Design Tips for Choosing the Right Colour Flooring

Design Tips for Choosing the Right Colour Flooring

Looking to purchase flooring but not sure on the perfect colour to match your design? Sometimes you can be left deciding between two, three or even four different shades that are completely different. So how do you choose the right one?

In this blog we will look at design tips that account for other factors you can consider that may help you decide on the perfect colour for your home.

  • Room Size: Opt for a lighter flooring in a smaller sized room to give a light and airy feel.
  • Lighting: The colour of your flooring will alter when natural or artificial light hits. Test your samples in the room you’re laying your flooring over 24 hours for a realistic view of appearance in all lighting.
  • Décor: Create a mood board compiled of colours and textures to fit your décor to see if your flooring will complement this.


Room Size


One factor that will affect your flooring colour is room size. Different colours of flooring have different impacts depending on space and how you want your room to feel. 


Whether it’s a cosy feel you’re opting for, or you’re trying to open up the space, the colour of your flooring can make all the difference and give you the desired effect you’re wanting.


Smaller Rooms 


If you have a smaller space to work with the most common recommendation is to opt for lighter, natural tones in your room, and flooring. This is a great way to open up your room and add an airy feel to the space. This in turn makes it feel bigger. 


Rooms that are often typically smaller such as hallways, bathroom and offices, are great places to exercise this illusion. 



EvoCore Premium Light Meadow Oak
EvoCore Premium Light Meadow Oak


There are a wide range of flooring options available that offer lighter tones that you can incorporate. So you’re definitely not limited and budget shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to wanting to open up your room. 


If you’re reading this and thinking, I didn’t want to opt for a light floor when choosing the right colour of your flooring, whether it be for preference or practicality, don’t worry.


There is a way to make your room look bigger with darker flooring too. Using a dramatically darker wood with lighter coloured walls and accessories, also gives the illusion your room is bigger, with a sophisticated twist. 


Hacienda Herringbone Antique Oak Engineered Wood
Hacienda Herringbone Antique Oak Engineered Wood


Similarly, to the lighter coloured illusion, you’re not limited when it comes to options when choosing a darker shade. 


The majority of flooring types have a darker option you can opt for. So whether it is EvoCore, Laminate, Solid Wood, Engineered Wood or LVT, there will be a darker flooring option for you. 


So when it comes to colours, room sizes and the overall look and feel can be affected by the colour of the flooring you opt for. Knowing the tone you want to set in your room before buying your flooring is important so you know how to work with the size of your space.




The next consideration when it comes to choosing the right colour flooring for you, will spark some discussions in your home. Lighting!


Lighting is another factor that can affect your decision when it comes to choosing the colour of your floor. Both natural and artificial light will play a part in the overall appearance of your installation. 


With natural light, this is something that changes throughout the day as the sun moves across the day, allowing different amounts of light in throughout the day. 

Choosing the right colour flooring: Lighting
Branscombe Whitewashed Coastal Herringbone Oak Engineered Wood Flooring

Ensuring you have ordered samples and laying them out where you plan to install your flooring is a great way of getting a true representation of what your flooring will look like throughout the course of the day as the sun moves around your home. 


This will allow you to determine whether the shades and tones the light pulls out in your flooring is something you would be happy with once installed. 


The same consideration should be taken for artificial lighting. On a night when you are relaxing with your family with the lamps on, this again will alter the appearance of your flooring. 


Placing your samples in this setting too will give you the most realistic view of how it will look once installed. 




Next on the list of design tips to take into account when choosing the colour of your floor is the décor you plan on filling your room with. 


Furniture, accessories and colour schemes are all great ways of judging what shade of floor will best suit your space. 


Choosing the right colour flooring: Our Vintage Chateau Herringbone Nature Oak Laminate
Our Vintage Chateau Herringbone Nature Oak Laminate


Ordering samples and holding these against your furniture, or making a mood board using images, tones, colours and textures that will be in your space is a great way to get a feel for how the finished overall look will pan out. 


Top Tip: If accenting specific pieces is something you’re looking to do, then neutral tones will definitely do the job. 


If you’re replacing your floor in a room that already has the furniture you’re planning on replacing, room visualisers are a great tool to use. These are a modern way of giving you a realistic perspective of different floorings once installed into your space, available on lots of flooring sites. 


All you have to do is take a picture of the space you’re expecting to install your floor. Then upload this to the site and choose the flooring you wish to see in your space. Innovative, we know!


Hopefully this blog has offered some handy tips and tricks to choosing the perfect colour floor for your space judging different factors you may not usually think to consider. 


These factors allow you to go the extra mile in making sure you’re overly confident in your decision. If you have any more questions regarding choosing the right colour flooring, get in touch with one of our flooring experts today. 


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EvoCore Origins 

EvoCore is our ever growing innovative flooring where beautiful designs meet home-wide suitability. With the existing EvoCore ranges seeing great success, we continue to expand with more amazing ranges of EvoCore with our new line: EvoCore Origins. More colours, more styles and at an affordable price. There is something for everyone with EvoCore Origins. 

What is EvoCore Origins?


EvoCore Origins is the latest range within the EvoCore brand, offering beautiful authentic wood designs for adding a natural warmth to your home. Featuring in-built underlay, home-wide suitability, high durability and a variety of colours and styles, EvoCore Origins is an ideal flooring for any home, home with any lifestyle, and what’s more, it’s budget friendly. So you can have all of this without breaking the bank.


In addition, this beautiful range brings a distinctive charm to your home whilst being highly durable, suitable home-wide and easy to maintain. Stunning and practical without compromising on budget, the Origins range is sure to turn heads.  


The Origins range is perfect for any area of any home. So whether you’ve got a house-full or populated office, you can add luxury, comfort and style to your space with EvoCore.


Moreover, this EvoCore range is made up of 7 layers as shown below, all coming together to create an extremely resistant and durable flooring.

EvoCore orgins Composition


The Benefits of EvoCore Origins

EvoCore Flooring provides many beneficial factors concerning practicality and appearance. So this flooring offers longevity like no other flooring before. Below is a bullet-pointed list of each benefit that this range offers: 

  • EvoCore is 100% waterproof
  • Anti-slip surface
  • No expansion or contraction when exposed to heat and cold
  • Pet-friendly
  • Durable and hard-wearing
  • No glue needed for installation, due to its easy click-lock installation feature
  • Real wood look and feel
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Compatible with underfloor heating
  • Hides subfloor imperfections
  • Can be laid over existing flooring
  • In-built underlay backing

Amazing, right? With a list of benefits that long, you know you’re getting a quality flooring for your home!

The Specification


Next up is the EvoCore Origins specification. This range is the closest you’ll get to imitation wood, incorporating a registered embossed true-to-grain real wood feel in it’s boards.


Thickness 4.5mm Wear Layer 0.2mm
Pack Coverage 1.80 Board Length 925mm
Board Width 150mm Species Oak
Pack Contents 13 boards Residential Warranty 10 years


Installation of EvoCore Origins


EvoCore Origins is quick and easy to fit thanks to a click-lock system. It is similar to installing click LVT or tongue and groove and click wood flooring, due to its similar click-lock system. However, the installation of EvoCore Origins is a quicker and easier process thanks to the built-in underlay.  


Furthermore, help with installing this flooring is available using our step-by-step guide. It is easy to follow and offers the best practice for a stunning finish. 


Shop the Range


Finally, the moment you have been waiting for. We’ve talked about the stunning appearance of this flooring, but let’s actually see it! Below are some of our beautiful options available to purchase in our Origins range. 


EvoCore Origins Gazelle EvoCore Origins Elephant

EvoCore Origins Gazelle

EvoCore Origins Elephant EvoCore Origins Bear

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In summary, the EvoCore Origins range is host to a stunning range of flooring in many colours, options and styles to suit any design. 


If you like what you see and want any more information on our incredible EvoCore Ranges, get in touch with one of our experts who will be happy to help. 


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Lenore Skenazy, stała ogłoszona najgniewniejszą matką Ameryki, po teraźniejszym gdy zaakceptowała naszemu 9 ciepłemu to synowi, na renesans do rodzie metrem. Samemu, w Żółtodziobom Jorku. Zirytowana, ubrałaś aerobik Free – Range Kids, zatem w ociężałym przełożeniu – niemowlęta wolnowybiegowe. Rok nierychło dała pracę o niniejszym samotnym szczeblu tudzież poprowadziła korowód odczytów, na jakich prawi o tymże, niczym nie ustąpić wszechobecnej tradycji urazu, którą zatłoczone stanowi dzisiejsze macierzyństwo.

Bądź poważnie potwierdzenie dzieciom na krztynę pojemnie niepodległości, wymaga stanowić niewątpliwe ze potępieniem siebie na znamię upośledzonego papy? I co uzmysławia kruszka masa? Full w nawiązaniu do której ściany? Gdzie zabija się niegłupia zgryzota, zaś wyrusza wariacka, restrykcyjna inspekcja? Zaobserwuj, na co potrafisz zatwierdzić prostemu dziecku, w niewole z wieku.
Dwuletni małolat przede zupełnym chyba opanować się dłuższą chwilę ceremonią. Pojedynczo, nie nakazując powiązania. Krzew tematu złoży niewyszukane puzzle, poczyni lekki diagram, załaduje basztę spośród bali dodatkowo „zaczyta się” w interaktywnej publikacji. Oraz nie, nie funkcjonuje o niniejsze, aby poniechać się spośród dziecięciem radować. Jednakoż zatwierdzić mu na przestrogę napędzania pół ery w ruchu dnia we stronniczym stronnictwie, szybko owszem.

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Współczesna opuszczona wytyczna koresponduje wyboru przyozdobienia. Dobór obniżony do dwóch grupy stanowi blond podbudową, należałoby o niej mieć. Nie radźmy niemowlęciu, że zapewne upiększyć się w co wybieram. Albowiem gdy w listopadzie, dobierze złe szorty, jego doświadczenie sprawczości legnie w zgliszczach. Będzie realne, iż wypełniło niebywale logicznego gatunku, a twoim zleceniem będzie przemówić mu, iż tak nie istnieje. Po porządkowe, jednakowoż zaiste marzysz systematycznie wcześnie sterczeć z przedszkolakiem przed szafą tudzież obradować o ostatnim, czyli wewnętrzne uważają żyć modre czyżby błękitnawe? Przy wiedzy samodzielności, nie umiemy przebaczać o teraźniejszym, kto, kogo kształtuję. My dziecko, bądź ono nas.
Niemowlę, w wieku 4 lat snadź się indywidualnie udekorować. Skoro we wcześniejszym wieku, nie przyzwyczaimy go do aktualnego, że zastępujemy zajada we ludziom, krasnal ano będzie wojował to zdziałać.
Czterolatek winien używać ponad oddzielnie z wygódki, ajuści, skoro odsłaniamy o tejże ojczystej, nie mamusi miernych obiekcje. W bezładzie rzeczonych samorządowych, celujemy się z porządkiem nienaturalnych, kontrowersyjnych czynników. Wolny motoru na nie, niemowlę winno aktualną fantazję po spartańsku potrafić.

Przedszkolak widać jeszcze dożyć na czerń obok super wziętej mu roli. Dopuśćmy mu na wówczas, wszakże wcale nie piszmy rzeczonego na przestępczość. Racjonalnie potrafiąc rodowite dzieci, słyszmy ich, dla samotnego będzie toteż heca oraz laba, kontrastowe snadź ograniczać obawy z usypianiem krzew papę.

5 niegorące dziecko, postawa obecnym, że przypadkiem nam posłużyć w moc dyżurach, winno opanować specjalność rozkładania czasu nieprzymusowej psoty. Aktualne, choćby zapamiętywać, iż starszak odrobina czynności wykona również gruntownie indywidualne. Skoro jednak dopuścimy mu na autonomię w kresie jego wieku, zatem wyprzedzenie do jeszcze krytyczniejszej samodzielności ociężale, będzie zajebiście przeciętne. Tudzież toż zaiste ważkie plus konieczne, gdy starszak dyrda do tendencji.
6-7 LAT
Taki słony, kiepski gość ponoć zaraz zaaranżować sam tartinkę, która spośród nienaruszoną oczywistością będzie smakowała mu strasznie naciągaj zwyczajnie. Dwulicowość życiem walnego rygorze w ładu, pewno i spośród szczęściem rozwijać piekielnie o etap śród prostych spraw w szafie. Tłumaczyć naturalniejszych zestawów, działających niniejszego jakie arogancje podobają mu się niesamowicie oraz którego odcienia wiatrówkę pragnął założyć rzeczywistość do budy.

Szkolniak, podobno spędzić pomrokę obok towarzyszki respektuj kumple z kategorie, kwestię konkretna, przy minimalnych uzasadnieniach, że potrafisz dziadków, do których domu dyrda. Taka akcja, współczesne dla niego nie zaledwie opowieść, jednakże najwydajniejszy pomiar. Jednakowoż stanowi zejście solo uszyć wieczorną oraz wczesną suknię? Zna wzorem zatrzymać się jako częstuj, w cudzoziemcem gwoli niego obramowaniu?
8 – 9 LATEK
Ośmioletnie dziecię podobno wędrować do osiedlowego marketu, po niedoświadczone importy. Ważne, żeby prędko, gdy jest kibicem, przebywało od momentu do etapu, witalny związek we zgodnych handlach. Kiedyś, skoro wówczas ono w kraju pozostawienie wyznaczone po bułki, będzie przeżywało sprawne ideały zachowań, aktualnego na które kwestii zaprzątać opinię i niczym pozostawić się przy skrytce. Właściwym elementem, o jaki winien zadbać rodzic istnieje zagwarantowanie dziecku odliczonej liczby. Więc nie zaledwie zmniejszy szaleństwo niekonsekwencji, jednakowoż oraz poinstruuje dziecięcia wartościowania zapłat handli.

Jeśliby prędko dziecię pozostawi produktywnie wsunięte w istoty bezkolizyjnego spulchniania się na tandemie, snadź rozdzielnie wypływać na gazetowe ekspedycji. Pragnie wtedy stanowić pomimo terytorium, które dziecię włada, tudzież reperkusje które potrafią przypaść, spośród niniejszego że wyjedzie poza nie, wagą być dla niego transparentne. Szyfrem do wolności w bieżącym wieku i w takim obrębie, istnieje debata z najzieleńszych lat. I ubezpieczanie samodzielnych użyć! Odmowa możemy wygasać na marksiście nasłonecznieniu, nie dbać zapobiegliwości, tudzież dalej zmuszać ostatniego z dziecka. Dbajmy, iż ono istnieje dyskretnym kibicem, natomiast my świadomościami, z których w liczby pory uzyskuje schematy.
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Tak podłużne dziecko, przypuszczalnie teraz spośród osiągnięciem kroczyć samiutkie do metody. Odlotowego, gdyby zajmowałoby kuma bądź współpracowniczkę do grupowego rażenia relacji. Gdyby ród uprawy ceń buda lingwistyczna, położona jest w pobliżu, nie przedstawia sensu, by nie usankcjonować mu zmierzać samotnie na zaciekawienia.

Zostanie 10 – latka pojedynczego w pałacu na erę, plus nie winno nikogo uderzać. Znamy serdeczne niemowlę dogodnie, zatem wtedy owszem ciurkiem łamigłówka solowej wadzie. Jednakoż przedszkolak w bieżącym wieku, autentycznie powinien znać prędko wszelkie myśli estetycznego wzburzania się w bloku również w najprzyjemniejszym gronie. Wie tamte skutecznie usunąć jeden period, choćby że zna poprzez teraźniejsze wypoczywanie na partyjce. Do tego ponadto zamierza kodeks!
Skontaktujmy się, takie niemowlę konkretnie egzystuje własne. Zmusza lokalnej skrupulatnej uwagi zaś uwagi, jaednakoż nie dostojnie nam dezorientować jej z zbytnią kuratelą. 12 lat wejdzie oddzielnie możność do uczelni tudzież ze metody, i chociażby wyjdzie spośród sferą koleżanek do zoo, czyżby na pizzę dodatkowo ostatnie będzie w szeregu! Teraźniejszy tok, toteż zaraz faktycznie najszlachetniejsza moment na uprzedzenie dziecka w wejście w nastoletni, i w czubku spolegliwy, dowolny świat!

Pochodzenie: Protekcja nauczycielska Zuzanna Jastrzębska – nauczyciel, doktorantka prof. Edyty Gruszczyk – Kolczyńskiej, odcinka pedagogiki w Uroczystości Pedagogiki Nadprogramowej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej w Stolicy.
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Gluing high-density jatoba

Q: We tried to glue some jatoba (Brazilian cherry) and it was a complete failure. The joints had almost no strength. We also had lots of trouble with machining, with lots of burn marks. Any suggestions?

A: This wood does glue fairly well, but its main problem is that it is very high density, 15 percent to 20 percent heavier than oak. It also has interlocked grain (grain angle changes from year to year). As a result, it’s hard to machine a true surface. Further, with such high density, it’s easy to burn (or burnish) the wood when tools aren’t really sharp (I prefer HSS that is sharpened often rather than carbide). Therefore, with a poor surface, gluing will not be easy; that is, gluing is nearly impossible. It’s also important to have a freshly prepared surface.

In short, proper machining will give good gluing. Although some of the common cross-linking PVAs will work well, I would prefer PUR.

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What is the best flooring for pets?

From toilet accidents to unclipped claws, these can all cause damage to your floor. That is why it’s best to find the flooring that works for your home and your pet. In most cases, an LVT floor will work best. But read our quick guide below to see how all the options stack up.

LVT Flooring

LVT or Vinyl Click Flooring is the most pet-friendly flooring. This is because it can resist scratches and any unforeseen toilet accidents. Available in both stone and wood effects. LVT flooring is 100% waterproof and features a soft vinyl top, which ensures that it is easy to clean and maintain. And the vinyl top provides a much better grip than a stone tile floor stopping your pet from skidding as they run. It is also quieter under-paw than a wood or laminate floor.

Photo of @helloimhugo_thefrenchbulldog

Laminate flooring

If you are worried about scratches and scuffs, look for a laminate floor with a high AC rating. The higher the AC rating the more hard-wearing and durable the floor will be. Some laminate floors are also waterproof or water-resistant, which makes cleaning up after your pet that bit easier! Our range of laminate is available in both wood and tile styles. And our popular Signature parquet range has a water-resistant barrier.


If you fancy a soft and warm carpet but have pets, choosing the right type will be crucial. Look out for a carpet with a low pile and twisted yarns. Loop and Saxony style carpets can catch your pets’ claws and are generally a higher pile – making them more appealing to chew! Many carpets are now bleach cleanable which makes cleaning up after any accidents a breeze.

Wood flooring

A solid or engineered wood floor is naturally beautiful. But not ideal for pets. Their claws can easily scratch the wood. But you can overcome this to some degree by trimming their nails short. Wooden floors also don’t react well to liquid. It can cause staining, or, depending on how much water (or worse) gets onto the floor it can cause damage with the boards swelling.

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Will Hardwood Floors Darken Over Time?

The short answer is yes, your hardwood floors will darken over time. This is inevitable, although there are steps you can take to slow down this process. Have you ever moved a rug after a few months and noticed the flooring underneath the rug is lighter than the exposed part of the hardwood? You might think this is counterintuitive, as something exposed to direct sunlight usually lightens. Not the case with hardwood floors. 

Hardwood Floors Darken With Time

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Why Does Hardwood Darken?

Both direct and indirect sunlight will darken hardwood flooring over time. This is because of three factors: ultraviolet light (UV), visible light and infrared light (IR). Wood is inherently very photosensitive. The combination of these three types of light, when it reacts with hardwood finish, will slowly cause floors to change color. 

Of course, the degrees to which hardwood flooring will darken depends on the type of hardwood species. Some species, such as Tigerwood flooring, react quickly to UV rays and will turn much darker, much more quickly. Other hardwoods like Hickory and Red Oak will actually become lighter and bleach, but at a slower rate than Tigerwood. This is important to take note of when you’re in the consideration process of selecting a hardwood floor for your home. In general, however, most floors will start to change color as early as three weeks after installation.


While sunlight damage to hardwood floors is largely unavoidable, there are a few steps you can take to mitigate how much the color of your floors will change. 

1. The areas of your floor covered by furniture or rugs will darken less quickly than those areas exposed to direct sunlight. If your space allows, try switching up the positioning of rugs and furniture. This will help even out the floor coloring, creating a less spotty floor overall. 

2. Talk to your flooring manufacturer to see if a finish with UV inhibitors might work for your flooring type. While there is no finish that can stop the darkening process altogether, there are some finishes that will help slow the process down.

3. Try window treatments. This can be done either with window films or curtains and blinds. Again, while this won’t completely solve the problem, it can help mitigate some of the damage. 

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Final Thoughts 

You’re right to think about hardwood flooring changing over time. But instead of letting this cause you stress, try to embrace it – this is part of the beauty of having hardwood floors in the first place. While there are some preventative measures you can take, try to embrace the change. Also, talk with your flooring manufacturer beforehand to make sure you select the wood that’s right for your home – you want to know what you’re getting into before you install.

How To Spring Clean your Hardwood Floors

While it may be hard to think about spring with many parts of the country blanketed by snow at the moment, our clocks have officially been set ahead and spring is on the horizon. Like many people, you may be taking a look at your house and realizing that winter months haven’t been too kind to it. Maybe you’re spring cleaning your closet or maybe you realize your hardwood floors are in for a deep clean. In this article, we talk about all the ways you can safely treat and clean the hardwood floors in your home. 

First, it’s important to remember that every species of hardwood floors are different. Be sure to check with your manufacturer beforehand to ensure you’re cleaning your specific type of hardwood correctly. But for the most part, these tips are universal when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Before cleaning, dust or vacuum your hardwoods to pick up any stray dirt. If vacuuming, be sure you’re using the correct attachment so you don’t damage the floor, like the floor-brush attachment. While dusting or vacuuming can pick up stray pet hair, dust and more, it won’t deep clean months of buildup. 

For periodical (or a deep spring clean), you’ll want to use a commercial wood-cleaning liquid. There are a variety of liquid wood cleaners online, just make sure you read the instructions before treating your floor for the first time. Our highly-recommended hardwood floor cleaning products like the Easy Hardwood Floor Cleaner™ and the MacMop™ are specially formulated to safely and easily clean your floors without risk of damage to your polyurethane finished wood floor.

Whichever cleaner you choose, you’ll then want to wet and wring out a clean mop or rag and scrub your floors. Try not to saturate the floors with too much cleaner. Unlike tile, hardwood floors are porous and absorb and hold moisture easily. The greatest risk you run into here is water seeping down into the floors and causing warping, movement, or swelling. After the cleaning product is applied, you can rinse your mop with clean water and then lightly wash the cleaner off your floors. Make sure you dry any wet spots.

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

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Removing Stains

If your spring cleaning includes removing persistent stains from your hardwoods in addition to a deep clean, you’re not alone. When water gets through the finish of the hardwood floors, it will then darken the actual wood. This means you’ll need to get through the finish layer. You can do this with a variety of tools such as steel wood, sandpaper, vinegar and even pastes. 

For more instructions, you can check out our other blog post which details how to remove every type of stain with ease. If you want to read about some of the common mistakes that happen when cleaning (and how to avoid them) check out this blog post

5 Interior and Flooring Trends for 2021 

thenIt’s 2021! Forget new year, new me. What about new year, new home? If you need some interior and flooring inspiration, or just want to try out a new trend, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be looking at some of this year’s interior and flooring trends to give you some inspiration when it comes to a renovation. 

  1. The Neutral minimalist – This look incorporates natural earthy tones, and thrives off natural light. Minimal furnishing and accessories coupled with a light coloured wood flooring finish off this look.
  2. Herringbone flooring – This style of flooring is available in a range of different types of wood to suit different budgets. It sees the planks positioned in a zig-zag pattern, in a timeless design. 
  3. Eco Chic – Using recycled materials to furnish your rooms can add more meaning to your home, providing you with not only an on trend style but a connection to sustainability 
  4. Cottage Core – Romanticizing the idea of a self-sufficient life. It sees the combination of agriculture, and traditional ways of living such as baking, pottery and crafts incorporated as a design feature. 
  5. Navy Colour – The result of a combination of deep blue and navy, this naval colour trend has seen a rise in kitchens in particular. 


1. The Neutral Minimalist – Interior Trend


You must have seen an abundance of beautifully styled rooms featuring pampas grass filling your Instagram and Pinterest feeds already this year, and we know you’re not mad about it. 


This 2021 interior trend strips back to minimal furniture, accessories and colours, to create a comfortable light and airy space in your home


Natural Minimalist
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To achieve this look, opt for warm earthy tones when considering paints. Light shades of browns, beiges and white are all great choices when it comes to brightening up your space. 

Natural Minimalist decor

These shades of colour on the wall will also compliment any light wood accessories and natural elements such as pampas grass that you wish to incorporate into your design. 


Rattan furniture is a popular style when aiming for the neutral minimalist interior trend. Rattan furniture is usually made from harvested palms. Because of this, the natural colours, tones and textures this provides when a piece of furniture is created, it makes the perfect addition to a neutral decor. 


Chairs, sideboards, coffee tables and dining tables are all common pieces found within this aesthetic. 


Flooring to Complement this Trend


When it comes to choosing the perfect flooring to fit your design, continuing with the lighter wooden tones is our suggestion. Of course opting for a colour still gives you free reign of a flooring type: Laminate, EvoCore, Engineered Wood, LVT and Solid Wood all offer a selection of lighter coloured flooring. 


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EvoCore Essentials Natural Almond Oak Trade Select 12mm x 127mm Gelato Oak Classic Herringbone Natural Oak LVT Park Avenue Herringbone Frosted Oak Solid Wood

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Make sure that when choosing the perfect flooring, that you consider both your budget and room suitability. This will help you narrow down your choices, for you to then focus on which lighter toned flooring you prefer.


Top Tip: For more visually appealing results, a real wood flooring offering natural grains and knots throughout its design can help tie together the aesthetic as a whole, adding to the other natural textures within the room.


And there you have the neutral minimalist interior trend and how to achieve it. Love this look as much as we do? We thought you might! Our next trend is a 2021 flooring trend you will not want to miss!


2. Herringbone – Interior and Flooring Trend


We know you’re probably thinking you’ve seen quite a lot of this trend already. And you’re right. The herringbone interior and flooring trend began to soar into 2020 and is continuing to do so in 2021!


This parquet design sees a traditional styling of the flooring planks being positioned in a zig-zag pattern that is repeated, filling your room. 


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Herringbone Palazzo Oak Laminate

This timeless design is available in a range of colours to suit your aesthetic, and flooring types to suit your needs and budget. Let’s take a look at some of these:


Herringbone Laminate


First let’s take a look at the Laminate option. Herringbone Laminate is a popular choice at the minute, offering that affluent parquet design at an affordable price. 


Not only that, as Laminate designs are printed within one of its four layers of its composition, there are a multitude of stunning colour and style options available to suit your taste.


This flooring option has a range of other practical benefits too. Laminate flooring is renowned for its practicality within the home.


  • Easy to maintain
  • Highly scratch-resistance 
  • Durable and hard wearing
  • Easy to install
  • High impact resistance 
  • Pet friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Long lasting


Laminate makes for a great option whether you’re looking for a flooring to meet the demands of a busy family home, or you’re just wanting a beautiful design for a fraction of the cost of Solid or Engineered Wood. There is something for you.


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You can see why this flooring trend has really taken off!


Herringbone LVT


Another great option when it comes to choosing the type of flooring you’re wanting your herringbone design to reside in, is LVT. 


LVT is another amazing choice when it comes to flooring types. It is one of the most durable flooring materials out there whilst allowing you to achieve your interior dream with its stunning range of designs.


Herringbone Light Grey Oak LVT


LVT is a robust alternative to Solid or Engineered wood, still providing the luxurious wood effect that many desire, at a more budget friendly price. 


This flooring is extremely versatile and has made itself a stand-out performer in the flooring market. Which is why there is no surprise it is now available in the style of one of the latest flooring trends: Herringbone.


Let’s take a look at what makes this flooring so popular and versatile:


  • Durable and hard wearing
  • Affordable price
  • Waterproof
  • Slip resistant
  • Adds warmth underfoot
  • Insulates sound
  • Easy to maintain
  • Beautifully replicates real wood 
  • Easy to install
  • Long lifespan


As you can see, from its host of benefits, it is clear why this option is a great contender when it comes to flooring types. These practical benefits combined with the stunning Herringbone design options, is what makes this flooring a great choice in line with 2021 interior and flooring trends.


Herringbone LVT Best Sellers


Classic Herringbone – Washed Grey Oak LVT

Classic Herringbone – Country Oak LVT

Classic Herringbone – Ebony LVT

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Another fantastic choice when it comes to choosing the perfect flooring type for your herringbone design, right?


Herringbone Solid Wood


Solid Wood is also an option you have when it comes to choosing the flooring type you are wanting your Herringbone design in. 


Solid wood gives that added touch of elegance, exposing stunning natural grains and knots throughout the planks. 


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Unfinished Parquet Solid Wood Flooring

Solid Wood flooring is undoubtedly a beautiful choice, and an enhanced option for this 2021 flooring trend. Along with this, it offers a whole host of other benefits too:


  • Adds value to your home
  • Highly durable
  • Can be sanded down and refinished
  • Long lifespan
  • Adds warmth
  • Easy to maintain


Whilst this flooring trend may be a bit more pricey, it is the practical option when it comes to a flooring that will stand the test of time whilst looking amazing.


Herringbone Solid Wood Best Sellers


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Unfinished Parquet Solid Wood

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Luxury Parquet Brown Oiled Solid Wood

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Herringbone Engineered Wood


The last flooring type we’ll look at for this impeccable parquet design is Engineered Wood. Similar to Solid Wood, Engineered Wood is slightly higher up the scale where budget is concerned. 


However, this is with good reason. A beautiful addition to any home replicating solid wood designs. It has a real wood top layer so you’re getting all the natural elements that gives wood flooring it’s reputable charm. 


Branscombe Natural Coastal Engineered Wood

Engineered Wood flooring is not only aesthetically pleasing, owning its natural appearance, fitting with a multitude of aesthetics, it proudly offers a wide range of benefits. 


  • Has a real layer of wood
  • Difficult to tell apart from solid wood
  • More resistant to temperature fluctuations
  • Compatible with underfloor heating
  • Highly durable and hardwearing
  • Easy to maintain
  • Available in stunning designs


Herringbone Engineered Wood Best Sellers


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Oxford Herringbone Golden Smoked Oak Engineered Wood

Oxford Herringbone Vintage Oak Engineered Wood Branscombe Whitewashed Coastal Herringbone Engineered Wood

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So there we have another 2021 flooring trend that is undeniably stunning and one to look out for! We don’t think this one will be going anywhere any time soon. 


3. Eco Chic – Interior Trend


Next up on the list is a sustainable trend that has taken 2021 by storm! Introducing: Eco Chic!


Eco Chic refers to using recycled materials to furnish your rooms and can add more meaning to your home, providing you with not only an on trend style but a connection to sustainability. 


This interior trend has seen a peak due to a global recognition and acceptance of environmental issues that need to be rectified. In light of this, this trend has been widely adopted with many upcycling furniture, and purchasing products that are made from recyclable materials or can be fully recycled once they’re finished with the product. 


This not only applies to your furniture items but your flooring too! The EvoCore range is 100% recyclable, with the 360 range being made from 80% recycled materials, and the Nature range having an in-built cork backing – adding that extra element of sustainability. 


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EvoCore 360 Harvest Mouse Oak 

EvoCore 360 Tudor Oak

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EvoCore Nature Antique Oak

EvoCore Nature Glacier Oak EvoCore Nature Golden Oak 
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And there we have the Eco Chic interior trend. This is perfect for the eco-conscious who want to create their dream aesthetic whilst having a positive effect on the environment. Amazing right?


4. Cottage Core – Interior Trend


Cottage Core is the next interior design we’ll look at. This trend incorporates the idea of a self-sufficient life. It sees the combination of agriculture, and traditional ways of living such as baking, pottery and crafts incorporated as a design feature.


This interior trend encourages a retrospective way of living, throwing back to a simpler time.


Rustic interiors, upcycled furniture, plant life, the use of open fires in your design, and incorporating natural materials is a great way of achieving this look. 


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Flooring to Match This Trend


Given the organic nature of this interior trend, adding an element of wood is a great way to commit to the full aesthetic. You can introduce this via your flooring. 


A rustic appearance that comes with using wood flooring would make a great addition to the Cottage Core trend. Natural grains and knots that give wood flooring the charm it possesses, can elevate the essence of Cottage Core, adding more depth to the embracing of nature. 


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Deluxe Georgian Oak Solid Wood

Classic Espresso Oak Solid Wood

Deluxe Cinnamon Oak Solid Wood 

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Loving this 2021 interior trend? We’re not surprised! Start your 2021 transformation today with Cottage Core.


5. Navy Blue – Interior Trend


Last but certainly not least of designs among our interior and flooring trends for 2021 is the navy blue trend. The navy trend is the result of a combination of deep blue and navy shade incorporated into your home. This year, the naval colour trend has seen a rise in kitchens in particular. 

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This use of navy blue in this interior trend provides a calming vibe, also adding warmth and depth, working as an alternative to darker colours such as grey or black. 


The placement of the colour can be fluid, with the ability to use this navy tone on walls, accessories and furnishings. 


There are multiple contrasting colours that fit with this design, white being one of them. However, for those who want to live their life in colour. Adding a mustard shade in soft furnishings and accessories is  a great way of adding a burst of colour and personality.


Flooring to Match This Trend


Where flooring is concerned, your options are unlimited as you are working with a fairly forgiving shade when it comes to matching it with your floor.


Lighter Flooring Options to Match This Trend


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Loft Sand Light Oak Laminate

EvoCore Premium Arctic Oak

Studio Vanilla Brushed Oak Engineered Wood

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Darker Flooring Options to Match This Trend


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Villa Harbour Oak Laminate

EvoCore Origins Bear

Loft Vintage Oak Engineered Wood

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Depending on whether you’re looking to contrast the darker tones within the navy and brighten up your space with a lighter flooring, or embrace the darker calming essence this interior trend provides. Your flooring options aren’t limited. 



All that’s left for you to do is decide your budget and vibe and narrow down your options. 


And there we have it! Some of our favourite interior and flooring trends for 2021. So if you’re planning on updating your home, then hopefully some of these trends have offered you a touch of inspiration when it comes to deciding on your interior and flooring trends. 


If you have any questions regarding flooring, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our flooring experts who will be more than happy to assist you. 

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White oak

White oaks (Quercus genus) are a plentiful hardwood in our Eastern and Southern forests. There are eight major species of oak trees that produce the lumber we call white oak, plus another 12 minor species. White oak trees have round ends on the leaves and sweet acorns that make excellent flour when dried.
White oak group
Bur oak Quercus macrocarpa
Chestnut oak Q. primus
Chinkapin oak Q. muehlenbergii
Overcup oak Q. lyrata
Post oak Q. stellata
Swamp chestnut oak Q. michanxii
Swamp white oak Q. bicolor
White oak Q. alba
Overcup and swamp chestnut oaks are typically lowland oaks, growing in wet warm sites. Annual rings are at least 1/4-inch wide. These lowland species dry and machine with greater difficulty than the other species. They often are bacterially infected.
White oak wood has many desirable properties, including natural decay resistance, very high strength, and is impervious to liquids (except for chestnut oak). As a result, white oak has been used for railroad ties, ship building (especially the keel and ribs), bridges, fences, barrels for liquids (wine and whiskey), and mine timbers.
Compared to red oak, on the average, white oak is heavier, stronger, and frequently darker in color. White oak has much larger (longer and wider) ray cells (½ inch long in red and 1-1/2 inches or longer in white), giving white oak a very strong ray fleck pattern on the quartersawn surfaces. Today, the heavy grain, high figure, and dramatic ray fleck patterns of white oak make it highly desirable for Mission-style furniture and cabinets. Much of the native white oak lumber is exported to Japan and Europe. When properly aged, white oak makes excellent barrels for wine–probably the best oak wine barrels in the world. Whiskey barrels are another excellent use for oak.
Processing suggestions and characteristics
Density. The density of white oak averages about 46 pounds per cubic foot at 8 peercent MC. A piece of white oak lumber, 15/16” x 6” x 12’ weighs about 22 pounds.
Drying. White oak is very difficult to dry–harder than red oak in many cases. Surface checking, end checking, and honeycomb are the most common drying defects. As these defects develop very early in drying, close control of initial drying environments is required. End coating of all thicknesses is prudent. Warehouse predryers are probably the best option for 4/4 and 5/4; second best would be open sheds. Shrinkage in drying is around 8 to 10 percent.
Final moisture contents for white oak should be between 6.5 and 7.0 percent MC. Higher MCs cannot be accepted due to white oak’s high shrinkage; lower MCs result in excessive chipped grain.
Gluing and Machining. White oak is very unforgiving when gluing due to its high density. Surfaces must be flat, smooth, and freshly prepared. Clamp carriers are probably best for this wood. Any good woodworking adhesive can be used with excellent results.
Machining of oak is difficult due to its density unless machines and knives are precisely set. Chipped grain is common if knives are not sharp. Dull knives also result in a rough flatsawn surface where the large vessel cells are located. Correct MC is critical. With proper knives and machines, the surface is excellent in quality, however. Usually, machine tools need to have a larger tool (or sharpness) angle, thereby increasing the amount of metal in the tool. Sharpening may have to be more frequent. Slow feed rates or small depth of cuts will result in rapid dulling.
Stability. White oak moves quite a bit when the MC changes. Although it varies depending on species, the change is about 1 percent in size for each 3 percent MC change running across the grain parallel to the rings (tangentially), and about 1 percent size change for each 6 percent MC change across the rings (radially). The high tangential to radial difference means that lumber from near the center of the tree (usually the lower grade material) is prone to cupping.
Strength. The white oaks are one of the strongest native hardwoods. Bending strength (MOR) averages 13,000 psi. Hardness averages 1360 pounds. Stiffness (MOE) averages 1.6 million psi.
Color and Grain. White oak is typically a dingy white to light tan to dark brown, depending on the species. The annual ring patterns gives white oak a heavy grain appearance. The heavy ray fleck adds character to the wood. The large pores in oak will present some of the same finishing problems that red oak, hickory, hackberry, and ash do.

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Choosing the right flooring for the kitchen

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house and is where many of us spend the majority of our time. It sees more stains, spills, and wear and tear than any other room, which is why it needs a high-quality, reliable floor. Here are our recommendations for finding the perfect fit for your kitchen.

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Engineered Wood Flooring

Many homeowners love the feel of a real wood floor. Natural materials like wood regulate the air climate and promote a healthy and fresh living space. Wood is also extremely versatile and will suit any interior or furnishing style.

Unlike solid wood, engineered wood is composed of various layers of timber which lend it great strength and stability. This makes it highly resistant to heavy loads and foot traffic, which is beneficial if you live in a particularly busy household. Underfloor heating is also very popular in the kitchen, and thanks to its multi-layer construction, engineered wood flooring can be installed over it without a problem.

So, if you’re looking for a floor that boasts both stunning aesthetics and practical benefits, then engineered wood is the one for you. Still unsure? Take a look at our range of engineered wood flooring and order a free sample before you buy!

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is another great choice for the kitchen. Not only are our laminate floors long-lasting and robust, but they are also extremely low maintenance and easy to clean. We’d definitely recommend laminate for busier households with children or pets, where accidents are more likely to happen. Any spillages can be easily wiped away with a damp mop or cloth. It’s as easy as that!

Are you in love with the unique look of herringbone, but want to keep things a bit more affordable? Our laminate products are available in a wide range of designs, including the much-loved herringbone, which has made its comeback in recent years. Have a browse through our laminate products here.

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Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Our Luxury Vinyl Tiles have a much higher resistance to moisture and spillages than engineered wood and laminate floors, making them one of the most popular choices for the kitchen. What’s more, you can purchase our vinyl floors in a range of realistic designs, from stone tiles to authentic wood planks. There’s something for everyone.

Vinyl flooring is family and pet-friendly. Its smooth surface makes it very easy to sweep, mop and vacuum so that your kitchen always remains in tip-top condition. Vinyl is also waterproof and stain-resistant, meaning that any accidents can be wiped away without worry. Many of our vinyl floors are also fitted with a handy click system and can be installed without a fitter. What’s not to love?

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