Carpet or Hardwood in the Family Room
We are about to redo the flooring in our family room and are back and forth on what to do. Right now we have carpet from 1983 and tile at the entryways and the base of the fireplace (there is an entrance to the garage with 8 tiles and an entrance to the deck with 8 tiles). I don't like the look of the random tiles because it breaks up the flow of the room. We are considering hardwood to match the floors in the rest of the house, or all carpet (no tile). Hardwood is nice and would be practical for the entrances but I just LOVE the cozy feeling of plush carpeting in a family room. We could maybe put those plastic covers like you see under office chairs over the floor in high traffic areas (near garage). We have 3 small kids who play on the floors. I know we could do hardwood with an area rug, but then you pay for a nice hardwood floor only to pay for something else to cover it up. Thoughts?