Marble-clad floors and walls make for glamorous luxury bathrooms. Marble is very hardwearing and versatile, but is also very porous so will need sealing. Check with your supplier.
Beautiful, renewable and recyclable, wood has a natural warmth that looks particularly good in large open-plan living rooms where it has the space to shine. Whether you expose existing floorboards or lay a new engineered or solid floor, wood needs little maintentance. Just sweep regularly with a soft brush or
vacuum and mop over once a week (wring out the
mop well before using).
Similar wood flooring
Classic kitchen wooden parquet flooring with its crisp, neat geometric pattern is a thing of beauty. A waxed parquet floor will need to be cleaned and rewaxed once a year; a varnished version can go much longer without requiring maintenance. Alternatively, look for vinyl or laminate designs that imitate the real thing without the work.
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A cheaper alternative to stone, porcelain tiles are easy to maintain and come in a wide range of colours and finishes. You can buy packs of tiles in bulk and you won't need to worry about sealing after grouting in the way that you do with stone.