As well as being easier on your wallet, laminate floors are scratch and stain-resistant and easier to install than traditional hardwood floors, making it a great option for do-it-yourself enthusiasts who want to save on the cost of labour. Most retailers now offer glueless laminate flooring that simply slots together and comes with instructions that make it easy for anybody to install.
Most laminate flooring has a wood-effect finish, so you can choose from any kind of wood imaginable according to what suits the space. Smaller, darker rooms can be made to look bigger and brighter with a white beech finish, or alternatively you can achieve a luxurious, classical effect with oak or mahogany. There are even designs that mimic the rough-cut, knotty floorboards for a cosy, rustic look in the kitchen or living room. Take a look at the range of laminate flooring from Topps Tiles and see if any of them inspire you.
Don’t forget that laminate flooring isn’t all about wood: there are all kinds of finishes available that mimic marble, stone tiles, ceramics and even mosaics. These are particularly attractive in bathrooms, providing a way to get that classical feel without spending all day laying tiles!
If you prefer to go the wood-effect route in the bathroom, you’ll find laminates a much better choice than solid wood anyway: it is much more moisture-resistant and easier to clean. However, you should make sure the floor has been well sealed to stop any moisture seeping into the wood-chip base below.
If this has got you in the mood for a housing redesign, cast your eyes over these pictures from Houzz of how laminates can be used to stunning effect!
***This post is in association with Topps Tiles***