The going underfoot, not only influences the final look of a room, but can foster or trip up the flow of your entire interior design.
This is a choice that should take time. Wood planking or tiles downstairs, with carpeting on stairs and in bedrooms, and warming up snug private living areas, has been the popular choice for some years now.
Still, look around the market and it’s clear that new choices born out of industrial surroundings has left an impression.
Poured seamless concrete glittering with inclusions, natural linoleums (Marmoleum), jiving patterns in carpeting reaching from the 1970s, and a surge in large format rectified floor tiles — we really are floored for choice.
outdoor rugs are actually plastic in a weave, and can be sprayed clean with a garden hose. All are fully reversible with two patterns in one. Arabian Nights, from €37.20 for
Porcelain tiles now deliver the look of vintage planks and stone, and laminates slough off splashes in the kitchen, redeemed from their former tackiness.
Fabulous new encaustic and cement tiling in colours and monochromes from Italy and Spain are shaking down those stuffy Victorians, while wood look flooring can read as a traditional and sleek contemporary choice. Laminate greats such as Quick-Step and Pergo flooring have come a long way.
A fibreboard core and photographic top cannot outlast the density of real grain, its true. Still, their value for money, variety, water resistance and authentic detailing (bevelled edges and embossed texturing) can provide a practical and perfectly installed click-lock style floor of 15 years duration, often more.
out for diamonds, stripes and squares like Quirky B, Z Grey by Alternative Flooring, €83 per square yard, tcmatthews.ie
Engineered flooring of around 14mm thick with a timber top coat set over a stable core, and many brands of solid wood flooring of 18mm up, start in the €25 per square metre range. Yes, it’s important to tot up as much again for laying any top flight floor with an experienced hand, but solids are certainly not off the table for a mid-range budget.
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