Flooring is probably the largest single decorative feature in our homes, and it should feel fabulous underfoot, as well as timeless and tough enough to last decades. From the latest designs and innovations, these are some that caught our eye…
Vinyl in a tile format, rather than a roll – we like! Warm and comfortable underfoot, the top-end selections look, and even feel, just like the real thing. Tarkett’s new luxury vinyl range comes in stone shades, like this Rustic Slate Black (above) which looks fabulous in a bathroom. There are also soft stone beige and clean white shades. Easy to fit, easy to clean, it’s made from 48% recycled content, which is a huge improvement on early vinyls.
Look right, look left, look down – the chevron (below) has dominated the catwalk this season, and it’s about to take interiors by storm. Its clean zigzag is a confident choice that’s bold and graphic, and it makes a fabulous statement, especially in a wide stripe design. To avoid a dizzying effect, pair a chevron floor with solid shades of the same colours, to keep the look uniform. This blue and grey design is one of the latest from Amtico’s Signature Collection.
Laminate is the purse-friendly alternative to real hardwood or stone, and it’s come a long way since it was first developed in Sweden in 1980s. High-end laminates can replicate all sorts of natural floor coverings and they give a textured appearance, so you get a very realistic finish, even close-up. We love this vintage plank design, Chateau White Rustic laminate from Carpetright, that’s got a distressed look that’s inlaid with old-fashioned scrip print.
Pine – that skinny, yellow, knotty stuff of yore, has had some bad rap over the years. But today’s pine is a revelation. This Aureus example, from Victorian Woodworks’ new Amphora collection is made from reclaimed 250-year-old Georgian pine. Its cool, light tone looks stunning in a contemporary environment, and it comes in exceptionally long boards that create a super-sleek effect.
Terracotta flooring is a classic, that never seems to date. The genuine article, with its shabby, warm, country aesthetic is hard to beat, but it’s expensive. For a more economic choice, we love this take on terracotta, called Forest, from Craven Dunnill’s Renaissance collection; an eco friendly, glazed porcelain floor tile. Made from recycled ceramic materials, it’s also durable, super-functional and anti-slip.
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Ruth Corbett, Guest Editor
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