The history…According to Wikipedia  The word derives from the Old French parchet (the diminutive of parc), literally meaning “a small enclosed space”. Large diagonal squares known as parquet de Versailles were introduced in 1684 as parquet de menuiserie (“woodwork parquet”) to replace the marble flooring that required constant washing, which tended to rot the joists beneath the floors.

Karndean Flooring’s parquet collection is inspired by traditional parquetry and can be arranged in a variety of patterns for a truly unique look. Look to the striking diagonals of herringbone to give a real sense of style in your living and dining spaces. Or, take a step away from traditional and look to introduce block designs or shaker style in your home.

Geometric patterns are continuing to grow in popularity within interior design this year. Known for their eye-catching complexity, these patterns offer design diversity and have the ability to create a standout contribution to any space. The adaptability of this trend means you’ll find endless home décor elements boasting geometric beauty; from tumbler glasses to bed linen, wallpaper to flooring.

Probably one of the most classic representations of all the interior geometric designs is parquet flooring. With an array of pattern and design variations, parquet flooring strikes the right tone in any style of home. Here are a few examples of parquetry from

Karndean design flooring, shows how this striking flooring design can perfectly pair with your interior design. Herringbone parquet – boasting the appeal of that classic ideal, this intricate design works particularly well in bedrooms and hallways. More than a complementary backdrop, it brings depth and detail without overpowering a space.

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Black Oak Parquet


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There are so many ways to re-energise your living space this Spring. Many of us get a bit of cabin fever after a long Winter, but Spring is a great time to open up the house and breathe new life into your place. All around us, nature is awakening after months of hibernation, so why not revive your house, too?

Here are seven simple steps to bring Spring into your home:

1. A new paint colour can change the whole look of the room. colours have a psychological effect on us, and each colour has its own meaning and energy. Be brave and have fun. If you’re unsure whether to paint the whole room with a one colour, paint an accent wall and live with it for a while. See if you like it, you can then always finish the rest of the room later on.

2. Bring the colour of the outdoors in. Flowers and plants add to a home’s energy, and are a great way to add some additional colour and texture to a space.

Using different colours to enhance your flooring

Above image features Karndean LooseLay Hudson

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Thinking of new flooring for your home? Have you tried Karndean’s Floor style Interactive Room Viewer.

Karndean have introduced a new interactive room viewer, Floorstyle, which lets you view their wide range of floors in typical settings

Choosing flooring for your home


How to use Floorstyle

Select a room. Choose from 20 different room settings.
Choose a floor. Choose from more than 150 products; your latest sample request will load automatically.
Select an installation design. Choose from different laying patterns with or without corresponding design strips.
Choose a colour. Available in most room settings, you can change the colour of the room’s walls and/or cabinets.
Save, print or share!

Please note that although Floorstyle works well on a range of computers and mobile devices.

Karndean floors are designed with unique grain patterns and textures which are sometimes difficult to replicate on screen; in particular, the most textured designs from the Art Select, Da Vinci and Michelangelo ranges. Because of this, they recommend you request a product sample or pop in to our Karndean flooring showroom to see and feel the product and get some great advice before making your decision.

Choosing flooring for your bathroom can be a little tricky, partly because of the confined space allocated to our most private of rooms.

But two of the Interior Stylists for Karndean Designflooring – Lisbeth and Jenne, have come up with some unique ideas, more of which you can find on their blog here.

But here is the article on Big Ideas For Small Bathrooms

The bathroom is often seen as a private sanctuary. It’s your place to refresh and relax. It can be the room that invigorates you at the start of your day, or it can be the place you leave your stresses at the end of the day with a hot bubble bath. Read more

We’re excited to announce Karndean LooseLay Series Three collection is now available here in the UK.

They have added six new stunning wood effect designs to our innovative luxury vinyl tile range, encompassing popular oak tones, fashionable rustic and deep greys.

Karndean Looselay Series 3
Karndean Looselay Series 3


Steve Curry, head of product, says the new products feature some of our best designs to date. “The new Karndean LooseLay planks are a fresh take on our friction-backed products. We’re combining our inspiration of rustic looks and interesting grain patterns with up-and-coming colour trends to offer some absolutely fantastic designs!”


Karndean Flooring are introducing an exciting new video series, called IDentity.

They are bringing in design flooring experts that will take you on a journey of discovery. In each episode, their experts discuss and demonstrate just how easy it is to create your own unique design using their luxury vinyl flooring.

They will be looking at both commercial and residential spaces, you’ll discover how their products are designed to offer the aesthetic appeal of natural woods and stones, whilst allowing you to incorporate individual design options to define and optimise your space.

In their first IDentity video, their design flooring consultant explains how you can create a look unique to your own home using their exclusive design components.

Guiding you through Karndean’s wide range of design strips and borders to show you there are endless options to enhance and complement your space.

For further help, guidance and design ideas, please call into our flooring design showroom in Basingstoke



I came across an article the other day that I though might be of interest to anyone in the midst of pursuing a flooring project.

When someone visits our flooring showroom in Basingstoke, they often have looked through the catalogues on line and have some idea of what they are looking for, but choosing a colour, now that’s personal..

So have a read of this article and it might just give you some different ideas..It comes from the Karndean flooring Blog. From Jenne and Lisbeth, two of Karndean’s stylists….

Interior Styling with Lisbeth and Jenne: Looking for inspiration? Open your spice cabinet!

So, you’ve decided to begin a new home improvement project and don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, you’re not alone – sometimes inspiration can seem difficult to find, but don’t be too hard on yourself, inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Of course, there are always practical considerations, such as the size of your space and its function, but follow the lead from your heart. What do you really like and what would make you feel most comfortable when you’re done?

Take a walk through your home and determine what you like most. What truly reflects your personal style? What would you never want to give up? It may be a special object, a lamp, a piece of art or collectable item from your travels. Personally, when I’m looking for colour and texture ideas, I look no further than my kitchen.

Start with your spice cabinet – you probably have marvellous spices in shades of mahogany, cayenne, crimson, and copper, mixed in with lighter shades of cream and white, and of course, black pepper. Paprika is a great shade to work with – its combination of red and brown not only adds the perfect finishing touch to your favorite dishes, but can also ‘spice up’ your living spaces.

Kardean Flooring Basingstoke different colours available

Moving away from your spice cabinet, have a look in your refrigerator. When I open the door to my fridge, the colors are overwhelming – summer squash sitting next to dark-green cucumbers and violet grapes – vibrant colors that instantly lift my mood! The other day I stopped at our local fruit farm to pick some berries – the raspberries and blackberries almost seemed to highlight each other in the sunlight. Soft furnishings are a perfect way of allowing you to capture these sumptuous tones and experiment with colours you wouldn’t necessarily consider for fear of overpowering a room.

‘Inspiration can also be found outdoors,’ adds Jenne. ‘A big part of my job role is to look at the colors and tones in nature – it seems to have an incredible way of putting complementary colors together so they look just right. Venture outside, walk around and consider how you could bring the splendor of the outdoors into your own home.’
It’s important to note your own personal style – as I think about my clothing, I’m partial to various shades of reds, blues, and yellows with a splash of cooler tones. It’s likely you’ll be able to instantly pick out a favorable and prominent color – a color you feel confident wearing could also be a color you’d feel confident placing in your interiors scheme. If you look carefully, you’ll find inspiration in the most unusual places.

So remember, don’t panic – inspiration for your next project is everywhere.

Jenne’s take: I love Pinterest. It is my go-to place for cataloging things that inspire me. I can quickly save ideas, even if I don’t have a plan for them in mind at the moment. When the time comes to work on a project, Pinterest is a great place to reflect on my collection of inspirational ideas. It’s like digital brainstorming for home design.

Need flooring ideas for your home?  Need inspiration? Then take a look at the designs on Pinterest.

Pinterest is a terrific social media site, but you may not have heard of it, even though it was founded in 2010.

So what is Pinterest?

The simple answer is that Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board

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Here is the wikipedia explanation:
Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. Users save and share pins from multiple resources onto boards based on a plethora of criteria, e.g. similar characteristics, a theme, birthday parties, planning a vacation, writing a book, interior decorating, holidays. Boards can develop projects, organize events, or save pictures and data together.

The downside is that you will have to sign up to Pinterest to view the boards, but you can use you Facebook, Twitter or email account to do so.

One you sign up you will be able to join the community and great some great ideas relating to hobbies, projects, TV programmes etc.

However what I want to bring your attention to is the Karndean Flooring Pinterest Board.

On their board you will find lots of ideas to inspire you. Not only are there contributions from Karndean, but also you can see what others have done to improve their home with new flooring.

If you are thinking about upgrading to new flooring, then take a look at Karndean’s Pinterest Board.

If you would like any further help or design advice, then call in to our flooring showroom in Basingstoke.



Adding new flooring to your home is probably only part of the renovation, remodelling or redecorating..There’s a lot of RE’s in there.

But when you decide to change the flooring in your property, it becomes a much bigger job, which more than likely makes it more of a project.

And this I believe is how you should approach changing your flooring, as part of a whole process.

Flooring Design In Basingstoke

With this in mind, Karndean Flooring have got together with two of their home stylists Lisbeth and Jenne to give us some tips.

Here are the 5 Steps

Step 1: Decide what to keep, what to throw, and most importantly, what to buy. It seems the older we get, the more sentimental we are, but this is a perfect time to de-clutter your home. Only keep the items you know you’ll want to use in your redesigned space – anything else can be donated to a local charity shop or even repurposed in another room in your home.

This is also the perfect time to list out exactly what you need to complete your project. Are you keeping all of your current furniture or do you need an upgrade to fit in with your new scheme? Keeping the curtains? Need new light fixtures? Once you have a full list of what you’re keeping and what you’ll need, you can start pulling your ideas together and get to the fun part – shopping!

Step 2: Get your ideas down on paper. For many, the hardest part about designing and coordinating your interiors project is visualising the result. I find creating a moodboard really helps to envision how the final scheme will look and feel.

Simply arrange your chosen flooring samples, fabric swatches, magazine clippings, and sketches in the general order of the room, positioning the floor at the bottom, soft furnishing samples in the middle, lighting options towards the top, etc. It’s also important to include the floor plan and a photo of the room. If you have furniture, art or other large items to consider in the space, then I’d strongly advise including photos of these items on your moodboard.

Step 3: Talk to the experts. Equipped with your moodboard, colour scheme, and with your room measured and mapped out, it’s a great time to seek advice from the experts – the exciting step that brings you closer to making your ideas into a reality.

As Jenne explains, “If you decide on Karndean flooring for your space, your local retailer will happily measure up your floor space for you and advise on products and laying patterns to suit your space and décor style – this way you don’t have to worry about measuring up yourself. You may also get some new ideas you haven’t even thought of yet.”

For other big purchases, such as wallpaper, window treatments and furniture, be sure to shop around before you commit – and be sure to stick to your list and your budget or you may end up with more items in your new space than you had in the first place.

Step 4: Out with the old. With your interior scheme finalised and purchases complete, it’s time to prep your space. Depending on what changes you’re making, you may need to strip old wallpaper, prime the walls for a new shade, take down window treatments or remove old light fixtures. When it comes to the floor, your retailer will let you know exactly what needs to be done to your subfloor to get your space prepped and ready to receive its transformation.

Step 5: In with the new. Whether you’re bringing in professionals or undertaking a bit of DIY, you’ll need to plan out the order of the work – it’s time to put those project management skills to work. Although painting and decorating are jobs many people do themselves, we highly recommend bringing in a professional fitter for your new Karndean floor. With this in mind, be sure to book in the installation towards the end of the project to avoid paint splatter, wallpaper glue, or other miscellaneous debris.

So there you have it 5 very simple tips to help you plan and organise your renovation, remodelling or redecorating…

Best of luck and please give us a call for any advice on the kind flooring requirements you are thinking about.

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