Flooring inspiration from around the world – Africa and Latin America

In the first of this two part blog series, we began by looking close to home with European inspired flooring and then turned eastward to explore floors with an Asian persuasion. If the rustic hardwood floors of Scandinavia or the traditionally jute carpets of India weren’t quite your cup of…

Flooring inspiration from around the world – Europe and Asia

When looking for interior design inspiration, many people look no lower than the skirting board. This is a grave mistake. Too many people will saunter through an exotic building on holiday, admiring the intricacies of the wallpaper or gazing at ornate ceilings, whilst ignoring the subtle beauty that lies beneath…

Busting the myths around vinyl flooring

‘Vinyl flooring’ it’s an off-putting concept for many people who can’t help but associate it with grimy 1970s kitchens. Unfortunately, there are countless myths surrounding vinyl flooring, the majority of which associate it with cheap, old-fashioned homes decorated with especially ugly flooring.   It is a shame that, for many,…

How to maximise the impact of stone effect vinyl

Stone. It’s classic, durable and a real statement maker. We’ve been building with stone since, well, the stone age and it’s remained a really popular flooring choice for centuries thanks to its beauty and durability. Even so, a lot of the time stone just isn’t quite what it’s all cracked…

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Everything you should know about real hardwood floors

There’s a reason that homes with real hardwood floors are more likely to sell for higher amounts. Not only do they provide a sense of timeless class, they’re also long-lasting, practical and, quite frankly, a statement. However, sometimes previous occupants have changed things up a little, fitting a new floor…

How to successfully use colours in flooring

There’s a saying that you can learn more about someone by looking at their room for ten seconds than spending 10 years in their company. While this might be a slight exaggeration, the colour and decor of a room tend to reveal the kind of character who owns it. From…

What is underlay and why is so important?

Listen to any speech at the Oscars and you’re virtually guaranteed to hear the recipient tearfully thank the film crew, the director, their family, their hairdresser, their dog… the list goes on and on. The point is that behind the glitz and glamour there’s a whole team doing the unseen…

Should you stain your hardwood floors?

To stain or not to stain? That’s the real question Shakespeare should have asked. It’s also a question he may have found exceptionally difficult to answer. On one hand staining a hardwood floor is perhaps the most effective way of completely transforming a space, on the other, it’s hard to…

UPDATE: Roger Oates giveaway launch

  NOTE: We have a winner! As such, this giveaway is now closed. See below for details of the winner and stay tuned for more exciting competitions in the future.   If you read our previous blog post then you will be aware that we are running a very exciting…

Sustainable flooring, what you should know

People are becoming more environmentally aware, increasingly taking note of the impact they’re having on the world that surrounds them. Nowadays we carefully sort our plastics into coloured recycling bins, vigorously check coffee for the fair trade symbol and buy energy-efficient appliances for our homes. It’s all stepping in the…