Floors with more

Here are some ways to make the most out of your flooring. If you have decided on a suitable material, colour and texture, consider running it through all the main rooms. The first thought is that this will look boring and unimaginative, but unless your home is vast with extensive, clearly defined areas, it will be easy on the eye and promote the ‘flow’ from one room to another.

If you don’t want a continuous theme try to ensure your choices complement and blend into each other. Any sudden changes of colour and texture between rooms can jar and gives the impression of a composition thrown together on the basis of cost rather than aesthetics. You can always break up the monotony with striking, unusual rugs and carpets.

If you want to update your flooring but don’t have the time or finances to do so, there are techniques that can be used to camouflage the worst of the problems. Rugs are a simple, effective and inexpensive solution, but remember they work on the basis of less is more. Too many rugs will only draw attention to the fact you have something to hide.

One large rug, strategically placed, is the preferred option. For larger areas consider a carpet in traditional patterns. Furniture can also be used to draw the eye away from the floor. Pull items away from the wall and minimise open space. Table and wall lamps are better for illumination than overhead lights, which shine directly down on to the floor.

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