When it comes to adorning your floor, you may think that a laminate floor looks good as it is and requires little decoration. While some people may love the freedom and clean, minimalistic look which a hard floor can bring to their home, others may want to add furnishings to make their laminate flooring more personalised.
Creating a comfortable home environment is important for many homeowners, who may want to spend more time chilling out and less time doing household chores. That’s the great thing about a hard floor – less vacuuming! For those who love what a hard floor can bring them, but who also long for the softness of carpet underfoot, a variety of rugs can be added to your living space which give a touch of comfort and style to the décor.
Styling The Interior Décor
Modern homes look great with hard flooring. The surge in demand for hard flooring in recent years could be reflective of our fast paced lifestyles, as more of us work longer hours and spend less time around the house. Due to these lifestyle changes, many of us are looking to reduce the amount of time we spend cleaning up and increase the number of hours we spend enjoying our home.
This could be one of the reasons why carpet has somewhat fallen out of fashion when it comes to interior floor design. Especially now that there are so many great choices of flooring, including hard wood, linoleum, natural stone, green flooring and bamboo flooring to name but a few examples.
If your home requires area rugs because you have a lot of furnishings on your flooring, you might want to consider getting a rug to suit the style and colour of your decor. Depending on the colour scheme of your living quarters, you could decide to make all the colours and patterns match, or contrast.
Make Your Flooring Unique
Area rugs are one great way to make your flooring both unique and comfortable. They work on hard flooring such as laminate, as they focus the eye around certain furnishings, adding a touch of colour or pattern to an otherwise dreary looking room.
Placing a coffee table over a rug for example, can prevent any scratching or marks from appearing on the floor. Whether your hard flooring will scratch or not can depend however, as some have a more durable finish than others.
Adorning your flooring is easy when you know how. For example, if you have red leather furniture, you might decide to go for a white rug, to really bring out your beautiful new laminate flooring. Depth and contrast of colour are two key style elements you should consider if you’re looking to make the most of your décor and enhance your flooring.
Consider Your Flooring Type
One of the biggest factors you should take into account when styling your flooring, is what kind of floor you have. Different kinds of flooring materials will vary both in their look and feel, so it’s worth taking some time to think of which furniture to choose to create the perfect atmosphere you’re after in your home.
If you have hardwood flooring for example, perhaps in the lounge, you might want traditional solid furnishings such as oak cupboards, tables and chairs, wooden mantelpieces and a large comfy sofa with which to sink into. A rustic look goes perfectly with hardwood flooring, bringing a traditional country house feel to your home.
In contrast, if you have linoleum flooring, one way to enhance this is to opt for minimal and futuristic style furnishings. While nowadays, linoleum flooring is known to be of good quality and available in numerous styles and colours to match your home, the old image of linoleum being ‘cheap’ still remains in some people’s minds.
This is due to problems with durability which linoleum had in the past. Advances in flooring materials now mean this isn’t a problem as linoleum manufacturers have fixed this, along with any curling issues which linoleum had in the past.
Choose furnishings such as silver or white surfaces which enhance the clean style and look of linoleum, especially in your kitchen. It is these stylistic elements which are worth considering if you want to make the most of your hard flooring.
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Sarah Chubb is a freelance writer from England who specialises in covering interior design for a number of journals and blogs. Her favourite red leather sofa dictates most of the styles and colours in her vibrant lounge where she spends most of her day writing.