Flooring is a long-term investment, so deciding on the styles you want to incorporate into your living or office space should not be a hasty decision. This is not to say you need to steer clear of the latest trends – remember, flooring styles are not here today, gone tomorrow; they have a much longer shelf life than other homewares.
There has been a move towards more earthy tones and textures in flooring styles and, currently, the focus is on natural fibres and sustainable products. These easily create a wonderfully calming effect, something which is also highly sought after today, as people strive to create havens of serenity from the rushed pressures of modern-day life.
When deciding on flooring styles, why not be a little daring and mix things up? We do it in other facets of our lives, like the clothes we wear and our gardening style, so why not with flooring? A professional can help you to cleverly mix and match various flooring styles to create a functional yet striking end result. For example, if the space you are flooring is open-plan, combining your kitchen, living room and dining room, you could start by choosing Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) for the kitchen.
LVT is a master of disguise and emulates wood floors, ceramic or stone tiles so authentically that most people couldn’t tell the difference. For a kitchen, the fact they are easy to keep clean and are water-resistant makes this a logical choice. They are also incredibly tough, even in the most high-traffic areas. Choose between dry-back LVT (which requires adhesive to be applied), self-adhesive, or click vinyl tiles (they use an innovative click system, which fits the tiles together easily).
Laminate flooring is a very popular flooring style in the dining room area; especially among interior designers, because it gives the look and feel of genuine hardwood floors, and is hygienic, versatile, durable, and environmentally friendly. And, you will be spoilt for choice with the range of styles and colours of laminates available today.
Then, take the beautiful flow you have created from the kitchen to the dining room into the living room area with gorgeous carpeting. Often described as the canvas for the arrangement of furniture, carpets continue to be among the most popular flooring solutions in the world. The benefits of good quality carpeting are undeniable its underfoot comfort and safe, non-slip surface. Carpets have huge energy-saving benefits too, are good for sound insulation, and most quality carpets have excellent wear properties, ensuring years and years of pleasure. Carpeting allows plenty of scope for creativity, whether used wall to wall or in combination with other flooring styles.
Mixed and matched flooring styles are an exciting way to spruce up areas of the home or office that flow into each other. A word of caution though: Don’t go overboard. Our advice is let a professional guide you regarding the perfect flooring style for each area. After all, as mentioned at the start of this article, flooring is a long-term commitment, so be sure you will still be loving your choice of flooring styles 10 years from now.