We’ve all watched TV renovation shows where the budget-strapped homeowners peel back horribly stained carpet or worn-out linoleum to reveal… original hardwood floors in pristine condition.
A little sanding and a little stain, and they’ll be good as new. If only real life home makeovers were like TV ones.
As we find ourself in the market for some new flooring in the dining room and the master bedroom…
…because of some pet damage, spills and general wear, I know what awaits us. Stinky padding and plywood sub flooring and stained and warped boards that can’t be salvaged. Not even with TV magic.
As we prepare for these two renovations, I’ve been weighing our various options for both spaces. Hardwoods or carpet (or some other option) in the bedroom? Replace the hardwoods in the dining room or camouflage with a pretty rug?
I haven’t made up my mind just yet since we’re still in the early planning stages of these projects. But, in partnership with Shaw Floors, I have come up with some great farmhouse flooring options for the bedroom, dining room and every other room in the house.
And here’s the thing: there are so many different ways to get that vintage, timeworn, cozy farmhouse look we all love, even if your home isn’t blessed with original hardwoods.
Big budget or small, you can get that coveted farmhouse flooring look in luxury vinyl, laminate, carpet, tile, engineered hardwood and custom rugs. And these new products are likley better than the “original” because they’re designed for durability and today’s lifestyles.
Because we all know pets, kids, husbands and craft projects can be hard on floors!
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Hardwood
Nothing says farmhouse flooring quite like pine. I love the look and antique finish on of these Cumberland Pine hardwoods from Shaw Floors.
The distressed, dark Twilight finish on these Wildwood hickory floors give them that farmhouse feel. These are from Shaw’s Epic+ collection, the most durable, impact-resistant hardwoods on the market.
The Fairbanks Maple hardwood floors are heavily scraped and come in three different plank sizes, which are mixed to achieve a vintage look.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Laminate
As much as I love hardwood floors, they’re not always in the budget or the most practical option for high-traffic areas. We had wide-plank laminate flooring in our last house, and I found them much easier to care for and more forgiving than our current hardwoods.
You definitely don’t have to sacrifice style with laminate flooring.
True to their name, these Reclaimed laminate floors look like wood reclaimed from a centuries old building. The matte finish and wire-brushed texture makes them a great farmhouse flooring option.
It’s not unusual to find whitewashed or painted floors in a farmhouse. These Vintage Painted laminate floors certainly look the part.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Vinyl
Clean, all-white interiors are a hallmark of farmhouse style. This Stone Fusion flooring looks like whitewashed wood planks or marble tile, but it’s really vinyl, making it perfect for the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
This Atlantic Station floor looks like authentic rustic hardwoods, but it’s really high-quality vinyl. It would be perfect for a traditional farmhouse kitchen.
This Bella flooring reminds me of wood reclaimed from an old furniture factory or textile mill. It’s from Shaw’s Floorte line of resilient luxury vinyl that mimics the look of
wood, stone and tile, and it’s waterproof.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Tile
I love the combination of a clawfoot tub and a marble floor in a farmhouse bathroom. These Maximus glazed porcelain tiless offer the look of Carrara and Calcutta marble without the steep pricetag or the issues with staining and wear.
One of the things I love most about farmhouse flooring is the character of it. This Fired Hickory tile floor has the worm holes, cross-sawn marks and scraping you expect from old wood.
This Rockwood tile would be a great option for a modern farmhouse. While it looks great in the bath, it’s one of those designs you could use anywhere — including basements and outdoor settings — because it is freeze and thaw stable. Its durability makes it a great choice for a playroom or game room.
Farmhouse Flooring Options: Carpet & Rugs
When I think of carpeting and rugs that fit with the farnhouse look, I’m usually drawn to neutrals, subtle patterns and soft texture. In a word: cozy.
The subtle Morrocan tile pattern on this Elite Touch carpet is subdued enough to use wall-to-wall. Or it would make a great custom area rug. (With Shaw’s Cut-A-Rug program, you can choose the style, color, size, border and shape you need for your space.)
Durability is also a concern with farmhouse flooring. When we replace the stained carpeting in our house, we’ll likely choose a style with Shaw’s new LifeGuard backing that makes carpet waterproof, meaning spills and pet accidents can never seep through to the padding or subfloor.
As much as I love hardwood flooring in the rest of the house, I love the feel of carpet underfoot in the bedroom. This So Keen carpet has a nice tone-on-tone color and texture.
While color certainly has its place in farmhouse design, neutral tones, like beige and gray, are great options for carpeting and rugs. The three swatches above — Join Me, Smooth Operator and Soft Breeze from Shaw Floors — are great go-with-everything choices.
I hope I’ve provided you with lots of inspiration. Do you have a space in your house that needs new flooring? What’s your favorite farmhouse flooring look?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shaw Floors. The opinions and text are all mine.