Choosing the right dining room flooring can make a dramatic statement, and may even set the aesthetic tone for your entire home. We believe that the best floor for your dining room depends entirely on your tastes and your lifestyle. Fortunately for discerning homeowners, there are a wealth of flooring options and dining room flooring ideas ranging from traditional and formal to modern and functional.
We hope you’ll find this guide helpful as you determine the best look for you and your family!
1. Hardwood Flooring
Nothing beats hardwood flooring for a formal dining room. Hardwood floors can add depth, warmth, and drama to your family’s gathering space. To make the most out of your space, consider using dark, rich hardwoods with a distinct grain and then complement your floors with light-colored walls and furnishings. Hardwood flooring is available in solid or engineered planks, but if you’re concerned about your subfloor or frequent spills, engineered planks may be your best bet. For a truly decadent look, consider exotic woods like Brazilian Cherry or Tigerwood. And for a unique look, some homeowners create patterns with contrasting wood and unusual borders or may even opt for hand distressing. Topping your hardwood floor with an Oriental or natural-fiber rug can add a whole new dimension to the room as well.
2. Reclaimed Wood Flooring
If you’re going for the rustic or historic look, there’s really only one choice: reclaimed flooring. Wood from the homes of lumber barons, Centennial Farms, Civil War barns, and other antique sources lends an undeniably authentic aura to your dining room. Repurposed wood comes in a variety of sizes, lengths, and species and can set a striking tone for your interior design.
3. Laminate Flooring
When pets and little ones are a factor, laminate flooring may be the ideal solution for your home’s dining room. Laminate flooring is stylish and affordable. Recent technological advances ensure that modern laminate floors look great while working hard. The tough outer layer lends to the floor’s durability and makes it easy to clean and maintain. Laminate floors may be smooth, textured, or embossed to more closely resemble real hardwood.
4. Natural Stone Flooring
Natural stone conveys a sense of luxury and grandeur to your dining room. It’s durable, beautiful, and elegant. Options for unleashing your creativity in the form of patterns and contrasting borders are endless. Consider mixing and matching tile with natural hardwood to create a real show-stopper. Natural stone may stain easily, however, and can require more attention than other flooring options.
5. Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Flooring
Nothing is more modern, yet more timeless, than tile flooring. Those with poor circulation and sensitive feet should note that both stone and kiln-fired clay tiles can feel cold to the touch. If you’re prone to pulling a Julia Child and often leave a trail of dropped dishes in your wake, then unforgiving tiles may not be the best choice for you. However, the beauty, durability, and versatility of masterfully installed tile is undeniable.
6. Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring
A newcomer to the flooring game, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is another great option for dining rooms throughout the Nashville area. Using the latest 3D-imaging technologies, LVT can mimic the look of high-end marble, travertine, parquet, hardwood, and ceramic at a fraction of the cost. LVT is durable and easy to maintain. It’s warmer underfoot and more resistant to scratching, chipping, warping, and yellowing than standard stone and tile. Because of its resiliency, LVT is often backed by an impressive manufacturer’s warranty.
For a free consultation and to discuss the best possible dining room flooring solution for your home, contact the experts at Nash Flooring today.