March 08, 2019

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Choosing a Flooring Material

The flooring we choose for our home has the power to transform the functionality and aesthetic from the ground up (no pun intended)! At Luxe Home, we’re often asked about different materials and how to choose the right one to suit our households’ varying lifestyles. On the blog, we discuss some fantastic options to create the look you’re seeking at the price point and durability you need. Get inspired!

You Can Have the “Hardwood Look” Without the Worry

(Mansion Arcade tile by AKDO).

Homeowners frequently tell us that they’d love to have the “hardwood look” in their home, but they worry about scratches from furniture and pets. Have no fear! With advancing technologies, you can now opt for porcelain floor tiles that look exactly like the charming, rustic feel you’re going for. A favorite in both our showroom and among our clients is the Mansion Arcade tile by AKDO – a striking porcelain tile that mimics the look of hardwood.

(Recognize this floor?)

Many clients love porcelain tile because the material is extremely durable, easy to clean and water-resistant. If you have a downstairs bathroom in your home, you don’t have to worry about choosing a different flooring material. You won’t experience the potential water damage like you can with natural hardwood.

(Etic Palissandro porcelain tile by AKDO).

The potential drawbacks to keep in mind are that porcelain can come at a higher price point than other flooring options and it can be costly to repair broken tiles. However, since porcelain is so sturdy, the need to repair broken tiles is rare.

With the Right Manufacturer, Bamboo is a Durable Choice

(Solid Strand Bamboo in “Dove” by Tesoro Woods).

Bamboo is available in a multitude of colors and textures paired with an affordable price point – making it a popular choice among homeowners. A favorite manufacturer among our designers and clients is Tesoro Woods, a company well-known and loved for their solid bamboo flooring options that are dimensionally stable, scratch-resistant and safe for not only your home but also the environment. Their bamboo floors come in seven different colors with three textures to choose from, giving you ultimate control over the design of your space. You would never know these floors are solid bamboo! Their bamboo is extremely durable, making it an excellent choice for households with active kids and pets.

(Tesoro Woods’ Super Strand Bamboo in “Caramel”).

Tesoro Woods uses no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or harmful chemicals in their production, making it safe for your home and for the planet! Bamboo also typically comes at a lower price point than other materials, making it an affordable option, especially if you’re undergoing a full-house improvement project.

Bright and Bold Is In!

(Paris Metro 17 tile pattern from Tabarka Studios).

When you think colored, patterned tile, you might picture a fun backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. However, patterned tile floors can work wonders to brighten up your home in a unique way while meshing with the defined color palette in the space.

(Tangent Astral Night stone mosaic tile from Walker Zanger).

We’re also seeing vibrant tile floors completely transform a home’s appearance – especially in rooms with white, grey or neutral color schemes. A funky pattern can define the personality of a space, especially if your home has a simple color scheme and you’re seeking a touch of flair.

(Duquesa Fatima tile in Mezzanotte from Walker Zanger).

If committing to an entire patterned tiled floor isn’t your thing, then you can add just a splash of color like in the bathroom above. A unique design in small amounts can contribute to the look of your space without overpowering the aesthetic. We love how the intricate blue tile pattern from Walker Zanger adds personality to this bathroom while still allowing the all-white palette shine through.

With advancing technologies, we now have more options than ever before for the flooring in our homes. We understand the process of making the right choice can feel daunting, and our talented designers in the Luxe Home showroom are prepared to discuss all of your options and guide you in the right direction to create your dream space. Visit us in downtown Lafayette and get brainstorming with us!

Douglah Designs Luxury Design And Remodeling


Douglah Designs, a premier home remodeling studio, manages every design and construction facet of your project. Our 3,000-square-foot showroom, Luxe Home, sits in the heart of Lafayette. We offer luxury home essentials, including cabinets, plumbing fixtures, tiles, lighting, and more. Homeowners, designers, architects, and contractors in the East Bay trust us for stylish, high-quality brands and professional in-store support.

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