Your choice of flooring sets the tone for interior design

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.

 Dotty, Tess, Fling, Skinny and the gorgeous new Fair Isle Collection designed by Margo Selby for the British brand Quirky, put some lively pop in your stairs or hallway. This onehas a neatly whipped edge. Ask your supplier for pricing on extra detailing like this. Dotty€117.56 per linear metre, tcmatthews.ie
Dotty, Tess, Fling, Skinny and the gorgeous new Fair Isle Collection designed by Margo Selby for the British brand Quirky, put some lively pop in your stairs or hallway. This one has a neatly whipped edge. Ask your supplier for pricing on extra detailing like this. Dotty €117.56 per linear metre, tcmatthews.ie

Still, look around the market and it’s clear that new choices born out of industrial surroundings has left an impression.

 Created one tile at a time, Granito tiles from Mosaic del Sur are manufactured exclusively for each client. A derivate of cement and truly unique with inclusions of glass and marble. These examples are €87.30, per square metre. The company has a vast range of encaustic cement tiling to buy online but key in the hefty potential cost of delivery, cement-tiles.com
Created one tile at a time, Granito tiles from Mosaic del Sur are manufactured exclusively for each client. A derivate of cement and truly unique with inclusions of glass and marble. These examples are €87.30, per square metre. The company has a vast range of encaustic cement tiling to buy online but key in the hefty potential cost of delivery, cement-tiles.com

 

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.

 Fantastic for porches, bathrooms, conservatories and utility areas, these indooroutdoor rugsare actually plasticin a weave, andcan be sprayedclean with agarden hose. Allare fully reversiblewith two patternsin one. ArabianNights, from€37.20 for90x150cm,greendecore.com.
Fantastic for porches, bathrooms, conservatories and utility areas, these indoor

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

90x150cm, greendecore.com.

Porcelain tiles now deliver the look of vintage planks and stone, and laminates slough off splashes in the kitchen, redeemed from their former tackiness.

 Tailoring a floor to a traditional hall, baked tileshave a widely appreciated sophistication andpattern is back on trend. Featuring borders,repeating decors and plain tiles in a range of mutedcolours this London Trafalgar in Décor Taupe, €53per square metre, The Baked Tile Company.
Tailoring a floor to a traditional hall, baked tiles have a widely appreciated sophistication and pattern is back on trend. Featuring borders, repeating decors and plain tiles in a range of muted colours this London Trafalgar in Décor Taupe, €53

per square metre, The Baked Tile Company.

 

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.

 Polished from its grey, lumpen ugliness, concretecan deliver extraordinary floors with addedinclusions revealed by polishing. Renobuild offer acustom mix of anything from copper coins tocoloured glass. Concrete and micro-top screeds (3-15mm) are deal for UFH, renobuild.ie. Furnishingsby Amara.
Polished from its grey, lumpen ugliness, concrete can deliver extraordinary floors with added inclusions revealed by polishing. Renobuild offer a custom mix of anything from copper coins to coloured glass. Concrete and micro-top screeds (3- 15mm) are deal for UFH, renobuild.ie. Furnishings by Amara.

 

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.

 Upstairs, carpeting wall to wall remains the soft, sounds swallowing favourite. Geometrics add depth to a floor, shift a room’s perceived dimensions. Lookout for diamonds, stripes and squares like Quirky B, Z Grey by Alternative Flooring, €83 per square yard, tcmatthews.ie
Upstairs, carpeting wall to wall remains the soft, sounds swallowing favourite. Geometrics add depth to a floor, shift a room’s perceived dimensions. Look

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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