It is very much in fashion these days, whether renewing an old floor or putting one into a new home, to have wood laminate or hardwood floors. There are lots of different thicknesses, board widths and patterns in wooden floors, and you can also have an engineered type of wood which is fitted over an under layer of padding. There are also other flooring types which sit directly on top of vinyl or solid surfaces. The prices of wooden floors also vary widely.

If your current floors are old wood, vinyl or carpet, you can still replace these with new, highly attractive wood flooring. You could even lay your new wood flooring yourself, with the aid of a book from the library or 'how to' sites on the internet. If you really don't feel your skills are up to this particular job, then you would be better to hire a professional to do it for you. You are going to invest a significant amount of money in your wood flooring, and you don't want mistakes in installation to be detrimental to its appearance.

Whatever style or type of wood flooring you choose to install, it needs to be protected. You will need to do a bit of research into types of cleaner for wood floors, and be sure to find one specifically designed for this type of flooring. A good quality polish for wood floors should also be found, so that you can polish them from time to time in order to keep them looking their best, and at the same time maximize their useful life.

Some parts of the floor are worth protecting with further investment in area rugs. The popularity of rugs has increased with that of wooden floors. They protect high traffic areas in particular as a first line of defence against damage. If your wood floors become scratched, they can be refinished to remove these scratches as well as dents, however the process of sanding and refinishing is a messy one, which is also time consuming. Therefore the longer you can put this process off the better.

This is where area rugs come in. If they are well placed, they can reduce the likelihood of your wood floor becoming damaged and hence significantly increase the time between refurbishments. Every room in the house may have wooden floors, and area rugs are sufficiently versatile to be used anywhere you need them. They are available in all shapes and sizes, and can be found to complement any kind of décor or room, be it a hallway, bathroom, kitchen or bedroom.

The investment you make in your wooden flooring is well protected by area rugs, but the purpose of these rugs is also to add texture, color and accent to the decoration of your room. A dark spot can be brightened with an area rug which brings a color contrast, whereas a large area of wooden floor which needs breaking up can avoid being boring by means of a well chosen rug.

You don't have to employ a professional interior decorator to put an area rug in for you, and there are so many patterns, sizes and styles from which to choose. Any ordinary person can choose easily from the available rugs to find ones which will suit the décor of their rooms and complement their wooden floors. At the same time, you will be able to suit your budget, however low or high it is. If you look after your area rugs well, they will add interest, color and style to your wooden floors well into the future.