How to Enhance Your Dining Area This Festive Season

How to Enhance Your Dining Area This Festive Season

Whether you plan to have a low-key, relaxed Christmas break or you are hosting a large festive feast for 12 you'll still want your Dining area looking its best.  Here we look at some simple, creative ideas to upgrade your Dining Room in time for the winter holiday.

What are the Main Elements of a Dining Room?

The key aspects of a Dining Room or Open-Plan Kitchen is the Table area, the walls and the flooring as these create the template of the room and are the main focal points aswell as the elements in which there is space to add your own style.  In order to create an impact, give your Dining Room character and make the most of the functional areas of your space, the walls, flooring and seating area are a good place to set your foundation.

How do I Upgrade My Dining Area This Festive Season?

By focusing on the key areas of your Dining space, you can easily transform a tired Dining Room or kitchen nook in time for Christmas.  Depending on your budget, there are cost effective solutions to restyle your Dining Room decor aswell as more long-term investment ideas.

Create a Feature Wall

Feature walls can be anything from an alternative paint colour to a full wall mural textured wallpaper or even shelving.  Choose a wall or a section of your room to do something a bit different.  This can infuse some much needed vibrancy or a layer of design without investing in a full room renovation.

Choose a Statement Floor

High craftmanship floors create a real statement to your room space.  Parquet flooring in classic designs such as Herringbone and Chevron pattern are timeless yet contemporary.  This is the type of floor that can transform a room into something special.  For an elegant and distinctive design concept, parquet flooring and wideboard  wood floor options are true attention grabbers and the perfect revamp solution this season.

Include a Stylish Rug

It is now usual to have rugs in all areas of your home including underneath your dining room table.  Modern rug options are far more maintenance friendly meaning you can include less functional styles to highly used spaces.  Choose an oval or round rug to give the Table area of your Dining Space some focus. This adds softness and comfort, perfect for festive get-togethers while enhancing your existing wood, vinyl or laminate floor.

Add Quirky or Luxury Lighting

We know lighting plays a big part on creating the right ambience in a Dining area and especially over the winter season.  By changing up your current light fixture to a low hanging pendant or bringing in a bold Japanese or ethnic inspired lightshade, change is as good as a holiday they say. 

Invest in a New Table

Just by changing the shape or type of Dining table you have can add a new dimension to your overall look.  Tables do not need to be expensive to deliver functionality and style, there are so many variations on the market from wood effect, industrial metal and resin styles that can easily compliment your Dining room theme without costing the earth.

Go Crazy with the Crackers

The simplest way of boosting your Dining area aesthetic this Christmas is by going to town on the tableware decor.  Choose a theme and fly with it.  With so many colours and designs of tablecloth and accessories it is much like decorating your Christmas tree.  Create your own magical ambience by decking out your seating area in as much bells and whistles as you can manage.

Final Thoughts

Christmas 2021 is extra special this year as we look forward to celebrations without lockdown restrictions.  We all want to look our best, be our best and have our family home looking amazing for guests.  Look at small ways of enhancing your Dining space if you want to keep your budget low or think to the longer-term for substantial improvements that increase the quality of your existing space and add overall value to your lifestyle.

November 17, 2021 — Katie McKay
The Best Rug Types to Enhance Your Wood Floor

The Best Rug Types to Enhance Your Wood Floor

Rugs are not only used to insulate a room and generate warmth, they also play a large part in how your room feels.  From adding comfort to your home to completely transforming the design of a room, we look at the benefits of bringing a rug into your interior and explore the best styles for enhancing your wood floor.

Benefits of Rugs

What does a rug bring to your home?  The main reasons are purely practical.  Rugs add a layer of softness underfoot as these days a number of households have installed hardwood flooring throughout their home.  Having some extra comfort and variation of texture to the touch adds more warmth and protection aswell as reduces sound disruption.  Rugs also protect your wood floor from heavy footfall and can act as an insulator to rooms with minimal furniture or wood flooring.

In terms of aesthetics, a rug can add colour, texture and character to an otherwise plain space.  They can add contrast to your wood flooring for eg by creating a lighter layer onto dark floorboards or by complimenting the grain and natural markings of the timber using interesting tonal shades or pattern. 

With so many types and styles of rug available on the market, there are various ways to add depth and personality to a room depending on what type of look you want to achieve.

Best Types and Styles of Rug for Wood Flooring

There are literally loads of rug style available these days from pure wool to natural fibres such as sisal and seagrass but what styles suit your decor and will compliment your existing wood floor or wood effect surface?

Natural Flatweave Rugs

Natural flatweave rugs have become the staple style for most interiors due to the fact that they are very practical and easy to maintain.  Deep pile rugs can be expensive and more difficult to keep clean in terms of heavy footfall, pet hair and spillages.  Due to the versatility of a flatweave rug, they can be used in most rooms of the home, can be machine washed and be used both indoors and in outdoor spaces.  Available in Jute, Sisal and many more, these organic styles add gentle texture, while complimenting your natural wood, vinyl or laminate floor.

Patterned Flatweave Rugs

This style of rug works in harmony with all types of hardwood and parquet flooring due to the abundance of options available but can really add flourish or character to a space.  Popular patterns include moroccan, tribal, persian, geometric and oriental depending on your decor choice.  The good thing about pattern is that it doesn't necessarily have to match with other textiles but there should be an associated colour or theme that links the style to your overall scheme.

Faux Fur Rugs

Faux fur rugs can be fun, cosy and add some retro vibes along the way. You may want to create an element of luxury with a high end style or simply use to layer up a section of your room for added texture.  Natural shades of faux fur work best against hardwood flooring.

Natural Plain Wool

Sometimes a room with wood flooring may need something more subtle. Like plain bed covers, a plain wool rug can have a classical elegance, adding a bold or delicate colour infusion as well as the necessary soft layer of comfort that can bring a room together.

Shaped Rugs

Rugs come in all shapes and sizes and for some spaces the standard rectangle just doesn't cut it.  For particularly small or awkward sections of a room, a circle or oval shape best compliments the floor by curving round edges and leaving clean lines.

Final Thoughts

There is no question whether rugs are beneficial to us both practically and to add some style.  By matching your rug type, colours and design to your lifestyle and personal tastes, a well chosen rug can be both functional and elevate your existing flooring.

November 09, 2021 — Katie McKay
HYGGE YOUR HOME FLOORING THIS AUTUMN

HYGGE YOUR HOME FLOORING THIS AUTUMN

Hygge is a Danish word, pronounced ‘Hue-gah’, it has been about for a while now but it's still one of the most sought after lifestyles - and you've probably been doing it without realising it!  Hygge which roughly means cosy living, living comfortable, enjoying your home and space and the joy of life and family.  
After the lockdown restrictions of 2020/2021 - our family home has become extremely important to us, as we are spending much more time there. Now, more than ever we are enjoying decorating our home to suit the season and creating space that brings happiness to our daily routine. 
So with that said let's have a look through some of our floor designs and tips for bringing Hygge to your home.  Neutral tones are key here and we want to focus in simplicity but also comfort.  Colours like light brown, walnut, oak, greige  or whitewash finish are all fantastic options.
AEROLITH
Parquet flooring can add warmth and character to your home which brings that hygge vibe.  It's durable enough to deal with busy homes.  Aerloith Enginnered Oak battens create a unique design feature  enhancing the space to an Entrance Hall, Lounge, Master Bedroom or Open-Plan Kitchen/Dining Area.
 
SARIAN OAK
This scandi-inspired Sarian Laminate is a must!  The wood grain, light tones, and durable design make it ideal for busy homes.
NORA RUBBER UTILITY TILES - UNI - 2457 
Add a bit of industrial edge to your home interior with Nora Rubber UNI 2425.  Choose stone effect, dimple or fleck design options that enhance space, add texture and don't steal too much of the show. 
 
IMPHAL - OAK
 
The real oak layer of our engineered wood flooring creates a stunningly classic and timeless effect, bringing a natural warmth and fabulous ambience to any room. Engineered oak flooring is also a great choice for use with underfloor heating, making the perfect combination to embrace the Hygge warm and cosy environment.
 
 
November 04, 2021 — Margaret-Anne Leckie
How to Channel the Scandi Vibe this Winter with Wood Flooring

How to Channel the Scandi Vibe this Winter with Wood Flooring

The Scandinavian look is growing in popularity as many home owners look to pare back on fussy details and opt for a simplistic, fresh interior with clean lines, natural materials and minimal clutter.

As wood is a natural floor type it really focuses on the beauty of the material and creates the gentle aesthetic backdrop to a Scandi inspired home.

In this article we look at the key elements of a Scandinavian style interior and explore some wood flooring options that truly deliver that nordic charm.

Key Elements of Scandi Style Home Decor

It is important to look at the main aspects of what makes a Scandi style interior work so well.

Light Colour Palette

One of the main features of a Scandi inspired home is a fresh and light-infusing colour palette.  Neutral shades in White, Grey, Beige and Ivory are the best paint colours to use as an overall shade which can be enlivened using accents of colour in other elements of your room design. The room should have a spacious, light-filled ambience.

Simple Design

This decor scheme is based on functionality with a simplistic beauty.  Well made furniture in natural wood with soft, rounded features work particularly well.  Room accessories and decorative items should be kept minimal and serve a purpose meaning they should add something to the room but have a presence.

Natural Wood

As the Scandi colour palette is very neutral, wood in natural colours such as Ash, Oak and Beech work in harmony by adding depth, texture and colour.  This can be used on flooring, furniture, wall panelling and accessories.

Build up Natural Layers

Your scheme should have layers of texture by adding natural fibres and textiles as well as well appointed plants.  These are the elements that will instantly add character to your space.  Choose materials such as rattan, sisal, wool and fabrics with texture in muted tones.

The 4 Best Wood Floor Options for Scandi Style Living

Engineered wood flooring is a feature in most people's homes because of its classical and timeless appeal, durability and simple maintenance.  Here are our 4 favourtite wood flooring choices for that Scandi vibe.

Gabbro Engineered Oak

With a beautiful pale Oak essence and rich brown accents in the grain, this prime European Oak creates the perfect balance of organic beauty with a spacious, modern ambience.  Finished with a matt protective lacquer, Gabbro Oak is easy to maintain, pet friendly and works well in family spaces.

Yonago Oiled European Oak

Bang on trend, Yonago has the milky 'Greige' tones that add a fresh, relaxed backdrop to your Scandi interior. A fantastic neutral, this white oiled wood is a European brushed Oak with a contemporary 20.6mm wideboard for the ultra statement finish. The robust structure and quality finish means you have flexibility in where you want to feature the flooring and is suitable for areas of heavy use.

Fargo Natural Brushed Oak

Oozing authentic that nordic forest appeal, Fargo is a natural lacquered European brushed Oak floor in mellow, warm tones and distinctive knot markings.  Perfect for all public rooms of the home, Fargo is a premium wood with ageless style.

Final Thoughts

To achieve the relaxed, natural simplicity of a Scandi themed interior, you need to think less.  Tone down on accessories and choose only items that enhance the space in the most natural way for eg using organic textures, adding plantlife and light, functional furniture.  Celebrating family life is a key theme in a Scandi home style and investing in warm, comforting textiles make the space feel welcoming, wholesome and restful. Wood flooring plays a large role in a Scandi style home and your floor should match the overall feel of your space.

November 02, 2021 — Katie McKay
The Best Modern Farmhouse Style Floor Options

The Best Modern Farmhouse Style Floor Options

A Modern Farmhouse interior is the contemporary take on the traditional, rustic style of home decor which focuses on the charm and warmth of rural living with the boldness and functionality of the modern home.

Here we look at the key looks of a Modern Farmhouse interior and flooring options that capture the warmth and character of this homely style of decor that now has its own modern twist.

How do You Achieve the Modern Farmhouse Look?

There are many ways to nail the Modern Farmhouse look without falling into the dated style of too much golden Oak, tired and fussy textiles and bland walls. 

Mix It Up

The Modern Farmhouse look is basically a mix of old and new.  Blending traditional features such as Fireplaces, beams or industrial elements like exposed brick with modern, functional furniture, clean and curved shapes and a fresh paint palette creates a sleek yet wholesome ambience.  Mixing up artwork with modern prints and classic paintings and adding a variety of quirky  decorative items with antiques or reclaimed furniture all bring the essence of old tradition with modern functionality and playfulness.

Bring In Texture

Texture in a Modern Farmhouse look is important to create the cosiness and layers of comfort a rural interior evokes. Throws and cushions in classic patterns with a mix of neutrals within your other textiles, walls and lightning bring depth and detail into focus.

Use Natural Materials

Natural textiles, organic materials such as stone, wood and fibres like sisal and jute are great ways of bringing the rural aspects of your Modern Farmhouse to life.  They create a lovely balance of textures and natural colours to your scheme.

Add Metallic Elements

Bringing metal surfaces and metallic detail into your interior will add an industrial, functional feel creating a striking contrast to more traditional features.  Metal worktops in a kitchen space, decorative radiators or industrial style furniture gives your Modern Farmhouse look an edgy, comtemporary vibe.

The Best Modern Farmhouse Style Flooring Options

Flooring in any room will always be a huge factor in the overall style and feeling of a space.  There are a few fantastic floor options that will enhance your finished Modern Farmhouse scheme and are versatile enough to fall in with any decor style if you choose to redecorate in the future.

Engineered Wood Flooring

The modern solution to traditional solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring is a highly popular floor option that has evolved in a number of ways.  In the past there were areas of the home that it was not advisable to install wood flooring such as the Bathroom and Kitchen.  Due to the additional stability, improved surface and materials used in today's engineered flooring designs, this is now a floor solution that will tolerate areas with additional moisture, changing temperatures and high traffic.  In terms of the Modern Farmhouse look, wood plays a huge role in creating the richness and warmth of your scheme.

Modern LVT Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring has now upgraded to SPC (Stone Polymer Core) and RVP (Rigid Vinyl Plank) options which have an even stronger core and higher resistance to scratching and moisture damage particularly in rooms such as Kitchens and Bathrooms.  LVT comes in so many designs that are perfect for achieving the ultimate Modern Farmhouse interior.  Available in wood effect, stone and slate effect it has the industrial or traditional element you are looking for to compliment your look.

Luxury Laminate Flooring

Contemporary laminate flooring is another go-to floor option that has all the colours and styles of natural wood or LVT but at less of a cost.  Laminate flooring has come a long way since it first appeared on the market and there are some excellent products that can deliver the classic appeal of wood or stone in your Modern Farmhouse design.

Classic Parquet Flooring 

Classic parquet is a timeless floor solution that will never look out of date.  As you have the option to go very contemporary or traditional in a Modern Farmhouse interior, parquet flooring is a great way to create a statement whether you choose a standard herringbone rustic Oak to replicate that true countryhouse look or very clean, prime grade parquet.

Final Thoughts

Even if you don't have a large rambling Farmhouse or real countryhouse features in your property, it is simple enough to create this popular look. By using textures and mixed materials like wood, metal and natural elements in your flooring choice, furniture, walls and textiles you can easily bring the beauty of rural style into your home.

October 27, 2021 — Katie McKay
Why Greige Works in all Homes

Why Greige Works in all Homes

Greige (a mix of Grey and Beige) as a colour is a home decor staple.  It works well on walls, panelling, textiles and flooring creating a neutral foundation for when you want to add bolder colours and design features.

In this article, we look at why the colour combination works so well in different areas and elements of your home interior and look at 5 Greige accents you could incorporate into your home to freshen up your decor this season.

Why does Greige Work so Well

Greige is a versatile shade and can be used in various ways.  It can be toned down using a light version of the colour or applied more dramatically in darker shades to walls.  You can introduce the colour on it's own for example on an accent chair or use it on all design features for a very muted, paired-back vibe.  Combining shades of Beige and Grey across your home can also create the 'Greige' look.

Walls

It is difficult to go wrong with Greige as a paint colour.  It blends well with most interiors, creates an element of space and light and adds dimension and depth to a room.

Floors

A Grey/Beige floor has a classic appeal meaning your flooring will not go out of style while trends change.  Again it acts as a neutral adding gentle warmth without stealing the show.  Adding a rug can also enhance the depth of colour and bring another element of design to your floor.

Cliffside SPC Vinyl Flooring

Textiles

An inexpensive way of bringing Greige into your home is using textiles like cushions, throws, curtains, bedding or sofa fabric.  As there are many shades of Greige, you can invest in contrasting tones in scatter cushions and texturised fabrics such as woven or woollen throws.

Wood Panelling or Shelving

Painting your wood panelling or shelving a shade of Grey or Beige is another way of adding this colour theme in a cost-effective and subtle way.  The painted wood enhances surrounding features and frames the room.

Decorative Accessories

As Greige is a natural tone it is easy to find decorative flourishes in beige/grey colours.  Natural wall hangings, picture frames and artificial plants will add hints of the Greige ambience across your interior.

5 Greige Decor Elements we Love

We love Vougeot and Hakusan engineered Oak floor options.  The Vougeot shows a dark, sultry Greige while the Hakusan has the light, ambient Greige that truly enhances your space.

Greige paint that really adds the freshness factor is Pudding by Coat Paints.  The natural mix of dark beige with a light hint of Grey creates an airy yet cosy, intimate feel.

A rug not only adds warmth but compliments your flooring.  The Westborough rug by Williston Forge is the perfect balance of Greige to work in harmony with your decor.

Macrame wall hangings are bang on trend,  Adding a little bit of Boho charm, this wall hanging from Bungpottage on Etsy ticks all the boxes for a Greige statement.

Dexter & Fox have fantastic patchwork Greige and Black cushions for a striking colour accent to your space.

Conclusion

Why does Greige work so well in all homes?  It is a timeless colour and can act as a neutral or a design feature depending on how you choose to incorporate it into your interior.  Because it is so versatile and complimentary, Greige is a firm favourite with many homeowners and remains a staple for most.

October 11, 2021 — Katie McKay
The Best Floor Options for Utility Spaces

The Best Floor Options for Utility Spaces

Utility spaces such as Laundry Rooms and storage areas can involve moisture, exposure to cleaning detergents and chemicals or heavy equipment and furniture.  Despite this, we still want these areas to look attractive and blend well with the decor of your home.

In this article, we look at types of utility spaces and explore the best flooring options that serve as functional surfaces as well as look great.

Types of Utility Areas

When we talk about Utility areas we are referring to functional spaces of the home that house essential equipment or spaces for storing household items that don't necessary suit other rooms of the house.

Laundry/Utility Rooms

These are usually rooms that have washing machines, driers and store household items such as ironing boards, cleaning supplies and sometimes linen.  Laundry rooms should have plenty of storage, shelving and cupboard space to avoid clutter and allow free and safe movement.  Chemicals and cleaning items should be stored in a child friendly way in a high or locked cupboard.  In terms of flooring, you want to consider water and moisture resistant surfaces as well as a non-slip factor to avoid trips and falls.

Storage/Spare Rooms and Walk-in Wardrobes

Spare rooms can often be used to store items such as gym equipment, office and work related items or kids toys.  Sometimes these spaces don't have a definite function which results in it becoming a dumping grounds for items that either can't be thrown out or due to lack of space.  The key factor for this type of space is organisation.  If you can define zones and use suitable storage then these spaces can look just as appealing as the other areas of your home.  Similarly, walk-in-wardrobes can be overlooked in terms of design.  The right flooring in these home spaces can help to maintain a functional yet pleasant atmosphere.

Cloakrooms and Boot Rooms

This is part of the home which is either a section of the Hallway or a separate space to house coats, jackets and shoes.  Often cluttered and unloved, Cloakrooms should be a dedicated zone with a functional use that blends with your interior.  Using decorative hooks, storage items and adding storage features can enhance the space.  From a floor perspective, you want to consider a floor which is easy to keep clean and is moisture and pet friendly

Best Flooring Options for Utility Spaces

There are a many floor options that suit Utility spaces.  A modern Utility space should be practical but feel like part of your home.

Modern Rubber Utility Tiles

Our collection of modern, versatile Utility tiles are made from high quality slim rubber ranging from 2mm to 4mm.  They are slip-resistant, moisture resistant and perfect for high footfall. 

The sustainable, simple maintenance rubber designs come in a variety of colours and textures such as stone-effect Greys, coloured fleck pattern or plain colours which can be combined to create your own bespoke floor. 

Unlike concrete or ceramic tiles, they protect against breakage due to their light shock absorption properties.  They are also stain resistant for easy cleaning. Perfect for all types of utility area this soft touch floor option creates a gentle feature with bags of style.

SPC Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tiles

SPC (stone polymer core) vinyl is the new rigid plank vinyl flooring which is ultra stable and moisture resistant.  The clever, seamless design and resistance to water and scratching makes it a a great option for home utility areas.

Available in 12 beautiful wood effect colours and styles, the flooring compliments all interior spaces and is practical without compensating on appearance like other utility floor options may limit you to.

Luxury Laminate Flooring

Modern laminate flooring is robust, durable and highly authentic wood effect flooring that is less expensive than natural wood but mimics the beauty of timber. 

 

Simple to fit and suitable for utility areas, there is a great choice of designs to choose from.  If budget plays a big role in your utility floor choice, laminate is very cost-effective.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Innovation has changed how we can apply engineered flooring in our home.  Due to increased stability in the design, some engineered wood flooring can withstand areas exposed to moisture such as Bathrooms, Kitchens and Utility areas. 

Wood has a classic beauty that will stand the test of time if well maintained.  With a wide variety of wood species, colours and style, engineered wood can transform a tired utility room into a modern, characterful space.

Conclusion

There are many options to consider when choosing a floor for your Utility space from carpet to wood, floor tiles to vinyl.  These spaces need a safe, easy maintained surface that can withstand medium to high footfall and exposure to moisture, spillages and possibly higher or lower room temperatures.  Modern solutions now mean that you can select a floor that looks just as attractive as the living areas of your home without the concern of damage.

October 11, 2021 — Katie McKay
Our 3 Favourite Wider Plank Wood Flooring Options

Our 3 Favourite Wider Plank Wood Flooring Options

Wide plank wood flooring is not a new concept, however for the last 5 years, wider style flooring has become increasingly popular.

The widely cut planks can enhance the idea of space in your home and gives the whole installation an ultra modern, high end feel.

 

We have selected our 3 Favourite Wide Plank engineered wood floor choices which truly capture the natural beauty of the timber while remaining incredibly stable.

Novaro Oak

With rich, deep brown tones and lighter accents of Grey. Novaro Oak adds an instant warm ambience to your space. The dark, wide boards enhance milder toned decor giving your room form and depth.

Pinsk

Ultra sleek, mellow and bang on trend with its Greige (Grey/Beige) wood tones, Pinsk is the ideal floor choice for open plan living spaces such as Lounges, Kitchens, Bedrooms and Hallways.  

Envigado

In lightest Golden oak, Envigado is a true crowd pleaser.  The wider planks of warm honey tones blended with paler wheat hues have an excellent light reflective quality enhancing the finer detail of the grain and add an idea of spaciousness and light.

 

Fargo

French Country style engineered oak in light, rustic wide planks that enthuse a relaxed and paired-back vibe. This versatile choice works well in all styles of decor from Contemporary Modern to Bohemian and Scandi inspired spaces and comes in a matt lacquered finish for ultra protection.

Conclusion

A wide plank floor can add flair and character to your home.  Alternatively, it can also gently enhance other decor features, create the illusion of more space and modernise a tired interior.  Available in a number of wood finishes, engineered Wide Plank flooring offers maximum stability, choice and bags of style.
October 04, 2021 — Katie McKay
Autumn Home Decor Trends - Flooring and Walls

Autumn Home Decor Trends - Flooring and Walls

Autumn is a great season for upgrading furniture and flooring or switching up your home decor.  Maybe your rooms could do with some warmer accents to reflect the colder months where you will be spending more time indoors and comfort is key or your flooring and walls are looking a bit unloved.

Replacing a floor or decorating your walls are transformative changes which can dramatically alter the way your home looks and feels.

Here we look at our favourite home decor trends for this Autumn and ideas on how to bring some life to your existing interior.

Mixed Woods for Colour & Texture

Contrasting wood furniture and flooring is an excellent way to bring added texture and natural elements into your space.  By combining a light Oak floor with rich, dark furniture or using painted wood panelling will instantly create structure and form to a room.

We suggest using Ambrosia Oak parquet for a classical yet modern look.

Greige Tones for Walls or Flooring

The Grey/Beige tone that has made a huge comeback this year is a great neutral colour to use on large areas such as walls and flooring.  This shade compliments all decor styles and looks elegant yet comtemporary.

We suggest Rustic Rock RVP vinyl flooring for a Greige tonal floor.

Bold Dark Features

Dark and sultry paint colours, deep wood accent furniture or black flooring is a true design statement.  Use as a feature wall, corner nook or install dark wood flooring in Walnut, stained Oak or Teak to give a room instant character.

We suggest Carb Oak engineered Black Oak flooring for dramatic appeal.

Rug Layering for Cosiness

 

Rugs never go out of style and add a layer of warmth and comfort.  Rug layering can be achieved by using a variation of rug patterns, colours and textures over an entire room space or in one area to add an interesting focal point.  It also softens a space and adds depth to your floor.

If you have a natural Oak floor such as Fargo Oak, we suggest using organic, flatweave rugs or bold Oriental patterns to enhance the wood.

Warm Metals 

Bringing metallic elements such as Brass, Copper and Bronze into your room decor is a simple and effective way of adding gentle ambience.  Light reflective surfaces such as tables, mirrors and ornamental features all add another dimension to your space.

We suggest the Ashta side table in bronze to infuse metallic accents.

Conclusion

There are many ways of switching up the look of your home interior whether you are upgrading your flooring, changing your colour scheme or adding new accents. Autumn is a great time to make changes and your home should be a comfortable space that you love being in over the colder seasons.
September 27, 2021 — Katie McKay
5 New Trends in Wood Flooring in 2022

5 New Trends in Wood Flooring in 2022

Every year trends come and go, but wood flooring remains relevant and in style. While popular colours and tones change, some styles will always be charming and timeless. When designing a house and choosing your interior, your flooring has a huge impact on the final look and feel of your home.  


In this article: 

  • The Benefits of Wood Flooring 
  • 5 New Trends in Wood Flooring 

 

The Benefits of Wood Flooring 


When it comes to wood flooring, you have several options to choose from:


Whatever type of wood flooring you love, it has several benefits. Wood flooring can add value to your home and enhance the overall look of your home. Another advantage of wood flooring is that it’s usually easy to clean and maintain. As it’s highly resistant and durable, wood floors tend to need fewer repairs over the years. By investing in high-quality wood flooring, it should last for years. 

 

5 New Trends in Wood Flooring  


Of all the flooring materials available, wood flooring remains one of the most consistent types of flooring to add value. Due to advances in technology, there are several varieties of wood flooring that look fantastic. Let’s dive into the latest wood flooring trends in 2022 to elevate your home’s interior. 

 

1. Smokey Wood Flooring 


Smokey grey and distressed wood have a rich grain that looks great in rustic and modern style. Think grey and brown tones with beautiful grain to create another level of intrigue within a space. Oak smoked wood has a lot of character and can help to make a statement finish. 

 

2. Natural Tones and Colours 


There’s something about natural tones and colours that’s warm and inviting. Bringing everything back to basics and keeping things simple will undoubtedly be a popular theme throughout 2022 and beyond. The natural colour of wood looks so simple yet beautiful. With an increased focus on sustainability, natural-looking and sustainable flooring will merge as a popular option. 

 

3. Bleached Wood 


Bleaching wood floors is a chemical process to lighten the colour of wood flooring. Often, when you bleach floors, it reduces the appearance of grain in the floor. This makes the whole appearance much softer and smoother. If you don’t want to go through the process of bleaching, but like the look of it, you can find alternatives. Wood-effect RVP vinyl tiles are a great option and come in a huge range of colours, tones, and styles. 

 

4. Grey Parquet Flooring 


Parquet flooring has been around for centuries, but in the last few years, it has continued to skyrocket in popularity. What’s changing is that we’re moving away from traditional wood colours and heading towards grey everything. The combination of grey and beige is gaining interest, and more people are looking to grey for their flooring, even with parquet. 

 

5. Worn and Weathered Wood Flooring 


Worn flooring has been popular for a while, but it remains a key theme of the coming year. That could mean choosing reclaimed wood flooring or looking for a product with artificial ageing for that weathered look. This type of flooring looks ideal with a rustic interior. 


Advances in technology and manufacturing allow for an even wider variety of styles. While wood remains a classic option for the home, we’re seeing more people choose laminate and parquet flooring over traditional solid wood. With 2022 on the horizon, we can explore exciting new flooring trends and styles to enhance your decor.

September 19, 2021 — Margaret-Anne Leckie
How to Clean Laminate Flooring

How to Clean Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is an increasingly popular alternative to hardwood flooring. Unlike solid wood flooring or engineered wood, you can’t sand down and treat laminate flooring. Keep your laminate flooring looking great through regular cleaning and maintenance. By sticking to a cleaning routine, you can prolong the life of your flooring for years to come.


In this article: 

  • Why Install Laminate Flooring
  • 6 Tips for Cleaning Laminate Flooring 

 

Why Install Laminate Flooring


Laminate flooring is durable, affordable, and looks great. Today’s laminate manufacturing has come a long way. Nowadays, it’s a beautiful and strong option for both the home and commercial settings. Over the next few years, laminate flooring will continue to grow in popularity as a stylish, durable, and affordable wood flooring option. 


Whether you opt for solid wood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring, it’s clear that many people have a love for wood flooring. It creates a timeless, charming, and spacious feel in the home. Other benefits of laminate flooring include:

  • Comfortable to walk on 
  • Easier installation 
  • Highly durable 
  • Scratch and water-resistant
  • Realistic appearance 
  • Easy to clean surface 
  • Stain and fade resistant 
  • Variety of styles 
  • Economical 

 

6 Tips for Cleaning Laminate Flooring 


As laminate flooring is durable and resistant, generally, cleaning is a breeze. But it’s essential to clean laminate flooring in a certain way so that it stays looking its best for longer. Here are six tips for cleaning laminate flooring you can integrate into your cleaning routine.  

 

1.  Read the Maintenance and Cleaning Instructions 


Day-to-day, you can maintain and clean your laminate by dusting and vacuuming. To start, read the maintenance and cleaning instructions for your laminate flooring products. It will guide you on the type of products you can use with your flooring and what to avoid, so you don’t damage your flooring by accident. 

 

2. Create a Weekly Cleaning Routine 


Like any part of the house, creating a weekly cleaning routine will help to maintain your flooring. This can include regular vacuuming and using a dusting cloth where necessary. Avoid using steam cleaners or wet mops as this can damage the flooring. In some homes, you may need a more regular vacuuming schedule to keep your flooring clean.

 

3. Protect Your Flooring 


Use rugs and floor protectors to minimise the chances of dents and scratches. Although laminate flooring is highly resistant, heavy furniture may leave marks on your flooring. This is especially true if you’re moving heavy furniture. In general, the heavier the furniture, the wider the floor protector. 

 

4.  Clean Up Spillages 


If you have any spillages, clean them up as soon as they happen. You can use a damp cloth to blot any spills. Don’t let liquids pool on the floor for too long. Don’t wash your floor with a wet mop. Simply use a cloth to clean up spillages as they happen. A wet mop allows water to seep into the flooring, causing it to lose shape and warp. 

 

5.  Don’t Use Abrasive Tools 


Avoid using abrasive tools as items like scouring brushes can cause abrasion on the floor. No matter how stubborn the stain is, avoid abrasive cleaning tools. Instead, use a soft-bristled broom to move dirt and shift dust without damaging the flooring.  

 

6. Don’t Use Too Much Water 


Even laminate flooring that’s water-resistant, isn’t usually waterproof. Avoid using anything wetter than a damp cloth. Don’t use water with a mop or any other liquid cleaning product not within your product’s cleaning instructions. 


Laminate is a beautiful flooring option that’s durable and natural-looking. It can create space and build a warm, inviting area. By regularly running a vacuum over your flooring and mopping up any spillages as soon as they happen, you can clean your laminate correctly. Prevent damage by not using any wax or polish and avoiding abrasive cleaning tools.

September 17, 2021 — Margaret-Anne Leckie
Greige: The Wood Flooring Colour Trend to Try

Greige: The Wood Flooring Colour Trend to Try

If you’re looking for a flooring colour that’s warm and relaxing, have you thought about greige? When you’re not quite ready to delve straight into the world of grey or beige, greige is somewhere in the middle. Your flooring colour choice can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your interior. 


In this article: 

  • What is Greige?
  • How to Style Greige Interior 
  • 5 Greige Wood Flooring Options to Try 

 

What is Greige?


There’s something about neutrals that’s very enticing. You can pair a neutral colour palette with the theme and style of your choice. Although it’s easy to think that choosing a neutral colour palette is easy, it can be much more complicated. The problem is that there are so many different shades and tones within the world of neutrals. While those who dare to beige love the final result, there’s another option to consider: greige. 


So, what exactly is greige?


Greige combines the best of both worlds by mixing grey and beige into one colour. It’s a truly versatile colour that adds warmth and ambience to a room. When you add grey to beige, it creates a richer colour, which means it can work in both cool and warm styles. The ratio of grey to beige determines the final colour. So, you can have different variations within the umbrella of greige. 

 

How to Style Greige Interior 


Because greige is a neutral colour, you can style it in several ways. Complimentary colours of greige include black, warm brown tones, and white. At the same time, you can pair it with colours that pop and contrast. Think greige and bold colours in a farmhouse style decor. You can use greige wood flooring in any environment, including dining areas, living rooms, and kitchens. 


A beautiful combination of colours in a home includes greige, black, and white. Although you can add pops of colour, for a simple and minimal look that creates lots of space, combining these three colours is a fantastic choice. 

 

5 Greige Wood Flooring Options to Try 


If you’re looking for the perfect middle ground between grey and beige, then greige is the colour for you. Here are five greige wood flooring options to try to elevate your home or commercial setting. 

 

1.  Jazz SPC Vinyl 


While wood flooring looks fantastic, sometimes you need vinyl flooring to handle the environment. This is especially true in settings where humidity changes and you’re more likely to experience spillages, such as bathrooms. Jazz SPC Vinyl flooring features a smoky grey with light oak undertones to fit the greige colour scheme.

 

2. Nootka Luxury Vinyl Flooring


Nootka luxury vinyl flooring features natural grey and whites that works well in most styles. If you love Scandi-inspired decor, this is the ideal choice. It’s suitable for a range of environments, including bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories, and entrance halls. 

 

3. Toledo Laminate Flooring 


The Toledo Laminate Flooring is a light grey with hints of beige. It’s on the grey side of the spectrum and looks fantastic in a contemporary or modern setting. Laminate flooring is cost-effective, durable, and long-lasting. If an easy installation is important for you, then laminate is a must. 

 

4.  Darwin Engineered Wood 


To help you choose the right engineered wood floor colour, start by thinking about your room decor and style. If you’re looking for something on the beige side of greige, then Darwin Engineered Wood Flooring is a good option. The lacquered wood floor is bright, airy, and space-creating. With a neutral colour palette, you can pair this wood flooring with a number of different styles.

 

5.  Hakuson Wood Flooring 


Another greige wood flooring option is Hakuson engineered wood. Enjoy the benefits of oak flooring with the light pale grey wood flooring. This is ideal for a neutral or coastal style for a modern and contemporary finish. Pair it with stripped back furnishings and modern furniture. 


If you’re on the market for a new colour palette, greige is a fantastic neutral colour scheme that works well in several styles. Enhance your decor with a greige flooring and create a fresh and inviting atmosphere in your home, commercial, or hospitality property. 

September 15, 2021 — Margaret-Anne Leckie