While this is technically step two, as far as choosing the actual visual pieces for the room in question, this is step one. I can't stress this enough - always, always, always start from the ground up and select your flooring first. The type of flooring (laminate, hardwood, tiles, carpet, etc) is up to you, but take into consider the use of the room. Consider durability, comfort, cleaning and maintenance, and of course, how it looks. Before you step foot into a flooring store, be sure you understand your needs in all of the areas. Refer back to the questions you answered in Step 1 and take these into consideration in choosing your flooring.