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Jun 10, 2013
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Underfoot Renovations

When it comes to choosing flooring for specific rooms there are no hard and fast rules. Some homes today have tiles in their bedroom, concrete in the living room and timber in the bathroom. It’s simply a matter of choosing the flooring that suits your particular lifestyle. Here are a few options:

  1. TimberTimber works well for bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and kitchens. It is insulated, and can help keep a room cool in summer and warm in winter. Tones range from blonde to reddish-brown and it adds character and warmth to any room.When cleaning timber, you should only use a damp mop. Too much moisture can make the flooring swell and split. If you installing timber in a bathroom, specially treated timber can now be used.Recycled timber adds a touch of old-fashioned charm for a more rustic look. You can decide you want the light and breezy feel of a beachside shack or the quiet authority of a darkened library. Either way, timber can be used effectively.

  2. TilesTiles can now be found in almost every room of the house where they were once used exclusively in the bathroom and laundry. Larger sizes are the latest trend and give a more seamless, easy-to-clean finish. Now you can buy tiles in a non-slip variety, so there is more choice than ever in design and style.In the living room or bedroom, If using tiles, a few well-placed rugs can add a soft sense.

    Bathrooms and laundries traditionally used tiled flooring and it still works well in these rooms.The latest porcelain and ceramic tiles create durable flooring of great beauty. Even grout has modernized with a vast range of stain-resistant colors to match your tiles.

  3. CarpetCarpet can be a great choice for any lifestyle whether you want plush and luxurious in the living room or tough and hard-wearing in the playroom. When choosing color remember it should complement your furnishings, but dark tones tend to close in a smaller room. Woolen carpets have great environmental credentials and are still soft and comfy. They are also anti-allergenic and stain resistant.

  4. LaminateIf you’re looking for flooring that is good looking, hard wearing, easy to clean and easy to install, laminate is a good choice. It offers a wide range of designs which include timber, stone, colors and metallic. It can be used anywhere, but work very well in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms.Laminate is a popular solution for people with allergy problems, as they don’t harbor any dust mites. They are also very scratch resistant, and work well in high-traffic areas.

  5. ConcreteConcrete flooring is now used throughout interiors of many homes. It comes in a large selection of colors, tones and finishes. If you add aggregate as it’s being mixed, the concrete can have a textured, mottled look yet remains smooth feeling underfoot.You can add under-floor heating which takes away the chill in winter. At the same time, in summer, a concrete floor can act as a heat sink. It will absorb sunlight during the day and stay a nice comfortable temperature during the night. It’s unaffected by moisture and is the most hard-wearing surface available. For this reason, it is a popular choice for kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. It can work equally as well in living rooms, hallways and studies.
 
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