12 inexpensive flooring ideas for your home
Choosing the right flooring in your home is the first step to establishing a solid foundation. Not only does it cover a lot of ground (literally), but it can have a big effect on the atmosphere you’re looking for. And while flooring can be a big expense, it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of affordable, eco-friendly, and even temporary options for a variety of needs and styles. So whether you’re building a new home, wanting to replace your current floors, or looking to give them a quick refresh on a budget, we’ve got you covered. From faux wood floors and tiles to cork and paint, there’s sure to be at least one option that will transform your home.
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Vinyl flooring is a much more affordable option than hardwood and carpet. The synthetic option is water resistant and durable, making it ideal for anywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom. In Alison Victoria’s loft in Atlanta, she covered the original red-orange stained concrete floors with vinyl plank flooring that looks like hardwood to give the home a clean, fresh feel.
Peel and Stick Vinyl Tiles
Peel-and-Stick Technology Has Transformed Walls, floors, and even affordable furniture. With peel and stick vinyl tiles, like these mid-century modern tiles from WallPops, you can easily refresh your bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen floors.
Made up of multiple layers (including a wooden core), laminate is both durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for homes with pets and children. The faux wood option may look like the real thing, just take it in this bedroom designed by Raji RM & Associates.
Linoleum flooring is making a comeback. Made from natural materials, linoleum is one of the most eco-friendly options out there. In this kitchen by Tom Scheerer, the designer chose lobster red and cream linoleum tiles from Aronson that don’t look too new compared to the other antiques in the space.
Concrete floors are ideal for creating a smooth, industrial feel. The durable option makes a great alternative to tile or hardwood. In this dining room designed by Catherine Kwong, concrete floors contribute to the clean look of the open floor plan.
For something a little more decorative than concrete, consider covering your floor with vinyl flakes and an epoxy coating. This wear-resistant and scratch-resistant flake flooring from Garage Kings—in Beautiful house‘s Whole Home 2021 is easy to clean (and hides dirt!), so it will always look like new.
It may not feel plush to the touch, but this rustic material is sturdy, eye-catching, and inexpensive. Top it off with a shiny finish (or a good rug) for a softer look. The herringbone pattern of this kitchen designed by Dominique DeLaney adds extra charm.
A renewable material, cork provides warmth, cushioning and additional noise reduction. It even has natural climate control, which means it can help keep a room warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Plus, you can create a fun design with the material like designer Steven Gambrel did in this kitchen.
Like cork, bamboo is a renewable resource, so it can be used as eco-friendly flooring. Although it is actually a grass, bamboo functions like hardwood. It is sensitive to scratches, but it can be repaired.
For an easy floor update, consider painting your existing floor with a fun pattern. In this Nantucket cottage by Kevin Isbell, the designer had the floors painted in a plaid pattern with varying shades of blue.
“Carpet tiles are very easy to process, beautiful and durable,” general contractor Mark Clements of My FixItUp life
said. “Some are solid, some have really cool patterns, and you can create any designer pattern you want. They’re easy to cut, wear, carry. If one gets stained, just peel it off and stick another one in. The concept is especially fun in this home gym designed by Kelly Finley of Joy Street Design.
If you like the look of stone but don’t want to go for a premium slab like marble, consider limestone as a cheaper alternative. The best part about this option? The stone always stays cool and its lifespan is guaranteed, making it ideal for high traffic areas like this kitchen designed by Lindsay Chambers.
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