The floor in your home is one of the key elements in your overall design, yet it is often overlooked or not given as much focus as other elements. It is worth spending time considering the floor because whilst you can add rugs, the floor is more difficult to change than wall colour.
One of the most flexible options in terms of colour and pattern, tiles are a great way to make a statement. They work well in period properties and modern homes, depending on the style you choose, and can be used throughout the house – often preferred to other options in bathrooms or kitchens.
Concrete is traditionally considered a very industrial material, but polished concrete is increasingly finding its way into modern homes. It’s durable, versatile and, in many eyes, very beautiful. It can be used with under-floor heating, and it often used in barn conversions or former industrial units.
Wood is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment as people enjoy the natural tones and textures. Solid wood can be expensive, although thanks to demand for cheaper alternatives, there is engineered oak flooring available from specialist retailers like http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/engineered-flooring.html. Go for a natural or distressed look.
Carpets can be wool or cotton, and they are still a firm favourite in UK homes. The number of colours and patterns is infinite, from big bold florals to a plain neutral – inject as much personality as you like. The insulating properties of carpet make it great for keeping rooms warm. They also insulate against sound, too, so it’s great for rooms upstairs.
Many people are looking for a more eco-friendly sustainable option for their flooring, and plant fibres are increasing in popularity. Materials like coir, sisal and seagrass give a lovely rustic feel. Pick the right material for the room, depending on durability.
Vinyl is a great low-maintenance option for rooms that need wipeable surfaces. It also offers great value for money.
For more ideas on choosing flooring in your home, have a look at some dos and don’ts from House Logic.
Of course, there is no rule that says you have to have the same thing in every room or that you have to keep it forever, so don’t be afraid to be bold.