Flooring

Havwoods

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

The Bocci light fitting fills the central atrium

This light and capacious modern house on a sloping plot in Vienna is heated from the ground, full of oak and has a Bocci cascading light fixture as its piece de resistance

Pink rug from Modern Rugs

Different rooms need different types of flooring, so how do you know what's best? Modern Rugs has done some research and put together a useful guide which gives you the info you need at a glance

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.

New AirRam2 from Tech is cordless and lightweight

Low energy vacuum cleaners and steam cleaners are the way to go for a clean, fresh home

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

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.

Mendip marble

The Romans loved them. Now Britannicus Stone is reawakening interest in the many exquisite stones we have here in the UK

Italy's Refin ceramic tile company offers bold Majolica tiles

Bathroom floors have been very monotone, so if you're thinking about replacing yours because it's too plain and boring, you'll love the trend for bold encaustic-style patterned ceramic tiles

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