What do our Customers Look for in Wood Flooring and our 3 Best Value Options

What do our Customers Look for in Wood Flooring and our 3 Best Value Options

With so many options to choose from, picking Wood Flooring for your Home or Commercial Space can be a bit of a challenge.  There are a plethora of colours, sizes, finishes and styles to consider before being able drill through all available information and make an informed decision.

What most consumers look for when they narrow things down is quality, specific colour options and high value for money.  Based on these factors, we have selected our 3 best Wood Flooring options that tick all the boxes.

In this article we look at:-

  • When we talk about Wood Flooring, What does Quality mean?
  • Most Popular Colour Options for Wood Flooring
  • On average, How Much Does Wood Flooring Cost?
  • Our 3 Best Value Wood Flooring Offers

When we talk about Wood Flooring, What does Quality mean?

Quality has a fairly wide definition but it generally means "of a high standard".  In terms of Wood Flooring, quality is measured in the origin and source of the material as well as how the flooring is designed,  manufactured and finished. Largely speaking, wood flooring of a high quality should have:-

High Wear Layer

Wear Layer on Engineered Wooden Floorboards Why it is Important

 

All Engineered Wood Flooring has a wear-layer which determines the longetivity of the board.  This lets customers know how many times they can sand the top layer of solid wood before having to replace it.  With a good quality product, the wear layer should be between 3mm and 6mm which signifies good durability and life expectancy.

Good Stability

 

 

Having a laminated plywood as the undercore of your Wood Flooring is key to stability due to the cross layered structure. This is also less likely to shrink or swell in changing temperatures and is more compatible with under-floor heating.

High Quality Finish

 

 

Quality pre-finished Wood Flooring will have a polished, clean appearance and the chosen finish, whether it is treated (smoked, brushed) or coated should look and feel of a high standard. 

Most Popular Colour Options for Wood Flooring

 

Wood Flooring Blog - What Oak Flooring Colours Are Available? - Peak Oak

 

There has never been so much choice when it comes to Wood Flooring colours.  From dark and light tones to neutral shades of Grey and White, there's something for everybody.  What seems to be popular in the last couple of years is a return to more traditional, classic Oaks, Rustic finishes and wood with plenty of character and texture. Think Smoked, Brushed and Oil treated flooring.   Another tonal scheme that is 'bang on trend' is neutral colours such as Grey, 'Greige', Beige and Light Scandinavian style wood flooring.

On average, How Much Does Wood Flooring Cost?

 

 

In other words, what is good value when sourcing a Wood Floor? There is a few things to take into account when evaluating the price of Wood Flooring.  Factors such as Grade, Board Width and Thickness, Treatments and the quantity you want to buy will all impact the price.  Cleaner grades such as Prime and Select have less markings and sapwood so they are more costly because less of the log can be used to produce it.  Wider board flooring is more expensive than narrower options and specialist finish products that have been Smoked or Brushed also add more to the cost. 

You can expect to pay anything between £40m2 and £130m2 in the UK today for good quality Wood Flooring although this is very approximate due to so many factors affecting price.

Our 3 Best Value Wood Flooring Offers

We have a wide range of high quality Engineered Wood products which vary in styles, sizes and costs.  Here's 3 great recommendations that offer excellent value for quality.

Isparta Structural Engineered Oiled Oak - £56.39m2

 

 

With a plywood core, Isparta is from our Structural range, a collection selected for its exceptional stability and fine grain design.  A European Oak with an ABCD grade, the boards have a 4mm wear layer meaning they can be sanded down several times, lasting for years to come.  The 150mm wide board gives it the contemporary edge.  In pale, natural Oak with rich, dark knots and grain markings, Isparta is lively and characterful.

Antoich Structural Engineered Lacquered Oak - £62.59m2

 

 

Structurally stable to the core (Plywood), Antoich European Brushed Oak is finished in matt lacquer for super easy maintenance.  With it's super high wear layer of 4mm, the boards will stand the test of time and the wideboard appearance gives it a modern yet classic elegance.  Its has a clean, minimal look with gentle grain detail and fits all interior schemes.

Waterloo Wideboard Rustic Smoked & Brushed UV Oiled Oak - £67.81m2

 

 

Smoked and Brushed, this treated Rustic Oak has an extra wideboard of 192mm giving a room depth and an added layer of texture.  It has a sturdy 3.5mm wear layer for a long lifecycle with a plywood core for maximum stability.  Waterloo is a full-bodied Golden Oak with cooler nutty brown accents adding warmth and ambience to your interior.

Conclusion

Wood Flooring has many elements to consider before making a choice for your home or commercial space.  Fundamentally, it comes down to simple aspects such as quality, choice and value for money.  Focusing on each of these factors and matching them to your personal criteria and preferences will allow you to make a floor decision with more confidence.
May 03, 2022 — Katie McKay
Luxury Laminate Faves - Our Best Value Laminate Offers

Luxury Laminate Faves - Our Best Value Laminate Offers

Luxury laminate flooring is popping up everywhere and what is not to love?  It's affordable, practical and there's a wide choice of fantastic finishes out there. 

In this article we look at:-

  • Reasons for Opting for Laminate
  • Our Best Value Laminate Offers

Reasons for Opting for Laminate

We all adore the natural beauty of wood flooring but sometimes, depending on circumstances, it's not the right choice.  A room may have a history of damp problems, moisture ingress or it's simply not affordable.  Whatever the reason is, modern laminate products now fulfil the same brief as authentic wood flooring by offering stability, a 'real wood' appearance and plenty of variety.

Let's delve in:-

Stability

 

Contemporary laminate flooring is typically made with an HDF core meaning it is stronger and far more hard-wearing than earlier laminate products.  Living areas like Lounges, Entrance Halls and Bedrooms are heavy traffic spaces and modern laminate is designed to stand up to high footfall.  Some products now have the versatility to withstand changing temperatures and areas with lots of moisture such as Bathrooms and Kitchens.

Authenticity

 

Innovative design techniques have allowed manufacturers to create laminate flooring with even richer wood detail.   Wood characteristics such as grain, whorls and knots have a more distinct quality while attention to texture, treatment and form have also been considered to produce highly authentic looking flooring that replicates the beauty of genuine wood.

Variety

 

Choice has never been so abundant across the many floor types with the most variety being in laminate flooring.  The market has cultivated it's designs to cater for all styles, finishes and colour preferences from light, white-washed effect boards to Greys and dark woods.  Customers can also choose Herringbone, Mosaic and Panel style laminate which mimics authentic parquet flooring.

Our Best Value Laminate Offers

Our favourite laminate range Egger is renowed for it's quality laminate products.  Offering different thicknesses and designs to suit a broad range of uses and personal styles, Egger is most importantly, really high value for your money.

Here's our Top 3 Favourite Offers:-

Toledo - £11.39m2 (VAT INC)

Light, breezy and light-infusing, Toledo is the perfect floor finish to enhance the feeling of spaciousness.  The boards are a pale, milky white oak with delicate grain detail that adds a peaceful and laid-back vibe to your home style.

 

 

The 8mm boards have a simple click installation with a stain/scratch resistant top surface which is family-friendly and ultra durable.  Even better news is that is comes with a 25 year warranty against premature damage.

Velasco - £10.19m2 (INC VAT)

Velasco is a beautiful mid golden, natural oak with a some light rustic characteristics.  If you are looking for something warm and engaging without being too 'country', this is the perfect middle-ground option.

 

 

This is a 7mm board which also has an easy click fitting method making it fairly straightforward to install yourself without a specialist floor layer.  Guaranteed for 25 years, Velasco is a fantastic floor choice with added value.

Ocampo - £11.39m2 (INC VAT)

This finish is a dark 'greige' tone meaning a mix between beige and grey resulting in a super neutral blend that pairs well with all decor styles.  It has a fresh, nordic appeal with cool accents meaning it will compliment the warm tones of your walls and furniture beautifully.

 

 

Ocampo has an 8mm thickness, comes with a 25 year warranty and has the sought after click installation for DIY enthusiasts.

Conclusion

 

Laminate flooring has much more to offer consumers than when it first appeared.  Gone are the days of dull, basic colours or the concern over durability and quality. Brands such as Egger who specialise in this type of flooring deliver the highest value for money and quality.   With so many great laminate products available and the extensive range of styles to choose from, this cost-effective floor solution really does tick all the boxes. 

April 11, 2022 — Katie McKay
Why Are More Homeowners Opting for Parquet Effect Flooring than the Real Deal?

Why Are More Homeowners Opting for Parquet Effect Flooring than the Real Deal?

Parquet flooring is classically beautiful, utterly timeless and often expensive.  This is hugely down to the installation process which involves very skilled, labour intensive workmanship.  How can we achieve the same aesthetic without the big installation price tag?  Enter Authentic Herringbone flooring, the new trend of parquet-effect laminate that homeowners can't get enough of.

 

 

In this article we look at some of the major benefits of this floor trend and the best value offers out there.

Read on to learn about:-

  • What is Parquet Flooring?
  • The Benefits of Parquet Effect Laminate Flooring
  • Best Value Parquet Effect Laminate Options

What is Parquet Flooring?

 

Parquet flooring is the art of installing wood in a pattern design to create effect.  Blocks, staves or battens of solid timber are placed in patterns such as Herringbone, Chevron or panel form (Versailles) to form a beautiful, decorative floor. This style of flooring has been around for centuries and although the concept is ancient, the aesthetic appeal has never lots it's wow factor.

 

 

Modern parquet flooring has evolved from predominantly solid hardwood to other materials such as laminate, vinyl and engineered wood.  This offers so much more flexibility to the consumer in terms of location, budget and fitting methods.

The Benefits of Parquet Effect Laminate Flooring

 

When we think of laminate flooring, we tend to imagine the 'poor mans hardwood' but innovations in this field have seen laminate flooring become much more robust, sleeker and available in the latest colour trends.  The result is durable, stylish floor finishes made from PVC that replicate the natural beauty of real wood but much more affordable. 

 

 

Authentic Herringbone is a stunning range of laminate parquet designs in 10 finishes.  The 12mm durable laminate has a number of benefits asides from the wide choice of exciting colours.

Key qualities are:-

25 Year Product Warranty

This product comes with a 25 year warranty guarantee against premature aging.

Additional Stability

 

Authentic Herringbone Superior Walnut - Rite Price | Flooring

 

The laminate boards have an additional core strength meaning they last longer and are less likely to experience movement.

Scratch & Stain Resistant Surface

 

With a non-scratch and stain surface, your laminate flooring is designed with high traffic and family-life in mind.

Simple Installation

 

With a fuss-free, no glue click system, the boards lock together making it a quick and diy-friendly installation process.  This saves huge amounts of time and expense on labour.

Budget Friendly

 

Authentic Herringbone is cost-effective, highly affordable and reduces expensive specialist fitting and finishing costs.  Classic parquet flooring usually needs to be sanded, stained and sealed after installation adding more on top.

Easy Maintenance

 

Simple to clean and retain it's beauty without pricey maintenance costs, laminate parquet will not scuff, scatch and discolour over time.

The Best Value Laminate Parquet Options

With a fantastic collection of colours available, it is difficult to choose a favourite.

We like:-

Steel Grey

With cool, ashy tones of Steel Grey, this fresh and neutral Herringbone option is a winner if you are looking for the classical feel of parquet with a modern twist.  The subtle wood grain markings give the floor an overall clean, polished look.

Bleached Oak

 

 

We love the mellow, organic feel of Bleached Oak which has laid-back Scandi vibes.  The perfect choice for any Living area such as a Lounge, Master Bedroom or open-plan Kitchen, this blends beautifully with all decor tastes.

 

Final Thoughts

Parquet flooring is a sought after feature in homes and commercial spaces alike.  The material itself is not costly, however the installation process for standard wood parquet design can be.  Modern laminate options now allow for more affordable approaches to this wonderful flooring method.  For a more budget-friendly option to achieve the statement parquet look at home, Authentic Herringbone is one of the best choices out there in terms of quality and affordability.

April 05, 2022 — Katie McKay
How to Achieve a Soothing, Minimalist Interior - Flooring & Decor Options

How to Achieve a Soothing, Minimalist Interior - Flooring & Decor Options

When we think of a minimalist interior, we instantly imagine plain, bland and even boring home style interiors. The Minimalist movement has evolved however, from the basic style we once knew into something more personal. 

In this article, we explore the main interior aspects that make up this understated yet refined approach to a home decor scheme.  We also look at the best decor choices to achieve your own version of minimalism at home.

What is a Minimalist Interior?

From a design perspective, a minimalist aesthetic is about simplicity, polished lines and curves and allowing the select decor pieces to speak for themselves.  It also uses light and shadow to enhance texture and colour creating a peaceful and restful ambience.

What are the Key Features of a Minimalist Scheme?

There are some elements of a minimalist home design that are fairly common-place although you don't have to stick to hard and fast rules to get this look by yourself.  Use some of the following tips as a general guideline.

Neutral Palette

 

Colours such as White, Grey, Blue and Beige are popular choices for a minimal scheme.  These shades come in so many variations which can be easily layered and blended to create texture and depth.  Choose two neutral colours you like that can be used as a base tone with accents of the other, for example, an off-white and a deep tonal grey.  When selecting flooring for your minimalist space, choose tones in Grey, natural Oak or flat colours like Black  or White treated engineered wood.

 

Little or No Decorative Accessories

 

 

A minimalist interior is based on simplistic and laconic features which work in harmony together. Wall,floor and ceiling decor is kept to a minimum to add a feeling of space and fluidity.   Avoid overly colourful art prints, ornate rugs or too many light fixtures and focus on sleek, functional items that have incredible shapes.  Try to choose decorative accessories such as a vase, a plant or piece of artwork if it contributes something to the space in terms of it's form, colour or texture.  

Mild or Limited Pattern

 

 

Fussy or overly bold patterns in fabrics, wallpapers etc distract from the unadorned and spacious vibe you are aiming to create. For variation, opt for different materials and textures instead for example, explore natural wood flooring options with subtle, interesting grain patterns which have a natural design of their own.

 

One Predominate Colour Throughout

 

 

Often there is one dominate colour within a minimalist scheme such as using various shades of one colour throughout the landscape of a room.  Repeat the main colour of your walls in items such as fabrics, decorative items and flooring.

 

Sleek and Clean Curves & Lines

 

 

Minimalist furniture and fittings are the centre pieces of a minimalist room so select sofas, chairs and other fittings with curves and smooth lines.  This celebrates the functionality of your space in all it's simplicity.  Aim for sleek, high-end finishes in spaces such as Kitchens and Bathrooms where fixtures are the focal points.

 

Statement Decor Item(s)

 

 

It is not unusual to see a beautifully crafted mirror, coffee table or lamp within this type of interior.  This is because the shapes and silhouettes of well-made, functional pieces contribute to the overall effect of the space and attract the eye. Again, minimalism doesn't need to be basic.  Pick a stunning light fixture or interestingly shaped table that draws the eye to the workmanship and form of the item but make sure to keep these accents to a minimum.

 

Final Thoughts 

A minimalist interior doesn't have to mean boring.  By selecting key pieces that you love and using carefully chosen colours while keeping everything balanced with minimal accessories, you can create your own haven of calming minimalism.

March 24, 2022 — Katie McKay
Fresh Flooring Options to Spruce Up Your Garden Room

Fresh Flooring Options to Spruce Up Your Garden Room

With Spring just around the corner, all thoughts go towards Garden, Nature and Outdoor activities. But, how can we incorporate this into our interior living space?

If you have a Garden Room, Conservatory or even a modular Summerhouse that is lacking in the Spring Freshness vibe then we have some great flooring suggestions that may just blow those cobwebs away.

Here we explore the best colour and texture options for flooring that will reenergise a tired Garden room and bring your plant-life and natural environment indoors.

Geneva

 

Geneva Engineered Oak is a pale golden timber with accents of white shale.  This coastal blend is placid, laid-back and ultra contemporary which compliments all decor styles while adding a natural, Scandi-style appeal to your Garden Room space.

Kampala

 

 

Richly Rustic, Kampala Engineered Oiled Oak has warm tones of dark, nutty, knots and markings.  The Classic feel of this flooring won't steal the show but reveals it's finer detail in bright, open spaces where you can appreciate it's natural beauty.

Bonxie

 

 

Bonxie Engineered Oak is Beach House fresh with a neutral, grey palette that blends beautifully with all interior styles and colour schemes.  Grey-toned flooring is the go-to option for many reasons but more so for it's versatility in enhancing all room types from Master Bedroom to Garden Room.

Subotica

 

 

Framed by leafy plants and outdoor fauna, Subotica Smoked Engineered Oak will compliment your Garden Room by adding delicate tonal notes to the decor.  In a smoked, dark brown shade, this floor option is cool, fresh and bang on trend in terms of palette and organic ambience.

Final Thoughts

A Garden Room should be a place that connects with nature and feels fresh and alive.  Like plants and decorative accessories, your flooring plays a large part in creating a space that enriches your overall room aesthetic while remaining durable and functional.  Choosing the right floor option for your Garden Room can transform your whole interior and enliven the dullest of spaces. 

March 18, 2022 — Katie McKay
5 Unique Products to Create A Statement Bathroom without Scrimping on Practicality

5 Unique Products to Create A Statement Bathroom without Scrimping on Practicality

When we think of a Bathroom, we all too often think of practical, purely functional spaces that are slightly limited in terms of how we style and furnish them.  Concerns about water damage, slipply surfaces or hard to clean fixtures can hinder our Bathroom decor aspirations.

In this article, we look at 5 unique Bathroom decor elements that score high on unique design but deliver the practical functions of a Bathroom space.

What Practical Aspects do you need to Consider when styling a Bathroom?

 

 

Before you reach for the sparkly wallpaper, you need to think about how a Bathroom works and how the products and fittings you have selected are suitable and will stand up to continous use under certain temperatures or if they are user-friendly.

Non-Slip

Floor surfaces in the Bathroom should be non-slip, comfortable to the underfoot and simple to clean.  Consider vinyl tiles, laminate flooring or engineered wood for materials that react best to changing temperatures, moisture and are compatible with most sub-floors.

Easy to Clean

Nobody wants to spead hours scrubbing intricate Bathroom fittings and trying to remove stains or tidemarks from poorly made furnishings.  Many modern Bathroom products are designed especially to allow simple maintenance but will not prematurely age with time.  Look for clean lines, curved features, not too much glass or plastic and consider engineered wood to prevent water damage or expansion issues.  Alternatively, look for SPC vinyl or high quality laminate floor options.

Good Quality

If you want your Bathroom style to remain as beautiful as it was when it it was newly installed then selecting high quality accessories and decor pieces is key.  Investing in premium products that cost a little more is definitely worth it if you want to avoid having to replace sinks, taps and baths after a few years due to scratches, fading and inbuilt dirt which can occur with cheaper products.

5 Unique Products to Create a Statement Bathroom

Take a look at these 5 statement Bathroom pieces that tick all the boxes when it comes to high quality, easy maintenance decor that will leave an impression.

Kast Concrete Basins

 

 

Simples lines and curves, gleaming metallic accessories with laid-back pastel hues or bold, rich tones, Kast basins cannot be ignored if you are looking for ultra contemporary, high-finish Bathroom fixtures for your space.  

Copper Bath Tubs

 

 

This range of hand crafted Copper Baths will really set your Bathroom apart.  Available in finishes such as Nickel, Gold, Tin or Polished Copper, these metallic beauties are beautifully formed, super easy to clean and will remain your Bathroom centre-piece for years to come.

 

SPC Wood Effect Luxury Vinyl Flooring

 

 

SPC vinyl flooring has additional stability inbuilt to ensure your flooring can withstand all conditions, movement and heavy usage.  The surface is non-slip and the 12 colour options offer fresh, neutral shades of Grey, Brown and Natural Oak for a truly fuss-free floor that mimics genuine hardwood.

Large Statement Mirror

 

 

For a proper statement Bathroom, a large and beautifully designed mirror is a must.  Think bold circles, ornate and vintage or contemporary pill-shape. 

What is not to love about this metal framed arched mirror by West Elm.  In a classic Brass finish and responsibly sourced, this timeless but modern mirror is the perfect final flourish to your statement Bathroom.

Creative Lighting

 

 

Let's not forget about lighting.  Gone are the days of dull, flush ceiling fixtures in the Bathroom.  There is no rule to say that Bathroom lights have to be purely basic and our next piece is no exception.  The Verona tubular light from Made is the ideal accent to add warmth and added ambience without taking over the show.  In a Smoked Glass and Brass finish, the LED light is bang on trend while being totally practical, power-saving and energy efficient.

Final Thoughts

These days it is easier to combine style and functionality in areas such as Bathrooms because there are so many well made, practical and uniquely designed options out there.  To make sure that your decor and fittings stand the test of time and work well in your specific space, consider the main uses, who will be using the space and the current conditions of your Bathroom, that way you can enjoy a stylish finish without the worry of premature damage.

March 09, 2022 — Katie McKay
4 Simple Ways to Reenergise a Tired Floor

4 Simple Ways to Reenergise a Tired Floor

If you have a hopeless floor in your home that you are trying to ignore, you can revamp your flooring even on a tight budget. You can revamp your floors without spending a ton of money or investing in new flooring. When you buy high-quality wooden flooring, you can update it and give it a new lease of life. 


In this article: 

  • When to Revamp Your Flooring 
  • 4 Ways to Revamp Your Floor 

When to Revamp Your Flooring 

Often, you don’t need to redo your flooring entirely. You can either refinish the floor or replace certain parts. You don’t have to spend thousands investing in new flooring when your foundation is starting to look tired. 

You can bring new life to your laminate, wood, or plywood flooring with simple ideas. Updating the flooring in your home doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You can get rid of the eyesore underfoot and revamp your flooring. 

4 Ways to Revamp Your Floor 

Renewing your wood flooring may be easier and cheaper than you initially think. You can unlock the beauty of your floor and find a solution that works for your home. Here are four ways to revamp your floor.  

 

1. Sand, Seal, and Stain 

 


One way to revamp your floor is to sand down the top layer of wood. Next, re-stain the flooring and then seal it. This is a more labour intensive option but can give your flooring a whole new lease of life. If you have scratches and scuffs on flooring, sanding it down can help to re-buff the final top layer. 

 

2. Paint with Bright Coloured Wood Paint 

 


 

Another option is to paint your flooring with bright coloured wood paint. Painting your wood flooring is an inexpensive way to revamp your floor. You can go for a bright white or pop of colour. With this, you can paint one room at a time and gradually upgrade your flooring around the home.  Modern chalky floor paints are widely available and some do not need an undercoat.

 

 

3. Try an Oversized Rug 

 


 

If you can’t sand down your flooring or want to revamp your flooring without putting time into the labour, then an oversized rug is the ideal option. You can add texture, colour, and style to any room with a large rug. This helps to cover up dull spots and scratches. 

 

4. Whitewash the Floor 


 

One way to revamp your floor is to whitewash wood floors. There are a ton of products on the market that you can use to whitewash floorboards. All you need is some white latex paint and fresh water at the correct ratio to create a thick whitewash. 

Final Thoughts

Depending on the state of your flooring, you can find a way to revamp your flooring. Whether you want to add an oversized rug to your living room or sand, stain, and seal your dining room, you can elevate your decor and revamp your floor.

February 23, 2022 — Richard McKay
Sumptuous Floor Colours Good Enough to Eat

Sumptuous Floor Colours Good Enough to Eat

If you love the beautiful and natural look of wood, the right finish can enhance any decor. The wood finish you choose is crucial for creating a specific look in a room. It can make a room feel warm and inviting or calming and peaceful. Depending on your style and interior, you have several options to consider. 


In this article: 

  • Wood Finishes to Enhance Any Style 
  • The Advantages of Wood Flooring 
  • Our 4 Favourite Wood Finishes 

 

Wood Finishes to Enhance Any Style 

Engineered wood flooring comes in a variety of colours, shades, and styles. The changes in colour come from the species of wood. But on top of this, you can get a ton of different finishes to suit your specific style. For example, you can bring out the deep black, brown and golden shades with the right finish. This would create a beautiful vintage antique look. What’s great about engineered wood flooring is that you have more control over the final look as there are several types of finishes available. 

 

The Advantages of Wood Flooring 

There’s a reason why wood flooring is so popular. It stands the test of time. Despite trends going in and out of style, wood flooring remains timeless and classic. Engineered wood has an uber stable plywood core with a real wood thick top layer. You have the luxury of solid wood but the durability of composite wood. 

Top engineered wood flooring brands use high-quality materials and a very thick top layer of real wood. This means that you can sand down the top layer, again and again, to apply a new finish or give your flooring a new lease of life. 

 

 

Once you have installed engineered wood, it’s impossible to tell it apart from solid wood. A major benefit of engineered wood is that it’s more resistant to moisture and changes in temperatures. This makes it more suitable for moisture-prone areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms.   

 

Our 4 Favourite Wood Finishes 

You can install engineered wood quickly and easily. By choosing the right wood finish, you can enhance your decor and incorporate natural textures into your home. Here are our four favourite wood finishes to match any style. 

 

 1. Gevrey 

 

If you’re looking to make a statement with your wooden flooring, the Gevrey Oak Oiled flooring is ideal. The rich and flamey wood is full-bodied and would suit an urban modern, traditional, or antique style. You could easily use this finish in a living room or open plan kitchen dining room. 

 

2. Novaro 

 

For a modern contemporary feel, Novaro Oak Smoked flooring brings a natural look of the grain to the surface. With fine detail and an engaging palette, think mid-century modern and coastal interiors. The rich dark brown colour has tones of grey to create a warm and inviting room.  

 

3. Fargo 

 

Many people opt for wood flooring because it’s timeless and creates an effortless style. If you’re looking for a classical finish, Fargo Oak Lacquered flooring is perfect for you. It’s a European oak flooring selected for its durability and fine grain design. This will create a high-end and premium feel that will remain in style for years. 

 

4. Petrel 

 

Petrel Oak flooring is a medium gold colour that is ideal for coastal and neutral interiors with a focus on natural materials. It’s vibrant yet warm and inviting. The wooden flooring creates a seamless and organic feel with tones of pale natural wheat. You can go for a coastal kitchen design or opt for a more modern contemporary living room for the family to enjoy. 

 Final Thoughts

Wooden flooring is available in different finishes, tones, and colours to suit a variety of styles. Whether you want to create a statement with a flamey wood or go modern contemporary with a coastal feel, you can find a wood finish that you love to enhance your home. 

 

February 19, 2022 — Richard McKay
WFH is Here To Stay - 6 Home Office Styles to Inspire You

WFH is Here To Stay - 6 Home Office Styles to Inspire You

With working from home the norm for many people these days, you will want to upgrade your home office space. At home, it’s easy to get distracted by family members and tasks you’ve been putting off. If you’re working from home, having space where you can close the door and remove distractions is essential.

Work from home in style and upgrade your office for ultimate productivity and comfort. Separate your home and working space, and create a great office area to effectively get through your to-do list. 

In this article: 

  • What is the Best Flooring for Your Home Office?
  • 6 Luxury Home Office Flooring Ideas 

What is the Best Flooring for Your Home Office?


 

As the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to work from home, the demand for the home office really took off. More people are looking to create a quiet space to work and concentrate. The home office is once again a coveted feature of the home, with many companies promoting flexible home working despite lockdown easing. 

The best flooring for your home office works well with your furniture and looks fantastic. It enables you to create the right type of ambience to work from home and add a luxury finish. Your flooring should be a combination of practical, comfortable, and beautiful. The best home office flooring really comes down to your overall home aesthetic and the look you’re trying to create. 

6 Luxury Home Office Flooring Ideas 

 


 

The key to an effective home workspace is setting up an area that’s both inviting and productive. Whether you work from home, run a business, or freelance in the evenings, setting up a workspace where you can retreat, tick off your to-do list and power through your afternoon meetings is essential. Here are six luxury flooring ideas to upgrade your home office so you can work from home in style. 

1. Parquet Flooring


 

A good home office should inspire you to work and be productive. If you love to make a statement, parquet flooring should be your go-to home office flooring. Parquet flooring uses individual blocks laid out in geometrical patterns. The most popular patterns are herringbone and chevron design. Herringbone parquet flooring is available in an engineered composition for increased stability. It’s a classic design that never goes out of style. 

2. Engineered Wood Flooring


 

If you love the look of solid wood but want to install underfloor heating or you’re worried about spillages, engineered wood is a great alternative. It creates a high-end luxe finish while being resistant to moisture and fluctuating temperatures. Good quality engineered wood features a thick real wood top layer that you can sand down again and again. 

3. RVP Vinyl


 

In an office area, it’s normal to spill the occasional cup of coffee, so if you want flooring that not only looks great but is durable, RVP vinyl is ideal. RVP is the next generation of vinyl; it’s super resistant to moisture, water and features sound-reducing properties. If you’re looking for something with uber durability, RVP vinyl is a fantastic option. It comes in a range of colours as well as herringbone parquet style choices. 

4. Vinyl Tiles


 

Vinyl tiles create the look of stone tiles without the hassle of installation. Create a luxury finish with uber durable, and long-lasting vinyl tiles. The benefit of these tiles is that they are highly resistant to water, scratches, stains. But at the same time, they give a high-end and beautiful finish to any room. 

5. Painted Floorboards


If you already have floorboards, painting them is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to upgrade a room. You can paint floorboards on your own as a DIY project or bring in professionals to tackle the flooring for you. You can paint floorboards in a range of colours that suit you, from neutral tones and white to something bright and bold. 

6. Natural Carpet


 

Natural carpets are made from raw natural materials. They are unprocessed, not dyed and use raw natural materials such as sisal, coir, jute, and wool. The reason it’s so appealing is that’s it eco-friendly, sustainable, and creates a warm and stylish feel. The organic tones and textures vary, so you tend to end up with a unique finish. Natural carpets suit a more rustic style with neutral tones. 


You can upgrade your WFH space easily with fresh new flooring. Whether you want to install a natural carpet or make a statement with parquet flooring, you can create a luxury high-end home office that inspires productivity and keeps you motivated throughout the day. 

February 18, 2022 — Richard McKay
3 Versatile Wood Flooring Choices that Match Popular Decor Styles

3 Versatile Wood Flooring Choices that Match Popular Decor Styles

What’s great about wood flooring is that you can use it in any decor style. From country chic to modern contemporary or minimal, you can style wood flooring in a way that enhances your interior. You can benefit from the natural beauty of wooden flooring while sticking to your favourite style and aesthetic. 

In this article: 

  • Why Install Wood Flooring to Enhance Your Interior 
  • 3 Wood Flooring to Match Your Decor Style 

Why Install Wood Flooring to Enhance Your Interior


 

As interior trends come and go, wood flooring remains a timeless and classic choice that can enhance your decor. Engineered wood flooring consists of an uber stable plywood core and a thick top layer of real wood for a durable and beautiful finish. 

The difference between laminate and engineered wood is that the top layer is real wood; it’s not just a decorative finish. In general, the thicker the top layer of real wood, the better. This is because it provides longer life and can be sanded down several times. 

If you’re considering installing engineered wood flooring, here are some of the benefits you can expect: 

  • Easy to maintain 
  • Simple tongue and groove system for installation 
  • More stable than solid wood when exposed to moisture and heat
  • Durable and long-lasting 
  • Compatible with underfloor heating 
  • Wide colour choice 

Whether you want to make a statement in the living room or have a neutral and minimal kitchen area with silvery grey tones, you can enhance your interior with wood flooring. Fortunately, engineered wood is suitable for various environments, including hallways, entrance halls, bedrooms, conservatories, and kitchens.  


3 Wood Floors to Match Your Decor Style 


 

With so many species, colours, and shades to choose from with engineered wood, you want to make sure you find the right flooring to match your decor style. By aligning your style to your flooring, you can find something that perfectly suits your decor. Here are three wood floor options to enhance your decor. 

1. Modern Rustic


For a modern rustic, country chic feel, the best option is Bergerac Oak Oiled flooring. Think rustic, wholesome, and timeless. The colour is a mid-honey smoked oak that is natural, cosy, and full of character. The natural colouring means it helps to create a spacious and airy environment that’s also warm and inviting. 

2. Scandinavian 


 

There’s something enticing about Scandanavian-inspired decor. It’s simple yet stylish and modern. The Sauternes Oak Lacquered flooring is ideal for light, natural, and fresh decor. Think stripped-backed colour palette with natural textiles and modern furniture. The light natural oak colour is suitable for contemporary, neutral, and urban modern styles too for a space-creating environment. 

3. Nordic Noir 


For something a little dark yet luxurious, Carb Oak Oiled flooring is everything you need for nordic noir. Take a dark twist on Scandinavian with black wood flooring. It’s distinctive, rich, and adventurous. This is definitely for a room that you want to make a statement with bold flooring. 


When buying engineered wood, it’s important to choose a product with a thick top layer of real wood. This is a feature of high-quality wood that you can sand down several times if needed. Naturally, you will get a degree of variation in any wood finish, which is part of the magic of wood flooring. With so much variety available, you can find a wood floor to match the decor style that you will love for years. 





February 05, 2022 — Katie McKay
Why Industrial Decor is so Simple to Achieve

Why Industrial Decor is so Simple to Achieve

Industrial style home interiors are all about industrial elements and a stripped-back aesthetic. The industrial look is characterized by its utilitarian simplicity, which can be achieved through the use of raw materials such as wood, concrete or metal.

Industrial design is often inspired by industrial architecture with natural textures or processes like welding and riveting. There's no right or wrong way to achieve this look in your own home - it's all about personal preference which is why it can be as complex or as simple as you like.  While some like to go full on exposed beams, pipework and concrete, others may decide on just adding touches here and there.

In this article we explore the signature elements of a typical Industrial style interior, the benefits of creating and maintaining this look and some simple ideas on how you can blend this vibe into your own home decor.

What are the Main Elements of an Industrial Interior?

The typical Industrial look is simple, pared-back and open-plan.  Airy, open spaces allow the main focus to be on the raw, natural and functional features of a home, giving them a voice of there own.

Exposed Brickwork

One of the best ways to achieve an industrial style look is by exposing brickwork. This can be done in a number of ways, such as removing plaster or paint from bricks to reveal their natural colour and texture, or using exposed brick panels as a feature wall. If you're not confident with doing this, there are now great wallpaper and mural options that replicate the look of brick, concrete or plaster.

Exposed Beams, Rafters

One of the things that really gives industrial style interiors their edge is exposed ceilings. This look can be achieved by removing all coverings from your ceiling, including tiles, plaster or even insulation. This is not for everybody and some properties may not suit this.  If you have a wide, open-plan space to play with then exposing beams is definitely worth considering.

 

Natural Elements

Natural materials such as wood and stone play a big part in creating the industrial feel.  Select interesting, modern furniture pieces or showcase wood flooring in parquet or board pattern in whitewashed or distressed finishes reflecting the raw, organic beauty of the timber.  Similar to wood, are vinyl and laminate options on the market that replicate the authentic look of natural wood or stone.

Upcycling

One aspect of an Industrial style home that is truly unique is the upcycling of old and disused items of furniture and other natural materials like rubber, wire and chipboard to create a functional piece with personality.  This can be anything from light fittings and side tables to a wall-hanging.

 

Unique Lighting

When it comes to lighting, exposed lightbulbs, intricate metal pendants and upcycled lamps are the go-to option for that undressed, relaxed ambience.  Make a big deal about your individual lighting choices that celebrate their mechanical design elements.

Simple Colour Palette

Stick to a neutral colour palette on main features such as walls and flooring.  Think white, beige, grey and earthy tones.

 

Main Benefits of an Industrial Look

Going for an Industrial scheme in your home or room has a number of benefits. Apart from looking fantastic, let's look at what else the Industrial look has to offer.

Cost-Effective

By upcycling and using reclaimed materials to evoke the stripped-back style of an Industrial design can be very budget friendly.  Saving money on sourcing second-hand furniture items and selecting basic, simple materials such as ply-wood is one of these plus points.   Reusing materials and choosing sustainable options is also eco-friendly, another great benefit.

Low Maintenance

The main design elements of this style of decor do not require much maintenance.  If you are going with the raw, unfinished look you don't need to be too concerned about clean finishes and sparkling paintwork. Industrial style is all about imperfection so relax and enjoy it!

Timeless

Because so much of this look is made up of a mix and match of old and new the overall look is classic and will not age as trends come and go.

Versatile Styling

This is the fun part.  Industrial style lets you be imaginative.  If you have an affinity with technical design, enjoy sourcing creative accessories for your scheme such as pipes, lighting, fixtures and fittings.  Think metals, wood and brick.

Simple Ideas to Consider 

Industrial style is all about appreciating the craftsmanship in functional elements of your home. By keeping things stripped-back and modern, you can create a look that is both timeless and edgy. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

 - Use natural materials wherever possible. Brick, concrete and timber are all perfect

- Keep the colour palette minimalistic and muted. Think greys, blacks, whites and beiges on walls and ceilings

- Opt for industrial lighting fixtures such as pendants or track lights

- Use furniture with clean lines and simple shapes.  Avoid anything too fussy or ornate

- Bring in a unique element that showcases raw, industrial design

- Add in some plants and fresh flowers to soften the look

Final Thoughts

An Industrial style home is both practical and stylish.  It can be cost effective and gives you the ability to create a completely unique look that can be appreciated for years to come.  The basic elements of an industrial design are ultra contemporary and will not grow tired while interior styles change.  To achieve this style in your own home there is no need to make dramatic changes.  By introducing small aspects into your decor, you can bring the unfinished, raw qualities of an Industrial look in a few simple steps.

 

January 26, 2022 — Katie McKay
How Can Modern Laminate Transform My Home?

How Can Modern Laminate Transform My Home?

Laminate flooring is a cost-effective alternative to solid wood. When you’re searching for new flooring, you come across a range of materials like hardwood, carpet, rubber, tiles, and vinyl. Laminate flooring has come a long way with advances in technology and manufacturing, resulting in durable and high-quality products with many uses. Let’s take a look at the benefits of laminate flooring and how you can use it.


In this article: 

  • How is Laminate Flooring Made?
  • Where Can You Use Laminate Flooring?
  • 5 Benefits of Laminate Flooring 
  • 4 Top Laminate Flooring Options to Consider 

 

How is Laminate Flooring Made?

Laminate flooring is constructed by pushing together several layers into a wood-like floor. It uses a combination of heat and high pressure to fuse all the layers to create a solid looking floorboard. 


Laminate flooring has four layers of materials: a backing, an inner core, a wear layer, and a design layer. These layers combine using high pressure and heat. Laminate is designed to mimic the natural look of real wood with a printed textured top layer for a natural appearance. 

 

Where Can You Use Laminate Flooring?


You can use laminate flooring in practically any room. Most laminate flooring products are suitable for a range of environments. High-quality laminate is durable and highly resistant, making it a versatile flooring. You can install laminate in both commercial and residential settings.  


When installing laminate in moisture-prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens, you need to be a bit more careful. Standard laminate isn’t usually suitable for these types of environments. But Egger laminate with Aqua+ is a unique technology that makes laminate water-resistant. This means you can use this type of laminate in moisture-prone areas like kitchens and bathrooms. 

 

5 Benefits of Laminate Flooring 

As innovations in laminate manufacturing continue to advance, laminate flooring is becoming increasingly popular. The cost-effective alternative to solid wood flooring offers several benefits for both the home and commercial settings like offices and shops. 


Durable 

Laminate flooring can withstand high traffic, pets, kids, and footfall. It’s durable against scratches, scuffs, stains, dents, and fading. This type of flooring is made to not only be cost-effective but to last for a long time. 

 

Scratch-Resistant 

The different layers within laminate flooring combine to offer various benefits. The rigid top layer of laminate is scratch-resistant. You don’t have to worry about daily wear and tear, even in a busy household. The main thing that could damage the laminate is dragging heavy furniture across the floor. You can easily avoid this by carrying furniture across the laminate. 

 

Moisture-Resistant 

Egger laminate flooring is moisture-resistant with Aqua+ technology. If you’re looking for laminate for kitchens or bathrooms with a natural risk of spillages and moisture, opt for Egger laminate with Aqua+. You can use a steam cleaner on this type of flooring, which is especially useful for cleaning in a commercial environment. 

 

Eco-Friendly 

All Egger laminate flooring uses timber only from sustainably managed forests. Nowadays, sustainability is essential in all the choices you make. Often, when it comes to wood flooring, you need to weigh up the differences between laminate flooring and engineered wood. Whatever you decide, look for sustainable materials and environmentally-friendly products. 

 

Large Choice of Designs 

You have a lot of choices when it comes to laminate flooring. Match your decor to your laminate flooring with an array of colours, grains, shades, and tones. You can choose something with more texture or opt for a smoother finish. 

 

4 Top Laminate Flooring Options to Consider 


Whether you’re installing a new home office flooring or want to upgrade your existing living room flooring, laminate is on the top flooring materials. It’s a budget-friendly option that looks fantastic and offers several benefits. Here are four laminate flooring options to consider for your home improvements. 

 

Ocampo 


Ocampo Laminate Flooring is a medium grey oak colour. It works well with a modern rustic interior for a crisp and spacious impact. The flooring features a patented click system for easy DIY installation and a 25-year warranty. 

 

Toledo 


Another option is the Toledo Laminate, which is a much cooler light white oak colour. Think contemporary and coastal design with plenty of light-reflecting properties. The moisture-resistant flooring is suitable for home and commercial use and is made using sustainable materials. 

 

Sarian 


For those of you that love Scandi-inspired decor, Sarian Laminate is a must. This is our lightest creamy grey laminate and is perfect for a minimalist and light interior. The wood grain, light tones, and durable design make it ideal for busy homes. 

 

Velasco 


If you prefer a modern look with a neutral colour palette, the Velasco Laminate is the perfect addition. It has a natural light oak colour with honey undertones. The laminate features the natural details of real wood but is super low maintenance and easy to install. 


The flooring of any interior is a defining factor. It can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room in commercial and residential settings. Laminate flooring is a budget-friendly, durable, and natural-looking flooring choice to enhance your interior.

January 25, 2022 — Margaret-Anne Leckie