Always wondered what type of flooring a home stylist would put down in her own home? Well let Maxine Brady, stylist from WeLoveHome, run you through her top flooring picks which you can try out in your home.
Hello, I'm Maxine Brady. I'm an Interior Stylist working for Magazines and TV shows. I also have my own award-winning interiors blog called WeLoveHome, and today I’m a guest blogger for UK Flooring Direct. Let me talk you through my five top flooring picks that I know you will want for your home.
1. Good for… wood lovers
When I found out that my wooden floorboards were too thin to sand, I had a mini melt-down. My dream of beautiful varnish wooden floor boards vanished overnight. I put a positive spin on the experience, and decided if I was going to put down a new floor, then I wanted that beautiful wash oak effect. My old orange pine floorboards were covered over with a beautiful engineered wood – Galleria Professional Engineered European Oak Flooring.
Engineered wood has a real wooden top on tongue and groove planks which can be fitted on top of you existing floor. The overall impact on my room is far more polished than my tatty old floorboards. It’s smarted up my open-plan living room and dining area, as well as made the space feel very stylish.
2. Good for… hardworking rooms
I’ve heard lots of good things about bamboo flooring – not only is it super tough it is also good for the environment too. As a natural material, bamboo is a sustainable wood and it is fast growing too minimalising its impact on planet earth. The natural woven structure of this wood makes it three times tougher than oak, ideal for hallways and kitchen areas, or rooms that face a lot of heavily traffic. What appeals to me is the rich coffee colour of this Bamrock Solid Strand Flooring in Cappuccino. I’m dying to use it on my next interiors project teamed with rich navy blue walls and copper accessories.
3. Good for… comfort
Over the past few weeks I have been on the hunt for the ideal carpet for my hallway, landing and bedroom and with the Crown Wilton House Crescent Phantom carpet I think I might have struck gold – or grey in this case!
I need a carpet that isn’t going to show marks but is not a busy pattern (I hate fuss) and this is why this carpet is on the top of my wish list. The flecked wool pattern feels luxurious for my bedroom but the twisted pile is ideal for my busy hallway and landing which is more prone to marks. I love the subtle grey tones too which complement the rest of my home.
4. Good for… first homes
When I moved into my first flat I didn’t have much spare cash to splash out on things I craved for my home. I wanted the luxury of wooden flooring but on a tight budget it was out of my reach. That’s why when I came to replace my bathroom flooring I went for vinyl. Vinyl cheats the look of real wooden flooring. It has a textured finish similar to the natural patina of wood, it’s far easier to keep clean and simple to install – perfect when you are decorating on a budget. The Spectra White Oak Plank Luxury Click Vinyl not only has an amazing price tag but also a white washed finish with Scandinavian style. Perfect for a coastal bathroom.
5. Good for… style hunters
In the summer, I worked on Channel 4’s The Ugly House TV show with George Clarke, where I had to help homeowners decorate their freshly designed homes on a tight deadline, and even tighter budget. One family needed flooring that covered a huge area – a 40-foot-wide open-plan kitchen and living space. They wanted the look of slate but ran out of money - I suggested the Series Woods Cardiff Laminate as an alternative to stone. It was so affordable, the couple could lay the flooring throughout the 40ft space, and it looked so amazing when laid that even the producers couldn’t tell that it wasn’t real slate.
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