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Whether it’s where your family gathers to eat every night, or only used on special occasions, the dining room is an important place. It’s a place where people gather for holiday dinners, birthdays, and other celebrations. Even if your family only uses the space sparingly, it shouldn’t be neglected. In fact, it should be beautiful and inviting – definitely a space where you can splurge on something a little special. Here are some great options to consider if you’re replacing your dining room floors.

Hardwood

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AHF

Is there anything richer than hardwood? With a wide range of plank widths, lengths, colors, species, and finishes, hardwood can fit a variety of decors. A deep, espresso-colored walnut can add a touch of classic elegance, while a pale, refined maple offers a clean, classic look. Hardwood can be one of the pricier options – especially if you opt for solid over engineered – but hardwood floors can add value to a home.

Carpet

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Anderson-Tuftex

Food and carpet may not sound like a good mix, but carpet is a great choice for dining rooms that are treated as a “special occasion” space. There are a few different carpet options out there. Saxony, which is the most traditional cut pile carpet, is a great choice for dining rooms. There are plenty of color options available and it won’t go out of style. Patterned carpet can also help make a statement in a special space.

Laminate

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Mannington

If your dining room is used on a regular basis, laminate is a great option. Laminate offers the same beautiful look of hardwood, but can handle a bit more wear and tear. It will stand up to heavy furniture – and the inevitable chair being scraped across the floor – better than traditional hardwood. And with water-resistant options available, it’s less likely to be damaged by a spilled cup of water. Laminate is also going to be easier on your wallet than hardwood.

Tile

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Shaw

If your dining room has more of an “al fresco” vibe, tile floors are a no-brainer. Porcelain floor tiles are durable, easy to clean, and can mimic a wide range of natural stone and wood visuals.

If you want to splurge, natural stone can also lend a great look to dining rooms. White Carrara marble adds an air of extravagance, while a warm-toned travertine can make your dining room look like it belongs in a Tuscan villa.

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Lauren Moore

Proud flooring aficionado and office dog mom, "Flauren" has been a professional writer and editor for more than a decade (though she still maintains her magnum opus was "The Day it Snowed Slurpees," written at the age of 6).

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