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Out on the floor

Open Plan Kitchen After

Since moving into our current home, i’ve been wanting to change the flooring in our living room. We already have a really good quality laminate laid all through our downstairs, everywhere except the living room that is.

Photos by Olly Gordon


“The embossed surface adds depth to the laminated floor and coupled with the bevelled edge makes for a beautifully authentic finish…. This 8mm thick laminate is tough and hard-wearing which means it can enhance even the most heavily used areas of your home, including the hallway, kitchen and living room….. It comes with an amazing 25 year guarantee giving you assurance that your laminate floor will still look fantastic in years to come…” Carpetright




The flooring has been laid in one long run with no door thresholds breaking it up. We even managed to continue the same laminate flooring into the kitchen when we had the wall knocked down to make the kitchen open plan.


This continuity makes the floor plan feel seamless, totally opening up the downstairs space. It’s a natural oak from the Quickstep 4V range, which has bevelled edge on all sides and a textured surface giving it the appearance of real wooden flooring. Lots of people have actually asked if it was real. Not only does it look good though, it’s also mega hardwearing and cleans like a dream. So to me, it made complete sense to continue this into the living room. Why wouldn’t you?

Enter the OH, who wanted carpet for the living room. And he wasn’t budging on this one.


At the time, admittedly (reluctantly) he had a point. We’d had a baby and he had started crawling and teetering around. So yeah, it was kinder to him to have something soft and squishy to fall down on. So we went carpet. Nowt wrong with carpet. I just don’t really like the look of it in there. And then there’s the door threshold which I have issues with.

Recently i’ve been working on him again… whispering in his sleep…. drip dropping in those subliminal messages. “How lovely would it be if we had the oak flooring carrying on from the hallway straight into the living room?” I mean, we already have a big rug that covers most of the floorspace. Can’t our precious first born just fall down on that bit??

When the time eventually comes to update our flooring, i’m just going to send OH away for a day. Get my wicked way with that floor. And deal with it afterwards.


Anyway, enough about me and my #flooringissues, onto a project i’m working on. A three bedroom terrace. A property where the front door opens into the living room, so there’s no hallway. And the lack of outdoor space means the second bedroom is being re-designed as a bike training area/storage room. Because real life happens at home.

How many interior designers do you know that’ve googled: “Soundproofing floor for turbo trainer”?

For both the living room update and soon to be “bike-room”, i’ve suggested a high grade laminate flooring from Carpetright as an alternative to carpet, which is what they have currently. Firstly this suggestion was made from a practical perspective as these are both high traffic areas, and need something hardwearing. But aesthetically, I reckon a wooden or laminate floor gives a cleaner, more contemporary look. It provides more space underneath furniture which lengthens the line of a room, in turn making it look bigger. And in a living room, it allows you to get creative with rugs and runners.

What flooring do you have at home? And if you had your choice to update it right now, what would you choose? Carpet? Tiling? Wooden flooring? A.N. Other?

Be interesting to hear your thoughts…

This post was written in collaboration with Carpetright, but all opinions and words are my own. Always.


  1. NO CARPETS!!! Hate the things. We have vinyl in the kitchen, bath, and mud room. I would prefer tile or slate. We have engineered wood ( a laminated wood) in the entire rest of the house, chosen for two reasons – we were doing so much at once, and it was more affordable than hard wood, and we have radiant heat, so wanted something thinner than thicker. If I were doing it again with no other opinion to consider 🙂 I would put either tile throughout or hardwood throughout, and get some rugs and runners, of which we have none. It is an open clean look which I like, but I also like color, and there is none here now. I would use rugs to bring in color and texture. Having slate with radiant heat is a dream of mine – the gorgeous minimalism of the stone, but not the coldness. But I am not wealthy, so it will remain a dream.

  2. I’m stuck with carpets on the stairs and in all the bedrooms in my new house and I hate them but new houses aren’t built with floorboards anymore. I’ve had quick step laminate before in my old house and it was great and always being mistaken for real wood. Keep working on the OH, he’ll cave in eventually.

    • I really hope so Carole. And yes, floorboards need to make a come back don’t they? Wooden flooring just makes spaces feel bigger and look amazing. I don’t mind carpets in bedrooms although we’ve actually got engineered wood in our bedroom. It’s just our bloomin living room. Gah!

  3. I must admit that I do like carpets in some rooms, especially bedrooms, but your laminate looks lovely (so does your kitchen, swoon!).

    • Yes me too. Carpets in bedrooms…. I get that. In fact i’ve just had about a million carpet samples come through for a project. And thanks for the kitchen love 🙂

  4. I’m for floorboards all the way… totally agree with you! I also know a thing or two of trying to get my own way with the OH – it’s not easy but us women know how to handle it LOL 😉

  5. carolepoirot says

    No carpets! We have yet to work our way from the stairs to the entire top floor to gradually rip them all out – to make matters worse they’re all beige – ugh! Definitely yes to floorboards, with you on that one 😉 x

  6. Great article, Karen. We are gradually banishing carpets but I do like to have one in the living room.
    We also have carpet on the stairs, but we love the porcelain tiles we have in our new kitchen/living/dining extension – check it out on through the bloggers keyhole on Tots100 this month 😉 It looks like wood and has the texture of wood. Great for underfloor heating too. We love it. Many of the other rooms either have gorgeous real oak flooring laid or my DIY skills have been put to the test by laying both laminate and engineered wood floating floors in the bedroom.

  7. We have a mix of hardwood, tile, laminate and carpets throughout the house. Does my head in. I like continuity and flow in a house and this completely breaks up the spaces, in a bad way. Oh and don’t get me started on the blasted door thresholds! We have a dream of extending and renovating the whole house in the future, and when we do, I plan to get a single type of floor (probably some kind of engineered wood or high quality laminate, although my ideal would be a reclaimed wood floor) with underfloor heating throughout the ground floor at least.
    Yes send the OH out for a day and get the Quickstep in your living room! 😉

  8. Jen Stanbrook says

    We had a living room of real wood floorboards when we first moved in, but once the girls came along we moved to carpet. Saved on the heating bills but would love to go back to the wood.

  9. Great post. Flooring is such a tricky topic, needs to be functional, practical, comfortable and look good. That’s a hard decision to make. We have carpet throughout at the moment, which will all eventually need replacing. Baby – led weaning is definitely not great for carpets. I quite like carpet though as I like something warm and cosy underfoot. But I do prefer the look of wooden or laminate floors or even tile, but I would need underfloor heating to make it warm.

    • Yes i’m with you on the underfloor heating… I would love to have that fitted in the living room before we had the flooring changed. Lots of rugs too!!

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