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  • Top 7 Tips to Increase Your Home's Value Before Selling

    In the real estate market, simply offering a good price for your home does not cut it. One has to take the local market and competition into account and start getting ready as soon as possible.  There are a lot of tasks to tackle, but you can attack one at a time. The goal is to make your home look its best both outside and in. That way, you can attract and wow the potential buyers, maximising your chances of striking a fine bargain.

    The exterior aspect

    The exterior of the home is the first thing that grabs people’s attention. The first thing to do is to apply a fresh coat of paint and gives the structure an instant facelift. Just note that overly bold colours are not such a good idea. Utilise virtual planning programs to stay on the safe side or consult an agent or a designer. Also, you should inspect the exterior for any signs of damage and make small improvements such as filling the brick gaps with fresh mortar. In addition, choose a nice and secure entry doors, the ones that will match the look of entire house.

    The art of landscaping

    While you are at it, take on the landscaping. A property’s yard is a good telltale sign about how much effort is put into the home. Besides, an outdoor lifestyle is gaining traction across the globe. Nobody likes to see dead plants, messy gardens, and overgrown.   Thus, if you want to boost the curb appeal, you have to put green fingers to good use and consider a new soil, shrubs, trees, outdoor lighting, ground covers, and mulch.

    Sprucing up the kitchen

    A kitchen is one of the main communal areas in most homes, a hub of domestic life. Many homeowners spend a truckload of money on granite bench-tops and stainless steel appliances, but small improvements can also make a big difference. It is advisable to focus on the functionality of the workspace, easy maintenance, ensuring that the appliances that are in working condition, and providing a plenty of storage space.

    Bathroom projects

    Another room that deserves special attention is the bathroom. It may be the smallest one in your household, but the right projects bring a high ROI. There is no need to go crazy and replace everything from cabinetry to the shower. Make certain that plumbing works like a charm and sort out any problems like leaks. Furthermore, paint the walls, clean the exhaust fan, and add the new vinyl tiles. Install energy-efficient lighting fixtures and scrub everything until you see the sparkles.

    Design and décor

    When it comes to décor and visual appeal, things can get tricky. Interior design trends come and go and tastes differ from person to person.  Well, property hunters would rather see a blank canvas they can paint their drams on than a picturesque spectacle that does not fit their taste. So, devoid the home of your personality and avoid being too outlandish. Play it safe and be timeless in terms of trends.

    Cleaning time

    Home renovation is not just about spending money on improvements. Namely, a thorough cleaning is an absolute must: The undertaking does not cost you much, yet it has a profound impact on the buyers. A clean, tidy home does not sit on the market for long. So, do not neglect hidden corners and refrain from sweeping the problems under the carpet. Deal with the clutter and get organised. Remove all personal belongings and anything that could hinder the ability of people to visualise themselves in your home.

    Pull your weight

    Buyers prefer homes they can move in right away, without doing any initial repairs. They are also reluctant to purchase properties with the high maintenance requirements because they crave for a stress-free living. Nowadays, big, dust-catching carpets and grime-magnets like ornate cabinets are associated with a lot of work. Therefore, reconsider your choice of finishes, fixtures, flooring, and upholstery. Finally, it goes without saying that the major mechanical systems must be in a perfect working order.

    Up the ante

    Some people choose to grab the tools from the shed and roll up your sleeves. Others call the professionals to handle the renovation projects. Either way, just letting the chips fall where they may is not a sound course of action. You need to put the best face forward and present a fully functional, aesthetically pleasing home. The challenge ahead may seem overwhelming, but with a bit of planning and investment, it is possible to improve the value and appeal of the property to create a lasting impression.

    This post was in collaborations with Lana Hawkins. 

  • Best Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

    Eco-Friendly Flooring

    In a day and age when many people are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint, you can be well on your way towards environmental responsibility by opting for sustainable flooring.

    What is sustainable, or eco-friendly, flooring? This category of flooring refers to materials that are environmentally friendly, which means that the environmental impact will be reduced. Whether you’re pursuing an extensive renovation of your entire home or seeking to change the flooring in one or a few rooms, you’ll find a wide range of available eco-friendly flooring options.

    What follows is a look at the best eco-friendly flooring possibilities, so that you know what’s out there.


    Bamboo is a popular alternative hardwood that, because it grows fairly quickly, is widely regarded as a sustainable material for flooring. Indeed, bamboo can replenish within three years to five years, and it is versatile enough to be used in a wide range of design applications. If your looking for an eco-friendly flooring material that offers contemporary style, then bamboo should be high up on your list. It's a low-cost material compared to other solid wood products, and it's also easy to maintain as long as you regularly sweep or vacuum. One thing to consider is that bamboo flooring can be subject to discolouration over time, but it can be re-sanded and finished, should that be required down the road.

    Trade Choice Solid Natural Bamboo 14mm x 96mm Stranded Woven Wood Flooring

    Engineered Wood

    Engineered wood flooring is more environmentally friendly than traditional wood flooring because using the former over the later means that you will contribute towards lessing the number of slow-growing hardwood trees that need to be cut down to make flooring. One source notes that engineered wood requires around one-third of the quantity of solid hardwood compared to traditional hardwood flooring. Engineered wood is also more durable because it consists of multiple layers. First, there's the hardwood veneer layer that makes up the top layer of the floor. It has a thin layer of timber of between 2 mm and 4 mm in thickness, and it can obtained in various styles, colours, and patterns. Secondly, engineered hardwood consists of the core board that consists of one or two layers of plywood or of a group of fibres that are bonded together using substantial pressure to form a dense insulating material. Types of engineered hardwood available include acacia larch, oak, and walnut.


    Cork is harvested from the bark of oak trees that have been harvested only once every nine or so year. This is an eco-friendly option since no trees actually have to be cut down. Why is this a good option? Cork possesses thermal and acoustic insulation characteristics that can make rooms in which they are installed both warmer and quieter. Cork also has antimicrobial properties that lessen the amount of allergens in your home, is simple to maintain, and is naturally an insect repellent. Cork floors can last between a decade and three decades, depending on the make, which means that it is highly durable and long-lasting.

    Indeed, there are numerous options if you’re looking for eco-friendly flooring for your home. Whether you’re looking for materials like the aforementioned or you want to perhaps go for something like radiant flooring heating systems that can reduce your utility bill and improve your air quality, there are different things you can consider to be a better steward of the environment.

    This post was in collaboration with, and written by Maggie Baker.

  • 5 of the best flooring styles from around the world

    Ever thought of putting a globetrotting spin on your flooring? From continent to continent, there are plenty of beautiful and practical ideas to inspire you, whether it’s the cool, contemporary woods of Scandinavia, or vibrant, colourful tiles from the Orient. To give you a little multicultural inspiration, guest blogger LIV for Interiors takes a look at five different regions worldwide, exploring some key styles, looks and trends that are sure to transform any room or home.

    Luvanto Click Grey Slate Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring (Product Code: VR300461)

    Scandinavian style

    If you want to capture the essence of Scandi chic, you’re going to need wood – lots of wood. Synonymous with Danish, Swedish and Norwegian interiors, flooring types such as pine, fir and oak reflect a cool, contemporary Nordic vibe that makes the most of natural light and materials, with an emphasis on wellbeing, functionality, simplicity and beauty. The wood itself is often treated with a light-coloured finish, helping to create a sense of space and openness, which in turn cultivates a palpable atmosphere that will never fail to make an impact.


    Krono Original Supernatural Classic Colonial Oak Groove Laminate Flooring (Product Code: K8632)

    Eastern influence

    For an Asian touch to your floors, think natural colours and materials. A palette of browns, reds, greens and tans is perennially popular, as are materials including stone tiles, hardwood and terracotta. To give these slightly colder surfaces a bit more warmth, Oriental rugs and throws, or Japanese tatami mats (traditionally made from rice straw), can prove highly effective. It’s important to create the right tone for the right country or region too; while Japanese colours and textures are generally more minimal and calming, China tends to steer towards brighter, deeper and more vibrant flooring and interior designs.


    Luvanto Click Country Oak Luxury Vinyl Flooring (Product Code: VR300454).

    Latin American look

    It’s all about exotic styles of wood when considering a South American flooring flavour. From Santos mahogany to Brazilian cherry, rosewood, maple or oak, you’ll find rich, fiery colours on display here, including browns, reds, oranges and yellows. Producing some of the hardest, densest and most durable species around, Brazil uses sustainable forest practices; much of its output is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, while also consistently hitting the top of the Janka hardness test, which measures the resistance of wood to denting and wear.

    Quickstep Classic 8mm Enhanced Beech 3 Strip Laminate Flooring (Product code: CL1016).

    African affair

    Hailing from the hottest continent on Earth, it’s hardly surprising that Africa’s flooring style requires minimal insulation. Tiles of terracotta or sandstone are common routes to go down; alternatively, you can even opt for a plain concrete floor that’s been stained, so as to keep the home cool in more tropical climates. In terms of soft furnishings, a sisal mat or rug (made from the fibre used for ropes and matting) will beautifully accessorise any room, keeping you comfy and snug underfoot, without overheating the space.


    Victoria Solid Black Oak 120mm x 18mm Brushed and Matt Lacquered Wood Flooring (Product Code: 120solblack).

    European retreat

    Bring some French flavour into the house by introducing a parquet pattern; classic and timeless, chevron and herringbone styles will help to elevate any room with ease. Spanish tones, meanwhile, call for earthy, natural materials, combined with rich, warm colours, for which terracotta is a great place to start. Or, if you fancy a more Italian approach, marble oozes luxury, opulence and class. While it’s certainly a durable material to go for, it does also require special care and maintenance; as a natural stone, it’s susceptible to stains and spills, so should be treated on a regular basis to ensure it retains its quality and shine.

    LIV for Interiors is a source for the latest interior trends, competitions, product reviews and discount codes, helping you to make your home beautiful. To stay up to date with regular posts and updates, you can like LIV on Facebook, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

  • How To Make A Good Match Between Your Flooring & Furniture

    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.

  • Christmas Flooring Trends

    Christmas is around the corner, and as the autumn leaves start to get glistened with frost, now is a perfect time to get our homes ready. This weeks blog is focussed on helping you prepare your home for the festivities ahead. From choosing the right flooring technically, as well as the right flooring aesthetically.

    Choosing the right colour

    Darker colours have the ability to add a great amount of natural warmth to any room. Hardwood flooring is your best option, in particular walnut.

    The stunning Burnbury Engineered Lacquered Wood Flooring (Product Code: MWAL190201)

    The above photo is a fine example of walnut flooring that can add a really pleasant atmosphere to a room. Engineered flooring also has the ability to have underfloor heating fitted. Walnut is an incredibly versatile material, but isn't the most durable so is best fitted in low traffic areas. It's important with wood flooring that you allow it to sit in the room it's going to be fitted in to allow it to adapt to its new environment.

    If dark colours aren't for you, there are also a wide range of brighter colours available. Light and vibrant colours can make a room feel bigger, and add a summer glow even on the gloomiest of winter evenings.

    Trade Choice Engineered Oak Brushed & Oiled Wood Flooring (Product Code: EWR300028)

    The above image shows a prime example of what a brighter coloured flooring can add. It provides a vibrance that darker colours simply can't offer, so it really is down to personal choice, and a knowledge of what you're looking for in your home, or specific room.

    Alternatives to hardwood

    The great thing with flooring is that there is such a wide choice available. So with that in mind, if hardwood is a little out of your price range, there are a number of cheaper options. The first we're going to look at is vinyl tiles.

    Berry Alloc Columbian Oak LVT Flooring (Product Code: VR30090)

    The above is a fine example of vinyl, one of the best alternatives to hardwood available. Vinyl Flooring is ideal for bedrooms, but also areas of excess moisture due to its excellent water resistance features.

    Another excellent alternative is laminate. Often heavily compared to vinyl, its price is its biggest selling point. Not only is it one of the most cost effective floorings available, it is also technically very strong. Its incredibly durable and has excellent longevity.

    Krono Original Supernatural Classic Colonial Oak Groove Laminate Flooring (Product Code: K8632)

    The above photo is a fine example of laminate imitating hardwood. Coffee oak laminate flooring still adds the same warmth as solid oak, but for a far more cost effective price tag. It's ideal for homes with pets as it doesn't damage as easily as other flooring types.

    We hope our guide has helped you. As you can see there are a number of options available, it all comes down to personal choice, bur we recommend you make your decision sooner rather than later to make sure you get your order in before Christmas rolls round!

    Don't forget we also offer free samples of all our solid and engineered wood products over on our website!

  • Laminate vs Vinyl Tiles

    Laminate and Vinyl Tiles are incredibly hard to separate. They both have a number of similarities, but they are a few, hard to find subtle differences. In this weeks blog we're going to break them down for you, and category by category give you their pros and cons.

    What are they made of?

    Laminate is made up of a high density fibreboard (HDF), pieces of pulp compressed together to form a wood like substance. Vinyl tiles on the other hand polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and exceptionally durable material. Vinyl takes the lead with this one. PVC is an incredibly hardwearing material, and has excellent longevity. It's also far softer and warmer underfoot.

    The Installation Process

    Laminate is fitted using the most simple and easy to use system going, click-loc. As the name suggests, it simply clicks into place and is a no hassle, no fuss do it yourself technique. Vinyl however is fitted using a glued method, a fitting process usually done by a fitter. Laminate takes this one as the click-loc system is by far the most simple and speedy process on the market, and also far more cost effective.

    The technical aspects

    Both laminate and vinyl are technically very strong, and both have a number of features making them perfect for a family home. Both are incredibly durable and scratch resistance due to their strong outer layer. The only real difference is that vinyl can be refinished. Laminate would need to be replaced if damage occurs, however if only a small area is damaged it is possible to replace individual tiles.

    They are both have good water resistance to a certain extent. Laminate can sometimes get damaged by excess moisture, so it's important to ensure that water doesn't sit on the tiles for too long. Vinyl on the other hand is incredibly water proof, and is perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.

    They are both cheap to buy, but laminate just wins this one. There are plenty of cheap laminate flooring options available, perfect for homes on a slightly tighter budget. Vinyl flooring is traditionally cheaper than hardwood, and is by far the best alternative.

    There are a number of alternatives available, with hardwood and parquet the two most popular options. They are both however far more expensive, but there are a good number of cheap wood flooring options available. Both laminate and vinyl are imitations of wood, but if you've got a little more money to spend hardwood is the best flooring out there.

    We hope our guide has helped you to decipher the difference between luxury vinyl tiles and laminate flooring. As you can see there are a number of similarities, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

  • Different Types of Wood Flooring

    There is a huge range of wood flooring available, from oak, to walnut, to bamboo, the options are endless. In this weeks blog we are going to go through the different finishes, shades, and species.


    There are a number of different finishes available, with lacquered and oiled being the two most popular. Lacquered is the more modern of the two. It has a varnished look, which not only looks great but also offers outstanding surface protection. Its smooth and shiny surface means cleaning is effortless, and it's incredibly durable.

    Another alternative is an oiled finish. There are a number of cheap oiled wood flooring options on the market. Oiled is the traditional option, and thus looks vintage and truly has a beautiful aesthetic. Oiled is incredibly durable, so not only does it have its good looks, in the long run it lasts.

    The last finish we're going to look at is unfinished. As the name suggests, this is wooden flooring without a finish, and therefore means you can apply the finish yourself. This allows you to add your own personal touch to your flooring, it is a time consuming process, but an incredibly rewarding one.

    Shades and Colours

    Wood flooring comes in a wide range of different colours, each shade providing a different aesthetic to your home.

    Darker colours such as walnut solid wood adds a wonderful warmth to any room, even on the coldest of winter days.  It is one of the most expensive wood products on the market, but it is worth every penny, and truly adds a beautiful feel to whatever rooms it's fitted in.

    If darker colours are not what you're looking for, then there is also a broad selection of lighter shades available. Brighter colours provide a summer feel even on the darkest of winter nights. White oiled wood is a perfect example of a lighter shade that would make any room feel more spacious, and provide a modern and clean feel.


    Species of wood

    There are a number of species available, the three we are going to look at is oak, walnut and bamboo.

    Oak is probably the most popular types on the market. It is incredibly durable, and perfect in rooms with high traffic and heavy footfall. It comes in a number of beautiful colours, and is incredibly versatile. Solid oak is the best seller and is a timeless classic. Longevity is one of its strongest features, typically lasting between 20-30 years.

    Walnut is a great option for anyone looking to add warmth and a touch of class to their home. Walnut isn't the hardest wood around, but that doesn't stop it being as durable as oak. It is important to ensure it is regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure it holds on to its impressive appearance.

    The last we're going to look at is bamboo. A rapidly rising species of wood, bamboo is one of the most modern floorings on the market. It is low-cost in comparison to other types, it is cheaper to source, so as a result is cheaper to buy! It is incredibly easy to care for and maintain, and holds up well under heavy footfall.


    As you can see there are a number of options available for you to choose from. Ultimately the final decision is down to you and your personal preferences. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, and it's important you research everything before you buy.

    If you need any more advice feel free to give one of our team a call on 0333 002 1062. We hope our wood flooring guide has helped you to make a decision!

  • Parquet Flooring: The Incredible Comeback Story

    Parquet flooring is back, and there's nothing you can do about it. You may remember parquet as the flooring your Grandparents used to have in your house. It's traditional, but lately has been given a modern twist to fit the contemporary home.

    What is parquet flooring?

    The name parquet is derived from French, and dates back to the 17th century. Originally associated with wealth, it is now a lot easier to produce thus making it cheaper to buy. It is incredibly recognisable down to its patterned tiles and geometric shapes, this is unique thus making it stand out from the crowd. It's usually used in kitchens and dining rooms due to its impressive durability.


    Why should you choose to have it in your home?

    It is available in a range of species, such as oak and walnut, and a number of colours and designs. There's bound to be something that suits every need! It is incredibly easy to install, using a glueing process. It is important you have a specific design in mind before installation, as it can look cluttered and erratic if not.  The fact it's made from wood adds a natural warmth to your home wherever it's installed. Similarly to tiled flooring it is incredibly durable, and can withstand heavy levels of footfall.

    Today's parquet flooring has been injected with modern grandeur, but still holds all its traditional values. Vintage is incredibly popular, so it is unsurprising that this type of flooring has burst back onto the market. The unique nature of parquet is certainly one of the key reasons it is so popular.


    Disadvantages of parquet

    It does require a lot of maintenance, it is incredibly important the tiles are resealed, sanded and polished. This ensures that it maintains its gleaming and beautiful look, as well as extending its longevity. It can also be damaged by moisture. Parquet is made from wood so it's important to ensure that you manage humidity in your home to prevent it expanding.

    It is important you remain patient, installation can be time consuming but once fitted it all becomes so much more worthwhile! If you are looking to add a vintage feel to your home, then what are you waiting for? Parquet is the one for you.

  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving To a New Apartment

    Setting foot in your dream home sounds like a thrilling adventure, but practical challenges can easily turn it into a grim nightmare. The renovation process is time, energy, and money-consuming: It involves multiple stages and various key choices you have to make. On the opposite ends of the spectrum, there are major, foundation-to-roof overhauls and redecorating projects. Count in everything in between as well, and you got yourself a minefield of decisions. Well, here is how to navigate it without fuss or pouring money down the drain.

    Do I have a plan in place?

    Right off the bat, evaluate the design and financial potential of the property in the light of renovating projects. Come up with a remolding plan as sound as a dollar. Schedule the work and take your time to find the right contractors. Make sure to conduct a thorough inspection to bring potential problems to light. Pay special attention to red flags like structural flaws and issues related electrical and plumbing installations. Gauge how much you would have to invest in order to set things right and whether it makes sense to do so in the long run.

    What needs to be changed?

    In all likelihood, you do not have to update everything. First of all, strive to preserve charming original features of the home (vintage pieces of furniture, exposed brick walls, etc.). One thing you do need to improve if it is lacking is storage, one of the most undervalued aspects of the home. It helps you deal with annoying clutter and free up your space visually. Built-in and custom-made organisational tools like cabinets and floor-to-ceiling shelves always do the trick and enable you to make the most of the available space.

    Is the layout optimal?

    Take a good look at a layout of the home and how optimal it is. Structural changes make a big impact, but they can also cost an arm and a leg. So, provided that you can afford it, you could add square footage and convert a basement, loft, or garage. Knocking down walls and carrying out internal remodeling requires in-depth knowledge, though, and is best handled with a help of a professional designer or a structural engineer. Likewise, extensions require you to keep an eye on the costs, building regulations, permissions, and design requirements.

    Do I really have to go big?

    Of course, one does not have to spend a fortune on large-scale projects. One of the main goals of newfound homeowners is to put their personal stamp on the space. You can pull this off with a bit of sprucing up, weekend renovating, and decorating. New lighting fixtures and a fresh coat of paint instantly change the mood and feel of the home without you having to break the bank. Moreover, identify the design elements that hold meaning to you and help in “tying up” the space. Think in terms of family photos, heirloom, antique pieces, DIY wall décor, etc.

    Can I preserve my health and safety?

    Estimate how the environment performs in terms of promoting health and safety. Are there any security systems or do you have to spend money on them? In case you have kids, ponder on ways to childproof the home. Note that elements like flooring and wall paint are not just some aesthetical details as they also impact the health and well-being. Turn your attention to indoor menaces that inhibit them, such as mold and mildew as well as toxic chemicals and VOCs. Deal with the air pollution by bringing the plants inside and investing in quality air purifier for allergies.

    Is the home energy-efficient?

    One of the prime goals should be to increase the energy efficiency of the home. Insulation has a higher role to play, so figure out ways of enhancing it. Check out the areas like doors, windows, and attics, where most of the heat tends to escape through. Consider splurging on a few energy-efficient appliances that will pay for themselves after a couple of years. Upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems is another essential project, especially in old and outdated homes. Finally, see if you can tap into renewable energy options.

    In the clear

    Moving to a new apartment may seem like a tempting notion, but take a moment to reconsider things. There is a stream of projects you might have to take on. Thus, try to put the structural work behind you first and then add finishing touches by beautifying the space. Make it reflect your personality, fit your style, and meet your specific daily needs. Carefully select design elements, materials, systems, features, and appliances you want to incorporate. Boost the comfort and efficiency to steer away from financial turmoil and headaches down the road.


    *this blog was in collaboration with Lana from Smooth Decorator

  • Keeping your floor healthy

    Your floor is probably the area of the house that takes the most stress, and is hardest to keep healthy. Different flooring types have different cleaning techniques and require different levels of attention. In this weeks blog we'll take you through the best ways to keep them nice and clean.


    Laminate is easy to maintain, and cleaning is a simple process. All it needs is a weekly vacuum or wipe with a damp mop. Pet hair can be an issue, therefore it's important that you use a damp mop every so often if you own pets. Vacuuming isn't the best idea for pet hair, as it mostly just ends up blowing the hair around the room!

    Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)

    The best way to ensure that LVT remains in top condition is a simple regular sweep or vacuum. It's important to make sure you don't use any harsh clean chemicals as they can damage the flooring, so vacuums will be your floors best friend. Soft bristle brooms will also remove any loose bits of dirt, and make sure that spillages are cleaned as quickly as possible.

    Solid and Engineered Wood

    It is best to avoid vacuuming with wood flooring as it can cause permanent damage and scratching. The best method is a damp mop, and a soft bristled broom similarly to LVT. The great thing with hardwood is it can be refinished, it can also be resanded. So if you do damage your floor, you can quite easily get it back to looking brand new.


    It is important you ensure a regular cleaning process for all types of flooring. Cleaning is 100% the most important part of ensuring your floor is kept healthy, and although some floors can be refinished and resanded, it is important that they are kept in a clean condition and are maintained regularly. We hope our guide has helped you. For any more flooring tips, make sure you visit our advice centre!

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