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Floors – my plans for 2016

January 28, 2016Susan

One of my favorite accounts on Instagram is @ihavethisthingwithfloors and the corresponding hashtag.

Well, because I do have a bit of a thing about floors.

Be it tiles, battered oak floorboards, lino, laminate, stencils, stickers, carpet and rugs- the variety is wide and can be overwhelming if you are having to choose something for your home.

My personal favorite for my home is wooden floors. I think it brings a natural warmth colourwise, and a pared back rustic charm. With the addition of a rug it can also be less noisy then you ‘d expect and more insulated than without.

In the kitchen makeover we did in January we used laminate for the flooring. Due to previous owners doing extensions and changing the floor level in that part of the house, laminate was the best option. I actually do love the laminate flooring (ours is Antique Oak) in the kitchen because its just so incredibly easy to look after and it looks great.

I was worried that with real wooden floorboards adjacent to it that it would look weird, but it actually doesn’t. The laminate almost passes as real wood. Its also great if you’ve got a small family that like sharing their food with the floor…

As we are still working on the house there are some rooms which are crying out for a change of flooring. Allow me to tell you what we plan for our floors in 2016;

  • Bathroom floor (and bathroom complete makeover- lets be honest). We are desperate to sort out our bathroom in 2016 and the floor is a big part of that. We’ve not changed it from moving in as its going to be one of those jobs that just keeps on giving (in otherwords taking our cash). There’s some old black lino in there at the moment and I dare not have a look underneath. I think its just floorboards but I dont know what state they are in.
  • Dining room. Again not changed the flooring in here, its carpet and goodness knows how old it is. I really cant wait to rip this up. I’m hoping the floorboards in here will be in good condition, like the ones in our living room, so keep your fingers crossed for me there wont be too much work needed here. I’d like to get a large rug for this room that the dining table and chairs can sit on. Its a north facing room so doesn’t get any sun so I’d try and add warmth with texture and colour.
  • Stairs and landing. I’m in a bit of a quandary about this area as I’ve always wanted a stair runner with those brass rods across to keep it in place. I think its a classic look but need to figure out what type of carpet I’d want and what to do on the landing. Part of me wants no carpet at all though and just have painted stairs, but I’m concerned about the noise. Would it be like a herd of elephants coming down the stairs when I shouted, “tea’s ready!”? Do let me know if you’ve experienced this!?

Here’s a couple of inspiring floors to whet your appetite. For more inspiration head over to my Pinterest.

wooden floor in bathroomImage via One Kings Lane


green colourful stairsImage via Brit & Co

green tiles bathroom floorImage via Apartment Therapy

What is your favorite type of floor? Comment below or tweet me @oldfashionedsus

Here is a shot of that rug from Wayfair again- check the post here for details.

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Comments (16)

  • Innocent Charms Chats

    January 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    I have the same sort of obsession with floors, I really want a super thick carpet in a bedroom and beautiful vintage tiles in a bathroom, those green ones are gorgeous.

    I have everything crossed for your floors when you lift them xx

    1. Susie

      January 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Aw thanks Kara! Carpet or rugs in a bedroom make it much more cosy dont they

  • Anna International

    January 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Oh, I so hear you on this! So far we have ripped up vile old carpet in two bedrooms and luckily discovered lovely floorboards underneath. In our current project, no such luck. Under the laminate are wonky, rotten and ugly boards. Luckily I’d planned for carpet because it’s becoming my home office and I want cosy! I dread to think what is going on downstairs. The lino in the kitchen came up, because we thought it was tiles underneath, but it was a layer of half ripped off rubber tiles on top of more tiles, and we cannot get the rubber off! So kitchen floor is hideous but on hold for now. The rest of the house has carpet which is now ruined thanks to the renovations, so needs ripping out. In the living room we’ve looked underneath because there is an almightly bump in the middle of the room. All we can see is levelling compound, heaven knows what’s underneath! In the dining room, I have caught a glimpse of flagstones (please, please please!) from the corner of the room, which I would absolutely love, but my fiance isn’t keen, he thinks it’ll be too cold. I think it will be perfect as the room is a kind of corridor to the rest of the house and with two dogs and lots of mud…well, easy to clean! And as long as we have a big rug it should be warm enough. Who knows really – every floor is a new adventure! 🙂 Enjoy yours! x

    1. Susie

      January 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      Oh my goodness Anna!! I’d love to compare floor tales with you… Totally agree about the flagstones/rug. Go for it!

  • carolepoirot

    January 29, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Oh, we’re sort of in the same boat!! We’ve been lucky that the living/dining room and hallway already had original, stripped wood floors, but the kitchen is in a terrible state which includes the floor so I’ve decided on Victorian tiles for that one. I’m also looking to rip out (at some point) all the cheap beige (yuk!) carpets that run from the stairs into every upstairs room – though I’m dreading to think what I might find underneath… Hopefully you’ll find something nice(ish) under your bathroom lino 😉

  • marianna larissa

    January 29, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love wooden floor and the classic look/feel it can give a room. Although I’ve never thought about using wooden floor in a bathroom but think it could be worth looking into! Hope your plans all go well – looking forward to seeing the results!

    Marianna 🙂

    1. Susie

      February 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Aw thanks- yes the whole water issue… I’m sure theres a way around it though!

  • Faye

    January 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve never really thought about it before, but I love flooring too haha! I, like you especially love wood flooring and i also love the flooring in the first bathroom picture! Xx

  • Offbeat Emily

    January 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I think flooring can make or break the interior design of a room, it’s so important! I love the green bathroom tiles here xx

  • Rachel

    January 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Good luck with all your flooring decisions! I’ll definitely be interested to hear what you decide to do with your stairs.

  • Karen Knox

    January 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Defo put a runner on your stairs, or you will hear EVERY BREATH! But… you could always paint your wooden stairs a mad pop of colour and then use a patterned runner for some mad colour clashing!!x

    1. Susie

      February 2, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Haha!! Thats so what I’m worried about! Defo think a runner now… I’ve got to start looking x

  • catesthill

    January 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I currently have carpet in the bedrooms and wooden floors every where else, if I was to do it again, I’d have wooden floors everywhere with rugs, it’s so much cleaner and more modern

    1. Susie

      February 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Agreed- floor boards and rugs… Its defo my go to look

  • staceysheppard

    January 29, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I want new flooring in most of the rooms in our home too. But like you say it’s tricky with a young family knowing what will work. Good luck with your plans.

    1. Susie

      February 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks Stacey! Yes I change my mind all the time mostly due to practicalities

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