Floor Your Guests With These Perfect Ground Coverings

The poor old floor, so often it’s ignored and overlooked for other areas of interior decoration. Maybe because it always seems so much easier to paint a wall, or hang a new piece of art? But this floor neglect should continue no longer, it’s time that they get the attention that they deserve! Read on to find out more.

Tiles

The tiled floor can be a bit controversial in the design world, especially in the US except when they are used in bathrooms or kitchens.  


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However, they do work wonderfully in hotter climates, just think of your feet slapping against a deliciously cool floor in the height of summer.  But they are pretty impractical for folks that are trying to keep the heat in as much as possible. For this read Alaska and the Northerly states.

Of course, if we ignore the practical aspect of tiling for a moment and just look at it from a design perspective they definitely have a lot of potentials. Tiles can work well to give a rustic and farmhouse feel to a home. Especially in materials like stone or slate.

They can also give a residence an exotic look. To do this, choose smaller tiles in ceramic or porcelain and include flashes of blue mosaic for a Turkish Hammam style.

Hardwood

However, tiles are not the only option for flooring that you should consider. Wood floors are super popular at the moment both in hardwood and laminate forms.

Focusing specifically on the hardwood varieties, which tend to be more expensive but sturdier, which material shroud you go for? Well, it all depends on the look that you are going for. If you are looking for a lighter flooring, then pine can work well. As long as it’s treated properly and fully sealed with varnish.


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Oak is also a popular choice and often comes in more finishes such as black, or antique. So you a little more flexibility within your design scheme.

 

Lastly, bamboo should also be considered. In fact, you can get some information on the beauty of bamboo flooring and its ugly side by clicking the link. As its best to research all three options before you decide on the one you are going to go for.

 

Rugs

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Lastly, I’d like to focus on rugs instead of carpets here. Why? Well because a good rug can really knock your socks off, and you guests too! Also, they are way easier to keep in good condition that fitted carpets. As there are no hard to reach edges, and if anyone does have a spill, you can roll them up and send them off for a professional cleaning.

They are also wonderfully flexible because you can get them in so many different shapes, colors, sizes, and patterns. Use them as a focal point in your living or bedroom or to protect your carpet underneath. You can even use them over wooden or tiled floors, as mentioned above to add both warmth and interest.


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How To Give Your Hallway The Wow Factor

Sadly; the hallway is often neglected, or last on the list when it comes to renovating and decorating your interior space. So much emphasis is put on specific rooms, like your kitchen, living room, and bathroom space, while the entrance to your whole home is left tired and unloved. However, with some care and attention; you can create a beautiful interior space, which will greet you and your family every day when you walk through the front door.

 

The Walls

 

As you first walk in through your front door; your eyes will immediately see the surrounding walls, so what they look like will have an immediate effect on your mood and the feeling of the space. Your hallway is the perfect opportunity to set the tone of your whole house, so when guests arrive, they’ll get a sense of your style and personality straight away. Therefore, it’s important to think about covering the walls with a paint color or wallpaper print that will explain a little about who you are and stand the test of time.

 

Classic white or neutral shade is always a great option, as it will allow you to hang any artwork or photographs with ease. If you enjoy having fresh (or faux) flowers as your enter your home, or have a variety of accessories and trinkets to display; a plain wall will ensure that they slide in seamlessly and the space won’t look too cluttered or overwhelming. For some entrance hall design inspo, check out Pinterest here: https://uk.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=entrance%20hall&rs=typed&term_meta[]=entrance%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hall%7Ctyped.

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The Floor

 

The flooring in your entrance hall is also paramount, as it will always have the most footfall in the house (unless your kids like to race through the back door after school). Therefore, it needs to be hardwearing to have any longevity in your home. Carpets aren’t the best idea for a hallway space as they are likely to get stained and worn out quickly; however, there are densely woven options that are made with heavy use in mind. Consider looking into engineered timber floors or tiling as durable options that can still provide a design feature and a warm ambiance.

 

Another option, if you’d like more of a cozy feeling when you enter the house, is to lay a knotted or dense-weave rug on your wooden or tiled floor. Covering the first area of the hallway with a rug will ensure the floor is protected and any dirt from people’s shoes is collected in one place as they take them off.

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The Function

 

As the hall is the first place everyone piles inside after they’ve been outside; it’s worth investing in some decent storage and space saving items. A sturdy shoe rack near the front door is always a smart idea, as mud and debris won’t get trodden throughout the house, and everyone can find their shoes in time to leave for work or school. The same goes for somewhere to hang bags and coats; it’s always so nice when you know exactly where something you need it, and you’ll be able to throw your jacket on as you walk out, saving you time and stress in the meantime.

 

Lastly, create an area for smaller items like keys, pens, and even phones. Whether you have a set of hooks, a small cupboard, or a decorative bowl near (ish) the front door, it’s a great system to have in place for a busy family. If everyone knows where to leave (or dump) their items; finding them will be a breeze and there’ll be no excuse to be late!

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