A beginner’s guide to hard flooring

It’s a big decision to make — do you go for soft carpets or a hard floor? If you want to make the move over to hard flooring, but you don’t really know where to start, our handy guide is here to walk you through all of your options!

Laminate flooring


Renaissance Harbour Oak laminate


The ever-popular laminate flooring has come on in leaps and bounds. Modern day print and production processes now mean that most styles of flooring can be emulated with a laminate floor, from classic wood planks to stone and tile effects — and all for a reasonable price!

Simple and fuss free, low-maintenance laminate can go in nearly every room (although check if the laminate is suitable for bathrooms first)


Why you want it:

  • Hard-wearing
  • Versatile designs
  • Supports underfloor heating
  • Scratch and dent-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Fade-resistant
  • Softer and warmer underfoot than ceramic tiles or stone flooring
  • Modern day technology has created a wide selection of realistic wood and tile appearances


Looks great in: Hallways, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, playrooms

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Luxury vinyl

Starfloor Plank Coloured Pine Blue luxury vinyl


Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), are the new kids on the block, and they’re also one of the fastest-growing genres in hard flooring right now. But what is LVT? Well, LVT is a stronger vinyl that can be made to look like stone, marble, ceramic tiles or even wood, and is available in an array of beautiful colours and textures.


Why you want it:

  • Looks amazing
  • Softer feel than laminate
  • Scuff and stain resistant
  • Great for sound absorption, heat insulation and feels comfortable underfoot
  • Highly resistant to water, making it perfect for bathrooms or wet areas


Looks great in: Hallways, kitchens, living rooms, playrooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, conservatories, offices

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Wood flooring

Kahrs Oak Chevron Light Grey wood flooring


Wooden flooring has been around for centuries and is just as desirable now as it was then. One of the most sought-after flooring options, engineered wood is the ultimate in luxury, and is renowned for being timeless, classic and one-of-a-kind. Engineered wood has a layered construction, which makes it a more stable option than solid wood, although it doesn’t compromise on the natural and authentic wood surface.


Why you want it:

  • There’s a wide range available, with plenty of choices to choose from
  • Every floor is individual and unique
  • Suitable for use with underfloor heating
  • The surface texture is beautiful


Looks great in: Hallways, kitchens, living rooms, playrooms, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, conservatories 

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Once you’ve found your dream flooring, why not finish off the look with one of our stylish rugs?

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