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 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 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?