_(1.)The dining room is a great place to save on coverings for your floor, because the table will cover most of it. Use a less expensive rug, and add the look of luxury with a memorable border.
(2.)If you have pets, know that some rugs (especially looped ones) are not a great choice because pet claws and collars can get caught in them. Ask your carpet retailer about the best floor covering to accommodate your furry friends. Also, choose darker palettes or patterns to hide pet stains.
(3.)Tiles laid on the diagonal will visually enlarge a room — making a small space look bigger. Also, closely matching the grout color to the tiles will expand the look of the room.
Dark-stained or ebonized hardwood floors are popular, but know that they show dirt and dust bunnies faster than medium- or light-stained floors.