4 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Hallway

As the initial entry point to your home, your hallway interior should not be overlooked. As the first focal point guests will lay eyes on, it is worthwhile investing in the right floor and furniture, making sure the layout and design compliment the space.

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Here are 4 interior ideas to give you some hallway inspiration:

  1. Opt for a classic floor

Parquet floors radiate a timeless feel and are a beautiful way to open your home. For modern homes, parquetry offers a great contrast between the contemporary and the traditional. Choosing a parquet pattern such as Chevron will draw the eye in and is a good design technique for narrow spaces.

  1. Mix it up

Your hallway doesn’t need to just focus on the floorboards. Depending on your interior style, consider pairing a patterned rug with simple or bare floorboards. This will introduce texture and layers and will look particularly effective against neutral walls. If your hallway leads straight into stairs, you could replace a rug with a patterned stair runner for the same effect.

 

  1.  Avoid carpet

Rugs yes, carpets no. As the first point of contact for footwear, carpet can easily be ruined with grit, dirt or other unwanted outdoor particles. Hard-wearing, easy-to-clean flooring such as oak, hardwood or laminate are much better options for withstanding lots of foot traffic.

 

  1. Keep furniture to a minimum

This is particularly important for narrow hallways. Choose furniture that is practical and has a purpose rather than furniture that is overstated or unnecessary. This will only make the space feel cluttered and that is not a first impression you want to give. If you are lacking space, consider floating hangers or wall shelves for keys, coats and other essentials.

 

Remember that your hallway sets the scene for the rest of your home. Flooring and interior choices play a big part in this and should be carefully considered. For hallway flooring options, chat to us at Floormania, where we’ll be happy to suggest some options for your personal hallway needs.

How to Make the Most of Small Spaces

Need the solution for making small rooms feel bigger? Look no further. We’ve handpicked some of the best interior tips, from flooring options to wall paint and accessories, helping you to create the illusion of space in a room which has a limited amount.

 

1. Coordinate light walls with light floors

For a fresh and airy feel, opt for neutral coloured walls that will reflect the natural light, visually expanding the room. Choose a similar tone for the flooring that blends well with the wall, providing a good balance of colour. Neutral shades of flooring such as white, light grey or blonde will draw the eye to the furniture as opposed to the room size.

 

2. Flooring uniformity

Consider installing the same floor throughout your home to create continuity as one room will seamlessly flow into the next. Areas will automatically look more spacious especially when submerged in bright natural light. To differentiate between rooms, try adding a circular rug that will break up the angular room shape.

 

3. Think about floorboard length

Wide planks that run parallel to your longest wall will give the impression of more space. For small, square-shaped rooms, extra-long floorboards with no joins can be installed to reach the full length of the room creating depth. Alternatively, short floorboards can also create a similar effect, tricking the eye into thinking the room is larger.

 

4. Opt for raised furniture

Large furniture items on legs will encourage natural light to filter through and make a room feel taller and expansive. Transparent furniture such as marble tables are also great as their reflective surfaces will allow the light to bounce off.
For more height, try adding long curtains and painting your ceilings the same shade as the walls.

 

5. Embrace minimalism

Avoid clutter and unnecessary accessories. Keep the floor space as clear as possible to help a room feel open and airy. Artwork fixed above eye-level can make a room feel taller and a large-scale piece of art will create the illusion of space. For bedrooms, consider investing in mirrored wardrobes. Not only a key accessory for reflecting sunlight, they can also visually double a room in size.

Where to Find the Best Bamboo Flooring Reviews

Is Bamboo Flooring The Best Choice For Your Home?

 

Deciding to install a new floor is an exciting decision. As one of the most environmentally sustainable flooring options available, many families throughout Australia have begun installing bamboo flooring throughout their home. But every family is different, and what is right for one home isn’t always the best choice for another.

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When the time comes to pick the right floor for your family’s lifestyle, it is worthwhile to take a look at online reviews as they can shed some light on the advantages and challenges your home might face with that particular product. Because scouring the web for the best bamboo flooring reviews can take a lot of time, we’ve gathered the best places to find unbiased information about bamboo floors, just for you.

General Bamboo Flooring Reviews and Discussions

 

Use the websites below to learn more about the pros and cons of bamboo, and see how other families have reviewed their own bamboo flooring experience.

 

The Garden Web:

Learn about bamboo flooring on the Garden Web!
Houzz’s Garden Web Forum is a great place to find peer-to-peer flooring recommendations.

If you’re looking for some basic information about bamboo flooring’s durability and maintenance, The Garden Web is a great place to start.  There are over 3,000 discussions about bamboo floors on the site, where thousands of users from around the world have shared their advice and experience with bamboo.

 

The Bamboo Flooring Facts Site:

 

Find out if bamboo flooring is right for you from this site.
Learn about bamboo on this dedicated site.

 

This website is loaded with all-things bamboo, including photo inspiration, technical specs on the wood itself, and more. For families who are still collecting the basic information about bamboo, this is a perfect place to start.

Some of the best resources on this website include:

-Environmental Pros 

-Information about Expanding and Contracting 

-Picking the Best Bamboo for your Pets 

 

Twitter:
Are you surprised to see Twitter here? You shouldn’t be! One of the most underused resources on the web, Twitter is a huge inspiration board for every topic under the sun, and bamboo flooring is no different. Browse through photos of installed bamboo floors while reading first-hand accounts from homeowners about their likes (and dislikes) of living with bamboo floors.

Try using relevant hash tags (you know, those words and phrases starting with a #) to narrow down your search.

If you’re crunched for time, try one of our favorite bamboo discussions on Twitter:

–        #BambooFlooring

–        #Bamboofloor

 

Real Estate Forums:

Real estate forums like Trulia aren’t just for agents and homebuyers, they can also serve as a great resource for homeowners who simply want to know what the latest trends are. To find out what people in your area are saying about bamboo floors, pick a trusted real estate website and search for “bamboo flooring” in the search bar. Depending on the size of the site, you’ll be greeted by dozens of conversations between homeowners and real estate agents about their experiences with bamboo flooring.

 

Picking the right floor for your home doesn’t mean scanning hundreds of product samples and magazines. Thanks to the Internet, you can do your own research on bamboo flooring reviews from the comfort of your own home. If you’d like to learn more about flooring, or receive special updates about our products, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter.

Should you Choose New or Reclaimed Timber Flooring?

What Kind of Hardwood Flooring is Right for your Home?

Choosing hardwood flooring for your home is the easiest way to lower your maintenance costs over a long period of time. Because hardwood planks are known to last fifty or more years, you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to install another floor for a very long time. Today, hundreds of flooring styles offers homeowners the choice between fresh new hardwood planks or characteristic reclaimed flooring. Let’s take a look at the factors to consider when choosing between new and reclaimed hardwood flooring for your home.

Should you Choose New or Reclaimed Timber Flooring?
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New Floor Planks

There’s nothing like a brand new timber floor to give your home a contemporary face lift. Many families who choose to install a new hardwood floor do so because this route offers infinitely more options in regards to plank colour, grain pattern, and size. Because of this, they are able to achieve a more custom look without paying the price for custom finishing. Often, this makes new flooring slightly more affordable compared to reclaimed hardwood.

 

 

Reclaimed Flooring

Although a new, shining floor can bring out joy and excitement in even the most original homes, reclaimed hardwood flooring also adds enormous character thanks to its age and unique appearance. Reclaimed wood floors are crafted from repurposed timber, usually sourced from things like railroad ties, wharfs, and other unused property. Although it is a little more unorthodox to manufacture, the benefit of reclaimed wood floors really lies in its minimal impact on the environment. Surprisingly, reclaimed wood is actually harder and stronger than new wood, because it comes from old growth forests. As a result, they are more stable, rot-resistant, and better equipped to withstand damage from termites.

Which is best for you?

Picking between reclaimed and new hardwood flooring will be an entirely personal decision. Households on tighter budgets would do well to invest in a new timber floor because of their affordability and vast number of options. Because new hardwood flooring is often easier to source than reclaimed timber, it may also be the best choice for homeowners who have to install their flooring within a specific time frame. On the other hand, homeowners who prioritize being an environmentally friendly household should definitely consider reclaimed wood. Not only will your eco-friendly floor benefit the environment it will also benefit your home with its charm and character.

Both new and reclaimed hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. Each option will deliver decades of low-maintenance service, and will add a unique appearance to your home. While new hardwood planks will be easier to source (and possibly more affordable), reclaimed wood is eco-friendly and packs a surprising amount of appeal thanks to its old age. If you have any questions about which type of hardwood floor would best fit your home, contact our team of flooring experts today for more information.

4 Stunning Floors to Bring Out Your Style in 2016

We might be a little partial, but hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful focal points of a home. Not only does hardwood bring warmth into your home but it also has a lifespan of up to 80+ years, which means an investment in wood flooring will continue paying for itself throughout your life. If you’re considering installing wood floors in your home, why not bring out your family’s unique style along the way?

4 Stunning Floors to Bring Out your Style for 2016

Wood flooring comes in dozens of colours, textures, and grain patterns. This versatility has given homeowners the opportunity to embrace any interior design style they wish. If you are renovating your home and are thinking about ways to make your interior stand out, hardwood flooring is an excellent option. Need inspiration? Just check out our completed projects!

 

If you’re still not sure how you’d like to use wood floors in your home, keep in mind there are a few ways timber flooring can be manufactured:

  • Strip Flooring: Strip flooring creates a unique linear appearance that can elongate the appearance of a room. Characterized by planks that are 3” wide or less, these are considered a type of traditional flooring layout.

 

  • Plank Flooring: Timber planks have grown in popularity over the years, and create a casual look that pleases the eye will full, hearty timber planks. Like strip flooring, planks give off a linear look that can help make your home look slightly larger than it actually is.

 

  • Parquetry Flooring: Full of character and beauty, parquetry flooring will give your floor a custom appearance that you can be proud to show off. This timber style can be used to create all types of shapes and designs in your floor.

 

 

Rustic French Oak

Are you going for a rustic feel that brings out lightly finished furniture and soft paint tones? French Oak wood floors feature a unique rainbow of pale grays and light tans that will allow other colors in your home to stand out. Because it pairs so nicely with solid colors, it would also work well with a contemporary interior design theme.

Queensland Spotted Gum

Well known for its vibrant chocolate brown and carmel tones, Queensland Spotted Gum is great for households that want an artsy interior. When paired with the right color palate, this hardwood species can liven up your home and make your living space an exciting place to be.

Blue Gum

Are you looking for a classic-looking wood floor that is simple but beautiful? Blue Gum flooring is distinguished by bright brown timber highlighted with a grey grain pattern. Its versatile color will bring out the best features in a residential or commercial building, and comes in a variety of grades.

Roasted Peat

The extravagant appearance of a dark wood floor creates a strong focal point throughout even the most modestly decorated homes. Dark colored flooring like Floormania’s Roasted Peat can be paired with interior styles like beachy looks, contemporary themes, crafty interiors, and more!

 

Whether you prefer the bold look of a Spotted Gum parquetry, or the simple design of a traditional Blue Gum planks, you’ll be sure to get plenty of use and value out of your hardwood floor for decades to come. When you’ve picked out the perfect design, contact us to schedule an installation.

Past Meets Present in An Arts and Crafts Mansion Renovation

Oak parquetry flooring unites old and new.

 

This grand “Arts and Crafts” mansion renovation features sporty additions by the visionary architects at Canny Design.

All photography by Derek Swalwell

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Not every home boasts an indoor basketball court, but that’s just one of the inclusions in this renovation of a grand Federation Arts and Crafts home in Kew, Victoria.

 

 

Tasked with designing the renovation of a five bedroom home inhabited by a couple with four active, sports-loving children, Canny Design was briefed to deliver not only an underground basketball court, but a new children’s playroom, a gym, a luxurious home cinema and a modern rear extension to enjoy time with family as well.

 

The formal rooms at the front of the house include many beautiful heritage timber features, including:

 

In the meantime, the rear of the home was reconfigured and extended to create:

  • a study
  • master suite
  • a kitchen
  • a butler’s pantry
  • a dedicated meal and living area
  • a laundry
  • two powder rooms

Last but not least, the second story features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

 

“The home doesn’t feel too big upon first entry…it slowly reveals its elegant grandeur, without being pretentious.” -Mary-Ann Woff, head architect at Canny Design.

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To marry old and new, the architects specified oak parquetry flooring for the new kitchen and dining area. Parquet harks back to the era in which the house was built, and lends warmth and texture to the modern extension. The subtle play of geometry  from the floor adds a just the right touch of texture to the white-walled interior.

 

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“The clients can soak up the outdoor atmosphere and make the most of the northerly sun that streams through the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors,” says Woff. “The [various] views to the pool – and to the alfresco areas make this room a real Australian-living feature.”

 

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Needless to say, this mansion renovation was a success.