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You got us floored


When it comes to the home, flooring is something you spend a lot of your time cleaning, walking on, dancing on and (if you’re brave) sliding across. We check out what we’ll be walking on in 2020.

 

 

HORIZONTAL WHO? Having horizontal wood piece flooring is feeling all a bit plain Jane nowadays. Break the conventional side by side look by laying out your pieces in unique patterns. Those could be a herringbone or chevron pattern – each with their own quirks.

A PERFECT PAIRING: If you’re looking for more of a retro feel, black and white tiles might be the choice for you. The pattern designs available are endless and will fit nicely in a bathroom or kitchen.

WARNING…GRAPHIC CONTENT: This next recommendation is not for the faint of heart, in fact, it almost needs a warning sticker with it – graphic tiles! Yes, graphic tiles are a trend that any art lover can get behind with a wide and unique variety of patterns available.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME: While bleaching hair at home might be possible… it’s probably not best to try the same technique when it comes to your flooring. While you should leave bleached flooring to the professionals, this softer white-washed wood is peaking in popularity.

In short, traditional materials and patterns are old news and when it comes to flooring, it’s out with the old and in with the new we say!


 

Flooring with a story


This New Zealand story goes back decades, so too does the story of Foret flooring, which was founded almost a century ago.

 

Stephen Goodenough Photographer

At the heart of this local business, is a love of timber and, while sometimes these magnificent buildings can’t remain, Foret’s suppliers carefully and respectfully salvage their essence, providing timber that has stories in its soul. Imagine at the heart of your design project, timber that has a legacy of hundreds of years.

New timber is being sourced all the time and every piece is special – sometimes very rare.

Sourced from reputable suppliers from genuine reclaimed demolition material or declassified mill product, the company’s reclaimed timber is carefully and respectfully salvaged to keep its essence and its story intact for your design project; heritage-rich timber for future generations to enjoy, cherish and admire.

Foret flooring tells a story of how the past meets the sustainable future with its European-sourced French oak.

It is primarily sourced from a family that are true artisans in the French timber industry.

Established in 1921, this third generation family business is truly passionate about timber and their mill, taking immense pride in ensuring a consistently high quality product.

The company only sources timber that is milled from sustainably managed and PEFC-certified forests.

Foret is proud to offer to you this collection of quality French timber flooring and engineered flooring boards from the Loire Valley that is renowned for tradition, innovation and expertise.

Reclaimed, recycled, repurposed timber, where you’ll find a little bit of history in every piece.

Email alan@foret.nz or call 021 766 750


 

Enhancing spaces: Armstrong Interiors


With our busy schedules, it is often difficult to find the time and energy to put towards our living spaces.

 

 

Award-winning interior designer Angelique Armstrong from Armstrong Interiors says there are several simple yet effective ways to enhance your existing space and it’s not as hard as you may think.

“Decluttering the house is the best way to start home enhancement,” she says. “Old paperwork, socks with holes, restaurant menus, school paperwork and outdated magazines are just a few things that can go into the bin.

“Focus on areas in your home that need to flow; passageways, around furniture, doors and windows.”

Enabling these spaces to ‘breathe’ creates what Angelique likes to call ‘energy flow’ within your interiors. “It’s not everyone’s terminology, but it’s one that for me is important for people to understand.”

Angelique’s pro tip: Set a timer for one hour. Choose one space to clear. Soon you will find yourself in a clear and open environment with the space for new ideas to flourish.

For Angelique, visualising the space and planning how it will function is the most exciting part of the design. “When I walk into a room, I look for areas that will enhance the space. Which wall best suits the position of your TV? Where is the furniture layout best sitting? Do you have enough wall space? Too many windows and doors? Which wall best suits the bed to sit on?

“Your home must function as your family needs it to.”

When it comes to form, timber is warm to walk on and very rarely requires underfloor heating. “One thing that is very popular in Europe is multi-widths of flooring boards randomly laid. I love this look, especially with a natural oak finish and I prefer to have all my boards oiled naturally.

“Forêt is my preferred supplier for timber flooring and Director Alan Stuck’s family history of timber knowledge has put this company’s designs on the world stage. His use of reclaimed timber and getting back to the ‘real deal’ with flooring designs sets him apart.”

There is a wide selection of carpets available and she’s seeing a move away from dark colours and back into neutrals, particularly soft greys and caramels/beiges. “They’re all very natural and fit well with our climate and interior pallets. Our carpet manufactures are always up with the latest colours and trends to keep designers and homeowners happy.”