Tuesday, June 28, 2011

All The Good Things

This week seems to be full of decisions made, exciting progress and great ideas. No honestly, I am actually arguing with myself over exactly what I want to talk about today.

However after a Extra Large Latte with Skim and and Apple and Cinnamon Muffin I have made a decision.

Flooring! I mentioned yesterday about how some big decisions have been made about flooring and if you read regularly you will know how much I have agonised over my flooring options.

So here we go - on the staircase and upstairs I am going to use carpet. I know not the most original choice and if you look at the sample below you may well think ... blah however it is a smart choice and its a warm comforting choice.... and secretly between you and me, I keep picturing this tiny little girl with dark brown curls sitting on my stairs playing and if that happens to be my little daughter (crossing fingers .... in a few years anyways) I don't really want it to be wood or tiles... so carpet it is. The product we have decided on is a commercial carpet so very hard wearing, very thick and soft and pretty simple. No patterns or anything over the top. Simple seems to describe the carpet perfectly - the colour chosen is second from the top. 

Downstairs I struggled with - I wanted wood but with the pool, water and sand it was going to be quite a high maintenance product and above all else - I'm way too lazy for high maintenance. Then we decided on tiles, we can lay tiles ourselves to save money, they are low maintenance and always look good.... however I think I have solved the dilemma and saved our knees in the process. I found a product usually used in shops called a vinyl plank - Looks just like wood and is actually being used quite a bit over east in homes - it just hasn't quite caught on here yet. Its very hard wearing, very low maintenance and its actually not as cold and hard as tiles. If you get good quality its not cheap but this might be our solution ...

What do you think? Have I finally cracked the flooring puzzle or should I go back to the drawing board? 


B is building a house said...

Love the look of those vinyl planks!!!

And the carpet you've chosen looks and sounds amazing! We will be carpeting the media room but timber flooring the rest of the house, both downstairs and upstairs.


Ange @ A Cream Cottage said...

I like the look of the vinyl plank. If it's more practical why not use it. We're in the process of re-doing the carpet in our master bedroom(I'm currently sitting at the computer waiting for the carpet man to arrive). I went for a commercial grade wool loop in grey for the other 2 bedrooms in our house earlier in the year and couldn't be happier. Needless to say we're sticking with it for our bedroom. Sounds like you've made a good choice there. Happy flooring! Ange