Choosing flooring is a seminal moment in any build, revamp or renovation.
A commissioned architect or interior designer would put a large swathe of flooring on their creative mood-board and so should you. Metre per metre it not only safely anchors the going, but influences the feel and flow in a room and adjoining spaces.
Every material has its character and strengths — be that banal or beautiful. Polished, durable honed concrete in a new slab or retro-fit screed can inject reflectivity in a room with a challenged, dark aspect.
Wool carpeting and rugs can add plush comfort to a home with otherwise hard flooring dictated by practicality. Pattern and textures banished for their overbearing failures in the 1970s, have returned refreshed in harlequin jigsaws of mop down eco-friendly Marmoleum to mid-century, jazzy mixed-wool weaves.
Gorgeous deceivers for wood plank flooring and veined marble in large rectified porcelain tiles are causing particular excitement in halls, kitchens and bathrooms (where humidity precludes real timber).
Look out for baked, matte, Middle Eastern-inspired ceramic beauties for full encaustic floors, frames, and accents perfected by the Spanish tile houses. The contemporary floor is free of the snobbery once directed to laminates.
Quality choices in faux timber include Quick-Step, Pergo and Karndean with their bevelled edges, smoked finishes and touchable grains. In real wood, tailor your spend between 18mm hardwoods and 14mm engineered flooring with a real wood top-side and unmatched stability.
If you find carpeting you love, but don’t want to deploy it large scale, consider a whip-stitched rug in a natural woven grass for a hall or the stairs alone.
Some tightly engineered flooring materials will demand careful rectifying of the sub-floor: include a contingency for this work.
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