The current obsession with vintage-style looks in interior design shows no sign of abating. You don’t even need to trawl the car boot sales or charity-shops to find the perfect accessories, there are shops and services that have done all that hard work for you, where you can pick up your shabby chic Annie-Sloan-painted-and-distressed dresser so you never have to lift a paintbrush or scrap of sandpaper.
But what about flooring? This is a substantial element of decorating a room, and one that, if you are following vintage-style trends, can be time-, cost-, and labour- intensive. What if you you just don’t have the time to scour reclamation yards for old oak floorboards, or the will to strip, sand and whitewash your existing ones?
Do not despair! You can achieve your dream vintage look by using modern alternatives, such as laminates and vinyls. Not only are they much more affordable, but are also easier to maintain, yet will look stunning.
Here are some flooring choices that I have chosen from Carpetright, which could be used in three main interior design trends: French Rustic; Coastal/Beach House; and Mid-Century Modern.
This Chateau White Rustic laminate flooring is perfect for channelling French Rustic Style. It resembles old wine and fruit crates, and its thickness means that it even sounds authentic underfoot – but can you imagine what it would cost in time and effort to achieve this look using authentic materials? This is a much smarter option, and is hardwearing, so ideal for a lounge, dining room, or kitchen.
Coastal/Beach House Style
Coastal or Beach House Style is one of the most popular trends of the last few years, closely related to the shabby chic trend. White-washed floorboards might seem the ideal base for this look, but why not try this Rothschild Painted Pine laminate flooring as an alternative? Shown here in a nursery, it would be just as perfect in any coastal-inspired room, and would save you all that effort of stripping, sanding and painting your existing floorboards.
One of my favourite interior design trends of the moment is Mid-Century Modern, or the 1950s look. This was a great era for modernist interior design, but when it comes to flooring, you might not want to replicate the look exactly (I’m thinking wall-to-wall mustard-coloured carpets, or some crazy-patterned lino). A modern alternative would be a vinyl in a single vibrant colour, like this True Colurs vinyl flooring in orange. I think it would be perfect for a child’s playroom, or a dining room, but being waterproof and with a slip resistant finish it would also be good in a bathroom or kitchen.
An even simpler (and cheaper) way to bring the Mid-Century Modern look to an interior, without changing the existing flooring, is with a rug. This Triangle Chicago Rug would complement any piece of 1950s, or Mid-Century Modern style furniture, making a statement and providing a focal point and colour pallet on which to base the rest of the room design.
Three vintage-style looks that can all be achieved easily and affordably with modern flooring. I must admit that before researching for this post I’d never have thought that there were such fabulous modern alternatives to traditional flooring, and I have been genuinely impressed at the range and choice at Carpetright, who feature in this post. And now I want a room with an orange vinyl floor, who’d have thought it 🙂
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