Here are some inspirational and practical ideas for hard floors.
The floor can be the largest surface in a room, but often people just tend to play safe and choose something neutral without really thinking about how it fits into the rest of the scheme. The most important consideration is that it is hardwearing, in many cases washable (or at least easy to clean and maintain) and suitable for the room it will be laid in. Here are some different ideas to inspire…
In period properties, you can find some really beautiful original floors that have been covered by naff carpeting or lino. I would always advise restoring an interesting old floor (or if that isn’t an option, take it up for architectural salvage if possible rather than covering over it permanently ).
Brick floors need sealing but once this is done they are very easy to clean so are suitable for hallways and living areas, kitchens and homes with pets.
In modern homes, glass floors are a glamorous (but expensive) option. However, they will let light in and can be effective if you are lucky enough to have a church conversion ( or something similar) where you need to create an extra storey without losing the sense of space. Safety is paramount when using glass-it needs to be laid by a reputable contractor who will advise on the correct thickness and make sure the load-bearing requirements are met.
I would usually restrict intricate patterns to rooms where the pattern is not going to be covered by furniture, such as in halls, corridors, kitchens and bathrooms. However, the floor in this living room is an exception, as it sets the tone for the design of the rest of the room, which has been kept quite minimal so that the beautiful floor is the focus.
I love the boldness of this painted floor! I can imagine it in a property with an Oriental vibe! Simple pendant lights have been chosen so as not to detract from the drama. However, if you decide on such a bold scheme for the entrance, you can’t really do bland in the rest of the house otherwise it will just look weird-you need to carry the boldness through the whole space.
These vinyl “bubble” tiles from Harveymaria are ideal for a bathroom as they are waterproof and slip resistant & reasonably priced – ( actually I have used them in my bathroom!). They are designed to be laid randomly-this confused my tiler who wanted to try and match the pattern- he ended up taking a long time over the job (and its a very small bathroom) so I was relieved that i wasn’t paying on a daily rate.
Concrete is a material that is associated with offices and factories but it can look great in a contemporary residential setting too. Other materials such as glass, shells and pebbles can be embedded in it while still wet to add interest. It is hardwearing and easy to clean.
I have only concentrated on hard flooring- carpets and rugs are a topic for another post.
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