Furnishing is an expression of who we are, in the spaces we return to every day. Below it, however, lies a second truth – flooring is crucial to getting your décor just right. An ill-matched base/furniture arrangement can be unsightly, undermining your aptitude for stylish living.
Want to find the perfect balance? Join Hartleys Rooms as we explore what floor types are suited to which chairs, tables, beds and home accessories:
A turn to minimalism
Most contemporary arrangements value space over dense, cluttered rooms. Minimal furniture – i.e. units that are geometric and free from extravagance – is in vogue. Often, it’s coloured in plain black, cream, white or grey for a sense of spaciousness. You should choose a lighter-toned floor for this aesthetic, so it adds to those sensibilities.
We recommend beech laminate – the Quickstep Classic is neat and appealing, bright enough to enhance a minimal décor without drawing too much attention to the floor area. Set an oyster grey sofa on it, or a high white bookcase, to gain that immaculate 21st century effect.
The distressed vintage look
Retro furniture has made a huge comeback in recent years. Homes across the UK are flaunting cage decorations, trolley storage, thick wooden tables and factory-borne lighting fixtures. This décor relies on a blend of natural and man-made materials of all types, where we can see design elements with a rustic twist.
Distressed Antique Oak is a pick that we rate for the vintage-minded homeowner. Under a sepia glow, it looks incredible, and endures wear and tear from metal chairs or cabinet legs.
Authentic Scandi beauty
The Scandinavians are a seemingly inexhaustible source of amazing furniture. Far from winding down, this trend is becoming more creative with every passing year. If you’re a Scandi fan, then Herringbone flooring is just what you need for that soft, wave-like statement in a bedroom or living area.
Above it, search for a thin floor lamp to accompany your seating, which can be dressed in soft pastel shades. Herringbone also looks great beneath a Scandi coat hanger: antlers and bare tree branches form the brunt of Nordic fashion, decked in thick layers that offer succour from the cold.
Playing with rusticity
Country living has always been defined by rich, deep wood furniture. Traditional homes may still opt for a mahogany dining table, or a display case made from dark solid beech.
But it’s never a good idea to go too full-blown on a single tonal scheme. Far better to mix up the wood palette – consider, for instance, a luxury oak-effect vinyl floor, and chestnut chairs that’ll stand out against the lighter backdrop. In the bedroom, go for the opposite contrast with a pine bed frame on American Black Walnut.
That’s it for our brief flooring rundown. Any significant furnishing purchases, whether we’ve mentioned them here or not, will gain clarity if you visit our Hartleys showroom in Skipton. Want more advice on bringing décor concepts to life? Contact the Hartleys team.