Flooring forms the base of every room – not just in the literal sense, as the surface upon which all your furniture sits, but also in the way it instantly gives cues about mood, tone and style. Richly textured sisal, for example, evokes a sense of confident relaxation; polished marble lends a hard-edged formality. Today, we will reveal the latest on flooring trends, detail some up-to-the-minute ranges and share expert advice.
Rustic wooden floorboards complete with knots, grains, swirls and nail holes are highly covetable. Just add a cowhide or a zebra-print rug for a raw, country vibe.
Define zones using texture by layering plush rugs over smooth laminates or chunky sisal on polished boards. Delineate areas within a concrete floor by the strategic use of different finishes – such as honing, grinding and acid-etching.
Highly patterned carpets always create drama. Consider a single area rug if a wall-to-wall execution is too daunting a prospect.
Generosity rules – boards are wide, rugs are as large as the space permits and tiles are oversized, such as laminated porcelain tiles which are available in sizes up to 1m x 3m.
Old floors wear evidence of a hard life on their surfaces but these days even freshly laid ones are being made to look well used. Choose battered wooden floors over factory-new ones or consider hand-scraping effects to lend a vintage flavor.
Today, tiles are likely to have tumbled and antiqued finishes.
Floor detailing last year is simple but dramatic. Thoughtfully placed definition lines in concrete create a subtle flagstone effect and wooden boards inlaid in the concrete give a grid-like or framing effect to a room. Metal strips inserted between floorboards pay homage to old Kiwi woolsheds.
Classic parquet – blocks of wood laid in designs such as herringbone and basket-weave never dates. Alternating back and white tiles set out in a checkboard pattern is an enduring floor for entrance halls and conservatories.
James Baldwin is an architect that uses picture editing sites to create and design the style and the interior of a home.
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