Parquet Wood Flooring

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Flooring In Basingstoke, Latest News | 0 comments

Parquet Wood Flooring

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.   Block parquet – another classic, block parquet is a more evocative twist on a classic herringbone design, making a bold statement yet maintains that timeless appeal, hence its prominence in grand settings, such as ballrooms and large foyer areas. Another popular block pattern is the shaker style, a striking visual that truly complements any living space. The warm hues of our Russet Oak is enhanced by a design strip and a parallel border.   Quilt Parquet –  A special cut, the quilted parquetry design creates the illusion of both square and diamond shapes, adding real visual interest. By using two contrasting hues (as pictured below), this design is incredibly adaptable, whether you want to highlight modernistic styling or mirror grandeur in more formal...

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7 Simple Ways To Bring Spring Into Your Home

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Flooring Basingstoke, Latest News | 0 comments

7 Simple Ways To Bring Spring Into Your Home

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. 3. Add lighting to enhance your look. You can easily create a warm, inviting atmosphere by adding a new lamp or switching to natural daylight light bulbs.   4. Move and rearrange your furniture. Is your furniture there simply because it has ‘always been there’? Consider a different furniture arrangement and change the flow of the room. Maybe you can trade a chair or a table from another room to help with the layout. If you’d rather not purchase new furniture, try painting or reupholstering – repurposing your furniture can give an old piece a new lease of life. 5. Reorganise your accessories. Maybe you have a collection of accessories you could change out and rearrange so different ones get priority. I enjoy playing with accessories and seeing the unusual visuals I can achieve, and it’s a great way to get a new look. 6. New window treatments. New drapery is yet another way to dramatically change the look of a room. They’re like frosting on a cake; they frame the windows and can be formal or casual. There are a lot of places you can get ready made draperies from such as Bed Bath and Beyond to Restoration Hardware, or you can go custom if you want a wider selection. 7. Organise! Reducing clutter is a great way to freshen up your space and reduce stress. Take advantage of closets, cubby holes and alcoves by installing organisation systems to free-up space. Freshening up the look of your home doesn’t have to mean a complete remodel. These simple changes can create an entirely different look and reenergise your space. This article originally appears on the Karndean blog featuring their resident home stylers Lisbeth and Jenne..Final piece of advice from Jenne… “Spring is an exciting time for Karndean as we’re preparing to introduce some stunning new products in our Art Select Stones collection. I pulled a few strings and am excited to give you, our followers, an exclusive preview of our new stone designs. If you’re thinking about updating your flooring, I suggest taking a look at LM05 Melbourne (pictured above). The natural, earthy appearance of this slate design provides a great foundation for any home design”. For further advice and help on any aspect of flooring, please visit our showroom in Basingstoke...

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Karndean’s Floor Style Interactive Room Viewer

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Flooring Basingstoke, Latest News | 0 comments

Karndean’s Floor Style Interactive Room Viewer

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   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...

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Bathroom Flooring Basingstoke

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Flooring In Basingstoke | 0 comments

Bathroom Flooring Basingstoke

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. Many homes have small bathrooms due to age or size, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your bathroom look and feel more spacious – the key is determining what you want in your bathroom and whether it fits the space. Next comes the issue of price and fuss – do you really want to rip out a closet or extend your home to fulfill your dream for the room? Here are my top tips and tricks for enhancing a small bathroom on a budget: Breaking down barriers: Barrier-free showers are becoming increasingly popular in both small and large spaces. Whether you are designing a small ensuite or working with a full bath, there are some great advantages to barrier-free and walk-in shower designs . It creates an open feel and makes a small bathroom appear much larger. Also, getting rid of that big tub can open up a lot of space. As the baby boomer generation ages, this flexible design will be more in demand and is easier and more desirable than a tub. Above image: Karndean LooseLay Burlington Embrace innovation: Modern style is always in and there are some great innovations that can help maximise the space. Several manufacturers have toilets where the tank is actually located inside the wall. These types of systems make the best use of space, consume less water, and provide a clean lined, modern look. You also could save space by installing a sliding door or low profile sinks and vanities. Above image: Apartment Diet Blog Creative visuals: There are tricks with different types of patterns that will make the room appear larger. Larger patterns don’t necessarily make a small room look smaller. In fact, the right large pattern can actually make a space look larger. Having many smaller patterns often makes the room appear crowded and closed in. With the right design and materials, a small bathroom can be beautiful and spacious. So, do your research and create the whole look before you begin and you will be able to design the bathroom of your dreams. It’s always easier to start with the right idea from the beginning than to have to tear out your masterpiece and start again. Jenne’s Tip: Rectilinear or elongated tiles are hot trends in flooring right now, especially when laid in a brick pattern. This trend is fantastic in small bathrooms because it can make your space appear longer, therefore larger. To achieve the effect, make sure the pattern runs lengthwise, following the direction you walk into the room. Karndean offers many designs that are perfect for such a project. The rectangular shapes in our Knight Tile and Opus ranges offer a tremendous variety of visuals and sizes that would be a perfect for fit your small bathroom project. Above image: Opus Grano So there you have it, some great ideas from Jenne and Lisbeth. If you want any further help in designing your...

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Karndean LooseLay Series Three Has Arrived

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Flooring In Basingstoke | 0 comments

Karndean LooseLay Series Three Has Arrived

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   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!”...

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Karndean Flooring’s Identity Series

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Flooring Basingstoke | 0 comments

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  ...

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