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.