Long gone are the days of floors being a last thought when doing up a home

Long gone are the days of floors being a last thought when doing up a home. 

Thanks to the dazzling choice of designs now on offer, embarking on a new flooring project is far more exciting than you might have imagined.

From polka dots or swathes of flowers cascading across your carpet to wooden luxury vinyl plank flooring steeped in history, you can now adorn your floor with almost anything. Here’s the lowdown on where to find the best floor for your needs.

Charming: A contrasting herringbone tiled floor sets off a free-standing bath

Charming: A contrasting herringbone tiled floor sets off a free-standing bath

Characterful carpets  

The fabulous offerings of patterned carpets in striking colours will have you rethinking the safe option of a single colour weave.

Brintons, one of Britain’s oldest carpet manufacturers, has a series of collections with daring designs.Its newest takes on the tradition of floral carpets and include patterns with leaves that curl gently against each other in the pile and hexagon designs mimicking nature’s cell structures.

Another range designed by Timorous Beasties features butterflies in flashes of colour such as the Ruskin butterfly.There’s also a dramatic Seal Grain Du Bois pattern with black on grey wood grain design (all from £97.99 per sq m).

At Alternative Carpets, there are polka dots, honeycombs and, canada Luxury Vinyl Flooring if you’re feeling brave, subtle snow leopard print in greys, blues and mustard (from £111.80 per sq m).

Wow with wood   

If you’re after a sleek look, a wooden floor gives a desirable finish. Go for pale shades for a Scandi mood, reclaimed for rustic and dark woods to add drama.

With sustainability in mind, luxury vinyl plank flooring the reclaimed route is becoming ever more popular.Manufacturer Ted Todd says reclaimed woods are leading the way, with sales rising 117 per cent compared with last year.

The company has launched a new collection of pines reclaimed from locations across Yorkshire and Lancashire, including the Horwich Locomotive Works, where they made weapons and tanks for both World Wars.

You could also snap up reclaimed wood from the Liverpool Docks and the War Offices where Winston Churchill worked (prices from £92.09).

At Havwoods, a new collection of Douglas fir wood features wide planks which will accentuate large, open-plan rooms (from £113.95 per sq m).There’s been a surge in demand for parquet floors, namely herringbone.

Ted Todd’s founder, Robert Walsh, said: ‘The herringbone layout is a great space manipulator, allowing you to make smaller spaces feel larger with an increasing number of repeating blocks.’

As well as the high-end wood specialists you can find good flooring at B&Q (from £32.40 per sq m) and Wickes (from £36 per sq m).