Get The Look: Spring flooring
PUBLISHED: 12:31 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 27 March 2017
The warm air of spring provides the optimum time to introduce new flooring into the home as we start to welcome the outside in. Sarah Hammill looks at four styles to make your flooring flourish
When choosing the right rug for your home, design is likely to play a big part of the process. Don’t be afraid to play with designs as the right pattern can provide not just character, but depth to a room. Ensure that patterns accentuate and complement the current décor, and avoid overdoing colour as a neutral or light rug promotes a feeling of space.
Abdulhay Aborsan, Kelaty department manager at Fenwick Colchester, comments: ‘Evoking the cool, neutral colours of mountain stone, the intricate and textural patterns of these stunning artworks are reminiscent of ancient Mayan artefacts. The custom-blend of pure New Zealand wool and high-performance Luxcelle fibres woven on power looms has a rich silken finish that makes Kelaty rugs beautifully reflective in light.’
Whether you are opting for a statement piece or a more traditional design, you’ll be amazed at the difference and quality a handmade rug can make to a room. Not only can it define areas within a larger space, it can also create a theme to the living area, act as a thermal insulator or simply provide much-needed protection to the carpet itself.
Sara Tatum, owner of the Rug and Carpet Studio, comments: ‘Environmentally friendly and 100% recycled, as well as being ethically produced, The Weaver Green range features soft, handwoven indoor and outdoor rugs made from yarn spun entirely from recycled plastic bottles. With more than 30 billion plastic bottles finding their way into our seas each year, it is important to look at creative and useful ways of recycling plastic bottles and making them into valuable and beautiful additions to our home. The rugs look and feel like wool, but contain between 50 and 750 recycled plastic bottles each. As a result, they are waterproof, mould resistant and hard-wearing. The designs are available in a variety of colours, designs and sizes to suit every living area. This is the future of flooring.’
Natural stone flooring is a classic feature that transcends the ages and today there are many types used to create wonderful home spaces and landscaped gardens. To get the best out of a patio, follow a sealing and cleaning routine. The better products impregnate the pores of the stone, making it easier to keep it clean and ensuring longevity.
James Argentieri, director of Lower Barn Farm, comments: ‘A popular material today is Indian sandstone. The beauty of this material will not diminish over the passage of time, in fact the weathering process can enhance it. You can get an instantly aged look by selecting tumbled sandstone as it smooths the riven nature of the stone, which would normally happen over time. Another material which this time can be used to create a traditional look for the inside is tumbled limestone. Its natural composition means its less porous than sandstone and when honed and tumbled it can be used to transform a space, making it look like the floor has been down for a lifetime.’
Full of natural character and with a wonderful variety of textures, loop pile carpet is ideal for hallways, stairs and living areas, creating a fresh and modern look throughout the home. Uncut wool loops have a structure that bounces back to shape, which is great for areas with a significant amount of foot traffic. Whether flat or textured, the chunky appearance of loop pile gives a natural look to the floor.
David Baker, flooring manager at Hatfields, comments: ‘A top trend for this year and our recommendation at Hatfields is the Natural Tweed Scarp from Brockway. In a pure, undyed, 3-ply wool and an eye-catching herringbone design, the soothing cream tones of this carpet evoke sophistication in look and luxurious comfort in function. There’s no better way to carpet your home than in this ethical and environmentally-friendly product, with its understated elegance and subtle colour.’