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ONE OF THE BIG­GEST SUR­FACE AR­EAS TO CON­SIDER WITH ANY REN­O­VA­TION PROJECT IS THE FLOOR. HERE’S HOW TO CHOOSE THE MA­TE­RI­ALS YOU DE­SIRE MOST FOR YOUR HOME.

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The first step to get­ting a good mea­sure on how much a floor­ing over­haul will cost is by mea­sur­ing up your sur­face area cor­rectly. Know­ing how many square me­tres you have to work with can make all the dif­fer­ence if you plan on stick­ing to a strict bud­get – not to men­tion your price es­ti­mate be­ing a lot more ac­cu­rate. There's a wide va­ri­ety of floor­ing choices on the mar­ket to­day to suit all bud­gets and

styles. Wood is still very much on trend, and there are great al­ter­na­tives to solid wood floors, such as us­ing en­gi­neered or vinyl planks to achieve the same look. When shop­ping for floor­ing, be sure to com­pare sam­ples at dif­fer­ent times of the day for nat­u­ral light changes. A paler floor­ing choice can still bring a sense of warmth to an area while giv­ing the il­lu­sion of space, whereas a darker floor­ing can give a dra­matic ef­fect. When it comes to wet ar­eas, tiles are cer­tainly the an­swer. When choos­ing these for your wall or floor, make sure they tone well with the other sur­faces. Again, com­par­ing sam­ples in the day­light and un­der the bath­room lights will give you the best in­di­ca­tion of colour. Good luck. Watch Love It Or List It on Fox­tel.

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