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How to choose your floor

By 31st August 2016

allier roomshot, solid dark rich tone wood floor, signature solid collection

From the moment you decide you would like a wood floor, we know it can be overwhelming to narrow down your choices. So to help you out, we’ve created this 8 step guide to finding the right floor for your home.

1

Think of the size and shape of your room first and think about tone later. Creating continuity from one room to the next means that in many cases you’re choosing a floor that has to work well in multiple spaces . Small rooms or unusual layouts may benefit from different formats like Herringbones or Chevron. Work out what format will really suit your space. The right format will make a big difference.

2

If you are looking at planks, think about what width would suit your space. Wider boards look better in bigger rooms. Try not to use really wide boards in small spaces as this will make your space feel smaller. Really narrow planks can work wonders in making a small space feel bigger.

3

Try not to see your floor in isolation. It will always be seen together with paint or wallpaper, as well as all the furniture and accessories you choose, so it’s really important to know how your floor choice will fit into the overall scheme. With so many ways of creating on-line mood boards, it’s easier than ever to pull all your ideas together in one place. You can then review all your swatches and see how they work together.

4

Durability and lifespan all need to be take into consideration. The beauty of a wood floor is that it will outlast all manmade alternatives as they can easy be renovated. If you plan on being in your home for many years it is worthwhile investing in the best floor you can afford.

5

Consider a feature floor. Patterns create a statement, while stand-out tones and colours inject personality into your room. Let the floor have a big impact and you will need to spend a lot less on other items.

6

Tone is important, but it should be the last thing you look at. Once you are clear about what format will work in your home and what direction it should run in, this is the time to look at the colour of your floor.

7

Always send off for samples. As hard as we work to make sure that our photographs match the physical product as closely as possible, never rely on photographs when choosing your wood floor, especially as there are so many wood floor finishes and textures. If you have a look at our website, it’s easy to think that there are lots of products that are almost identical in colour. In fact, there are always subtle differences that often show up in different light, as many of our floors have different finishes. For example, our naked skin lacquer is a hardwearing finish designed to give a natural ‘unfinished’ look.

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Lastly, try and see the largest samples that you can as there are often natural variations within a product that don’t show up on small samples. Our Design Centres in London and Cheshire are really worth visiting as you can see large format samples of our floors. You can also visit one of our retail partners’ showrooms in your area. Details can be found on the website, or call us on 01925 283000, we’re always happy to help.

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