The latest in our ‘Before You Buy’ series, this entry focuses on the look you’re attempting to achieve, with particular emphasis on the texture and mood of your floor. Here we explore the end feel that flooring can emanate, the most crucial of ingredients in your overall interior recipe.
When carrying out interior overhauls we tend to be impulsive, glossing over decisions that should require thought and attention. Whether a floor is clean or uneven in finish, whether or not it carries blemishes and knot marks, how deep said marks may be… all contribute to the ambiance of the room in which it is laid.
Get it wrong and you may be left ruing a missed opportunity. Get it right, and you could be onto something quite special. Is your home new or old? Is surrounding furniture modern or traditional? Is there a significant light source? These are all questions to consider when deciding which UK Flooring Direct ‘mood’ is right for you.
The three ‘moods’ are showcased to the right, from clean contemporary to old-fashioned character, our good friend classic falling nicely in between. Picking a floor is not a choice to be rushed, UK Flooring Direct catering for all needs and tastes in their extensive collections, but the ultimate decision resting on you…
Contemporary: This mood is all about pared back grain markings and uniform tone to keep everything looking clean and fresh. Contemporary wood floors will often feature a sanded surface finish to flatten grain markings and look for micro-bevels or square edges to keep the mood. Plank sizes can be suited to the room, but in contemporary homes, multi-strip floors make a great modern statement.
Classic: A perfect blend, the classic mood offers a timeless elegance perfect for homes of all eras. From Georgian manor to Victorian terrace and modern home, grain markings are natural, exploring the beautiful variation of organic textures, with knots and swirls combining with varied tones. Look out for mid-depth bevels that add grace and definition. Planks should be as long as your room can take to heighten that sophisticated look.
Character: Inspired by the rustic charm of country cottages, character floors are packed full of nods to bygone eras, possessing a timeworn look that is enchanting and gives a true sense of relaxation. Here, hand-scraped effects rule supreme with dips, troughs and sawcuts giving the floor a handcrafted feel. Grain markings are packed full of deep knots and swirls. Bevels should be deep and wide and the same applies to the planks, though only as much as your room can take. Random lengths can help to add to the character look.
For more inspiration why not visit the UK Flooring Direct website, this featuring an array of room sets created by some of the country’s best stylists. These fantastic finishes can be achieved with the minimum of hassle, and importantly at a price that won’t be matched anywhere else.
Products featured: Contemporary: Spectra White Oak Plank Luxury Click Vinyl; Classic - Galleria Professional European fumed Oak 150mm Oiled Solid; Character - Fusion Antique Oak Brush Matt lacquered Loc Engineered; All Available at: ukflooringdirect.co.uk
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