Child walking barefoot on a wooden floor

Choose the Right Flooring for the Right Room

From the kitchen to the bathroom, from the basement to the garage, every room deserves an eye-catching, practical, and durable floor. Check out our room-by-room flooring buying guide.

Flooring for Every Room
Every space has specific uses and features. For this reason, not all types of flooring are suitable for every room in the house. Keep reading for our recommendations.
Modern kitchen with greyish brown flooring

Since the kitchen floor is regularly put to the test, choose a tough, easy-to-clean, and comfortable floor covering.

Our recommendations

  • Ceramic
  • Vinyl
  • Pale slate and granite

Pro Tip

In the kitchen—like in the bathroom—textured tiles provide better adhesion to prevent slipping. Avoid surfaces that are too smooth; they become slippery and dangerous as soon as a few drops of water are spilled.
Zen bathroom with large grey ceramic tiles

The bathroom floor must be moisture and humidity resistant, and provide grip. Choose a surface that’s easy to clean and maintain, but that’s also attractive.

Our recommendations

  • Porcelain and ceramic (consider using large tiles to create the effect of a larger space)
  • Natural stone
  • Vinyl

Pro Tip

Our selection of waterproofing membranes allows you to design water and shower areas to your liking. Your ceramic tiles will be sealed from underneath and even if your grout is not 100% waterproof, your subfloor will remain so.

Living room with light grey flooring
Living Areas

Your decor style and the location of your living spaces will influence your choice. Timeless hardwood is a good choice, but carpet makes it easier to sit/play on the floor than other types of flooring.

The following recommendations apply to all common living areas, such as the living room, bedrooms, office, and hallways.

Our recommendations

  • Hardwood or laminate
  • Vinyl
  • Carpet

Pro Tip

In your workout space, consider adding rubber floor tiles for a practical and comfortable training area.
Wooden stairs leading to a basement with grey flooring

When making your choice, consider factors such as higher humidity and cooler temperatures than other areas of the home, as well as limited lighting. Whatever flooring you choose, we recommend installing an underlay to stop damp rising from the concrete floor slab.

Our recommendations

  • Laminate
  • Vinyl

Pro Tips

If you have an open-concept basement, choose different colours and materials for the walls and floors in order to delimit your functional spaces.

Install a heated floor in the basement for added comfort. Psst: it’ll also do wonders for those little feet in the kitchen and bathroom.

Gym space in a garage with epoxy floor coating

First and foremost, a garage flooring must resist stains and tire marks as well as hide minor imperfections.

Our recommendations

  • Concrete floor paint is the least expensive coating applicable for garage flooring. However, it must be applied once every year or two.
  • Epoxy floor coating is available in a wide selection of finishes and colours. It is durable and resistant to chemicals and heavy traffic.

Designer Tip

For a designer finish and to increase the durability of your lower walls, choose a 4” ceramic moulding. A striking and practical choice!
Types of Flooring at a Glance
Many types of floor coverings are available for all the rooms in your house. Each one has its pros and cons, and is suitable for certain uses. Check them out.
Planks of hardwood flooring

Hardwood is an easy material to care for and maintain. Plus, it adds a touch of elegance to any decor.


  • Elegant and inviting
  • Durable and easy to maintain
  • Adds value to the property


  • More expensive
Three warm white ceramic tiles

Ceramic is particularly tough and elegant. It is versatile and hard wearing.


  • Moisture and water resistant
  • Can be arranged in various ways for a spectacular effect
  • Easy to clean
  • Available in many styles


  • Can be cold and slippery
Planks of laminate flooring

Laminate has no equal when it comes to withstanding wear and tear. It is an excellent compromise for those wanting to give a warm feel to the kitchen, at a more reasonable price.


  • Imitates wood perfectly
  • More affordable than hardwood
  • Extremely durable
  • Does not require specific maintenance or waxing


  • Less water resistant
Vinyl flooring that looks like wood

Vinyl flooring comes in a multitude of colours and textures, some with designs even replicating ceramic and wood.


  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Stays warm and is smooth to walk on
  • Adds soundproofing to the room
  • Water and mould-resistant


  • Susceptible to scratching
Other Options
Ever-popular slate or granite are both elegant and feature high-quality grain.
Though less popular today, carpet remains an excellent choice for certain parts of the home, such as the family room.
What About the Underlayment?

An underlayment should be installed for all floating floors, such as laminate, vinyl, and certain types of hardwood. It protects the flooring from moisture and reduces ambient noise. Many underlayments can correct irregularities in the subfloor.

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