I’m always looking for creative options for my home and something which often gets overlooked is the flooring. The range of creative things you can do with your flooring is actually quite surprising, and I wanted to share a few ideas and tips with you if you’re looking for some inspiration. It’s worth keeping in mind that the requirements for each room will be a little bit different and some flooring options will work better in some rooms than others.
Lots of homes have a wood or laminate floor, and while this can look great and works well with different furniture styles, they can be quite cold and noisy. A great way to work around this is by adding rugs in strategically placed spots. If your bedroom has a wood floor, it can be quite a shock first thing on a winters morning to put your feet on the cold floor. Adding a rug where you step out of bed can not only help combat this but also add a stylish addition to your room. To help reduce noise, rugs also work really well. If you have a long corridor with a wood floor, the sound of your footsteps, particularly when wearing shoes, can be loud not only for you but any downstairs neighbours. Because corridors are high traffic areas, putting a rug somewhere along the corridor can help to break up the noise of your footsteps.
Vinyl tile patterns
With vinyl tiles, you can get really creative and produce some stunning designs. While you can make traditional wood patterns such as parquet, which work well in bedrooms and other living spaces, more contemporary patterns are great in bathrooms and hallways to give your home a modern twist. Kitchen flooring is also somewhere vinyl works really well, as it’s easy to clean along with being water-resistant. You can combine varying shades of stone effect tiles to give a really distinctive finish to your floor and make it a real feature of the room. Bathrooms in particular, because they’re usually light colours can handle a darker tile floor. You can then create some fantastic contrast with black and white tiles. Darker colours in bathroom look set to be a trend going forward, and the floor is a good place to start if you want to experiment with this.
Lights in the floor
If you are installing a totally new floor, with a material like vinyl, why not think about adding lights to the floor. To be clear, this isn’t to replace the light sources of traditional overhead lights, but rather to add impact to rooms. While this isn’t for everyone, and if you have a traditional home, the effect might not work, it can look really effective. Small little spotlights can help highlight specific areas, and if the floor is maybe a step too far, you can always look at adding them to the skirting board.
Often the hardest thing with flooring is trying to match different styles and textures throughout your home. It’s rare that anyone has the same flooring wall to wall throughout their home, so if you have any tips on how best to create a cohesive look for your flooring from room to room, feel free to share that in the comments below.