Each and every home is unique, from the people who reside in it to the land it is built upon. One of the most unique factors however is the layout of your home, as unlike décor and accessorising this is the solid foundation of your home design; which makes customising it to your needs a difficult task.
This has always been an ever-present hurdle in interior design, as ambition can often be derailed by reality and special limitations encounter due to a home’s structural layout, especially when renovating a room.
Little touches such as curtains and cushions are flexible design elements and are less affected by the structural layout of your home and room, and are easy to incorporate into your design. However, on the other side of things larger renovation projects such as room partitions, sidings and in particular laying down new flooring are trickier to implement.
As frustrating as it can be for an interior designer, serious renovating work is often bound to the proportions and quirks of a room, meaning some compromises are going to need to be made. This can be for a number of reasons from unconventional room layout or perhaps and down to the size of the room itself.
This is a particular thorn in the side for those wishing to lay down a brand-new floor, particularity if you go down the solid hardwood route. However thankfully there is an alternative, for those looking to add a brand-new wood floor look while working with an unconventional room layout – Laminate Flooring.
Laminate is an increasingly popular type of home flooring, which aims to emulate the look and feel of traditional hardwood flooring, combining it with the adaptability and usability demanded in modern home design.
Each plank features a 4-layer design with the core of this being a durable high-density layer in the centre. Below this there is a stabilising later with a transparent hard wearing top layer completing each plank.
The key to laminate however is what is kept between the high density middle layer and the transparent hard surface. Between these lies a photographic wood print which emulates the natural look and indistinguishable charm of natural wood.
This is the first factor that makes laminate flooring a fantastic feature for small spaces, thanks to its wood print layer. This is because you can incorporate a wide range of wood designs and styles that may not be viable in their original hardwood forms. This can be due to many different factors such as size, care, durability acclimatisation issues – all things that laminate can get around easier in more unconventional room layouts.
Along with this utilising laminate means you can incorporate stylish wood flooring looks in rooms where it would not normally be possible, such as stylish white laminate flooring in a small bathroom.
Another feature that makes laminate great for smaller spaces is its ease of installation, which features an easy to use and versatile snap click design which incorporates a tongue and groove system.
This flexibility makes it fantastic to work with in small unconventional or awkward spaces, as each piece can be cut to the length you wish. From here you can either glue down each plank or lay onto underlay for a floating floor design.
The final reason that laminate is great for small spaces is its fantastic usability and durability, with the transparent hard-wearing layer being scratch and water resistant (to a point). This makes it a great choice for small but hard-wearing areas in the home such as the landing or perhaps a small hallway.