Create a spacious feel with these country flooring ideas

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    New-look marble
    This twist on marble has a wood-like finish. Its resemblance to driftwood encapsulates a wood-grain effect with a stunning variation of colour from pale greys through to soft browns. The strong linear appearance offers a striking finish that works beautifully in kitchens and conservatories.

    Mixing slabs
    Using flagstones of different sizes gives a country hallway a timeless feel. These slabs are aged by hand and have a distinct pillowed and broken edge. Once they’re laid, thoroughly clean the floor surface and seal to protect it from wear and tear, then it’ll look beautiful for many years to come.

    Light and dark
    Re-create the look of a classic black-and-white tiled floor in a fresh way. These limestones offer soft, muted tones which have been combined to make a subtle chessboard floor. The antique-style tumbled finish adds to the effect.

    The softer corners and slightly distressed faces of this tumbled finish are ideal for achieving an instant country effect that only gets better with time. The natural colour blends in with both contemporary and traditional looks. And limestone is an exceptionally easy stone to maintain and clean.

    Elegant variations
    Lighter shades of flooring need not always have a uniform appearance. This ash floor features lots of colour variation and a distinct grain, for an elegant country feel. The durable satin lacquer finish suits a busy kitchen environment.

    Restful shade
    The limed effect showcased here is particularly apt for a bedroom, allowing the wood to subtly gleam and dovetailing beautifully with cream painted walls and furnishings. An engineered wood floor like this is made up of several layers, ensuring it will be strong and stable.

    Herringbone design
    Brushed and oiled finishes let the wood grain shine through. Since any colour variation is a feature of any natural product, the herringbone-pattern boards here were laid out across the floor and adjusted for an even distribution of colour.

    Parquet style
    If you like the look of wood and are also considering underfloor heating, ceramic tiles that resemble parquet could be a practical solution. Unlike wood parquet blocks, these large scale tiles are straightforward to lay, creating a beautiful interlocking pattern.

    Melllow tones
    Terracotta tiles have a warm rustic look, but are porous and require sealing. The traditional method is to use boiled linseed oil, which soaks in. Apply several coats for a deeper colour and follow with beeswax for a subtle sheen.

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