Favorite Flooring Choices for Interior Designers

At Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company, we’re always looking for inspiration in home flooring choices. These days, the most inspiring and intriguing interior designers are open books, ready to share their favorite features on TV, in shelter magazines, and on social media. Here are a few interior designers we’ve been following on their favorite flooring choices.

Chip and Joanna Gaines
Chip and Joanna Gaines top the list for favorite interior designers in eastern North Carolina thanks to their classic country home style interiors and farmhouse-inspired shiplap detail. With the Gaines’ shiplap, classic hardwood flooring moves from the floors to the walls for easygoing and welcoming southern design. When it comes to their favorite flooring, the Gaines are split: Chip is a “wood snob” who insists on hardwood flooring, but Joanna believes laminate wood is “an amazing thing to use” if you’re on a budget. The Gaines are famous for ripping up old carpets on Fixer Upper and replacing them with wood grain-rich hardwood floors with artfully placed rugs for a more modern or traditional touch. You can’t go wrong with a well-placed area rug. The Gaines aren’t afraid to let wood floors stand on their own, either, though – especially in the kitchen for easy-to-clean flooring choices.

flooring choices with shiplap

Photo by: Jennifer Boomer / Verbatim Photo Agency

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent prefer a “modern classic approach” in their 1928 Spanish Colonial in Los Angeles, and this style applies to their favorite flooring as well. Berkus prefers neutral options for high traffic areas like the kitchen as opposed to trends like patterned tiling. As he says, “I don’t dislike patterned floors or patterned backsplashes, but I think that it’s just not as safe as doing something neutral.” Berkus is also practical in his preference for lighter wood flooring – scratches and everyday messes can ruin dark-stained wood flooring, whereas light wood flooring is easier to clean. When it comes to rugs, though, Berkus encourages creativity: layered rugs are “a great way to bring in pattern and texture.”

flooring choices Nate Berkus

Photo courtesy of NateBerkus.com

The Novogratz
As Cortney Novogratz puts it, “Flooring is one of the most important components in a house, no matter the budget” — especially if you’re considering resale value. Cortney and Robert Novogratz, parents of seven children, naturally opt for more “durable” materials for their flooring choices, including “oak wood flooring or tile” because they “withstand wear and tear” and make for “easy cleanup.” In particular, the Novogratz enjoy bleached wood flooring, which grants rooms an undeniable lightness. The couple is also famous for their bold and bright use of whimsical rugs “inspired by the textiles of the ‘60s and ‘70s.”

flooring choices bold rugs the Novogratz way

Photo courtesy of allmodern.com

Feeling inspired for your own flooring project? Crystal Carpet & Flooring Company can help. Give us a call or come by our showroom to get started on your flooring today.

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