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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > October 2016 > TAKE TO THE FLOOR


With a dizzying array of styles, shopping for a new floor can feel quite overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for wood, carpet, laminate or tiles, we have the whole lot covered to ease your choice

Floors take up a lot of visual space and make a huge difference to the look of your room, so it’s important you get it right. It’s not every day you get to change the floor so we’ll walk you through the various types so you can choose wisely. You’ll need to decide which type of flooring suits your home, consider how you use the room and also factor in your budget carefully. Each type of flooring comes with its own advantages and disadvantages so you’ll need to weigh up your own aesthetic and practical considerations. Heavy traffic areas, such as hallways, will require a more hard-wearing floor that’ll stand up to constant use, whereas you’ll be able to get away with a more delicate floor in a bedroom. The colour and pattern scale of the flooring can be used to great effect, tricking the eye to make the room feel larger, or drawing the focus to a particular area.

Bring the warmth and honey tones of this wood-effect floor to your living space which has staying power in style and strength

Da Vinci American Oak luxury vinyl floor, £39.99 per sq m, Karndean

Best for ... living areas

You’ll want your living room floor to look super stylish, be easy to clean and maintain but also suit your colour scheme, especially if you have an open-plan space. A new floor can set the tone for the rest of your home, making it look warm and welcoming. Whether you opt for the versatility of a tiled floor, the natural beauty of a wooden floor or the warmth and comfort of a carpet, it’s bound to make a huge impact.

Update your living space with captivating stripes for added charm. Stripes give the illusion of space and draw your eye from one end of the room to the other. This striped carpet completes this muted white and blue colour scheme beautifully

Linear Stripe carpet, £34.99 per sq m, Carpetright

Keep your look modern with a silvery grey carpet to give a contemporary finishing touch
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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.