Choosing the right flooring for your bedroom can make a big difference in the decor of your personal retreat. Although you might not think of the floor as a focal point in your bedroom decorating, it does provide a foundation for everything that you do.

The traditional choice for bedroom flooring has always been carpet. And you can certainly carpet your bedroom if that’s your preference. Carpet is very comfortable and you have the choice between throw rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. But you’re not limited to carpet any longer. There are a wide array of options available for bedroom flooring.

The best way to go about choosing the right flooring for your bedroom is to balance both looks and comfort. You should attempt to find flooring that is attractive, but at the same time useful. Special considerations you should keep in mind include the durability of your chosen bedroom flooring, the amount of maintenance required and your decorating budget.

Wood flooring is a classic bedroom choice. Hardwood floors tend to be emotionally warmer and more welcoming. You can find wood flooring in several different patterns and colors. Hardwood does add a lot of character to your bedroom, but it can be a little cold during the winter. This is easy to fix with some strategically placed throw rugs. You should keep in mind that true hardwood flooring has higher maintenance needs than artificial surfaces, and water is no friend to real wood.

Stone tile is an excellent choice for bedroom flooring, especially if you’re looking for a natural substance. Stone provides an expensive look at an affordable price and gives your bedroom a spa-like feel. Maintenance is fairly light and stone tile stands up to a lot of abuse.

Bamboo is another natural flooring choice that has been especially popular in recent years. Surprisingly, bamboo is not wood, but is actually a form of grass. Bamboo is as strong as natural red oak flooring. Bamboo flooring is especially well-suited for changeable climates because it actually expands and contracts less than real wood. Bamboo is an eco-friendly choice as well, since bamboo grows more quickly and is more easily replenished after harvesting.

Marble bedroom flooring is a classic choice that provides a soothing and cooling look for your bedroom. Marble doesn’t warm up quickly which makes it great for warm climates and not so good for colder areas. Marble resists stains, scratches and water.

Most designers’ top choice for bedroom flooring is laminate. Laminate flooring provides the look and character of real wood flooring without the price or maintenance needs. In fact, laminate flooring is practically maintenance-free. It’s highly durable, lasts for decades, and has no trouble resisting water, stains, or anything else you happen to spill on it.

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