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Get on the floor!

Ayushi Kanodia Designs, Feb 1 2018, 21:12 IST

A great renovation calls for change in colours of the wall, new furniture and a unique interior theme. A major factor which is often ignored is the floor. Cliched white marble floors are everywhere and are rather outdated. This year, replace your flooring with an array of options available and update your home:

Cork: Cork is the material that you find as the closing mouthpiece for a wine bottle. Corks act as a good material for floors and especially your homes since they are all-natural. Corks are made from the bark of the oak tree and also have antimicrobial properties, which reduce allergens at home. They are fire-resistant and easy to maintain. Also, their lifespan ranges from 10-30 years.

Bamboo: Another natural flooring which is gaining popularity is bamboo flooring. Bamboo is not actually wood but a grass that acts like hardwood. It is easy to maintain and install in your home. Also, the material is light and can come in different hues.

Reclaimed wood: Reclaimed wood is basically recycled wood from old beams, antique floors and old logs, but it could be expensive because of a short supply. But a similar texture can be achieved for a lesser price and is more durable.

Glass tiles: Recycled glass from wine bottles and beer bottles can be converted into beautiful glass tiles. These tiles can be used as flooring as well as on the bathroom and kitchen walls.

An advantage of using this type of renewable option is the fact that these tiles are non-absorptive and won't catch mould in a damp environment, making it easy to maintain, and it won't stain!

Concrete: Polished concrete is gaining popularity as an innovative sustainable
material for homes. Traditionally, concrete is a layer put before the actual flooring is placed. But when the concrete is polished and made according to homeowner's taste, nothing needs to be put over it. Hence, this type of polished concrete is durable, easy to clean and never needs to be replaced.

Rubber: This type of flooring that is made from recycled tires is found mainly in local gyms and neighbourhood playgrounds. But now, it is slowly creeping into our kitchens and bathrooms. Rubber flooring is not only easy to walk on but is water-resistant too, making it durable and long-lasting.

Carpet flooring: Carpet flooring is one of the most affordable forms of flooring and it's quite trendy to have it in your bedroom or living room. With advancement in technology, carpets are becoming better in terms of quality and texture. It also makes for warm spaces in your home.

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