color on the wall and let the light do its work. This way, you can get an idea of what the color will look like at any point of the day without wasting time and money.

The same concept goes for decorating with furniture and accent pieces. Ask for sample swatches of different fabrics that you can place in the lighting of your home so you can see just how that fabric interacts with the light.

Mixing Too Many Colors at Once

For most people, the goal is to make a room look cohesive and feel peaceful. You can’t do that if you mix too many colors at once. The goal is to find a balance. Try referencing the color wheel. There are warm colors and cool colors. You’ll want a balanced mix of those two. A good rule of thumb is the 60-30-10 rule. To avoid overwhelming the space, stick to three colors. 60% of the room is the dominant color, 30% is the secondary color, and the last 10% is the accent color.

Being Too Matchy-Matchy

The opposite of mixing too many colors at once is not having enough variety. Balance is vital in creating the perfect color palette for your home. You want to make a visual story with color in your home, and you don’t want that story to become dull and predictable. To avoid this, add a handful of small touches of color throughout your home that has nothing to do with your color palette.

Not Creating a Cohesive Home

If you want, you can make every room a completely different color scheme and style. However, that can leave things feeling hectic and messy. You don’t need to have the same color palette in each room, but adjacent rooms should have complementary colors in common, so you create a particular type of flow throughout your home. Create tie-ins so that your home feels like a total package and not just a few separate parts.

Playing It Too Safe

You don’t want to make your home more boring than it needs to be! To avoid this means you may have to take some risks, even with neutrals. Not everything has to be beige. Try a blush or a gray. Gray is highly sophisticated and great for painting an ample space because light will alter the hue ever so slightly from room to room.  You can also use a beautiful bright color a vivid wallpaper to introduce color into a room. Make sure to pick a shade that complements your existing furniture and accessories for a cohesive look.  

Using The Wrong Finish

Sometimes a color would have looked better with a bit of sheen for a glossy finish. Or, perhaps, a matte finish is just what you needed to finish the room. Just like testing a color in different lighting, you’ll want to try different finishes. Pin up or paint a sample of different finishes when picking out a color to see it in the space and the light.

Don’t Rely on Color Trends

Color trends are great for adding a pop of color here and there, but too much of an ‘in’ color can be a bad thing. You want to create a space that is timeless no matter what. Don’t invest too much money in a trendy color because you never know when your taste will change. Pick easily replaceable things. That way, you’re able to add modern freshness to a space without breaking the bank.

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