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Choos­ing floor­ing may seem less ex­cit­ing than choos­ing cush­ions or mod­ern art to dis­play, yet floors have as much dec­o­ra­tive po­ten­tial as walls.

Es­pe­cially when there are a host of ma­te­ri­als and styles from which to choose.

Lay­ing leather on your floor may seem like a wacky con­cept.

How­ever, Jago An­der­son, the sales di­rec­tor at El­e­ment 7, the floor­ing spe­cial­ist, has no­ticed an in­crease in de­mand for leather floor­ing. He says: “Us­ing leather un­der­foot has an in­her­ent glam­our. It is pop­u­lar in bed­rooms, dress­ing rooms, stud­ies and liv­ing rooms.”

Full-grain leather floors are dyed so that the colour runs all the way through, which means that scratches and marks don’t show.

Jago went on: “It isn’t bul­let­proof, but it’s ex­tremely durable and per­fect for ev­ery­day use. If it does get marked, leather al­ways looks even bet­ter when it has a story to tell.”

Vinyl is syn­ony­mous with hos­pi­tal and of­fice floor­ing but more fam­i­lies are lay­ing vinyl in their homes.

Sales of vinyl floor­ing are up 50 per cent in the past year.

You may want to use dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als in dif­fer­ent parts of the house, but keep to one colour and make the floors look seam­less.

Tiles are typ­i­cally used in kitchens and bath­rooms yet they are be­com­ing a far more fa­mil­iar sight in liv­ing rooms and bed­rooms.

If you have small chil­dren or pets you will need a floor with su­pe­rior wear re­sis­tance.

Some floor­ing that ap­pears to be wear re­sis­tant of­ten is not.

For ex­am­ple, site-fin­ished solid hard­wood can eas­ily scratch.

Its sav­ing grace is that scratches can be sanded out.

In­stead, try a durable floor­ing like ce­ramic or porce­lain tile, lam­i­nate floor­ing, plank vinyl floor­ing, or even car­pet­ing.

By in­stalling your floor­ing your­self, you can of­ten cut your en­tire floor­ing cost in half.

Lam­i­nate floor­ing and plank vinyl floor­ing tend to be the eas­i­est floor cov­er­ings for home­own­ers to self­in­stall.

Both are float­ing floors, which means

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