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How to Choose Wooden Flooring for Your Home

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Love the way that engineered oak flooring can create a wow factor floor! It looks gorgeous in a modern home and this oak floor has lovely colouring.

Are you giving your home a makeover? Knocking down walls, creating new rooms and selecting paint colours is a tall order, and it doesn’t end there. Once you’ve sorted out everything at eye level, you’ll need to turn to the job sitting right under your nose… the flooring!

If wooden flooring is what you’re after, here’s how to choose the right type for your home.

Real wood flooring

Real wood flooring is precisely what the name suggests – boards of single pieces of wood that are typically around 20mm thick. Sometimes called ‘solid wood’ flooring, this option is great for those wanting to add a desirable ‘selling point’ to their homes as real wood flooring is a fashionable trend right now.

Real wood flooring is typically laid in a tongue and groove style and looks fabulous in areas that get lots of traffic, such as hallways and living areas.

However, there are some problems with it. Firstly, it swells in damp conditions and shrinks in dry ones, so it won’t stay the same over its lifetime.

It is also quite tricky to install so will probably require an expert fitter, and is often the most expensive option for homeowners.

Laminate flooring

Oiled oak laminate flooring helps add character and charm into a room. It looks and feels warm and cosy.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is laminate flooring. This type of flooring is a piece of compressed MDF, designed to look realistic by overlaying it with an image of wood (or any other material you’d like to emulate, such as concrete, marble or tile).

Laminate wooden flooring is often laid across entire properties in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms because it’s an easy surface to clean, is fairly hardwearing and is easy to install.

While this type of wooden flooring is cheap (with prices ranging from around £5 to £50 a square metre), it doesn’t feel like the real thing.

It can wear out over time and can’t be repaired once damaged, and isn’t always a great option if you want to add value to your home.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered oak wood flooring can create a dramatic effect in a kitchen.

Engineered wood flooring is a number of layers of wood (normally three or four) that have been glued together to create a plank that is around 14mm thick.

A real-wood veneer is then placed on top to enable homeowners to sand it back and restore it to its prime if it becomes damaged.

For many homeowners, engineered wooden flooring is perfect as it’s solid, isn’t quite as prone to changes caused by temperature or humidity in the same way that solid wood flooring is (which means it can be used with underfloor heating systems) and can also be nicer to walk on than laminate flooring.

So, while it’s not cheap (£20 to £200 per square metre) it might be worth the investment if you want to lay it in areas of your home that get a lot of traffic or are on display to guests.

If you’re interested in this type of flooring for your home, why not check out engineered wood flooring from Ken’s Yard?

(Disclosure: This is a guest post)

Mezzanine floors: Practical and beautiful

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Have you ever considered having a mezzanine floor? It could be both a practical and beautiful option, as today’s guest post highlights.

Flooring is, in large part, an aesthetic enterprise as much as a practical one. You want the snazziest patterns, finest designs and the most in-vogue material, the kind of carpet that could please Oscar Wilde or some other decadent aesthete.

Finding the balance between beauty and effective design can be difficult. Some people coo in delight at their favourite swirly pattern etched into floorboards, ignoring the actual quality of the wood – and wasting their money in the process.

Some flooring solutions can, however, strike the perfect balance between looking good and remaining eminently practical.

Those with a little bit of imagination can even find flooring options that will give them a little bit more space.

A whole new level

All this moves us neatly onto the subject of mezzanine floors. There’s every chance you already know what a mezzanine floor is but, for those not in the know, it’s essentially a platform supported by a few steel girders. In short, it’s an entire extra floor for your home.

Mezzanines aren’t ideal for every house. To avoid a claustrophobic living space, you’ll need a large room with a high ceiling if you want to install a mezzanine. What’s more, you’ll need ample space to facilitate the pillars that will support your latest flooring venture.

Purchasing a new floor in your home might sound like a messy job, but it’s a cinch when you choose the right provider. For example, Invicta provide a top-quality service and come with years of experience under their belt.

Get some style

Once you’ve found the right supplier, you’ll have to find a few ways to turn that your flooring from a mass of hulking metal into a liveable space that you can enjoy as much as the rest of your home.

For some, the rustic style works best, which ultimately means less work to reach your preferred interior design style. Plenty of people love the idea of having a living room setup that looks like it doubles as a skate park. If you’re one of them, you’re in luck!

If not, you’ll have a little bit of extra work ahead of you. The personality of your mezzanine floor can be defined by the staircase which leads up to it. Want a winding staircase reminiscent of a medieval castle? Or how about beautiful mahogany stairs that look as though they belong in a Miami beachhouse? The choice is yours.

Once your mezzanine flooring is sorted, you’ll be able to play around with it until you love the look you have.  So you can find a perfect floor with a fantastic design – and strike the perfect balance.

(Images courtesy of Houzz)

Summer tiling projects: Tile your floor or wall for less

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Fresh Design home summer tiling projects

If you’re planning any summer home tiling projects, then there are some fab new tile ranges at Topps Tiles. What’s more, they’ve currently got 15% off selected products. Here are some of the top discounted tiles that caught our eye:

1. Regal wall and floor tiles, in polished, matt and textured porcelain. Perfect for floors and walls.

2. Astrea collection – French style crackle glaze finish in five fab colourways.

3. Hemline – ceramic wall tiles with an unusual inverted edge.

4. Artisau – inspired by handmade artisan tiles, these are highly glazed and are designed to look handmade, but for a fraction of the cost.

5. Attingham – exclusive ceramic tiles with a subtle surface effect, which creates an effective blend of tones. Available in a varied colour palette.

6. Marfil – luxurious glossy tiles created by inkjet technology to provide the look of stone.

7. Variato – an exclusive collection of large format ceramic tiles to create a natural stone look at an affordable price.

8. Henley – bold and modern tiles in various colours to create a stunning floor.

The versatility of vinyl flooring – ideal for a stylish new kitchen

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Contemporary modern vinyl floor covering

The kitchen forms the centrepiece of activity in many homes, whether it’s whipping up a meal for your nearest and dearest, catching up on the day’s events over a cup of tea with friends or helping the kids out with their homework at the kitchen table.

With so much going on in your kitchen, having a space that is both flexible and practical is essential to ensuring that day-to-day family life can continue to run smoothly. This could include anything from including flexible storage solutions in your kitchen design to investing in the latest range of time-saving kitchen gadgetry.

When it comes to kitchen flooring there are a number of options available from flagstone tiling, ideal for a country kitchen to laminate flooring. For a kitchen flooring look that it as stylish as it is durable, kitchen vinyl flooring is a great option for homeowners.

Here are just some of the reasons why vinyl flooring will provide the perfect finishing touch for your kitchen.

Designs galore

Whether you want to mimic stone, wood or tile flooring there is a vinyl flooring design to meet your needs. Vinyl flooring is also available in a range of colours, patterns and textures, allowing you to tailor your flooring to your requirements.

As an example, Carpetright vinyl flooring offers a wide range of vinyl flooring styles such as Platinum Oak Metallic Vinyl offering a modern twist on traditional wooden flooring or the Touch of Class vinyl range offering a mock-tiled look that’s as impressive as the real thing.

Easy to clean

Vinyl flooring makes light weight of housework and a quick mop of the floor is all you need to leave it looking as good as new. As vinyl flooring doesn’t have many seams, there are few hiding places for bacteria to grow, meaning that your floors will also be hygienic – essential if you have little ones crawling around on your kitchen floor or have pets in your home.


Vinyl flooring can prove much more cost-effective than other types of flooring per square metre. As vinyl flooring is long-lasting, it will also prove to be a great long-term investment that will rarely have to be replaced.

Whether you are a DIY novice or DIY expert, vinyl flooring can is relatively easy to install, meaning that you can make additional savings in terms on labour costs when overhauling your kitchen design.

***This is a guest post from Carpetright***

10 Contemporary Rugs For Stylish Urban Homes

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Modern living is all about clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and the harmonisation of form and function. But it’s all too easy to end up with a clinical, soulless interior if you take the minimalist design philosophy too far. Rugs are great for adding some softness, colour and proportion to a contemporary urban home.

This guest post takes a look at 10 of the coolest modern rugs money can buy.

Contemporary roundel RAF rug

This Roundel Rug is available from for £147.99. The simple, timeless bullseye design, used by the RAF since WWI, will also be familiar to any fans of The Who and the 1960s pop art movement.

Paint splash contemporary modern home rug

Prices for this Splat Rug start at £149. The design takes inspiration from the abstract expressionist movement, with obvious echoes of Jackson Pollock. Another great statement piece for the modern city-dweller.

Palm botany contemporary rug

This Eden Palm rug is available in a range of sizes, with prices from £39.99. The understated design takes its cue from nature, making it a perfect counterpoint to cold, synthetic materials like steel and acrylic.

Designer rug for a modern home

This unique Bubbles Square rug is designed by Sonya Winner, and available from for £1,995. Sonya – an acclaimed designer whose work has been compared with Matisse – says this rug is “inspired by bubbles blown from a wand that cluster together reflecting the surrounding colours as they float into the sky.”

Modern Mondrian home designs

Inspired by the early-20th century De Stijl art movement, made famous by the likes of Piet Mondrian, this Coloured Cubes rug costs from £239. This is a classic design that won’t ever go out of fashion.

Contemporary spot design rug

This Infinity rug is hand-made in India and costs from £375. This is a really versatile design that will inject colour and form into any space, whether it’s a kid’s bedroom or stylish modern living area.

Urban rugs for a modern home

This Street Art Girl rug costs £199.99. If you like edgy design with an emphatically urban flavour, this bright, bold rug is full of inner-city attitude.

Cool contemporary rugs for an urban home

If money’s no object, this Fly Tip rug could be yours for £1,220 per sq/m.  The design almost defies description, but it’s still guaranteed to be a real conversation piece that will make an impression in any contemporary home.

Kodari canvas rug from Holland

Imported from Holland, this Kodari Canvas rug from Funky Rugs will set you back upwards of £1,169. It’s definitely not cheap, but you’re paying for a designer piece, hand-knotted in Nepal using traditional techniques.

Best rug for a student house

Finally, available for just £31.45, this Che Guevara rug would make a great addition to a student flat. For radical style on a tight budget, look no further.

***This guest post is in association with Rug Traders***

Fab Friday Bargain: Blue Eden pixel rug

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Add colour and warmth to your floor with a rug

Pixel design rug

Add colour to your floor, and extra warmth for your feet during winter, by buying a rug for your floor.

This fab Friday bargain is a hand tufted Eden woven rug in shades of blue and grey, with a pixel style design. If shades of blue don’t do it for you, the same design is available in other colours.

There’s currently 20% off the usual price of the Eden rug at Debenhams, so reduced prices now start at £56.


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