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MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 12:39:30

We are looking at new floors.

What have you got in your
- living room
- bathroom
- kitchen
- bedrooms?

Do you like it, any recommendations. Thanks

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:57:04

Even, as in no grain.

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:56:43

So maybe pale plush carpet and wood in kitchen, even dark wooden table in kitchen.

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 16:55:49

Dh would love that and mentions it a lot. But I think it would be too stark for me.

So wood or carpet, but need to avoid wood grain overload!

FishfingersAreOK Wed 21-Nov-12 14:49:37

How about polished concrete?

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 13:59:29

The samples arrived and they are great. The trickiest thing is we have an E15 table bigfoot. With different chairs to the pic. But it's about 3m quite substantial bit of wood. The floor can't look too bad with this.

Anyway, also remembered that I loved this ultra glossy parquet. I love light so if the floor bounces light then great.

Anyone have a glossy floor? Know where to look?

bonzo77 Tue 20-Nov-12 10:22:47

bella it was bargain stuff from kimpton. Do get samples before you buy. It was laid after the suite because we only tarted up the room and kept the suite as it is fine. You do need a fitter who knows what they are doing as the sub surface must be perfect (level and smooth, we had ours put over nasty old tiles and they skimmed them with latex first) and the joins are quite technique sensitive.

BellaTheGymnast Tue 20-Nov-12 10:11:18

I'd love a wooden floor in the kitchen <parquet perv>.

MarshaBrady Tue 20-Nov-12 09:29:30

Oh it's all helpful. Sometimes you have to live with something to know if you love it.

We're still talking about carpet v wood for most of the rooms. Tiles or wood (?) in the kitchen.

lljkk Tue 20-Nov-12 09:26:19

My boiler guy (lovely man, serviced it yesterday) said that he has a floating bamboo floor in upstairs bathroom. Excess from when his kitchen was done. He reckons that bamboo is much warmer underfoot than tiles. He also said that the bamboo in his kitchen is holding up well to abuse.

We had quarry tiles in previous house kitchen & I really didn't think they were that cold as flooring goes. I loved them tiles.

BellaTheGymnast Tue 20-Nov-12 09:05:33

bonzo, thanks. Our bathroom's tiny so hopefully that shouldn't be too much upkeep. Did you buy Dalsouple or Amtico, or a bargain version? And did you lay it before the bathroom suite?

Sorry for hijack!

bonzo77 Mon 19-Nov-12 19:45:26

bella no fluff to speak of. Our house can be quite dusty though not fluffy because we only have carpet in the bedrooms. Because the rubber has the raised dots I find vacuuming better than sweeping. Then I mop with washing up liquid. When it was laid we didn't bother with the surface treatment that was recommended, but found that it was getting dirty quite fast due to a slightly matt finish. So I used amitco emulsion on it as recommended by a flooring person. 2 coats applied with a j cloth at right angles to each other, 30 minutes to dry in between. Very quick job which I did on Saturday and so far looking spotless. I think that it could be the matt surface that attracted fluff in the pp's case, and the dirt in mine, but the emulsion leaves a shines surface which seems better. It really does look nice. I have pale grey in the family bathroom and bright green in the ensuite.

BellaTheGymnast Mon 19-Nov-12 16:51:18

bonzo, how are you finding the fluff issue that was described up thread? I like the look of Dalsouple very much but am afeared of the cleaning!

Anyone have a wooden floor in a bathroom?

daisydoodoo Mon 19-Nov-12 16:50:18

Cream ceramic tiles throughout downstairs. They were here when we moved in and whilst not entirely to my taste they are practical, I do like the uniformity of it though. There is underfloor heating everywhere too.

They aren't shiney so not slippery when wet. I guess they are limestone effect as closest comparison. Anyway with 4 children and 2 dogs they are a breeze to keep clean.

We had a stone/beige coloured carpet fitted on the stairs, landing and bedrooms when we moved in but it's already flattening after only 6 months.

The bathrooms are vinyl/lino black and white tiled effect again easy to keep clean and not as cold underfoot as tiles.

financialwizard Mon 19-Nov-12 16:38:40

In the hall/dining room/lounge we are having laminate installed. In the kitchen and WC ceramic tiles (the ones in the wc are anti-slip). Up the stairs, on the landing and in all of the bedrooms carpet, and in the family bathroom and ensuite anti slip ceramic tiles.

I cannot wait to see it finished.

TalkinPeace2 Mon 19-Nov-12 16:07:06

apparently it can be - I'm not planning to in a hurry.

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 13:31:33

Is that the bamboo that gets sanded down occasionally? (Sorry, being thick).

TalkinPeace2 Mon 19-Nov-12 12:04:43

bamdoo - yup, its got scratches and dents. I rub olive oil into them, they vanish.
I have felt on the bottoms of chairs and feet under the metal dining table feet
have cats not dogs
hiking boots are worn all over the house
yup, the floor will need a sand back and reseal in another few years - its 13mm thick. it'll cope
sweep daily, mop weekly with waitrose finest.

its a HOME not a SHOWROOM

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 09:39:49

What regular maintenance do you bamboo & wood floor owners do on your floors? I remember my parents getting our wood floors revarnished maybe once in 15 years. My folks were very live & let live, though, we wore shoes everywhere in the house, no furniture leg covers, either.

Our Karndean is "only" ten years old & we have deep scratches & holes in it. The Flooring guys gasp at the condition of it. That's when they suggested no dogs, no shoes and furniture leg covers.

Okay, maintenance: maybe that's why our karndean is so degraded. I've never used the propietary cleaners on it, just usual cheap supermarket brands. Should I have done more, reapplied polyurethane layer, maybe??

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:06:30

Oyster slate sounds lovely.

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:05:39

Yes wood could be loud. Soft carpet is nice, thick. Wood could have a pretty (Persian?) rug on top. In say, living room and hall.

Anyone have wood not tiles/slate in kitchen?

Ihatemytoes Mon 19-Nov-12 09:01:14

We're not that careful with it! We have felt covers on the dining room chairs, that's about it.

FundusCrispyPancake Mon 19-Nov-12 08:51:09

We have wool mix carpet throughout the house except bathroom and kitchen which are tiled. Same carpet, same colour (sort of grey/beige) every room and done all at once, cost 2.5K. It looks nice and is warm, soft, and quiet.

We had laminate before and it was awful, noisy, hard and freezing cold. I love the look of wood and bamboo but unless you have underfloor heating I can't imagine they are any warmer than laminate. Plus, the noise! CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP all day long, arrgh!

ArbitraryUsername Mon 19-Nov-12 08:40:13

My mum used to have karndean in her kitchen. It looked lovely and was very durable. It didn't scratch (at least not so you'd notice) and she didn't have covers on her chair legs or anything. She's now replaced it with (quite ugly) ceramic tiles.

ArbitraryUsername Mon 19-Nov-12 08:38:19

We've got carpet (80:20 wool/synthetic mix, with awesome underlay) upstairs in the bedrooms and on the stairs. It's lovely.

The bathroom has ceramic tiles that were put there by the previous owners. They're not cold at all, despite not having underfloor heating. I haven't even thought about at we'll put when we re-do the bathroom.

Downstairs, we have oyster slate in the kitchen. It's lovely and hides dirt brilliantly. The reception rooms and downstairs hall have decent quality laminate (from the previous owners too), which we can live with until we have the money to replace with wood. It may be engineered wood as we're thinking about underfloor heating because there are no great options for radiator positioning in the reception rooms. The living room radiator is currently behind a couch and is completely useless as a result.

lljkk Mon 19-Nov-12 08:11:05

How careful are you with your bamboo floors, TOES? Do you have covers on furniture legs, for instance? Shoe-wearing banned in the house? Dogs banned?

I've been told we really need to have those things with Karndean, and bamboo is supposed to be much less durable.

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