Update Your Home Flooring for a Summer of Entertaining

Update Your Home Flooring for a Summer of Entertaining

Have you had a spring clean already this year? Regardless of that, have you considered sprucing up and reviving your kitchen and dining areas with a new-look floor? It is sometimes a part of the home that is overlooked. Summer in Britain is traditionally a time not only for holidays, but also for entertaining, inviting friends round, barbecues, and having great dining and conversation.
When you decorate a room, you’re always told to start at the top (the ceiling) and work down to the floor. By the time you reach the floor the colours and styles have all been fixed, and unless you’ve done some pre-thinking, the floor will either have to stay just as it is, or be ruled by what has gone before.
So my suggestion is look at your floor. Flooring is typically overlooked when thinking of ways to make a room modern and new, and most people tend to just do a subtle paint re-touch or buy a new collection of home accessories. That’s all well and dandy but to really give a room a long-term update, start (and finish) at the bottom. Look at your carpet. Is it tired, stained? Was it chosen for a decorating scheme that has since been supeceded. Yank up your tired, over-trampled carpet and try something different. Have a look at the modern laminates that are now available. It will give a clean fresh brand new look to your dining room or kitchen.
Laminates come in a variety of styles and colours. From a sleek white oak laminate that gives a bright understated minimalist feel and that will go with almost any other décor, to a rustic wood effect that look great in cottage kitchens and dining rooms in older properties where you want to keep the feel of the history of the place.
Consider the pros of laminate flooring as compared to carpets or tiles. First up laminate flooring is usually cheaper than tiles. Secondly laminate flooring is warm (or at least not cold) to the touch in winter and cool in summer. That’s great when you float around the house in bare feet. Thirdly, laminate floors are more durable and robust. Drop a heavy casserole dish onto your tiled kitchen floor and the chances are not only will it smash, but it will also crack or chip the tiles. Do you have a spare? Can you fit a replacement in snugly? These are not issues for a laminate floor. Turning to the dining room, with a laminate floor you can relax if the kids spill food or orange juice on the floor. With just a wipe with a wet cloth and it’s got. Red wine glass fallen off the dining table? Relax with a wipe, it has gone. Now imagine what the palaver would be with red wine spilt onto a carpet- rush to get the salt, the warm water, the bowl and cloth, and start rubbing vigorously. Chances are there will still be a mark left.
Also the maintenance required for a laminate floor is very easy. Just a sweep at the end of the day, and a mop with a mild solution of washing liquid perhaps once a week or fortnight. What could be easier?