Practical Considerations for new flooring
So often customers will pick something they like in the first 2 minutes of being in the showroom, only to be swayed by a friend or ‘helpful’ relative! A protracted and painful deliberation takes place (sometimes for weeks) before they end up settling on the first floor they liked! It’s good to consider options but take note of what your eye is drawn to first.
Some customers reduce their options to 3 colours and then get stuck. From experience any one of the three would be beautiful. Each will have its own special contribution, but it really is very fine tuning by that stage. Don’t let it detract from your experience. The hard work has already been done.
The best way to compare samples is to look at them individually. It is a mistake putting them all down at the same time. This is confusing for the eye. Each is affected by the other colours. I recommend placing one sample down and giving it a rating of 5 out of 10. The next sample will be either a 4 or a 6 out of 10 and is discarded or becomes the new favourite. Do this process in two or three different areas of your house in different lighting.
I often get asked about hard floors in bedrooms. Most people like the feeling of stepping out of bed onto carpet, but there is the issue of keeping the space under the bed dust free. A hard surface like a quality laminate, bamboo or timber floor is easy to keep clean with a dry dust-mop. The issue of stepping onto carpet can be solved with a matched pair of throw rugs each side of the bed. These have the added benefit of being easy to wash when needed.
The higher the gloss, the easier it is to see dust and scratches. How is your floor going to be used?
Whatever your needs we can offer you expert advice. Come into the showroom and let us help with your next flooring project.
By Guy Thornycroft