Flooring

Wood floors have many advantages – they're easy to keep clean, don’t harbour dust and mites, are hard-wearing, long-lasting, natural, biodegradable and, of course, they look fantastic. But with so many products on the market, what type of wood is best? Kay Hill investigates

Chrysanthemum rug by Jennifer Manners

Rugs are a wonder product because they have the capacity to make a room look great in an instant

The Natural Wood Floor Company

Wood floors don't all have to have that smooth uniform look, so choose planks that fit your interior style, whether it's sleek contemporary or vintage-meets-rustic

Bamboo has a reputation as one of the most eco-friendly materials, a real super grass. It's used in products from flooring to t shirts and washable nappies - but is it always good stuff? Kay Hill investigates

Sphere8 poured floor in a south London house by Paul Warren Design

Sphere8 offers perfectly smooth and seamless resin floors with a difference - their product is plant rather than petrochemical-based.

Roger Oates' Isis Leaf 100% wool carpet is made from British Cheviot wool

New carpet is a delight. But it can be an environmental horror when its time comes to die. So are there eco-friendly carpets on the market? And what can you do with a dead one? Kay Hill investigates

Ecora supplied this oiled Oak Tennyson for a London terraced house

For larger rooms, the wider the planks, the more striking the floor can look. And wood from sustainable forests, or reclaimed wood, are good choices for the eco-minded home-owner.

Scallop design in electric blue by Lindsey Lang. www.lindseylang.co.uk

Designer Lindsey Lang has produced a fabulous collection of traditional cement tiles with vibrant geometric designs

Boathouse clad with Kebony

With an urgent need to reduce consumption of tropical hardwoods, Kebony provides a solution by taking abundant sustainable softwoods and turning them into far harder wood using a biowaste liquid

No wires to trip on and an easy to empty bin

With more brands bringing out cordless vacuum cleaners, we've been testing out the Vax Air Cordless. For the house proud who want to be able to vacuum in an instant it's a boon.

Peronda is one of Spain's leading tile manufacturers

Wood is wonderful but it's not always the best flooring for a room. So if you're heart's set on wood but your head tells you it's a no-no, look to ceramics, because manufacturers have perfected their imitation of wood

Vinyl floor printed by Floorink

It's the wipe clean sensible choice - yet lots of us think vinyl flooring is decidedly un-eco-friendly, not to mention a bit low-rent, so don't choose it so much these days. But Kay Hill finds many stylish designs and a product that's recyclable

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