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Some Growing Trends in 2018

Industry information and customer preference is always showing us a few new ideas for home flooring. Some of the recent ideas include:

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People who like the natural look of woodgrain, or natural patterns and the occasional knot, often prefer wider planks for flooring. These wide planks include more of the wood’s organic timber pattern. Many feel this adds character and definition to a room.

Grey flooring

Neutral colours have always had their place with floors and walls. The neutral look allows other elements of the room décor to be prominent. It also allows for many different styles of décor that don’t require a change of floor or wall colour. The neutral floor gives a clean backdrop for many different décor styles.

Grey is a neutral colour that has become popular with home flooring over the past few years. It is more modern looking than white or crème, and works well with bright décor or a more subdued look.

Parquet

This uses wooden tiles to create intricate geometric patterns. Parquet was popular in dancefloor, churches and reception area a few generations ago. It became popular again when people realized that there was no limit to the patterns that could be made.

Cork and Bamboo flooring Perth

We are glad these are becoming popular as they are both environmentally sustainable choices. Cork is a bark that can be harvested from a tree that continues to grow. Bamboo is a grass that grown to maturity in only seven years (hardwood takes decades). These are steadily rivalling hardwood for home flooring.

Cork help make a room warm and quiet, it is a natural insulator and is soft underfoot. The disadvantage is that the soft surface will suffer damage from furniture, high heels or any sharp objects.

Bamboo is a hard flooring option that lasts for decades. Some bamboo is prone to scratching, but fully mature bamboo (seven years growth) that is well processes will resist this.

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Strand Woven Bamboo Flooring Perth

Strand woven bamboo is a very hard flooring material. It utilises a woven structure to increase its strength and durability, making it harder than most hardwoods.

One of the few weaknesses of early bamboo flooring was the tendency to scratch under some circumstances. This was often glossed over in specifications because the hardness measurement designed to test timber floors does not work in the same way for bamboo. Bamboo could be strong, durable and long lasting yet still be prone to surface scratching. This issue has changed with newer technology.

Good strand woven bamboo is given an anti-scratch lacquer coating. This gives a flooring material that is strong, because of the bamboo, and scratch resistant, because of the surface coating.

Of course bamboo flooring can be processed to have many different colours. It can look like light or dark traditional timber, of have one of many synthetic colours.

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Tiles have often be used to create floor patterns. These geometric patterns or murals have a history going back many centuries.

Wooden shapes have also be used to create patterns on floors. These are called parquet floors, and are more commonly seen in church buildings, dance halls, ballroom and fancy hotels. Some grand traditional homes have parquet timber tiles in dining rooms or hallways.

Bamboo can also be used to create Parquet floor patterns. Bamboo can be processed in many colours. Two or three tone bamboo can make very creative and expressive floor patterns.

Bamboo and Timber Flooring Perth

Timber and Bamboo both make long lasting and reliable flooring materials. These materials can also be used creatively. Flooring colours can uniformly suit the décor, or colours can be mixed to create patterns. Home décor options are endless.

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Mid-Century Modern

As the name says this is a throwback to the 1950s and 60s. It is retro and minimalist at the same time. It’s functional without fuss or clutter.

Mid-century uses natural organic colours, easy-to-use contemporary designs and simple fabrications.

Mid-century is especially good for rooms that open to the outdoors. It seamlessly transitions from the interior to the exterior.

Mid and Lighter coloured Timber floors that look natural, but with a protective finish, will work well for Mid-century.

Scandinavian

Another design that works with simplicity, this time based on the Nordic countries. It is open with neat straight lines, with maybe a single curvy item.

This uses Scandinavian furniture which can feel like a work of art – influenced by sculpture. It is simple and understated; yet is it surprising what can be bought across with so little.

The overall colour scheme is white, with form pressed wood, bright plastic and enameled metal. The might be some colour in the natural fibre rugs or a wall hanging. The room design tends to make use of natural lighting; it looks like a bright sunny day.

Scandinavian can work well with lime washed timber floors, or lighter coloured wood.

Traditional

This is European in origin. Unlike the Scandinavian countries this uses a lot of accessories with a great amount of detail.

European uses dark, ornamented wood and rich colour designs. There is a great use of different textures, patterns and curved lines. Rooms have depth and layers.

Traditional décor works well with deeply coloured wooden floors, like vanished oak.

Transitional

This mixes traditional and modern into something that balances both styles without being too much of either.

Tis transitional aesthetic might use slick material like metal and tempered glass and mix them with textured fabrics and plush materials. Colours tend to be fairly neutral.

This combination of styles give a pleasant feeling of calm and warm, while also being stylish and sleek. 

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Timbers floors suit almost all design trends, with only the floor finish being changed between designs.

Tiles Flooring Perth

Some tile designs will suit different decors, both on floor and occasionally on walls. Tiles are fairly permanent, so choose the tile in advance to suit the intended décor

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Tiles Flooring Perth

Design Trends

Modern

Anything with clean crisp lines and a simple colour palette. It can use metal, glass or steel as well as fabrics.

Modern is uncluttered. It is simple and sleek.

Tiles and wooden floors are common in modern homes.

Contemporary

This is similar to modern, open and uncluttered, but it will incorporate some other fashions. For instance it may use wavy lines of patterns where modern design uses only straight lines.

Patterned tile might work in a contemporary setting, as will patterned rugs on a wooden floor.

Minimalist

This is a more extreme version of modern, with a lot of empty space and an airy feel. Colours tend to be neutral and there are no patterns, merely clean lines.

Light coloured timber or plain tiles may work for minimalism.

Industrial

This look has a raw feel, unfinished. It may include exposed brickwork and ducting.

These will have high ceilings, old timber and metal fixtures.

Timber floors are popular with industrial.

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Timber works in many décor design trends. It even allows for the rest of the room to be decorated as you can keep the same floor material.

Tiles Flooring Perth

Different tile designs will suit different decors. Tiles are fairly permanent, so choose the tile in advance to suit the intended décor.

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Laying Floor Tiles

Laying Floor Tiles 

Tips for Tiles Flooring Perth

  • If you have tiles from different batches / boxes you will need to sort them or mix them together. No two batches of tiles are exactly alike, there will be colour variations. Either make this variation random, or perhaps a smooth transition over the floor space.
  • Know where to lay the first tile. Mark the centre of the floor into a grid pattern and use this as a guide.
  • Apply glue or adhesive correctly. Glue should cover 90% of the tile back.
  • Use the marked line on the floor as a guide to keep the tiles straight. Do not put tiles or glue over the guidelines. Draw extra parallel lines if necessary.
  • Scrape up excess glue as it dries.
  • Use spacers to keep the gaps between tiles consistent. 3mm gap is standard for indoor tiling.

Tips for Timber Flooring Perth,   

  • Store the delivered wood in a dry place.
  • Solid / re-milled timber needs to be acclimatized to the temperature and humidity of your home before being installed. It is acclimatizes after installation it probably will bend, shrink or buckle.
  • Engineered floor boards do not really need acclimatization.
  • Make sure any flooring (concrete in modern buildings) under the wood is immaculately clean and dry.
  • Engineered timber will lock together with the tongue and grooves on each side of the wood. No nail or glue is necessary.
  • Look at the way light enters the room. Then start laying the timber on the opposite side of the room and work towards the light.

There are many flooring options for modern homes. Look at our range an find what suit you and your home.

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Cleaning a Tiled Floor

Correct Installation Tiles Flooring Perth

Tiles must be installed correctly. They are fairly easy to maintain, and they are the best choice for bathrooms and wet areas of the house. But if the installation is inadequate there can be issues.

Occasionally a home owner finds that a tiled floor won’t stay clean. This is most often due to one of two different problems. The first of these problems is an installation issue.

Surface Grout.

Grout is the cement like substance that holds tiles together on the floor surface. It is a strong material that lasts many years.  But if there is grout left on the surface of the tiled floor there will be cleaning problems.

Grout on the floor surface will give the tiles a slightly dull look, and will attract and retain dirt and grime. Home owners with grout on their tiled floors will find the tiles perpetually unclean. Dirt will stick to the floor.

If the tiles are given a heavy duty polish and clean the surface grout can be removed. Heavy duty grout remover is one possibility here. But the original installer should have removed any surface grout after the tiled floor was originally installed.

Soap Scum and Detergent Tiles Perth

Tiles can also suffer cleaning issues if there is detergent of soap scum on the floor. Ironically this detergent and soap keeps the floor perpetually dirty, their stickiness attracting and retaining dust, dirt and grime.

If scrubbing the floor with a small amount of plain water creates lather or soap bubbles then the floor has detergent or soap scum on the surface.

Often the detergent and soap scum on the surface of the tiled floor can be removed with a combination of vinegar and bi-Carb of Soda. Use this solution on the floor, and after 15 minutes scrub with a soft bristle brush or green jiffy pad. Then mop with water.

Sometime stubborn detergent and soap scum must be removed with heavy duty grout remover.

Tiles Perth

Tiles are a good option for kitchens and laundries, and by far the best option for bathrooms. Proper installation, including the removal of grout is essential. After this the tiled floor only requires basic vacuuming and cleaning.

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