How to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

With Sydney’s growing property market and price increases for homes, it seems that the space inside homes and apartments are shrinking. As a result of this, making a small space feel bigger is a great way to maximise your space while not stretching your budget. Today’s blog will focus on four design tips to help you create the perfect space in a smaller area.

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Open plan space

Flooring is the ideal way to create a larger open plan space. Whether you’re combining your lounge room and dining room or kitchen together, different flooring allows for a slight transition from space to space. Whether it is the same type of flooring in different colours or two completely different types of flooring, changing the flooring from room to room will open up your space. Our recommendations are transitioning from a Parquetry Blackbutt to Parquetry Turpentine.

 

Multifunctional Rooms

Incorporating different functions into a room will reduce the clutter and mayhem that goes into a room and allows you to enjoy the multiple functioning space. For example, a spare room can be transformed into a guestroom and home office. For multifunctional rooms, it is important to keep in mind that whatever you’ll be using the space most for, to keep that the predominant focus of the room.

 

Colour Scheme

Colour has a surprising profound effect on the rooms in your home. Dark and intense shades of colour make a room feel smaller and close, where light paint colours make a room feel more open and thus larger. With paint colours, make sure that the colour on the wall falls into the same scheme as the flooring colour to create a harmonious environment.

 

Mirrors

Mirrors are a surprising addition to your small space to create the illusion of a much larger room. Mirrors grab the sunlight/light coming in and bouncing that off in all directions, creating a larger feeling. Mirrors can be either hung up on the wall or oversized mirror can be placed on the floor.

 

For any further flooring options to enhance your small space, contact one of our experts today.

Four Reasons Why You Should Pick Bamboo Flooring

Are you looking to replace your old floors with a new flooring option but are unsure about which one to go with? Often overlooked for options like solid timber or floating laminate, bamboo flooring is a great alternative to any pre-existing flooring. Not only environmentally friendly, bamboo flooring also offers an aesthetic appeal that comes in multiple colours and sizes. In today’s blog, we’ll explore the four main reasons why you should pick bamboo flooring for your next flooring option.

Bamboo flooring

  • Environmentally Friendly Impact

One of the major reasons why individuals choose bamboo flooring for their home is because of the low environmental impact that bamboo has. A unique feature of bamboo stalks is its ability to grow quickly because it is a grass compared to wood. This ability leads there to be a plentiful supply of bamboo stalks compared to that of hardwood.

 

  • Adaptable to any Location

With some flooring options it is common knowledge that they won’t last long in one area of your home (i.e. the kitchen or bathroom). However, bamboo is able to be installed in any room in your home and looks great due to its strength and durability.

 

  • The Aesthetic Appeal

When considering a new floor for your home, it is not surprising that you want it to look a certain way, which is why bamboo is such a great choice. As it is not only environmentally friendly, bamboo is also aesthetically pleasing. Available in a variety of colours, lengths and widths, our favourites are Quick-Step Bamboo Australiana and Quick-Step Bamboo Champagne.

 

  • Easy to Maintain

Unlike some of the other flooring options available, bamboo flooring is relatively easy maintenance. Like any other type of floor surface, sweeping or vacuuming it regularly will help get rid of small bits of dirt and grim. It is highly recommended to clean up spills as soon as they happen to not warp or damage the floor.

 

 

Whether you are choosing bamboo flooring for its positive impact on the environment or for the way it looks, we have a wide range of bamboo options to suit any type of floor that you’re looking for. Contact us today to find out more.

Wide vs. Narrow Timber Planks: What’s the Difference?

Hardwood floors come in different widths

 

 

If you’ve ever shopped for hardwood flooring, you’ve noticed there are differences in the size and shape of different planks.

The width and length of hardwood planks contribute to the floor’s overall appeal, which means your floor’s plank dimensions will bring out the features in your home – for better or for worse.

Today, let’s take a look at the real differences of wide vs. narrow timber planks and what their sizing does to the appearance of a room.
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Wide vs. Narrow Timber Planks – Which Should I Choose?

 

Wide Planks:

 

Wide planks bring a unique beauty to a home that can’t be replicated with other plank widths.

Originally popularized by the “rustic cabin” interior, wide planks are the hallmark of a classic and weathered interior.  Perfect for smaller rooms, wide planks reduce the number of gaps in a floor as a result of their abnormal breadth.

Today, 12cm boards are considered the standard width for wide planks, however “wide cuts” can also be found in more robust sizes such as 15, 20, and 25cm.

Note: if you choose to use extremely wide plank sizes (such as 15 and 25cm planks), you’ll likely be limited to the types of hardwood species you can choose.

 

Difference between wide vs. narrow timber planks

Narrow Planks:

 

If you prefer a sleek and sophisticated interior, narrow-cut timber floors are for you.

Narrow planks can range from 5 to 10 wide. Traditionally used for parquet floors, this style became a popular trend in 2016 that will likely become a more frequent design in 2017. 3” planks are likely the most popular plank width of all the narrow sizes, and are used in classic settings to create an elongated, elegant look in rooms of all sizes.

 

 

Mix & Match Cuts

If you want a more unique floor, try sprinkling planks of different widths into your next hardwood floor. Choosing to install a mix of different plank widths is proven to be more affordable (on average) than installing an entire with uniform planks.

Not only will it look more artsy and appealing, it’s a design choice that will also keep your wallet happy!

Picking between wide vs. narrow timber planks makes a difference in your floor's appearance

Challenging Room? Here’s What to Do:

 

Some rooms have a size that makes them look strange and unwelcoming. By picking a floor that brings out the best in each section of a home, you can create the illusion of space and create a more appealing room appearance.

 

  • Extra Small Rooms: Small rooms feel cramped and unwelcoming. Bring out the best in them by using extra-wide boards, you can reduce the number of “seams” in your floor and create the illusion of more space. If you’re designing a room with limited lighting, install a light floor with a glossy finish to bring out the room’s natural light.

 

  • Extra Large Rooms: On the opposite end of the spectrum, large rooms can seem overwhelming to design. To add more character to a large empty space, add a multi-toned floor with a mix of plank widths – the contrast in colors and plank size will bring depth and texture to the area. Because of their size, large rooms work extremely well with brunette floors.

 

 

Before picking between wide vs. narrow timber planks, consider these important points:

  • Your Budget
  • Your Room (or Home) Square Footage
  • Species Preference (if any)
  • Aesthetic Goals
  • Durability Requirements

 

Once you know where your goals and budget lie, you can pick a floor that suits your financial and design goals. If you’re interested in viewing samples of hardwood flooring, stop by our showroom to browse your options in person.

 

Solid Timber Flooring Brands

Here at Floormania, we strive to give our customers the best flooring available. With our wide range of flooring options and for being an Australian Timber Flooring Association (ATFA) member, we make sure that our timber comes from trusted sources. With this in mind, we stock two excellent brands for our Floating Timber Flooring.

Solid Timber Flooring Brands
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Floating timber floors is also known as engineered floors. Essentially they are the same as solid timber flooring except they haven’t been nailed into the layer beneath the new surface. Floating timber floors are great to put over tile, concrete, carpet as they have the same effect that traditional hardwood flooring does just without the hassle of the installation.

In today’s blog, we’ll be talking about the two types of Floating timber floors that we stock at Floormania; HM Walk and Quick-Step.

 

  • HM Walk

HM Walk is an engineered hardwood floor that that uses Eucalyptus to make its stable 9 ply. HM Walk uses a 13 coat wearing system that makes it a very durable floor. HM Walk has a 25-year warranty on the construction of its domestic products, ensuring that it won’t fall apart when you walk on it. HM Walk is stocked in the following finishes: Blue Gum, Brushbox, Ironbark, Jarrah, and Spotted Gum. To read more about HM Walk, click here for their brochure.

 

  • Quick-Step

Quick-step believe that your flooring should be considered your “fifth wall” and shouldn’t be regarded as something that you just walk on. Quick-step flooring ensures that there is no post-installation work to do, so as soon as the floor is installed, it is ready to be enjoyed. Quick-step uses a factory applied oil and lacquer finish so that your floors are scratch and stain resistant. Quick-step comes in a range of finishes including: Blackbutt, Jarrah, Kempas, Brushed Spotted Gum and more. To read more about the Quick-Step products that we stock, click here for their brochure.

 

If you have any further questions about HM Walk or Quick-Step and how to have these floors installed in your home, contact us today.

6 Steps for Choosing your New Floor

It’s been decided. You need new floors. It’s always been at the back of your mind, but now is the time to act upon it. But, as easy as it is to say “I’ll go out and buy new floors today”, there are a few things you need to consider before actually purchasing the floor. In today’s blog post, we are looking at the top 6 things you need to consider before purchasing your new flooring.

6 Steps for Choosing your New Floor

 

     1. Space 

The first thing you need to consider is probably the most important; where do you need your new floors? Is it the kitchen, bathroom, living room, or dining room? The question of the size and shape of the room need to be thought of as well. Does the room have a lot of natural light or is it quite a dark room? Depending on the answers to these questions, they will assist you in picking out the right type of flooring you’re looking for.

 

     2. Type of Flooring 

Now that you know what room in your home you need new flooring for, it’s time to think about the type of flooring you want. Are you looking for solid timber flooring, floating laminate or maybe even cork flooring? Check out our products of flooring to help you choose the floor that’s right for you.

 

     3. Look

Knowing the look you want to achieve in your home will also help you choose the type of flooring you’re after. When considering the look of your home, think about the style of your home, and what you want your new floor to say about you.

 

     4. Colour

What colour do you want to incorporate into your new room? Think about the colours already featured in your home and make sure that your new floor will balance those pre-existing colours out.

 

     5. Practicality

Is your new floor going to be in a busy area of your home? Will there be a lot of foot traffic? Will there be possible food and drink spills? If this is a possibility for your floor, then you need to install a durable floor. Bamboo flooring is a great option for not only its durability and aesthetics but also because it’s an environmentally friendly option.

 

     6. Needs

When considering your new floor, you need to consider what you need the room for. Is it the busiest room in your home, or the quietest? How much foot traffic will this room see?

 

These 6 things to consider will help you in picking out the right floors for your new space. If you have any questions, contact us today!

What is the Most Durable Wood for Hardwood Floors?

When you’re shopping for timber flooring, there are usually two major features to look at before making a purchase: price, and durability.

Although there’s no “one size fits all” hardwood floor, every home needs a durable floor. While all hardwood timber is known for being hard-wearing and beautiful, there’s a few hardwood species that are exceptionally durable.

 

There are two “categories” of timber to choose from: domestic wood or exotic wood. Let’s take a look at both.

Domestic Wood

 

Affordable and durable, domestic hardwood will give you a beautiful, long-lasting floor at a reasonable budget.

 

 

  1. Red Oak

Red oak scores a rating of 1290 on the Janka Hardness Scale and is arguably the most popular species in the domestic hardwood category. The color scale found in red oak planks range from light, reddish-pink to earthy shades of brown. Because of how soft it is, red oak floors are best in homes with minimal foot traffic.

 

 

  1. White Oak

The Janka hardness rating for this timber species is 1360, which is slightly more than its Red Oak counterpart. The natural colors of this species range from light gold to deep brown, and it’s worth noting that White Oak planks are noticeably more water resistant than Red Oak. Because of its durability and ability to withstand (minimal) amounts of water, White Oak is a great option for large families – especially those living in humid climates.

 

  1. Maple

Maple has a Janka Hardness Rating of 1450 and comes in a variety of light color shades. Although maple is slightly hard to stain, it’s extremely durable. In fact, many bowling alleys and basketball courts are made with maple timber flooring, for a clear indicator at how effective it would be for homes and businesses with high foot traffic.

 

 

  1. Hickory

Hickory is one of the hardest domestic woods, with an impressive Janka hardness rating of 1820. It comes in many natural color variations ranging from blonde to chocolate. Its incredible durability makes hickory a great option for homes with pets, young children, or lots of guests.

 

 

Exotic Wood

 

Exotic woods have a unique appearance and are known to be significantly more durable than domestic timbers – as a result of their high demand, most exotic hardwoods are much more expensive than their domestic counterparts.

 

 

  1. Brazilian Cherry

An extremely durable timber, Brazilian Cherry has earned a Janka Hardness Rating of 2820.Available in vast color variations, Brazilian Cherry is the most popular exotic wood species – despite the elevated cost.

 

  1. Mahogany

This is the second most popular exotic wood choice, and is only slightly softer than Brazilian Cherry with a Janka Hardness Rating of 2200. Although Mahogany also comes in a variety of colors, its tones are slightly more neutral compared to the features of Brazilian Cherry.

 

 

  1. Brazilian Teak

The Brazilian Teak is an extremely hard, durable timber, with a Janka hardness rating of 3540. The colors range from a sophisticated dark, reddish-brown to tan. Thanks to its durability and easy-to-match colors, this timber a great option for commercial and residential areas alike.

 

  1. Brazilian Walnut

The Janka hardness rating for Brazilian Walnut is a whopping 3680, making it the hardest and most dense of all the woods we’ve discussed. The colors in this ultra-hard timber range from light blonde to deep brown. Its extreme durability makes it a perfect choice for commercial buildings with lots of foot traffic, such as restaurants, sports complexes, and kitchens.

 

Exotic woods are typically harder than domestic woods, however they’re often significantly more expensive. As you begin to shop for new hardwood flooring, start your search by setting a budget, considering the level of abuse your floor will take, and doing research on the timber species that eventually catches your eye, Although the woods we’ve listed are quite popular, they represent just a few of the many hardwood options you can choose from. We hope it’s obvious that the best wood for your hardwood floors will depend on your lifestyle and budget – if you need help picking the right floor for your home or business, contact us today at 1 300 – 962 – 2837

 

 

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