A good friend of Floormaker Anna Morrison has written us an excellent piece on how to make your house a home in the New Year, You can catch Anna on her Twitter for further inspiration.
What is a ‘house’?
Simply put, it is a fixed, functional structure that
provides a space for residence and shelter. More often than not people will subconsciously
interchange this term with ‘a home’, but from where I am standing - a house has
to be made a home.
This transformative process can be achieved in a variety of
ways. It can be both a fun and creative project. However, for some individuals,
the task of turning a house into a home, can be daunting and rather
With the New Year upon us, many people are looking to change
certain things in their lives – lose weight, quit smoking, take more
Why not change your house into a home? Or if you feel you
already have, a bit of redecoration can really help to make your home more personal
and bespoke. For those of you that are puzzled as to where you should begin,
try the floor. Often dismissed, the flooring of a house is crucial when it comes
to establishing a particular and intimate space. It is the literal stage for
your creative expression, the canvas for your furnishings, the foundation for
your design concept… and it is not to be forgotten about or underestimated.
Whether you want a warm, cosy, comfortable environment or a
modern, sleek, clean one – the floor is the best place to begin to build the
atmosphere you want to create.
Now, contrary to popular belief, flooring is not an
especially complicated, expensive or tedious task. It may not be as simple as
putting up some new artwork or changing the photographs in a frame, but the
reward and impact it generates is certainly worth it and with a vast array of
choices it really does make a space a personal reflection of your taste. Flooring
enhances a room both consciously and subconsciously, completing the overall
look and adding tremendous value.
I myself am a sucker for an inviting, warm and cosy
environment, and I am totally in love with the following products:
Parador 8mm Brown Wine & Fruits Narrowboard
The beautiful ‘Smoked Oak Shadow’ wooden floor is both
elegant and traditional, with authentic features it would be perfect in a room
in which you are looking to inject some glamour and style. If you are searching
for something a tad more rustic, I would recommend checking out the ‘Wine and
Fruits Brown Narrow Board’ floor (my personal favourite!). An utterly bespoke
style, this laminate flooring is designed to resemble repurposed shipping
crates and exudes vintage charm. It would work perfectly for those with a soft
spot for the unique, the rare, or the farmhouse/rustic look.
For those of you that are more inclined to current, modern
styles - don’t feel left out! The following are fantastic options if this is
more your kind of taste and would support a variety of modern furnishings:
12mm Rip Oak White
Self Adhesive Vinyl Textured Green Slate
The ‘White Rip Oak’ floor may have an element of the
traditional about it, but the polished white/grey palate and the ultimate sleek
appearance makes this floor a fantastic, contemporary statement – it would work
perfectly with a variety of modern furnishings and technological items… the
‘Vinyl Textured Green Slate’ shares this characteristic. The tonal qualities
are indeed natural and cosy, but this is not achieved by the total abandonment
of a modern concept. These glistening tiles would sit comfortably in any room
in which the theme is contemporary design, working especially well (I would
imagine) in a modern kitchen or bathroom.
Whatever your taste, don’t be afraid of expressing it in
your house – starting from the ground up. Where you live is your own personal
bubble… where your decisions are final, where you are free to express yourself
fully, where your design concepts can become your design projects and
eventually your design reality. Flooring your house can lead to it becoming a
proper, personal home. So get out a pad and a pen and start planning. Add
flooring to your New Year’s Resolutions list and make sure your 2016 is spent
in a truly bespoke, personal home.
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