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We've always found that flooring sets the tone for any room's design. In our son's nursery, with the added considerations of wear, cleanup, comfort and allergens, we really wanted to make the right choice when we pulled up the (very) tired carpet. To that end, we've rounded up five options for good looking and sustainable floors.
1 Cork. A fairly fast growing wood with a natural and sophisticated look. Also, springy! (This is what we picked, and yes, that's our cat, Klaus the Baron Von Spunkmeyer.)
2 Linoleum. Wait, hear us out. Linoleum has come a long way in the looks department. Made from linseed oil, it's by far the greenest, most sustainable flooring you can get, not to mention it's bacteriostatic and super easy to clean.
3 Bamboo. If you like the look, it's a great option - bamboo grows faster than any other wood flooring material. (Fun fact - technically, it's a grass.) You may be limited in color choice, though.
4 Carpet tiles. Unlike wall-to-wall, modular carpet systems allow you to mix and match tiles of different colors, patterns and textures. The variations are endless, although it's worth noting that carpet can be harder on allergy/asthma sufferers.
5 Reclaimed Hardwood. If you want the look of hardwood, but not the guilt that comes with chopping down slow-growth forest, most cities now have "vintage" lumberyards that reclaim great hardwood from old buildings like barns, warehouses and gyms.