The Floor in Your Design
How long has it been since you redid your flooring? A year, five years, ten? Or do you, like many people, still live with the threadbare carpets that were in your house before it was your house, because... well... flooring is such a big job.
The beauty of natural stone has been admired for thousands of years. If you are looking to immerse yourself in classic beauty and transform your floors, natural stone is
Travertine is a form of sedimentary limestone, made from compressed deposits left by
The options offered by limestone have ensured its popularity for thousands of years. Now you can create your own lasting impression with limestone, which is available in colours from white through to deep black.
This hard stone, once molten like lava from the very centre of the earth is mainly made up of mica, quartz and feldspar. Dense, strong and durable, polished granite will enhance many rooms. With its low slip potential, granite is suitable for kitchens, hallways, boot rooms and porches. It also looks beautiful in different lights.
All marble starts off as limestone, but great pressure transforms it into a hard, crystalline rock that can be worked and polished. White in its pure form, impurities form veins of many colours making each slab unique.
Slate floor tiles in the home have become increasingly popular. Slate is used for interior and exterior use
Slate floor tiles, being made from
Flooring tips & advice
- One of the first things that you need to take into consideration is measuring the area that the new floor will be placed in.
- The next thing is choosing the right type of flooring that matches the room you’re renovating. This is important, as you do not want to place carpet in the bathroom area, or in the kitchen.
- Set yourself a budget to stick to. This way you do not spend more than you have to on your materials that are needed to finish the job.
- When choosing the floor design, be sure to make sure it matches the rest of the room. Colour scheme is something that you may need to take into consideration.
Carpet trends have swung from one extreme to another, from the complex designs of the early twentieth century, through the bold geometric patterns of the early 20th century, to the more recent trend for plain, neutral colours. This last trend is one that has really made a mark on the public consciousness and many people now assume that a carpet should be a neutral backdrop for more expressive wall coverings and furniture.
This can certainly be a good approach. After all, it’s a large investment and should last many years, so if you like to change your décor regularly then a plain carpet may be just the backdrop you need. However, take a look at interior design publications and you’ll notice that colour and patterning are hitting our floors in a big way.
The best way to go about choosing a carpet is to consult a respected dealer or fitter. With professional advice and fitting, your new carpet should last for many years, making it a most worthwhile investment.
Which Carpet to Choose
WOOL: Still thought of as being the best fibre for use in carpets. It’s warm and luxurious underfoot, as well as being easy to clean, naturally flame retardant and eco-friendly.
NYLON: Very hard-wearing and quite often used in blends, i.e. 80% wool and 20% nylon. It’s also easy to clean.
POLYPROPYLENE: This is typically used in twists and loop piles and is highly stain resistant.
SISAL, COIR, SEAGRASS AND JUTE: Prized for their durability they are ideal for high traffic areas and are of course natural materials.
Solid or Engineered Wood?
Reclaimed wood is a stylish and popular choice to decorate and enhance both traditional and modern homes.
Harvested decades and even centuries ago from slow-growth virgin timber, aged wood offers an authentic and exceptionally tight wood grain with a rich, naturally weathered colour and patina that cannot be duplicated today. Wood over 100 years old is particularly suitable for high-traffic areas, due its tight grain, which makes it resistant and hardwearing.
Choose your wood carefully and make sure that your builders and contractors are
Luxury vinyl tile, which is also referred to as ‘LVT’ flooring, is great if you have an active home with kids or
You’ve probably heard of vinyl tile, the popular peel-and-stick flooring. Luxury vinyl tile is similar in its construction – a wear layer, an image layer, a resilient core and backing – but it’s generally
There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to vinyl flooring solutions but customers are quick to point out that Amtico and Karndean are more popular when it comes to getting the perfect combination of design, durability, and cost. These two brands have been all-time favourites for quite a few decades. However, deciding between Amtico and Karndean can be a tough thing to do as both brands have their own unique selling points. While Amtico has marked its presence for over 50 years, Karndean has also given it competition for the last 40 years.
Both Amtico and Karndean are worth your money for a great looking floor. If it’s a matte finish that you are looking for, Amtico should be your ideal choice while for a glossier look, you should choose Karndean.
Finally, your final decision regarding the right flooring solution should be a fine balance of both budget and preference.