Making A Grand Experience…

As it looks like an autumn or winter break may not be possible this year, how about using the time to transform your home instead? Meena McDonald finds out more. Photography: Roger Moore

You can add a new lease of life to numerous rooms in your home, adding style and grandeur through renewing your lighting and buying new furnishings to fitting new flooring.

Something as simple as a rug can completely transform a room. You can brighten a neutral and simple space with a colourful and striking rug, whether it’s stripes, a geometric pattern, abstract designs or a beautiful intricate floral pattern. Or you can tone down a vibrant room with a neutral textured rug which can add depth, style and character.

We have a considerable choice of rugs from renowned manufacturers such as Mastercraft rugs, Jacaranda and Ulster Carpets. You can also use Alternative Flooring’s ‘Make me a rug’ service where you can create a unique style to suit your home. There are thousands of innovative flooring and border combinations with designs that are packed with patterns, textures and colours, so there are endless possibilities.

Another way to add style and creative flair to your home is to revamp your entrance hall and stairs, creating a wow factor as soon as you walk into your home.

One delighted client who loves the impact the new flooring has made to their home is Jenny Cottam from Preston who recently had new flooring fitted in her entrance hall, stairs and landing as well as her living room.

The original idea had been to fit out the entrance hall in carpet, but after some discussion Jenny opted for a period Amtico replica parquet wood floor in a herringbone pattern as it would prove far more practical with its exceptional durable characteristics in a busy entrance hall.

For the stairs, Jenny selected Alternative Flooring’s vivid and colourful Quirky B Margo Selby Fair Isle design in the Annie colour scheme. The award-winning Quirky B patterned carpets come in contemporary geometrics, florals, paisleys and animal prints and are suitable for a range of rooms throughout your home.

Alternative Flooring’s Quirky B was also selected for Jenny’s living room and this time she opted for Honeycomb in Moss which has an eye-catching unique pattern.

Jenny commented: “I am absolutely thrilled with the transformation to my home. The Gainsborough Flooring team were so inspirational with their ideas and I had such confidence in both their range of flooring products and their professionalism in delivering exactly what I wanted. The expert capabilities of the fitters were certainly put to the test when they had to curve the Amtico parquet wood blocks around the round bullnose of the bottom step and follow the curving walls! It was very impressive.”

If you’d like to add a new dimension to your flooring, whether in a contemporary or a traditional style, come and talk to us and we’ll see how we can help you transform any space in your home. Whether you want a rug to add creative flair to a room, or your bathroom or kitchen floors refitted with our fantastic Karndean or Amtico range, or you’d like your bedrooms or living room fitted with one of our luxurious carpets, we’ll be able to help you achieve exactly what you want.

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