If you’re a fan of dinner parties, you’ll know that having a formal dining room is the key to a successful fancy meal. Here at Floor Coverings International of East Bay and Pleasanton, we enjoy a nice dinner party as much as anyone. So break out your cocktail dresses, because these are the best flooring options for a formal dining room. Enjoy!


Hardwood Flooring


Hardwood floors are a timeless classic that will never go out of style, and will add resale value and beauty to any room in your home, but a formal dining room in particular. Whether you go with something warm and traditional like the ever-popular red oak hardwood flooring, or want try something a bit more exotic and modern such as bamboo hardwood flooring, hardwood floors will be a solid investment in your dining room. They are easy to clean and maintain, so you don’t have to worry too much about spills, and the wide range of wood species means that you’ll find a hardwood floor to fit any design aesthetic.


Parquet Flooring


If you’re looking for something a little different, and want to express your creative spirit in a classical and timeless way, parquet flooring is an excellent way to floor your formal dining room. Parquet flooring originated in the French palace of Versailles in the 1600’s, and is simply hardwood flooring where the wood planks and boards form patterns in the floor, rather than simply being uniform and straight. Parquet is packed with visual interest, so it will provide great fodder for dinner conversation, and manages to be unique and interesting looking without being overwhelming or overly daring.


Area Rugs


While wall-to-wall carpeting might be a bit overwhelming for a formal dining space, and may connote cozy rather than classy, an area rug is the perfect compromise. In a room that will see a lot of food present, the risk of spills is a serious consideration, but an area rug can be cleaned or replaced much more easily than wall-to-wall carpeting. With area rugs, you are faced with a much more diverse and broad range of patterns and styles, from a timeless oriental rug to minimal modernism. This will also mean softness underfoot for your diners, as opposed to the other, harder flooring options on this list.


For more flooring information, or to schedule a free, in-home consultation, call Floor Coverings International of East Bay and Pleasanton today!