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Q: We are finally ready to finish our basement (our living room is small and our new baby came with a lot of stuff), but we are really stuck on what flooring to use. We like the warm and inviting look of wood, but aren’t sure if it’s practical for a basement. Tips?

Tamara says....
Most basements have some amount of moisture, so hardwood flooring is not the best answer. But you can still get the look you want by using an engineered wood floor. It is actually wood that has gone through a manufacturing process, thus creating a product that is resistant to humidity-induced warping. It comes in many plank widths and stains, and most people can’t tell the difference between it and natural hardwood (bonus: the cost is similar to hardwood). For a much less expensive option, consider wood-look laminate or vinyl flooring.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.