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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.


Gum Ball felt rug from Olli Ella

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Stylish modern decor for a contemporary nursery

Gum Ball felt rug

Olli Ella specialise in designing stylish decor for modern nurseries and one of their new additions is this gum ball rug.

The rug is made by hand in Nepal using an array of colourful felted wool balls.

The colour palette, which includes a dash of pink and blue, with orange, white and warm musk, would work well in a contemporary nursery, but could be just as suitable for use in other rooms in your home too.

The round gum ball felt rug measures 100cm in diameter and costs £249 from Olli Ella.

Brighton Beach contemporary felted wool rug

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Luxury fresh design felted wool pebble rug

Luxury pebble effect rug

If you’re back at work, but still pining for the beach, then here’s a contemporary rug that could help keep your beach memories alive.

The Brighton Beach rug is cleverly designed to create the effect of pebbles on a beach. It’s made from felted wool, so is super soft to walk on or sit on.

Like a beach, each of the ‘pebbles’ is different, with varying colours and darker and lighter shades of stone.

It’s a brilliant and fresh design and so effective. The Brighton Beach rug is available in two sizes, small and large, from Frances Hunt.

The rug is currently on offer, with 20% off the usual price.

Advantages of Laminate Flooring

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Modern and contemporary laminate flooring

If you want the look and feel of natural wood in your home but aren’t keen on the cost, there is one more affordable option open to you: laminate flooring.

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***

Jigsaw rug and puzzle rug from Unique Boutique

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Contemporary felt jigsaw rugModern and contemporary rug ideas

We’ve just discovered Unique Boutique and they certainly live up to their name, by selling some unique and quirky products!

The jigsaw rug and create your own puzzle rug caught our eye, as they’re both rather novel – they’re made from woollen felt and have an interactive element to them, as you can change the design and look to suit your mood.

With the jigsaw rug, you can design your perfect rug layout by putting the jigsaw pieces together in the design you want. The pieces come in stone and lime green colours for a modern look.

The puzzle rug is made of white woollen felt with an all over cut-out design. It comes with lots of tiny triangles in a rainbow of colours that can be placed in position on the rug as you see fit. Have them as an ordered pattern, or create random designs. It’s bit more fiddly than the jigsaw rug, but still looks like lots of fun.

There are some other similar rugs available too, so check them out if you’re after a rug with a difference.

Contemporary flower print doormat

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Colourful doormat

Colourful doormat

It’s not the most sexy item to buy for your home, but unless you want muddy or wet feet trailing through your home, you need to have a doormat.

A lot of doormats are boring and unappealing, but thankfully this is one doormat that we think you might like. The eyecatching design has three large floral blooms on it, in shades of pink, red and purple. In fact, it looks a bit too nice for muddy feet to stand on.

To get this doormat in front of your door, head on over to Graham and Green, where it’s priced at £22.50.

Vibrant Botanica felt rug

Monday, October 5th, 2009
Felt rug by Selina Rose

This gorgeously vibrant magenta felt rug, by Selina Rose, would definitely brighten up a room on a cold, dark day.

As well as being vibrant, it’s eye-catching too, especially the intricate cut-out designs in the centre, which feature the shape of leaves, birds and butterflies.

Made from 100% wool felt, which has been coloured with eco-friendly dyes, the rug has a thickness of 5mm and is made to order.

The Botanica felt rug is available from Bouf - sadly, it does cost £450, but worth it if you’ve got the money to invest in a very special rug.

Contemporary Himali Shade rugs

Monday, July 6th, 2009
Himali Shade rug

Himali Shade rug

If you’re looking for a new rug for your home, then there are some lovely contemporary rugs at the nicely named Funky Rugs store.

We’re rather fond of the Brink and Campman rugs they sell, especially the Himali Shade collection. The rugs are handknotted in Nepal by craftspeople and they’re available in four sizes.

The gorgeous deep red, sunset-like rug offers a wonderful splash of colour. If red isn’t for you, then they also do the same style in more subtle colours, like shades of blue, amber, neutral and green.

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Go and investigate them – there’s even 10% off at the moment!

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