This week my selections have been focused on flooring. I’m nearly done with these selections and will be relieved when they’re locked in because it’s taken up a lot of time. I’m not sure how people who work 9-5 do it. Maybe they don’t obsess over it quite as much as I do! I’ve been lucky it’s fallen during a quietish month for work so I’ve been able to focus entirely on the process, but soon I will be rehearsing again and won’t have 15 hours a day to look at swatches and Pinterest. Which by then I’ll probably be glad about!
I decided to get our flooring from Choices Flooring KESWICK and was very impressed with how friendly and helpful Bruno, Jo and the staff were. They made good coffee too, which is always a bonus when you’ve got a day full of appointments.
I knew I wanted Oak floorboards and the first product they showed me was exactly what I wanted, so that made it very easy. I’ve gone with the Plantino Engineered Oak because it’s the exact shade I wanted, it’s got some knotting to add texture and the boards are nice and wide. They also have a matte finish, which shows a lot less scratches than a shiny finish.
The benefit of Plantino Engineered Oak is that you have the genuine timber on the top but it’s way more cost effective than full timber boards. You can also re sand and coat the boards if they get scratched or damaged and they have a 25 year residential warranty.
The Plantino Oak boards, they will work perfectly with my Hamptons/Modern Country look.
There are so many fantastic flooring products on the market these days and the latest vinyl and laminate products have completely changed since the days when it was only acceptable in your Nanna’s kitchen. Now I almost struggle to tell the difference with what’s timber and what’s not. If I was doing up a place to rent or a mid level house or apartment for re-sale I wouldn’t hesitate to use laminate floors. They are so much more scratch, stain and indent resistant than timber, there are lots of great shades to chose from and they last forever. We used laminate flooring for the makeover we did on the Channel 9 special ‘Makeover Street’ and I was so impressed with it. It went down so quickly and transformed the room instantly, so if you’re thinking of doing a quick and cost effective makeover I would highly recommend it.
One product everyone was raving about a few years ago is Bamboo. It was the next big thing and the most hard wearing floor you could chose. But now I am hearing there have been a lot of issues with it, particularly in South Australia. Apparently if there’s not enough moisture in the air it bends and cracks, so it’s definitely not ideal in our dry state. It’s probably fine in QLD, but from what I hear I would never suggest it here. Which is good to know because I had always thought it was a fantastic product to use!
I always had a good idea on what I wanted for the timber floors, so that was easy, but when it came to carpet I had no idea because I’ve never put carpet in anywhere I’ve renovated before. I’ve always done up old places and used timber everywhere because I used to see carpet as a bit daggy and outdated. But again, trends change and carpet is definitely back. And having not had carpet in my bedroom for the last 15 years I am quite looking forward to a nice spongy landing when I put my feet down in the morning!
Will carpet make my bedroom look like this. Please?!
But in terms of what to choose, I had no idea. The last time I was looking at carpet was when my mum and dad were building our family home in the 90’s. It was all about sisal then, and before that when we built in the 80’s it was all about a thick grey pile. But, as we know everything comes back around, and that thick grey pile is no exception!
These days it’s all about lush, plush carpet and grey is back in a big way. It used to be a rule that dark carpets make a room look smaller, but charcoal carpets are really popular and create an intimate and moody feel.
Shannon and Simon’s winning bedroom on The Block successfully combined dark carpet with light timber for a fresh and sunny feel.
Michael and Carlene’s carpet choice is a moody and elegant.
However as good as they can look dark carpets won’t suit the look of our house, so I definitely want a light shade. But choosing which shade is the tricky part.
In the end, I chose a beautiful plush carpet that feels super soft and has some lovely colours to chose from. The brand is Habitat and it’s a solution-dyed nylon carpet range, made in New Zealand by Cavalier Bremworth. It’s also a Stain Master carpet which, if you’re born in the same era as me, you will remember from the Pro Hart commercials. And seeing as my Poppy could make a mess to rival those commercials I figure this can only be a good thing!
So I’m very happy with the carpet, I just can’t decide on the colour. Well, I like three of them, I just can’t narrow it down to one and every time I look at them in a different light I change my mind. There are two soft greys that both work (second from the left on top and far right on bottom in pic) but depending on the light they either look too blue or too mauve. And I like the linen/beige shade (top left), but in some lights it looks too brown. I don’t know! They all go with the wall colour, floorboards and overall look of the house, so it really comes down to preference. I’ll probably end up going with the linen/beige because it’s safer than too blue or too mauve. That’s today’s opinion anyway, so feel free to throw in yours!
I was going to put carpet in all the bedrooms but after advice from my mum I decided to stick with the floorboards in the kids rooms. Seeing as their rooms are so close to the backyard/pool area there is a high chance they’ll be running in and out of there with dirty wet feet and the beautiful light carpet won’t last a week without getting wrecked. Even with the Stainmaster. We can always add carpets down the track if we want to, but for now I’ll put rugs in there, which I can change as the mood takes me, and keep the nice plush stuff for our bedroom only (which, knowing us, we’ll probably get dirty within a week too.)
So that’s floors down, kind of. I’m nearly there….
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