Posted on August 16, 2018

Your flooring makes up a major part of your budget, so naturally it merits thoughtful consideration. Here’s our guide to discover what flooring style will best complement your home interior.

Engineered Timber
Engineered timber flooring is extremely hard-wearing and available in many colours, woods and finishes. Both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable, its timeless appeal makes timber the material of choice for many homes.

So what is engineered timber, you ask? Basically, it’s a layer of hardwood timber bonded to the top of an engineered timber like MDF or plywood. Engineered timber solves the usual problems of contracting and expanding you get with hardwood and depending on the thickness of the hardwood layer, can be sanded and polished much like a solid wood floor. It also creates a better indoor environment as the material does not harbour allergens.

Engineered timber lends itself to a variety of styles – be it industrial-chic, rustic, or modern. It adds warmth to a room and doesn’t date. For a contemporary look, choose wider boards.

Timber Tip: To make the room look bigger, opt for lighter colours and run the timber parallel to the longest wall in the room.


Laminate

For a budget alternative to timber, you can also get excellent quality laminate flooring that looks just like wood. Laminate faithfully mimics the look of timber, with advances in manufacturing producing deeper texturing and more realistic graphics.

To further its appeal, it’s quick to install whilst being hygienic and easy to maintain. Naturally, families with children often choose laminate for its strong resistance to scratches and damage.

Laminate Tip: Laminate flooring can be used in semi-moist areas like kitchens as it bears some resistance to water.


Carpet
There is nothing like the feel of superior quality wool or wool blend carpet under your feet. This is especially true in areas where we tend to walk around barefoot, like the bedroom. Carpet offers heat insulation in winter and sound insulation all year round, helping to eliminate noise when walking in the house. It’s particularly useful for upstairs areas in a double storey home… just watch out for spills!

Carpet Tip: Lighter colour carpet will help make the room feel brighter and larger.


Tiling
Neutral coloured tiles are easy to live with and to maintain. They are the preferred surface in wet areas like bathroom, kitchen and laundry. Tiles are also a considered option for the alfresco and barbecue areas where fuss-free cleaning is a must. While matte or lappato finishes are more common choices, the wide selection of patterns will allow you to break things up with a feature tiled wall in a bold colour or interesting pattern. Tiles can sometimes be cold to walk on, so make use of some great floor rugs in areas where you might be spending a lot of time.

Tiling Tip: For a high-end gloss floor that’s still practical, go for dark polished porcelain tiles.