The right floor is vital for the cohesion of any room – the best options will work with all colour schemes and moods

The choice of flooring literally ‘grounds’ any colour or decorating scheme, so it’s sensible to think about it as a long-term investment. The design and layout of the house dictates how we use and choose our flooring. Start at the front door – an area that gets used every day, so it’s crucial to get the flooring right in this busy, high-traffic space – and think about how the floor area flows from room to room. A traditional hallway is often the perfect place to make a design statement, especially if there are several rooms opening directly off of it. An intricately patterned tiled floor can look stunning – but bear in mind the look of each room that adjoins this passageway.

A considered and eminently sensible option is to go for a neutral choice, such as wood, stone or a natural shade of carpet, especially if the other rooms are going to be bold, coloured or patterned. Conversely, if you’re going for patterned flooring for a more dramatic entrance, opt for softer, low-key designs and colours in the rooms leading off it. This same principle applies in relation to landings, stairways, bedrooms and bathrooms.

An open-plan ground floor often works beautifully if the same flooring is used throughout – and hard flooring, such as wood, stone, porcelain and ceramics (or their rigid-vinyl equivalents) require little maintenance and will last for many years – real wood is an option that actually gets better with age. For a good selection of reclaimed wooden flooring, try Parquet. Alternatively, if you’re keen on the comfort of carpet underfoot, make that your choice in the bedrooms, or add rugs to hard floors in the living and family rooms.

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