Shelley joins longstanding ambassador and interior designer Darren Palmer and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and advice with budding renovators.
Flooring choices for Real Living
Flooring choices for Real Living
With today’s endless choice of flooring options, you could have a different finish in every room of the house. But what works best where? Shelley Craft talks through the options within her recently launched Real Living range and gives her recommendations on what flooring type lends itself to each area of the home.
Bedroom: Because bedrooms tend to endure lower levels of foot traffic than other areas of the home, it’s an opportunity to enjoy the luxury of a plush carpet pile without having to be too concerned about it becoming downtrodden over time. The six collections within my Real Living range – Adeline, Glenwillow, Helms Hill, Pure Magic, Trevena and Vida – span the neutrals palette, which is still so on trend for bedrooms where achieving a sense of serenity is of the utmost importance. From stony greys to muted quartz, these are hues that create warmth and complement statement features like accent walls and layers of patterned linens.
Bathroom: Laying vinyl in your bathroom is simple, affordable and, above all, practical. What was once considered the poor man’s flooring choice, the perception of vinyl has done something of a 180 in recent times, with the appetite for luxury varieties now gathering pace among designers and DIYers alike.
Vinyl’s appeal lies in its versatility – almost any look can be replicated (for a fraction of the price, I might add) and the outcome is one which lends itself perfectly to bathroom environments. Where timber flooring can end up warping as a result of coming into contact with the moisture inevitably generated by bathroom activities, vinyl offers the same look, with none of the risk.
The light grey of Siberian Oak and the rich mahogany of Storm Oak within the Real Living vinyl range look stunning when used in conjunction with crisp white suites and chrome tapware.
Kitchen: As the focal point of the family home, kitchen design is a constant balancing act of both style and functionality. It’s an easy place to let your imagination (and budget) run wild, as you consider the full spectrum of looks across cabinetry, benchtops and hi-tech gadgets.
Installing laminate in kitchen spaces is an ideal way to achieve a designer look, without the designer price tag, allowing you to allocate more budget elsewhere. Receiving the highest class rating for wear, fade and stain resistance, the Urban Trends collection within the Real Living laminate range completely fulfils the need for ultra-hardwearing flooring that kitchens demand.
Laminate flooring is also one of the simplest ways to make over your kitchen, clicking together for easy assembly. So if you’re looking for a quick spruce, rather than committing to a full room renovation, laminate is the way to go.
Living & Dining: Where budget allows, I’d recommend investing in timber flooring across living and dining areas for a look that promises longevity. It’s durable, classically cool and, where some flooring fads come and go, timber never fails to impress in the style stakes. Natural tones, like those within the Real Living Oak Avenue collection offer a great base to work with, and if you have an open plan living and dining room introducing a rug into one of the two seating areas can help to define space and add interest to neutral flooring.
Timber’s high quality is compounded by its low maintenance. It can be swept or wiped clean, meaning accidental spillages don’t cause any long-term damage; just be sure to use products specifically designed for wood-care so you don’t strip out any of the colour or finish.