A TIM­BER AL­TER­NA­TIVE

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El­iz­a­beth’s mixed hard­wood floors look fab­u­lous, but you can cre­ate a similar look us­ing wood-ef­fect lam­i­nate. Mod­ern high qual­ity lam­i­nates look in­cred­i­bly re­al­is­tic and are durable, easy to in­stall and now even avail­able in wa­ter­proof ver­sions, so also great for kitchens and bath­rooms. Ken­dall Waller, prod­uct man­ager of Quick-Step Aus­trala­sia, says lam­i­nate is tougher, colour­fast, more re­li­able, cost ef­fec­tive and ev­ery bit as beau­ti­ful as wooden floors. “And it now comes with a wa­ter-dam­age guar­an­tee that real wood can­not of­fer. Many peo­ple are up­set when their wood floor changes colour or cracks and fades in di­rect sun­light. You don’t need to worry about that with lam­i­nate,” he says. Ac­cord­ing to Ken­dall, you should choose a lam­i­nate floor that of­fers match­ing pro­files or trims for the floor perime­ter, and a wa­ter-dam­age guar­an­tee. Fi­nally, look for one that feels as good un­der­foot as it looks.

Grey scale

The two-tone paint com­bi­na­tion in here adds so­phis­ti­ca­tion (Grayce the res­cue cat finds it re­lax­ing!).

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