Putting the best foot forward

Statement: Concrete tiles and flooring can add stunning style to your home while rugs and furniture can be used to add the perfect finishing touch. Photo: Shutterstock.
Statement: Concrete tiles and flooring can add stunning style to your home while rugs and furniture can be used to add the perfect finishing touch. Photo: Shutterstock.

When you're building from the ground up, getting the right flooring option is vital. Beyond traditional timber floorboards and carpet there is a vast range of different flooring styles available and they have never been more affordable.

While certain flooring choices are better suited to the Central Western climate, interior designer Jodie Carter says there's been noticeable interest in affordable faux floors.

"I'm seeing an interest in vinyl planks. Because of technology, it means people can buy something which still looks like timber and is so effective at mimicking floorboards, it integrates fine detail with grains".

According to the designer, another affordable trend is laminate floors. "A number of clients have also done laminate floors as opposed to the real thing because there is more choice in colour and size. If you buy actual timber flooring, it could be two or three times the price of laminate".

Because of technology, it means people can buy something which still looks like timber and is so effective at mimicking floorboards, it integrates fine detail with grains.

Jodie Carter, Interior Designer

Increasing in popularity is hybrid flooring which has been touted as the flooring of the future. With the best characteristics of laminate and vinyl, coupled with the appearance of timber flooring, hybrid flooring is perfect for use in warmer climates and is 100 per cent waterproof making it able to be used in every room of your home.

Soft touch: Vinyl planks and timber flooring provide a warmth of soft feel to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

Soft touch: Vinyl planks and timber flooring provide a warmth of soft feel to your home. Photo: Shutterstock.

Polished concrete floors are also starting to widespread use with Jodie saying they were perfectly suited for an industrial inspired interior, although there can be obstacles. "I have a few clients who want to do an entire floor of concrete. If you're building a home from scratch, a polished concrete base as a floor can be an easier choice rather than if you were renovating to lay concrete over something already existent."

An easier-to-install option, which offers similar tones, can be achieved with concrete-look tiles. Both polished concrete or tiled areas can be softened up using rugs and natural timber furniture, while a splash of colour from artworks can help create a warm atmosphere.

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