As the days get shorter and the nights become colder it is important to ask yourself whether your house is of an adequate standard to cope with the winter conditions? For most people the answer is yes, however this is only as they do not want to do the renovation work, so they really mean no. We are looking at the winter flooring trends that may be able to solve any renovation issues as well as spruce up your home. Flooring is easy to install and really can make a huge difference to your home, that is why it is a great place to start.
One traditional French flooring style that is making a resurgence is parquet flooring. French Castillo’s were the first buildings to feature parquet flooring as they truly appreciated the elegant patterns that you are able to create with wooden blocks. The patterned style has now become increasingly popular with many flooring suppliers struggling to keep up with the demand of customers. However, suppliers have been able to manufacture a modern engineered version of the traditional solid parquet blogs. This means that the boards are now suitable to be installed on top of underfloor heating, which is a fantastic option when heating your house during the cold season.
Carrying on the wood flooring theme, dark wood flooring becomes popular in winter months as the darker colours appear to add warmth to the house. Walnut flooring and chocolate stained oak perfectly fit into the dark wood flooring category as the dark tones and textures look fantastic in any room in the house. This allows you to install the boards throughout your whole house and create a uniformed effect throughout.
It is all well and good aiming to purchase real wood flooring for large areas of your house, however it can become very expensive and most certainly not recommended if you are sticking to a tight budget. Therefore, a cheaper alternative, that is also compatible with underfloor heating is vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is extremely thin and manufactured using a photographic layer to replicate the appearance of wood, tiles or stone. As the photographic layer is computer generated, you are able to recreate designs that is impossible to be constructed using any other material. This allows you to show off your newly designed floor to guests over the Christmas period when the majority of households will expect lots of guests.
Many individuals will still argue that even with underfloor heating, the products above can still feel cold underfoot and therefore would always stick with carpet. A thick carpet does feel amazing underfoot and new manufacturing techniques have allowed the silky softness to be intricated into high quality carpets. It does feel like you are walking on cloud. The only negative of installing carpet during the winter months is that muddy footprints from the wet weather may ruin your new carpet. However, there is an easy solution for this. Leave your shoes at the door.
At the end of the door, flooring is a very personal decision and you should always stick to your personal choices.