Dining room floors must be elegant yet durable, beautiful yet easy to clean. Most dining rooms get a moderate amount of foot traffic, less than kitchens and more than bedrooms. Dining chairs are moved frequently, and chair feet can damage many floor surfaces. (Either the floor or the chair feet should be covered or protected.) Food and drink may spill, staining a floor or making it slippery. In most homes, dining room floors need to be cleaned often, sometimes after every meal.
Formal & Informal Dining Rooms
Dining rooms can be formal for special occasions or informal for everyday meals. The two styles look and feel quite different. Formal styles stress symmetry and balance, often using geometric shapes and patterns to create a sense of order. Traditional, colonial and Victorian are three examples of formal styles. Informal styles favor asymmetry and use patterns, shapes and elements like those found in nature, often combining them in unusual or unexpected ways. Important informal styles include contemporary, Arts and Crafts and country.
Choosing the Right Floor
Formal and informal dining rooms have different looks but many of the same needs. For both styles, dining room floors should be durable and easy to clean, require little maintenance and resist stains and soil.
With its luxurious feel and wide range of colors, patterns and fibers, carpeting is frequently used in formal dining rooms. What's best for your room depends on how often you use the room and how likely it is that stains and spills will occur. The carpet experts at The Home Depot can help you make the right choice.
Wood, Laminate & Tile
Wood, laminate and tile all work well in both formal and informal dining rooms. Each is highly durable, resists stains and soiling and is easy to clean and maintain.
Wood - The polished, understated elegance of wood floors makes them traditional favorites for formal dining rooms. Wood floors provide a neutral and subtle presence that supports nearly all room styles and designs. Wood is also common in informal dining rooms.
Laminate - Laminate flooring is nearly indistinguishable from the wood, tile and stone floors it's designed to simulate, and it's often more affordable and easier to install. Plus, a cushioning system makes laminate floors more comfortable underfoot than most other hard-surface floors.
Ceramic Tile - Ceramic tile floors are seldom subtle. Their bold colors and patterns demand attention. Ceramic tile floors outlast most other types of floors.
Natural Stone Tile - Natural stone tile works well in both formal and informal dining rooms, from the rustic, casual look of unpolished slate to the sleek elegance of polished marble. Because natural stone flooring is porous, seal your floor periodically to prevent stains.
Vinyl may be the perfect floor for some informal dining rooms, but it's not usually considered as elegant or beautiful as wood or tile for formal dining rooms. Yet recent vinyl products may change your mind. Add beautiful designs and colors to vinyl's list of features - natural resilience, excellent comfort, high durability, strong resistance to stains and soil, low maintenance and easy cleaning - and a new picture emerges.