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Flooring gets a makeover
Inspirational flooring ideas for your home
Flooring is undergoing a design revolution with bold patterns, vibrant colours and innovative textures offering an exciting alternative to the beige background syndrome, which has been its lot for so many years. Here is a selection of new products in the marketplace which combine outstanding functionality with inspirational design; in so doing they create some striking and fashionable new decorating ideas for the home. There is something for everyone from low maintenance tiles to funky rubber, colourful trims on stair runners to rugs with an ethical pedigree.
The new face of tiles
In the UK we have long recognised the attributes of ceramic tiles including durability and ease of cleaning. In recent years stone-look ceramic tiles have been a popular trend; the latest new ranges such as Rochelle from Craven Dunnill not only look but feel the same as real stone. Laid throughout the ground floor living space Rochelle creates a cool, minimalist look. In contrast, ranges such as Easy, with matching floor and wall tiles, introduce urban colours and highly textured finishes for a touch of drama in a bathroom.
Easy in wenge and ivory from Craven Dunnill’s Renaissance Collection around £31.70 m²
Rochelle range from Craven Dunnill’s Renaissance Collection around £45.65 m²
On the carpet front combine luxury and fun with the new Stripes Collection of woven wilton carpet from Brintons for a truly contemporary statement. Even the names make you smile: Chocolate Fudge, Sherbet Limes and Humbug are just three of the colour options and all are designed to co-ordinate with the company’s plain ranges to create an extra dimension to any living space. For a softer, timeless look the Abbeyglen range of woven axminsters, which celebrates Irish tartan, provide a variation on the ever popular linear theme.
The Stripes Collection from Brintons around £48.00 m²
Leitrim Plaid from Brinton’s Abbeyglen Collection around £58.00m²
Running up the stairs
The stair runner is enjoying a renaissance. However, the choice of off-the-shelf stair runners is limited which is why Easybind, a smart method to finish the raw edges of runners, is proving so popular. Runners can now be made up from any width of carpet using one of the 23 colours in the Easybind range. It is fast too – in fact Easybind is applied when a carpet fitter comes to fit a runner. Alternatively, DIY enthusiasts can apply Easybind themselves and then make a matching rug from any carpet remnants.
Easybind runner trim in Blue Dunn, around £3.75 per linear metre, and Vision Sphere stair rods around £25.50 each, from Stairrods (UK)
Easybind rug trim in Grey Dunn from Stairrods (UK) from around £3.75 per linear metre
Decorative rugs are an easy way to change the style of a room and they provide soft relief where ceramic or wooden floors are installed. For peace of mind it is worth a look at the new rugs at B&Q stores which have the Rugmark label on the reverse. Rugmark is an excellent scheme which provides assurance that no illegal child labour was used in the production of the rug – an on-going issue in the rug industry. A percentage of the cost of the rugs goes to the rug-making communities of India and Nepal to provide schooling and welfare support to the rescued children and their families.
The Rosen Rugmark labelled rugs from B&Q from £59.98 for 80 x 150cms
The Shine Cherry Rugmark labelled rug from B&Q from £49.98 for 70 x 140cms
A new idea for the home is rubber flooring which now comes in some fabulous bright colours and has the added benefit that it is completely colour-fast and water-resistant. Playrooms, conservatories, kitchens and bathrooms are all rooms where rubber performs well and can add a contemporary element to your decorating scheme.
Round stud sheet in bright red from The Rubber Flooring Company from £49.95m²
Round stud sheet in mixed colours from The Rubber Flooring Company from £49.95m²
Our love affair with the natural look in our homes continues. Granite and slate kitchen work surfaces have become fashionable and this has inspired Karndean, the vinyl specialist, to introduce co-ordinating ranges of stone-look flooring. Vinyl is warmer underfoot than real stone, has the added advantage that it is low maintenance and is easy to clean making it a highly practical flooring option for the kitchen.
Atlantic Slate from Karndean retails from £21.00m²
B&Q: T: 0845 850 0175 www.diy.com
Brintons Fine Carpet T: 0800 505 055 www.brintons.net
Craven Dunnill T: 01746 761611 www.cravendunnill.co.uk
Karndean T: 01386 820100 www.karndean.com
Rugmark UK: T: 0207 405 0980 www.rugmark.org.uk
Stairrods (UK) T: 01207 591543 www.stairrods.co.uk
The Rubber Flooring Company T: 0800 849 6386 www.therubberflooringcompany.co.uk
Written by Fay Handley September 2008
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