Men of this world, it’s time to wave away the boring beige carpet with suspicious stains and dirty footprints with two middle fingers.
Flooring is often one of the most neglected areas of interior design for novices so today we’re taking a step back to show you guys the best flooring alternatives since Nutella-lined floorboards. Watch and learn.
Rugs For Days
Inject personality into a boring room (and cover up ugly floors) with a combination of rugs placed around your house. Mix and match styles and colours, and be sure to have various different sized rugs to create depth and interest. Play around with pattern and texture until your pad’s floors look and feel right.
A couple of masculine favourites:
Cowhide: Consider cowhide to add texture and softness to a room. Coordinate the surrounding décor to include tones featured in your cowhide rug.
Shag Rugs: Perfect for winter, shag rugs can be used to give warmth and texture to a room.
Harden Up With Concrete
Smooth, sleek and sophisticated, concrete floors are the pinnacle of masculinity. Choose polished or matte finishes depending on your style and furniture. As the concrete craze escalates, it’s also helpful to note that this style of flooring is quick and easy to clean and maintain – always beneficial for the busiest of magnificent bastards.
Tile It Up
Most of us associate tile floors with the bathroom, but they can be a great alternative to carpet as well.
Tile floors are perfect for Australian conditions, offering the home a naturally cooling mechanism and easy to clean properties. There’s clay tiles for a slightly Mediterranean feel, ceramic or glass tiles for a polished look, travertine tiles for a warm and cozy floor, and a host of other options to suit any style.
Sealed tile floors receive bonus points their for anti-bacterial and anti-allergen properties. Plus, they’re water resistant and boast greater longevity than carpet.
Contain Your Hardwood
Nothing compares to a well-laid and treated hardwood floor. Natural, warm and sophisticated, wooden floors come in a variety of styles. We love reclaimed wood floors, which are unbeatable in terms of character and charm.
For something a little more interesting, two-toned wood (layered in a grid pattern) is a good option and can soften an overly masculine space.
A Touch Of Bamboo
Pandas have known it all along, and now interior designers are jumping on the bamboo bandwagon. Much like its hardwood siblings, bamboo floors are sturdy, durable and stylish.
Popular amongst the environmentally aware, bamboo is more eco-friendly than traditional hardwood. Unlike pine, maple, birch or mahogany, bamboo is part of the grass family and grows quickly and prolifically, making it more sustainable than most other flooring choices.
Cork It Up
Uncork a bottle of wine and celebrate the versatility of cork by placing it on the floor.
If you thought bamboo flooring was sustainable, then meet the uber-eco cork tree. This bad boy doesn’t need to be chopped down to produce the goods. Rather, the bark of the cork tree is stripped and treated to achieve the end product.
Treated and stained (or sealed), cork tends to be warmer underfoot than traditional wood, so those living in the chilly southern states should contemplate this renewable floor covering.
Lino floors are often perceived as old and tacky. After its heyday in the 1970s and 80s, lino has become increasingly unpopular and unfairly associated with cheap and nasty synthetic vinyl floors. However, a ‘true’ linoleum floor covering is made from natural materials including limestone, resin, linseed oil, jute and other organic components.
Lino floors are ideal for anyone living in the bush or fire-prone areas thanks to the material’s fire resistance. Likewise, people suffering allergies, asthma or an aversion to germs is advised to make the most of lino’s antimicrobial powers. This is because the linseed oil contained within linoleum kills germs and unhealthy microbes.
Little Bit From Column A, Little Bit From Column B
The purists out there may argue that consistency is key to a well-functioning and attractive home, but we say: There are no rules when it comes to flooring.
Why not try combining a concrete kitchen floor with a hardwood living area. The juxtaposition is modern and striking, with the two play off each other perfectly (i.e. the industrial nature of concrete with the warming/rustic appeal of hardwood).
This method of decorating is particularly useful in studio apartments, where rugs can be used to section off different areas (living, dining etc.) and give a small home more useable space.
Whatever flooring option you choose, always install the appropriate underlay or consult the store or supplier your floor came from to avoid any expensive mishaps.