House & Home: Flooring Trends for Autumn 2018

We’ve had a busy few months since moving into our new house back in February. I’m pleased to be welcoming in the autumn months and having a little more time to spend working on interior changes.

I’d have liked to have moved a little quicker with the changes we plan to make to the house but work comes first. Saying that, most of my free time is spent thinking about our house or at least talking about it. I have stacks of Elle Decoration and Living Etc from the last year or so and spend a little time each evening browsing my favourite interior and renovation blogs.

We’re constantly going over the changes we want to make, researching styles we both like and finally implementing the new look. We’re fussy so we haven’t rushed any decisions. We only put our new wardrobes together last night.

We don’t have major work to do in our house, it’s more for aesthetics.

Something that has been a big topic of conversation over the last few months is flooring. I’ve spoken about it before and it’s still an on-going discussion. If it took us 4 months to decided on wardrobes then you can imagine that flooring is not something we’ll be making a quick decision on.

Just like lighting, the flooring you choose has such a big impact on the atmosphere of each room. I’m also keen to remove most of the carpets because they’re shabby and don’t do well for anyone with allergies/eczema.

One of the first things we did when we got the keys to our house was to pull out the bedroom carpet. We replaced it with lovely grey laminate flooring and the difference and feel to the room has been huge. My only regret is not pulling out the rest of the carpet upstairs whilst the house was empty.

We plan to do each room throughout the year ahead. So I thought it would be a great idea to collaborate with Luxury Flooring, a Leeds based business who wanted to work together. I’m very familiar with the brand and I always like to use and support local businesses when I can.

Today I’m sharing 3 flooring trends for Autumn/Winter 2018. Hopefully, this will give you a little inspiration for any future home changes you plan to make.

Laminate

Let’s start with laminate flooring. It’s the perfect flooring option if you’re going for a contemporary look. It’s designed to be visually similar to real wood flooring but is much more affordable.

As I mentioned before, we went with grey laminate flooring in our bedroom. It’s the quickest decision we’ve made (other than putting the offer on this house) because we had to. It was the room we were going to be using most so we had to move quickly.

One of the main benefits to laminate flooring and the main reason we picked it is that it’s super easy to install. The pieces simply click together so Phil and I worked together on putting the floor down.

Grey has really had its chance to shine throughout 2018 and it doesn’t look like it’s a trend that will be going away any time soon. One of the main reasons it has been so popular is that it complements most other colours. It gives the room a chic and contemporary look.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is probably my all-time favourite choice. It’s also a popular and classic option to go for when it comes to autumn trends. It’s more expensive than other types of flooring but if you’re planning to be in your house for longer than a couple of years or simply want to add value then it’s a good route to go down.

One of the main benefits of hardwood flooring is its durability. It’s strong and will last for decades. It’s also a good choice if you’re planning on installing underfloor heating.

There are many colour and texture options available when it comes to hardwood flooring. You could go with something light to brighten up a room or something darker to bring a cosier feel.

I personally love parquet flooring like this. It’s what I plan to have in our lounge.

Tiles

When it comes to the kitchen 2018 has been all about tiles. People have been moving away from classic and simple tiles towards something a little louder and unique.

I’m personally glad to see the back of plain white subway tiles. I know, they’re so easy to fit and perfect for any DIY fan but they’ve been overdone. However, show me a subway tile in a bright and cheerful colour and I have a much more positive feeling about it.

There has been a lot of love for the hexagonal tile this year and I can only see that continuing throughout autumn and winter. I particularly love seeing these types of tiles mixed with wood flooring.

Are you working on any home improvements at the moment?

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