We break down flooring's latest trends and look at the materials of the moment.
Trend: Industrial Mix
Time-worn textures, utilitarian shapes and a deep earthy palette are at the core of the industrial-style look.
“Building materials are on show rather than concealed.”Rachel Peters
“Surfaces are hard-wearing and hard-working – think concrete, raw and weathered timbers, and vinyls for high-traffic areas,” explains Rachel.
Introducing carpet, such as deep charcoal, adds an element of softness to an industrial look, inviting a cosy element to the overall feel.
Laminate flooring is a timber-based product, while vinyl has a plastic base. “High-quality laminates have a realistic look and feel, and sound like wood underfoot,” explains Quick-Step’s Kendall Waller. “Vinyl is soft, quiet and warm underfoot and completely waterproof.”
Natural stone tiles, such as marble, travertine and granite, are porous, so a few marks collected over time should be expected. But you can slow this process by having them, sealed regularly. Lookalike ceramic tiles are barely discernible from the real thing and don’t need the same standard of care.
Tile: ‘Arkiteck’ rectified 450mm x 900mm porcelain tile in Graphite, Beaumont Tiles.
Tile: ‘Oxygen’ round mosaic tile, 290mm x 290mm sheet, Beaumont Tiles.
Tile: ‘New York’ 200mm x 100mm porcelain tile in Soho, Amber.
Carpet: Bremworth Collection ‘Tussore’ wool carpet in Pitch, Cavalier Bremworth.
Tile: ‘Saturn’ 300mm x 600mm porcelain tile in Nero, Carpet Court.
Tile: Park concrete tile in Silver, Earp Bros.
Vinyl: ‘Suvi’ woven vinyl in Black/White, International Floorcoverings Australia.
Timber: ‘American Oak’ floorboards in Brown/Black, Royal Oak Floors.
Paver: ‘Timberstone’ 230mm xx 230mm timber-look paver in Driftwood, Amber.
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