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Flooring in living room - no idea!

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TildaTurnip Tue 26-May-20 22:18:19

We live in a 1970’s semi with not much style but great sized rooms and lots of light. We have two young children and carpet just isn’t working for us so we have decided that we want hard flooring with a giant rug instead.

Our dilemma is what to go for. It needs to be not too cold and not easily damaged by spillages or dropped toys. The hallway will also need to be the same. This poses a second dilemma as the hallway runs perpendicular to the living room so we then have the issue of if we run the planks length ways down the corridor it would look odd running into the living room as the planks would be across the width rather than the length (which would look better).

Has anyone any recommendations? Tips?

Thank you :-)

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GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:21:18

Look for Kardene type flooring there are other brands.

It has a 10/20 year guarantee if you find the commercial flooring

We found a builders excess on eBay and paid £9 SM which was a bargain

Worth shopping around

TildaTurnip Tue 26-May-20 22:24:10

Thanks. How did you choose what to go for? And how did you choose what colour to go for-another thing that stumps us.

We have no idea about style whatsoever grin

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GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:24:31

Example

TildaTurnip Tue 26-May-20 22:32:09

Thank you. I can’t imagine them working in a living room though - looks kitcheny. Mind you I can’t imagine what would look nice as I haven’t got that vision!

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TildaTurnip Tue 26-May-20 22:35:43

Just googling Kardene and from the website, its properties seem what we would be looking for...

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GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:39:10

Example

GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:41:26

We have a lot of Oak furniture TV stand tables parts of the kitchen.

When we borrowed samples the all oak looked too much matchy marchy. I knew I didn’t want pine or stone

I’ll attach ours, I liked the contrast between the light and dark wood effect

GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:42:10

Ours

GreenTulips Tue 26-May-20 22:42:41

Ours

Sorry sore thumbs

FinTutuola Wed 27-May-20 06:17:47

Would having it laid in a herringbone help the issue with the planks going different ways? I think both Karndean and Amtico have some nice options

TildaTurnip Wed 27-May-20 06:30:51

GreenTulips

We have a lot of Oak furniture TV stand tables parts of the kitchen.

When we borrowed samples the all oak looked too much matchy marchy. I knew I didn’t want pine or stone

I’ll attach ours, I liked the contrast between the light and dark wood effect

We too have oak furniture in the living room and that is what I was worrying about-it being too matchy! Thanks

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TildaTurnip Wed 27-May-20 06:32:47

I keep looking at herringbone-I like it but would it look naff in a 1970’s build? Whee we are, there are Victorian terraces (which are beautiful), new builds and houses like ours which are generously sized but not pretty to look at. I’m finding it such a challenge to know what to do with it!

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JohnLapsleyParlabane Wed 27-May-20 06:42:07

Herringbone or giant parquet would look great in a 70s house.
We have engineered bamboo throughout our house and I love it.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Wed 27-May-20 06:42:22

Tilda, look at Polyflor - it's also Luxury Vinyl Tile, like Karndean, but much more affordable, while still being very good quality. We have it and we're very happy with it.

Heringbone or parquet style would look really nice, I think. But in that case, definitely go for a glue-down tile rather than a click together one.

TildaTurnip Wed 27-May-20 09:00:06

Thanks all. It is so hard when you have both lack of imagination and a need for hard-wearing/waterproof. Worried it’ll end up looking cold and naff. I’ll look at these.

I’m thinking of also getting deeper skirting boards at the same time as ours are so ugly.

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littlejalapeno Wed 27-May-20 09:23:59

Parquet can be laid is so many designs and layouts- have a look on Instagram. Or you could have plans in living room and tiles in the hall? I like wood as it’s warmer underfoot, however if you have the funds why not consider underfloor heating? It can be laid over floorboards and under wooden floors too. We’re planning an extension and will be having ceramic tiles in the hall and kitchen and wood in the living room, with underfloor heating throughout. we’ll get rid of the radiator in living room and hall to get more floor space, But keep a small one in the kitchen for utility. It’s obviously not the cheapest option but not horribly unreasonable if it’s what you want to spend your money on

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