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ing. A misconception has existed that underfloor heating cannot be installed underneath wooden flooring, but this isn’t the case. Certain types of underfloor heating have been specifically devel- oped for wood floors – it’s worth speaking to manufacturers to explore the options. Easy cleaning is one of hard flooring’s


biggest advantages. Stella Coyle, national retail manager of Karndean Designflooring says: “Floors do not harbour dust mites or bacteria and they’re practical and simple to keep clean. Our product designers even go so far as ensur- ing the embosses on our designs don’t trap or hold dirt, making them ideal for busy homes or playrooms.” Hard flooring can be more expensive to lay


in the first instance; however as Stella explains, “once fitted the floor can last a lifetime.” Its longevity is one of its biggest appeals to home- owners, with some hard flooring manufacturers offering lifetime guarantees. For the safety-conscious, hard flooring may


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grandeur and classic style. It’s this timelessness combined with its durability that gives wood flooring a long lifespan – as well as being resilient, it is unlikely to go out of fashion. One of hard flooring’s biggest drawbacks is


that it can be cold underfoot, a particular down- side on winter mornings. However this can be easily rectified with the use of underfloor heat-


not seem the most practical option. However, many products now offer slip resistance, so the risk is low, although Stella advises “it’s always best to wipe up spillages as they happen.” Hard flooring, much like carpet, can be laid anywhere. In fact, Stella explains that products such as Karndean’s “can be used in any area of the home including staircases.” It really comes down to personal choice – consider whether or not you want a hard floor in the more ‘comfort- able’ rooms in your home.


Underlying trends


Carpet offers homeowners a wide choice when it comes to colour, pattern and texture, but trends are shifting. As Geert explains, “beiges and creams will always be staples, but over the last couple of years the balance has shifted slightly as homeowners are exploring greys and silvers. Equally, stripes (with coordinating plains) are doing extremely well.” Geert predicts that 2017 will be “a big year


for the shimmering effect of polyamide (nylon) carpets,” explaining that these carpets are now much more hardwearing than older nylon options. He also foresees “an increase in bold colour, with homeowners taking the plunge and going for more vibrant shades.” Grey is also a popular choice, says Stella


Coyle. “With spring and summer fast approach- ing, we’re seeing more light-toned hues and dis- tressed grey wood and stone look floors.” Flooring tiles or planks are also being laid in unique patterns or including design features such as borders.” Ultimately, both carpet and hard flooring can


have a place in a home – where one may not be so suitable, the other will. You will probably not want to lay a carpet in the bathroom, and equally you may not want hard flooring in the bedroom. Manufacturers are there to offer advice on the practicalities and help you make the right decision to fit your needs.


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