Choosing the right laminate for your home
It's easy to be overwhelmed by the choice, so it is best to take a room-by-room approach and buy from a flooring specialist rather than a general home improvements store.
Read on to find out how to choose the right laminate flooring for each room that can help to reform your home with a great refreshed look. You will soon discover the many varieties of colour, thickness and effects available to suite every room of the house!
Hallway and Landing
The hallway is important as it's the first floor to be seen on entering the home and typically gets the most foot traffic, as it usually connects all the main rooms in the house. If you've previously had carpet flooring in your hallway, you will probably have noticed that certain areas tend to become worn down and/or dirty before others.
Because it's made from organic matter, carpet will eventually wear away. However, a hard-wearing floor will only show superficial damage, even in areas of high traffic, and those worn-down areas can be brought back to new with a simple wipe of a damp cloth.
For a hallway, choosing a thicker flooring would be a good start, try the12mm kronoswiss laminate flooring that is not only durably strong but it has natural combination of dark wood effect to disguise those wet foot trails in the autumn and winter months.
Living Room / Lounge
The living room or lounge as you like it, should be a versatile space – this is where you spend most of your time with family and friends, and it is the room which is most likely to be redecorated on a regular basis.
Choose a light, neutral colour such as the Krono 12mm light oak laminate flooring. Light wood colours will complement any colour scheme, and with this floor you can keep on updating your living room without changing it.
If you have a conservatory, you must love the natural light. So you need a flooring option that will reflect the natural brightness that floods in from your roof and windows. A synthetic floor that is manufactured from different profiles of HDF cores with one thing in common.
A floor that keeps the area looking both spacious and feeling warm. Conservatories deserve plants and you dont have to go for a wooden floor why not try a light tile-motif such as the Krono's Kamala 8mm tile laminate flooring will leave your conservatory looking fresh and Mediterranean, all year round.
Dining rooms are for entertaining your guests with hot drinks and rich food, and anything else that is likely to leave a stain. So you can't go wrong with a dark wood effect, such as the Prestige Manson Walnut laminated flooring, which surprisingly looks close to real wood, except it can easily be wiped clean of any unfortunate spills, even a few days after the event.
The wood-floor look has become very popular in recent years, but it can be unrealistic for homes that have real wood furnishings so if you have this situation try to go for hand-scraped and rustic finishes to get closer to the natural thing.
A bedroom is your haven, so you should choose flooring which really complements your personality. A laminated photographic image or graphical top layer that is designed to give the finished look of wood or any desired effect.
For the New York apartment look, try a grey-toned flooring option such as the cheap and cheerful Grey Oak laminate flooring. Laminate Flooring is the most popular choice of flooring because of the extensive range of colours and designs.
For a rustic, countryside chic look, opt for a raw wooden finish like the Prestige Oxford Oak laminate flooring. it’s good value for money, hard wearing, easy to install and maintain.
FAnd for minimalist and airy vibe, go for a bright light colour such as the White Oak laminate flooring. Browse our laminate flooring sale for the best offers and you can order a few samples to try before you buy.
In the kitchen, you want functionality over design. Your floor needs to be easy to clean, it needs to fit in with the surrounding decor, and it needs to look smart.
Consider a dark grey option, which will hide a multitude of sins (and stains!), as well as matching up with any existing decor options.
Krono's travertine kitchen tile laminate flooring is particularly suited to modern, clean-lined kitchens and backed with a great brand shining out quality assurance guarantees.
Utility and Garage
Like the hallway, the utility room and garage need to withstand a lot of activity – but unlike the hallway, this will not necessarily come in the form of footfall.
There will be dropped tools, dragged laundry bags, rusty garden tools, oil leaks and broken bicycles – so you're going to need a hard-wearing and dark coloured floor.
Kaindl's Black Oak Laminate Flooring give a bold and tough look with is dark oak colours to camouflage most stains and withstand a lot of activity from its decent 8mm thick planks.
A great benefit of laminate is the water-resistant layer which is the biggest seller for this room. Unlike laminate that has a protective top layer, wood is naturally porous with a tendency to warp with spillages of water that escape the shower or drips from the sink. Luckily, the photographic lamination process allows you to get the look of wood, with a very waterproof effect of tile. Embrace the industrial look and go for a natural-looking dark wood grain such as Quick Step's varnished Ship-deck flooring or the more conventional light neutral ceramic tile laminate flooring.
Loft spaces are all about height and minimalism. If your loft space has exposed wooden beams, you can emphasise the space by matching up the colour of the flooring with the colour of any existing wood features. If you are keeping the beams on the roof then you would probably appreciate a natural floor so try the Natural oak laminate flooring with a hand-scraped finish, or the smoother edged Durham Oak 8mm laminate flooring.