So, you’ve decided against carpet and opted for hard flooring but ‘little do you realise’ just what a big decision you’ve let yourself in for! Vinyl, marmoleum, wood, amtico, concrete, paint, rubber or ceramic to name but a few??
For a seamless and hard wearing floor consider a ‘poured’ floor – this could be either a poured rubber floor where you can mix colours and create different effects or a concrete floor which can be pigmented in almost any colour, including metallic finishes and can be smooth, slightly rough, matt, satin or glossy.
Rubber flooring can also come in sheet or tile form and is available in many different colours and textures, it’s an easy way to add a burst of bright colour, plus it’s hard wearing, easy to clean and provides a slightly cushioned finish for comfort.
Natural stone flooring or ceramic floor tiles can create many and varied effects and patterns, and are perfect to use with underfloor heating. Even inexpensive tiles can make a statement if they’re laid imaginatively.
Wooden flooring can vary from floorboards sanded and finished, to parquet flooring, to solid wooden flooring or a veneered board. Extra wide planks emphasise the dimensions of a room and parquet can be laid in many different configurations from classic herringbone to chevrons to straight strip.
A concrete floor, tiles you hate or some tatty floorboards can be given a new lease of life with a coat of resilient floor paint which is available in a spectrum of shades and finishes.
Collect pictures of flooring ideas from magazines and catalogues and get researching your options! And, as always, happy shopping!
Anne Springall is an Interior Designer to the property industry and is available to quote for show homes, refurbishment projects and furnishing properties to let.
020 8886 1573 or 07973 510987