Flooring & Rugs
Floor design is often something that is overlooked. Whilst not as obvious as new furniture, a fresh lick of paint, or new lighting fittings, a new floor can breathe a new lease of life into any interior and it would appear there is a new alternative on the market.
In this modern age, interior design takes many forms, from rejuvenating the past to the completely new to combining exciting style. Over the years, vinyl and laminate flooring has been a popular choice due to its durability and stylish finishes. Other people have opted for more natural floors, such as solid wood or natural stone tiles to create a look that is truly authentic. But there’s a new contender on the scene…
Concreate floor may look like a misspelling, but it is the latest in flooring technologies. Acting as an alternative to conventionally poured concrete and floor coverings, Concreate flooring is perfect for a whole host of domestic and commercial uses.
The concrete floor panels used offer a strong, durable and beautiful finish that creates a modern twist for any floor. Make sure you acquire the expert knowledge of a wooden floor specialist for a full product break down. Their experience and expertise will help you discover a new way to enhance your interior design.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 23 August, 2013
After a hard day’s work either in the office or looking after the children, there is nothing better than sinking into a comfortable sofa with a glass of wine. Snugs are becoming an increasingly popular room to have in any home as they are a place to wind down in a cosy setting with your loved one, or simply enjoy some alone time. A snug does not have to be a large room, and in many cases the smaller the better, but there are a few ideas that can really make it special.
Pick a luxurious and neutral colour scheme for your snug such as browns and creams. These go together beautifully and really give a sense of relaxation. You can apply this throughout the extras such as furnishings to really bring the theme together. By picking neutral colours these will immediately add a sense of calm to the room, helping you to relax when you enter.
If this is an area that will be used by you and your partner, take their considerations into account and ask if you they would like to input on the colour scheme. Many dark colours can add to the cosy feel of the room so there is a wide range of options when it comes to picking the theme.
Thinking about the basics of the room can get your project off to a great start. The flooring is an essential part of the room and styles such as white laminate can look great in a room like this. This is due to its simple yet chic feel that adds a touch of luxury.
You should also think about the layout of the room as this can make a real difference to how cosy it feels. If you are going to install a television and surround sound, also think about where these will be placed in comparison to the seating. You will want to get the correct balance when it comes to the audio and also be able to see the screen.
Comfortable furnishings are essential when creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. Starting with the seating, there is a large variety of sofas which are designed to be a place to relax. Many colours are available and also patterned materials so that you can really put your stamp on the piece. You can keep the colour scheme running through the seating to tie it all together.
Large cushions are also great within a snug as they can add extra comfort to the area. You can sit back and enjoy being amerced in your plush sofa while you watch a film or read a good book. You may also want to add some art work to the walls to add your own personal touch to the room.
Lighting is of paramount importance when you are decorating your new snug. Fairy lights may be seen as feminine, but can create a soft and calming atmosphere perfect for those winter evenings. You may find that dimmer switches are ideal so that you can adjust the setting depending on how you are feeling.
This post was written by Amy Bennett who spends the majority of her evenings in her snug reading novels. She loves her white laminate floor from Factory Direct Flooring due to it’s stylish look that completes the feel of the room.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 22 August, 2013
During our tour of ICFF, Katie Deedy from Grow House Grow showed us her recent cement tile designs. We just love them!
Hand crafted with 100% natural materials the tiles are suitable on the floor, on the wall, indoors and out. Made to last a lifetime, they are ideal for both residential and commercial projects. Tiles are completely recyclable, and are water-cured as opposed to fired. Tiles are handmade to order, which means color can be customized to suit your space.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 8 July, 2013
I’m always looking for beautiful rugs. I believe that if you put the right rug in the right space, it can change the whole design and feeling of a space. It’s a challenge, believe me. British textile designer, Helen Yardley, has been designing and producing beautifully crafted rugs, carpets and wall hangings in Britain for over 25 years. Her attraction to rug design is based on her observation that rugs are in effect, drawings on the floor. Unlike most drawings, these are ones that you use for a wide variety of functions and that are both seen and felt. Known for her sophisticated, painterly approach, bold use of colour and dynamic graphic expression, Yardley produces innovative, abstract designs for floor coverings. Yardley’s “drawings for floors” will certainly enhance a wide range of interior spaces.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 15 October, 2012
Many homeowners place authenticity as their top criterion when looking for hardwood flooring. Apparently, just the aesthetic appearance and style is not enough. Of course, it is still important that we look at quality, durability and value to complete the list but we do want more substance in our flooring. Hardwood is something that we all value because it reveals our style, taste and what’s important for us. If this is something that concerns you the most, you could check out Ambience Wooden Flooring for wider range of choices and I’m sure you’ll get instant gratification from doing so.
What are your choices when it comes to hardwood flooring? The following are some ideas –
Handscrape Hardwood Flooring
Handscrape marks are ones that are left behind when hardwood is being worked upon by hand. It is common in flooring that is reclaimed from historic or old architectures. These marks tell its own kind of story especially about craftsmanship but they are now replicated by flooring manufacturers. So, generally they are not the original marks made to hardwood at all. However, the look and feel of this replicated hardwood remains similar to the original ones.
Wide-Width Wood Planks
The standard width of wood planks today are of 2-3 inches wide but if you’ve seen architectures that were around in 1800s they are wider about 5-8 inches or perhaps more depending on the type of wood used. There are available wood planks today that are wider than the standard width to give the same authenticity and leisurely look on the flooring. Manufacturers made sure that homeowners could still gain access to the thicker and wider wood planks, which were common in the earlier days.
Distressed Wood Flooring
As with the handscrape hardwood flooring, distressed wood flooring is the replica of what it has been as a trend in the year 1970s. The use of distressed wood flooring emerged again in the early 1990s when reclaimed flooring from old commercial buildings and warehouses were hot in the industry. The flooring used in the architectures built in 1800s and early 1990s were authentically marked by years of wear and tear, which made them look and feel unique and antique. These were made available today when skilled craftsmen have replicated the distinguishing features only available then.
Exotic Hardwood Floors
If we’re talking about authenticity as one of the primary criteria, exotic hardwood floors are understandable in terms of appeal. This is where the art of nature usually presents itself. We often marvel how trees grow in elegance but still retain its elegant function as flooring. If you have specific taste, there is always a look that will suit you best. A lot of manufacturers have found the ways to create similar exotic hardwoods that will appeal to your taste just the same. This way you can enjoy the look and feel of exotic hardwood floors without endangering wood species across the globe.
According to NY Times, hardwood flooring is often the part of the home that receives most traffic and admiration which will inevitably take the brunt of the wear and tear and refinishing is just one of the options. Today, manufacturers have taken steps to make harder finishes in their hardwood flooring so that you can admire the looks of wood that’s been finished for toughness so it can withstand the wear and tear over time.
Whatever choice you decide to take, you will find that authenticity will always top your list when making a decision – the rest of the factors will follow such as price, durability and the likes.
Posted by JackieAzuela at 9 October, 2012
This innovative design for a rug by Gan Rugs takes the idea of smooth, randomly placed stones on a beach and puts it in wool. The Championes rug has irregular edges, coming in rectangular and round, and a wonderful organic aesthetic. Through a handmade process, this rug will make your floor come alive. Plus, the round wool protrusions would feel great on your feet! (via)
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 20 August, 2012
GardenRug is a kit that finds new ground for nature within the home, bringing a piece of greenery into your home.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 16 August, 2012