Fashions come and fashions go––this is part of human nature. And fashion is not only about couture and designer clothing labels. Interior décor is just as prone to trends and fads as the fashion industry.
So, it would not be any surprise if, at some stage, you find the look of your home to be a little dated and uninspiring. Paint tends to fade and, over time, accumulate stains and marks that cannot be cleaned off without expensive professional equipment. Your flooring may also lose its sparkle and appeal with time.
Painting: A simple and inexpensive facelift
If you find yourself in this situation, it’s time to consider a facelift. Fortunately, you don’t usually need the help of professionals for a basic facelift. We’re talking here about a coat of paint. You’ll be amazed at the effect this will have on your house. Don’t confine yourself to just the walls, either––giving your kitchen and bathroom cabinets a fresh coat of paint can really revive the look of the entire room.
Start by repainting. Expect to pay around $30 to $50 per gallon for an average quality paint. A gallon of decent paint will cover up to 400 square feet. If you’re repainting your entire home and you have around 2,500 to 3,000 square feet of interior paintable surface, that means you’ll need around 6 to 8 gallons of paint. When you add in brushes, rollers and other consumables you’ll be paying out about $400 to $600 to do it yourself. Not a bad investment for the effect you’ll get out of it!
Wide plank floors will give any room a boost
Next, if you’d like to give the floor a facelift as well, installing wide plank flooring is highly recommended if you don’t already have it. Wood flooring is timeless––it doesn’t really ever lose its natural beauty and appeal. Installing wide plank flooring has many benefits compared to other flooring materials.
- Enhanced natural wood grain appearance. Wider planks show more of the natural wood grain in a single strip than narrower wood flooring. The overall appearance of the wood grain, therefore, flows more naturally.
- Makes a room look bigger. The larger individual planks mean that there are typically less planks installed per square foot compared to narrow strip flooring. This typically creates a sense of openness and space. Rooms tend to look a little bigger and more spacious when a wide plank floor is installed.
- Environmentally friendly. Wood is a renewable material, and wood sourced from the U.S. (like our custom wide plank floors) are sustainable because U.S. forest management and protection organizations work hard to combat deforestation and ensure that trees are replanted once they’re cut down.
- Insulation. Natural wood is a fairly good insulator. It is much warmer in winter and cooler in summer than other materials.
- Low maintenance. Wood flooring is very easy to maintain and keep clean and fresh looking. A simple wipe-down with a damp microfiber cloth will remove all but the most stubborn stains. Certainly a lot easier than carpets.
- Lasts a long time. When properly cared for and maintained, a wide plank floor can last decades, with several years in between each refinishing job.
While it is possible to install wide plank flooring yourself, this is best not attempted by anyone other than a professional. Need help finding a competent local contractor? Try City Floor Supply’s Find a Contractor service.
Interested in learning more about installing wide plank flooring for your next project? Request a quote now to speak with a wide plank flooring professional.