Cool and classy floors for country living

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  • The new stone-tiled, timber and vinyl floors tick all the boxes for practicality, country style and enduring good looks!

    Ancient history
    The ravages of time make antique stone flooring a robust option with
    plenty of rustic charm. ‘Antique floors bring with them a powerful sense
    of history. Each has its own unique story and a patina which, acquired
    over hundreds of years, will make it particularly at home in a period
    property,’ says Jason Cherrington, Managing Director, Lapicida. Antique
    flagstones are supplied in random sizes that can be hand-matched to
    achieve the desired colour and pattern.

    Nice and easy
    Take a fresh look at vinyl flooring, which is quite possibly the lowest
    maintenance hard flooring option out there. ‘The latest luxury vinyl
    flooring also wins on the style front – effectively emulating
    nature-inspired materials like timber and stone – and can even be
    customised with motifs and borders for an extra design edge,’ says Holly
    Johnson, UK marketing manager at Amtico. Vinyl flooring is naturally
    warmer underfoot than stone and ceramic and can be used with underfloor
    heating.

    Rooted in time
    In older properties, reclaimed and antiqued timber flooring will provide
    a natural, harmonious fit. ‘There’s a great sense of satisfaction to be
    had from giving reclaimed timber a new life, while still preserving and
    enjoying its historical beauty,’ says Robert Henry, owner of The
    Reclaimed Flooring Company. ‘It is also possible to achieve a convincing
    aged patina on new timbers using a mix of waxes and treatments. The
    results are equally beautiful but generally less laborious to install,
    and you have more control over the finish.’

    White out
    Adding timber flooring to rooms that are already
    wood-heavy can overpower. Try switching it up with the latest trend for
    whitened wood. ‘This English made wood flooring is a practical,
    affordable option and has a solid core to reduce movement,’ says Jasper
    Middleton, design director, Middleton Bespoke. ‘Ash is durable with a
    visual softness that can be used to lift dark interiors. It also carries
    a lovely grain and takes whitening oil well.’

    A natural flow
    ‘Using the same large format floor covering throughout different rooms
    is a great way to make your home feel more spacious,’ says Mandarin
    Stone
    ‘s marketing director Louisa Morgan. ‘It takes the eye through,
    allowing different spaces to flow easily. Using consistent tones and
    texture throughout is a great way to enjoy a relaxed, fuss-free home.
    Large format tiles also result in fewer grout lines, so will reduce the
    ‘busy’ factor compared to smaller tiles.’

    Great fakes
    Advanced manufacturing techniques and realistic
    surface textures are creating a new breed of ceramic tiles that offer a
    genuine alternative to the natural materials they emulate. ‘We use the
    latest inkjet technology on ceramic tiles to replicate the natural
    layers found in aged stone, including features such as delicate fossils
    that are formed in limestone in the Jurassic era,’ explains Robin Auld,
    head of marketing at Topps Tiles. Another tick in ceramic’s favour is
    that it’s thin and light enough to use on walls for a coordinated
    scheme.

    Pretty in porcelain
    ‘Patterned flooring is incredibly popular at the moment. It reflects the
    trend for embracing hand-crafted, eclectic style and creating rooms
    with personality, which is why it works so well in character-filled
    country homes,’ says Jess Piddock, in-house interior designer, Domus.
    These pretty porcelain tiles boast the vintage look of unglazed
    encaustic cement but are easy to clean and very durable.

    Like this? For more ideas and inspiration visit the Country Homes & Interiors website.

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