Want a simple and easy flooring idea? Choose solid-coloured vinyl. It’s tough enough for high traffic areas such as the kitchen, and will withstand the impact of kids, dogs and moving furniture. Nowadays, vinyl is widely avaliable in a whole host of beautiful colours, such as this striking mint green shade. Choose one with a matt coating for a smooth, modern finish. If you go for a bold shade, layer up simple furniture in tonal hues and add a few rustic pieces for a contemporary, yet relaxed, look.
While tiles are perfect for kitchens, bathrooms and hallways – mainly due to their durability and ease of cleaning. Why not experiment with them in other parts of the house, too? Choose a neutral tile for the dining room – it will mean you won’t have to worry about spillages and the colour choice will stand the test of time. If you’re worried about it being cold underfoot, layer up with cosy rugs. Adding a few different rugs in different shades will liven up a neutral scheme and give your room a warm, welcoming look.
If you’re looking for a low-cost, hassle-free flooring solution then go for tile-effect vinyl. Choose a grey, white and black chequerboard design to give your hallway a stylish look. This one is a mix of traditional and contemporary so it will fit perfectly in most halls. Vinyl floors are defintely experiencing a comeback, if only for their slip-resistant and insulating properties. Practical, beautiful and cost-effective – what’s not to love? Your flooring solution doesn’t get much easier than vinyl.
Simple wooden floorboards are both stylish and versatile, and can often look better with age. However, if your floorboards go past their best or you want the look to be sharp and contemporary, hire the right equipment to sand and revarnish them back to beautiful – but be warned, as it can be a messy job. If you’re just looking to add a cosy, homely feel to your floorboards, introduce texture with a large rug in a sisal fibre. Team with relaxed furniture, pale wood and a neutral sofa.
A stone floor looks rustic and beautiful, and works well in all areas of the house. Due to the naturally porous nature of stone, it can often feature grooves and pits, which can be treated with a simple sealant to prevent excessive staining. Rough edges and slight colour changes all add to the charm and character of a stone floor. Great for bathrooms, this material normally comes in large-format tiles which make it easy to lay. Team with traditional furniture and rustic accessories for a country-style scheme.
Re-energise your room with an uplifting rug. It’s one of the easiest ways to add colour and transform a look, and it can really take a scheme from simple to striking. Here, a cool coloured wall and neutral carpet are brought to life with a deep blue rug in a fun swirl pattern. Bright tones can be offset with cream upolstery and off-white accessories to give your space a cohesive look that feels relaxing and soothing.
Rubber is a great, practical option for flooring. It’s easy to clean and fantastic for a house full of kids, as you won’t have to worry about them hurting themselves. Designed for high-traffic areas, rubber flooring is non-slip, easy to clean, tough and comfortable. And the variety of colours and finishes available means no decorating scheme is unattainable. This glossy grey floor looks like polished concrete – perfect for a contemporary setting. Combine with wood and stainless steel for a sophisticated look and team with a few colourful accessories that will really pack a punch.
Laying a new carpet is an easy way to give a room an update. It’s insulating and warm, making it ideal in winter. Ensure you have an underlay fitted to avoid the carpet running and quickly looking past its best. From high-pile to flat-weave, wool to sisal – there are countless great carpet designs, patterns and textures on the market. Don’t shy away from colour, as it can often help unify a scheme. Here, a bright shade of cobalt works well with the pale wood furniture and shimmery wallpaper.
Painting floorboards is a messy job, but the results are spectacular. White floorboards can really open up a room, creating an airy feel, while the darker paint colour gives the room a sleek, contemporary look (and disguises a multitude of sins). We love the idea as a simple way to transform any area in your house. In this room, floorboards coated in a matt white paint offset a run of Edwardian tiles perfectly and tie the hallway and living room together.