Don’t forget about the floors when you are designing a room. Whether you are looking for parquet flooring in Ireland or something completely different, we have advice on the trends that will bring style and function to any room.
The function of each room will dictate the flooring required. Areas such as hallways that experience high footfall will need something hardwearing, while kitchens and bathrooms will require a moisture-proof floor.
Carpet may have fallen out of favour in recent times, but it is still one of the most popular choices. Comfortable and cosy, many of us prefer to use carpets in bedrooms and on the stairs, saving trendier woods and tiles for kitchens, hallways and living rooms. Modern carpets take softness to a new level and there is more emphasis on environmentally-friendly carpets manufactured from recycled materials.
You don’t usually see the words ‘luxury’ and ‘vinyl’ in the same sentence, but the latest technology has given vinyl a whole new lease of life. With modern printing techniques you can take a picture of anything and transform it into a vinyl tile. Vinyl tiles are made to resemble stone, wood or ceramic and can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. Contemporary versions are available in bright and bold patterns and designs.
Ceramic tiles are not just for kitchens and bathrooms. Use them in the living room for a contemporary look that is light, spacious and low maintenance. Large tiles are on-trend and have the advantage of leaving less grout to clean. To add warmth in cooler climates, pair tiles with a large rug or − for the ultimate in luxury − underfloor heating.
Timber flooring looks fantastic in any space. It looks warm and rustic in a country cottage or period property, but also works well in contemporary homes. The latest ranges, such as those available from Wilsons Yards, have tough, long-lasting finishes and are easy to install over the existing floor. There are many varieties from which to choose, including parquet, reclaimed timber and solid hardwood.
Flooring is an integral part of the style and design of your home and requires careful consideration. Whether you opt for carpet, wood, contemporary tiles or vinyl, it is important to invest in flooring that not only looks good but also withstands the wear and tear of everyday life.