A close up of a beige carpet floor.


Flooring Design 01:02

Here are the DIY Basics for flooring design.

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Step 1

Consider Carpet

When choosing new flooring, ask yourself how you want the room to feel.

For a bedroom or family room, the comfort and versatility of carpet may be what you need.

Neutral tones create calmness and showcase furnishings. To "warm up" a room, install red or yellow carpet or warm beige. For a cool, refreshing feeling, go with blues or greens.

Step 2

Consider Laminate

For a sleek modern look in living or dining areas or even home offices, consider light-colored laminate flooring.

A high-gloss finish will make the space look even more high-end. You can add energy and depth to your design with laminates with complex grain patterns.

Step 3

Consider Hardwood

If you want a traditional look, think hardwood.

Each type of natural wood has its own grain, color and personality. For elegance, install dark, fine-grained hardwood. Dark hardwood with a hand-scraped finish makes a space feel cozy and mellow.

Step 4

Add Area Rugs

To focus a room design and add your personal touch, lay an area rug over carpet, laminate or hardwood. Area rugs bring comfort to a space and protect hard surface flooring.

Create energy and movement with area rugs in bold patterns and contrasting colors. Whenever you want to change the look and feel, simply change your area rug.