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Floors of the Week: Spotlight on Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley floors

This week, we’re using our regular Floors of the Week blog to focus on one of our favourite suppliers: Laura Ashley!

As you may already know, Laura Ashley herself was a designer from Merthyr Tydfil, a small town in South Wales. Her penchant for quaint, charming, and quintessentially British styles made her well-known throughout the country, and the company that bears her name is now one of the biggest design brands in the UK.

Now, Laura Ashley’s name is mainly associated with textile designs, but the company also makes a variety of fine floors. Here are four of our favourites:

Mills Oak floor

8mm Mills Oak

 

Teak flooring

8mm Weathered Teak


Bog Oak floor by Laura Ashley

8mm Bog Oak


Light Grey Pine Floor

8mm Light Grey Pine

See more of these floors on our Floors of the Week board on Pinterest!

Floors of the Week: Office Space

Office flooring

The office is associated with a lot of negative stuff - stress, long hoours, and very often a distinct lack of creativity. In spite of all this, though, the office can still be a vibrant, attractive space, and if you're responsible for decorating the office, it's well worth putting a bit of thought into it. A pleasant workspace can make the work itself a little more pleasant, too!

For our latest Floors of the Week, we decided to choose four of our favourite floors for the office. Each of these floors has a bright and modern vibe that still looks very professional - they'll really help to bring a bit of positive energy to your workplace.

(Work from home? Any of this week's floors would be a great choice for the home office, too!)

White oak office floor

7mm White Oak Laminate Flooring


Oak champagne laminate flooring

8mm V-Groove Oak Champagne


Walnut office flooring

8mm Walnut Laminate Floor


Brushed oak floor

13.5mm Brushed Oak Engineered Wood Flooring

Let us know what you think of these floors on Twitter!

Floors of the Week: Dark & Delectable

Dark laminate floors

We love light colours here at Floormaker – as we’ve mentioned before, they really can make a room feel much bigger – but today, we’re turning our attention to the other end of the spectrum. This week’s Floors of the Week are dark, and deliciously so; if you want to give your home a rich, elegant vibe, here are four fabulous floors that you simply MUST see!

Classical black tiles

8mm Bottocino Classico

These dark, marbled tiles will really help to bring your whole interior up a notch. Why use a plain old carpet when you could be walking on these beauties?

 

Harbour oak flooring

12mm Harbour Oak (Dark)

You like the authentic weathered wood look? No problem - this dark Harbour Oak floor is the very epitome of time-worn beauty!

 

Glossy black tiles

8mm Glossy Black Tile

If you want something a little more glamorous, these are the tiles you need. Several people have said that they wouldn’t look out of place in Victoria Beckham’s living room

 

Himalaya tiles

8mm Himalaya

Finally, we have the Himalaya tiles, and these ones really are stunning. The design is made up of countless dark, swirling colours, and the floor as a whole will have a huge impact on any area.

See more of these floors on Floormaker's Pinterest page!

Floors of the Week: Budget-Friendly Laminate Flooring

Clearance laminate flooring

From left: 8mm Oak Wideplank, 8mm Grey Oak, 8mm Greenwich, 8mm Rustic Oak, 8mm Portland Oak

How long have you been telling yourself that you can't afford a new floor? How long have you been living with the same grotty old carpet, dreading the expense of a replacement?

It may seem like a big, expensive project, but getting a new floor isn't always as costly as all that. In fact, when you get your new boards from Floormaker, your bank balance will barely even notice!

For this week's Floors of the Week, we've decided to show off some of the most beautiful designs from our Clearance Corner section. Here are five fabulous laminate floors that definitely won't break the bank:

Grey laminate flooring

8mm Grey Oak
Just £7.07 per square metre!

 

Wideplank flooring

8mm Oak Wideplank
Just £12.41 per square metre!

 

Greenwich laminate

8mm Greenwich Laminate Flooring
Just £7.07 per square metre!

 

Portland oak

8mm Portland Oak
Just £7.07 per square metre!

 

Rustic oak flooring

8mm Rustic Oak (Wide Plank)
Just £12.41 per square metre!

Check out our Clearance Corner page for even more affordable interior beauty!

Floors of the Week: 50 Shades of Grey

Grey flooring

Grey is generally held to be the most boring colour of all. The word 'grey' is synonymous with the dull and the ho-hum, and most budding designers would balk at the proposition of a grey interior.

But grey doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be a seriously stunning choice for the modern home! This week's Floors of the Week were chosen to demonstrate the potential of grey flooring - if you thought that grey had no place in your living room, these four floors will give you cause for reconsideration!

Glossy grey tiles

8mm Glossy Grey Tile Flooring


Grey tile flooring

8mm Piasentina Tiles


Grey Laura Ashley floor

Laura Ashley 8mm Light Grey Pine

 

Pastel grey vinyl floor

Luxury Vinyl Flooring - Pastel Grey

What do you think? Is grey your new fave, or are we talking nonsense? Let us know on Twitter!

Spotlight: 10mm Narrow Board Canyon Cherry Flooring

Canyon Cherry Flooring

You might have noticed this gorgeous design among our Floors of the Week this week - Canyon Cherry Flooring really is quite the showstopper! Narrow board floors are a little unusual compared to the wide floorboards found in country-style interiors, but when your boards have such beautiful depth of colour, the narrow boards will create gorgeous and complex patterns which is what makes this floor so special.

The Canyon Cherry flooring is so stunning that it belongs in a truly beautiful room. We scoured Pinterest to find a room worthy of this gorgeous floor, and we settled on this truly beautiful kitchen for inspiration:

Kitchen floor

As you can see, this beautiful kitchen design allows the floor to do the talking. Our Canyon Cherry design has such warmth and appeal that there's really no need to go over the top when you're accessorising the room.

The kitchen in the photo above has got it spot on, with white cabinets, chrome appliances, and a gorgeous neutral-coloured tile on the wall. Though sparse of colour, this kitchen still feels warm - it's a truly beautiful room!

Use our Canyon Cherry flooring in your kitchen for a comforting, warming atmosphere with a strikingly modern finish. Don't go overboard with bright colours - just let Floormaker's beautiful boards transform your home!

Floors of the Week: Narrow Boards, Broad Appeal

Narrow board floors

As you browse through our Laminate Flooring department, you may notice several products with the 'narrow board' label. While wider floorboards can be great for traditional, country-style interiors, narrow boards will give your floor a very striking appearance that's great for contemporary designs.

With that in mind, here are four of our favourite 'narrow board' floors:

 

Siberian Ash

10mm Narrow Board Siberian Ash


Chocolate flooring

10mm Narrow Board Chocolate


Cavallo oak floor

10mm Narrow Board Cavallo Oak


Canyon Cherry flooring

10mm Narrow Board Canyon Cherry

What do you think of these four floors? We want your feedback! Follow us on Twitter and let us know how YOU would use them.

Floors of the Week: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Collection

If we told you to imagine a vinyl floor, you'd probably picture a self-adhesive, water-resistant product that's cheap to buy, easy to lay, and not much to look at. Vinyl is the workhorse of the flooring world; people buy it because it can cope with water and mess, not because it will make their homes look nice.

But this week, we want to change your perception of vinyl flooring. Our Luxury Vinyl department is a relatively new addition to the Floormaker site, but it's already becoming one of the brightest jewels in our crown - those floors do a great job of combining the beauty of wood flooring with the practicality of vinyl.

Here are some of the best designs from our Luxury Vinyl Flooring collection:

Brown vinyl floor

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Brown


Grey oak vinyl

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Oak Pastel Grey

 

Rustic pine floor

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Pine Rustic


Beige vinyl flooring

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Beige


Light oak vinyl floor

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Oak Light Grey

Our luxury vinyl floors are installed using a simple ‘clic’ method (no glue or nails required!), and their high-endurance properties make them ideal for busy areas like offices and potentially messy rooms like the kitchen. Click here to view the rest of our range!

Putting our 'Floors of the Week' to Work!

Every week, we choose a selection of different floors to show off as our Floors of the Week. A lot of thought goes into their selection, but we don't often show you how we visualise these beautiful floors within interior design schemes. This week, we though we'd try something a little different - we've scoured Pinterest and found a few images that will provide you with some interior design inspiration for our Floors of the Week!

 

The Floor: 8mm Bourbon Oak

Bourbon Oak

This rich, gorgeous oak-effect floor adds an atmosphere of warmth and comfort to any room it's placed in. The dark, complex tones make it extremely beautiful indeed, and the overall look of the floor is really quite striking.

 

The Look: Muted Colours

Muted Colours

Neutral colours will let the floor speak for iteself. The muted mint and grey colour palette adopted in this living room will really let the gorgeous Bourbon Oak floor come into its own. There are also an array of gorgeous patterns going on, adding more life to the room. We love the photo frame wall, as well! Though fairly muted, this colour scheme is anything but boring.

 

The Floor: 8mm Palisander White Oak

White Oak

This gorgeous floor is light and airy, but it has a beautiful, natural shading in some areas, which adds an element of interest and variety. It's tricky to get the perfect interior design for a light floor like this, but when done properly, the effect is truly mesmerising.

 

The Look: Light and Bright

Light Room

Keep the room light and airy, and add vibrant colour using accessories. This gorgeous room has got it spot on - lovely light walls, a pale grey sofa, a white lampshade - but there's no way that anyone could accuse it of lacking colour! use accessories to add splashes of colour and pattern - a gorgeous rug, as pictured above, is a perfect example.

 

The Floor: Natural Brushed Oak Vinyl

Natural Oak

This honey-coloured vinyl floor has a very traditional wooden look to it. However, traditional doesn't have to be boring - the natural browns of this design create real depth of colour, and the lovely tones lend themselves perfectly to many a different design scheme.

 

The Look: Modern, Chic and Fabulous!

Chic and Modern

This beautiful living room works perfectly with a light-coloured floor like the Natural Brushed Oak. We love the pops of neon colour, especially against that cool black-and-white sofa. The photo on the wall and those lovely flowers all add stunning splashes of colour, and the tone of the flooring allows you to experiment with various patterns and colours throughout the room for a fantastic finish.

 

The Floor: 8mm Austria Oak

Austria Oak

This deliciously dark floor adds a sophisticated and sleek look to any space. The ashy tones are warm and comforting, as well as being totally modern!

 

The Look: All-Out Grey!

Grey Interior Design

We love a consistent colour against white walls. This room has such a polished and finished look, and those subtle splashes of deep red tie the whole thing together wonderfully. Experiment with different hues of grey to create a calming and relaxing interior that you'll be more than glad to come home to!

Floors of the Week - Light and Dark

Light and Dark Flooring

We’re always talking – or, more accurately, blogging – about the wonderful diversity of the Floormaker catalogue. From rich, dark wooden floors to bright, breezy, contemporary-looking laminates, we really do cover every inch of the spectrum, offering floors to suit any and all tastes.

Every week, we pick a few products and call them our Floors of the Week. This week’s floors were culled from either extreme of our range – we’ve chosen two of our lightest, brightest designs, and two of our darkest and most delectable to sit alongside them.

Here are the floors that we’re loving this week:

White Oak flooring

8mm Palisander White Oak


Bourbon Oak flooring

8mm Bourbon Oak


Luxury Vinyl flooring

Luxury Vinyl Clic Flooring - Brushed Oak


Austrian Oak floor

8mm Austria Oak

We want to know what you think of our Floors of the Week! Come and join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook!