Work The Floor

We’ve got the low-down on the latest floor designs, from a fresh take on wood and carpeting to clever, engineered flooring. Here’re eight flooring solutions.

1. Herringbone Effect

Traditionally a classic flooring technique, herringbone parquet flooring is having a modern moment. Alter the width of the panels based on the size of your space — a smaller parquet creates the illusion of more surface area.
Get the look A design that incorporates a spectrum of tones introduces informality to the space. Oggie Hardwood Flooring offer floorboards in a range of colours, sizes and treatments.

Wooden Flooring

Durable, timeless and environmentally sustainable, wood flooring can be executed in a variety of inspired ways.

2. Formal Composition

Design ideas, modern flooring

For a potent shot of traditionalism, opt for a high-contrast, high-shine diamond parquet. ‘Basket-weave patterns create formal elegance in designated spaces and are easily juxtaposed with a less formal plank flooring design,’ suggests Barry Solomon, cofounder of BestWood Flooring. Get the look Use reclaimed wood that has been machine polished and waxed — just be aware that this treatment shows scratches fairly easily. Forest Flooring are specialists in inlay flooring.

3. Mixed Materials

Design ideas, modern flooring

Embrace a bohemian aesthetic by combining solid wood with encaustic tiles in a patchwork motif.
Get the look Tiles with vibrant tessellation, evocative of north African design, can be found at Moroccan Warehouse or Arabesque. Offset these lively tiles with rough, untreated wooden floorboards.

Soft Flooring

Unlike its more hard-wearing counterparts, carpets and rugs are an ideal way of introducing colour with plush texture and subtle warmth.

4. Close Quarters


A well-placed rug is an ingenious interior mechanism. Use it in conjunction with hardwood or tile flooring or another, contrasting rug to demarcate different living areas in a large, open-plan room. Select a rug in variations of the dominant tone found in your furniture or artworks to create depth within the space.
Get the look ‘Choose a rug that has at least two colours from the room — it will be much easier to pull the whole area together,’ says Mae Pakdoust, owner of Mae Artisan Rugs. ‘Size is also an important consideration, as a statement rug should ideally be displayed in its entirety, without furniture obstructing the design.’ Paco Rugs and Paras Carpets also provide a varied selection of rugs.

5. Neutral Ground


By no means does beige have to be boring. Use a mix of carpets in natural materials, such as jute or sisal and offset by sheepskin to create warmth while also layering two opposite but complementary textures. Use this technique in areas of heavy foot traffic, as this carpeting has a hard-wearing quality.
Get the look Rowley and Hughes supplies jute matting, while sheepskin and other animal hides can be found at Woodheads Leather.

Engineered flooring

From technological advancements in carpeting to what is trending in the world of flooring, take a look at the new age of smart floors.

6. Soundproof


Nouwens Carpets’ Stereo range is a synthetic carpeting option made by tufting three different colours into the backing, allowing for a very thick quality which assists in controlling sound levels. ‘Stereo carpets add to the overall comfort and ambience of a room,’ says Nouwens chairman Oscar Grobler.
Get the look Stereo range, from R180 per square metre, Nouwens Carpets.

7. Wood look


The new ‘wood look’ tile, which is becoming more popular in residential and commercial spaces for its manageability and long-lasting effect, has ‘a uniform appearance, outstanding durability and ease-of-maintenance,’ says Edward Cole, the executive director at Belgotex Floors.
Get the look ‘Triptech Wood’ cushioned vinyl roll in Chalet Oak, R1 73.81 per square metre, Belgotex Floors.

8. Concrete Look


This precast engineered flooring, with oak treads clad in Concreate panels, has the look and feel of concrete without the weight, expense and maintenance.
Get the look Concreate floor panel in natural grey, price on application, Forest Flooring.

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