Homes And Interiors: Alternatives To Carpet

Excuse the pun, but where do you stand when it comes to carpet in the home? Do you still have it in your living room, or, like me, is it now banished to bedrooms only? (Please don’t say you have it in your bathroom, perish the thought.) In the 60s, 70s and 80s carpet was a status symbol as well as a key home furnishing, with a thick shagpile being the height of luxury, something to sink your feet into.

But now there are many different kinds of flooring that are more suited to 21st century living, where we want the practicality of a floor that is easy to clean, especially if we have children or pets. We want it to match our decor, even if this is something we change often, and we want it to have a modern, stylish look, often aiming for a neutral, minimalist edge.

So what alternatives are there to carpet?

Vinyl Floor Tiles

Karndean vinyl flooring is a luxurious, durable choice for flooring in many different rooms including living rooms, hallways, bathrooms and your home office. Karndean is a popular choice because it looks stylish and comes in a wide range of finishes, tones and textures that can give your floor the appearance of a real wood or stone floor, but without the dust or coldness that can come with the real thing,

Karndean floors often come with a guarantee that ranges from 15-25 years so as well as looking good, you also get the piece of mind that comes with knowing your floor is protected.

Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring made from small blocks or strips of wood. It is a flooring that was often used in civic buildings and school halls, but has now become highly sort after for the stylish look that is also hard wearing. Parquet floor can be expensive but you can find reclaimed floors at reclamation yards and antique centres.

This is my favourite sort of floor, beautiful and stylish and perfect for hallways.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate has become the most popular type of artificial flooring, and also one of the most reasonably priced. It is a hard wearing option, this makes it a good choice for families, and is a type of flooring that is fairly easy to lay, meaning those with a grasp of DIY can fit the floor themselves.

Laminate can come in the form of a wooden look floor, or a tiled floor, and the ease with which it can be cleaned is clearly one of its better selling points. It can work in pretty much every room in your home, from bathrooms to bedrooms, and is a most popular choice for living rooms.

What sort of floor do you prefer in your home?


For the Home – Luxury Floor ideas.

Once upon a time, there was only one possible way to cover the floors of your home, and that was with a carpet. A kitchen or bathroom may have been tiled, but living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms all had a nice bit of shagpile or Axminster to sink your feet into. But with the rise of laminate floors, people began to look at different options, realising that wooden style floors could look stylish, but were also practical and easy to clean, especially for people with young children and pets.

Today we seemed to have moved on even further, with the artificial looking laminate floors losing favour. We now want our floors to have the naturalistic beauty and solid feel of a hard wood floor, but this needs to be hard wearing and, again that word, practical too. Real wood can warp, can suffer shrinkage and swelling according to the weather, and this is not great when we are talking about floors. A great alternative that is currently popular is engineered oak flooring. This is a tough and durable option, designed to be similar in appearance to real wood, but without any of those problems of warping and shrinking that make wood problematic.


Engineered flooring comes in Oak, which is a popular choice, but there are other ‘wood finishes’ that you can also choose from. Another popular choice is the gorgeous walnut, and you can also go for different finishes, including vintage and reclaimed finishes for retro style living spaces, unfinished styles for rooms with rustic decor, and the more sophisticated brushed, lacquered and oiled finishes which would suit ultra modern living and dining rooms.

Brushed and Lacquered finish

Brushed and Lacquered finish


Distressed finish

If you are thinking of changing the appearance of your living space through engineered wood flooring, it may be worth visiting the Luxury Floor and Furnishings website because they offer the option of samples on many of their floors, which means you can make an informed choice that suits your room, your decor and your personality.

Do you have wooden floors in your home?