Home Renovation: Five Ideas for Your Dining Room Floor

The home of Bruno Frisoni and Hervé Van der Straeten in Tangier

Home renovation is a great way to update your current living spaces with the latest in design ideas and materials. It’s important to select materials that will provide the right look and functionality for the room, especially in high traffic areas like the dining room.

Your dining room is a space used for family meals, entertaining friends and special events such as holidays, birthdays and parties. The floor can take a lot of abuse from heavy foot traffic and spills, so the flooring you choose should be durable, easy to clean and easy to maintain.

First, decide whether your dining room is a formal or informal space:

* Formal Dining Room – if you use the dining room primarily for dinner parties and entertaining, choose a flooring that adds elegance and sophistication to the room.

* Informal Dining Room – if you use the dining room primarily for family meals and informal gatherings, choose a flooring that adds a casual, comfortable look to the room.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring works well in both formal and informal dining rooms. It’s durable, easy to clean and resists most stains and spills. For formal rooms, choose a darker wood tone in planks, parquet or a herringbone pattern. For informal rooms, lighter wood tones in oak, pine and maple work well. For best performance, keep wood floors regularly waxed or use an epoxy flooring sealer. If you decide to use a sealer, you can can options for epoxy flooring in Perth.

Natural Stone

Natural stone flooring includes granite, marble, limestone and slate available in polished, honed and tumbled finishes. Formal rooms work well with polished granite or marble that adds sheen and sophistication. Informal rooms work best with honed and tumbled finishes that provide a rough, natural appearance. Natural stones are porous and can absorb stains, so they should always be sealed regularly for best performance.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile works well for dining room floors. It’s durable and easy to clean. There are thousands of colors and patterns available, so it’s easy to find a tile that coordinates with your décor. Choose a solid color or simple pattern that’s easy to work around, and opt for a non-slip finish. Ceramic tile is impervious to most stains, but heavy objects can crack or chip the tile.


Vinyl floor works best for informal dining rooms. Although there are many patterns and colors available, vinyl floors don’t offer an elegant, formal appearance to a room. If you have an informal dining room, vinyl provides high durability, good resistance to stains and spills, easy cleaning and maintenance, and resilience for comfort.


Carpet can be used in both formal and informal dining rooms, but style and pattern should coordinate well with the style of the room. Carpet yarns are porous, so look for carpets with stain protection to help with cleaning spills and stains. You can extend wall-to-wall carpet from an adjacent room or select an area rug in a coordinating design.

An industrial white home – Designed by Paola Navone

Stenciled Floor – design based on family’s tartan. The designer had the stencils created – each square foot of floor required 8 passes (with various stencils and hand painting).

Herringbone brick floor

Photographer Eric Piasecki

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