Floor options hard to beat

MODERN LIVING: Floor trends have moved beyond traditional tiles, timber floorboards and carpet, with a vast range of other options available to consumers.
MODERN LIVING: Floor trends have moved beyond traditional tiles, timber floorboards and carpet, with a vast range of other options available to consumers.

Floor trends have moved beyond traditional timber floorboards and carpet with a vast range of more affordable options available to consumers.

Interior designer Jodie Carter says there’s been a noticeable trend with affordable faux floors.

“I’m seeing an interest in vinyl planks. Because of technology, it means people can buy something, which still looks like timber and is so effective at mimicking floorboards, it integrates fine detail with grains.”

According to the designer, another affordable trend is laminate floors.

“A number of clients have also done laminate floors as opposed to the real thing because there is more choice in colour and size. If you buy actual timber flooring, it could be two or three times the price of laminate.”

However while harder surfaces are enjoying a spike in popularity, Jodie said her preference is to have a softer floor option in bedrooms. “I would choose carpet in bedrooms or rugs to add warmth and texture. Although when homes have the same flooring throughout it creates better flow.”

Jodie added that another noticeable trend has been in concrete floors, suited for an industrial inspired interior, although there can be obstacles.

“I have a few clients who want to do an entire floor of concrete. If you’re building a home from scratch, a polished concrete base as a floor can be an easier choice rather than if you were renovating to lay concrete over something already existent.”

The designer said an easier-to-install option, which can offer similar tones can be achieved with concrete-look tiles. 

Before making decisions on floors, consider the best option for comfort, versatility and functionality for your family.

DECORATING WITH CONCRETE FLOORS

  • Use rugs in living areas and bedrooms to help soften the room and give children or four-legged family members somewhere to lay.
  • If you’re building from scratch, opt for large windows to stop the room looking too heavy.
  • Timber and/or black furniture works well.
  • Inject colour with soft furnishings, artwork and indoor plants. 

CLEANING CONCRETE FLOORS

  • Sweep with a broom and go over it again with a dust mop. 
  • Use a bucket of warm water mixed with a dash of dishwashing liquid or mild floor cleaner. Don’t use vinegar or chemicals such as ammonia, which can destroy the finish.
  • Mop small sections at a time, rinse the bucket and clean again with just warm water to remove any excess soap.
  • Rebuff occasionally to maintain the polished look.
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