Whether you prefer solid wood flooring or laminate, or you’d rather opt for carpet or rugs, there are floors galore to choose from. INDEX takes a look at what’s new for 2019.
When you walk into a flooring showroom the choice can be overwhelming, but a little knowledge goes a long way and a whistle-stop tour of some of the new lines introduced for this year could help you to narrow down what you’re looking for, so here goes… If it’s carpet you’re after, the new Stainfree Ultra range from Abingdon Flooring is one of the softest yet most practical options around. Made with a fine 1/10th gauge yarn, this new range feels luxurious to the touch, while the Stainfree for Life promise against all food and drink spillages gives you peace of mind. With 20 contemporary colours – including a full complement of greys – to choose from and at a competitive price, it’s hard to beat.
Looking for engineered wood floorboards? Massimo features the longest and widest boards in the Quick-Step engineered hardwood collection, and gives a luxurious feel to a room. We love it in the Winter Storm colourway shown here. Alternatively, from UK Flooring Direct comes Galleria Professional Engineered European Rustic Oak Flooring, made from quality European oak and featuring knots, sapwood, mineral streaks and colour variation for a natural look. Sanded smooth for a clean, modern vibe and UV oiled for a natural matt finish, the floor comes in a long (190cm), wide (19cm) plank that works best in large rooms. A bevel on all four edges adds definition.
Tread the boards
If you’d prefer laminate boards, Series Woods Professional 12mm Laminate Flooring Lion Oak, again from UK Flooring, has soft, caramel tones and lively grain patterns – the looks of a traditional-style wood floor with all the practical advantages of a high-quality, hard-wearing laminate.
It’s produced in Europe using the latest technology and features a textured surface and realistic markings such as saw cuts and small knots to replicate the charm, and solid feel, of real wood. Maintenance is simple – regular vacuuming and mopping with water is all that’s needed. The 193mm wide boards come in a classic length (1380mm) that’s ideal for making small and medium-length rooms appear larger, while a 5G click-fitting system, with joints on all four sides of each board, makes DIY installation fast and easy.
The real thing
When nothing but real solid wood flooring will do, UK Flooring’s Galleria Professional Solid European Nature Oak Flooring is guaranteed to add instant warmth to a room. Made from quality European oak characterised by natural variation, limited mineral streaks, occasional sapwood and occasional small and medium-sized knots, the boards have been brushed and given an oil finish to enhance the wood’s natural beauty and the wide, random-length planks (500-2000mm) are an ideal size for balancing the proportions of large rooms.
Many vinyl floor ranges are almost indistinguishable at a glance from wood or laminate boards these days and Titanium from Avenue Floors is no exception. Their Titanium XT collection comprises 16 new decors, including white oak Nimes and fumed timber Arcadia, and is suited to heavy domestic use, including in kitchens and bathrooms.
Whatever sort of flooring you choose, a rug always adds the finishing touch and there’s never been a better choice than at the moment.
The Chroma series from Floor Story is based on one of contemporary women’s wear designer Kitty Joseph’s most recognised pieces, the Spectrum pleated skirt. “I wanted the rugs to carry a similar vein to my clothes, creating an immersive and therapeutic colour experience, with saturated tones that you can literally sink your toes into,” she explains, adding: “The Spectrum skirt proved the perfect muse: made from a large circular panel of sunray pleated fabric fanning out from the waist, with a sequence of colour radiating from the centre, in parallel with the sharp pleated forms.”
Floor Story have also been working with trifle, a commercial interior design agency, to launch Colour Stories, rugs with delicately graduating colour schemes reminiscent of a Mark Rothko painting. Hand-tufted or hand-knotted using an intricate technique that Floor Story and its weavers have worked hard to perfect, wool or silk is first hand-dyed in up to 40 shades of the same colour for a smooth transition from light to dark. Once all the colours are lined up in order, each is mixed to the next for a gradual merging rather than hard bands of colour.
And finally, the latest design in the Atlantic series from the machine-woven rug maestro Louis de Poortere, Streaks is a real talking point, featuring texture, distressed areas and intricate stitching inspired by the sandy shores and winter gales of the New Jersey shoreline. It gives the rugs a worn, vintage look that looks great in any setting. Jacquard woven and hand-finished in Belgium from cotton chenille and high gloss polyester yarns in five colourways, it’s available in seven sizes from 60cm x 90cm up to 280cm x 360cm.