Havwoods Flooring

Flooring…How to choose

Floored by Choice…

So, you’ve decided to update your flooring and the options appear to be endless….that’s because they are!

Here’s what you really need to think about while choosing;

  • What will you be using the room for?

Some rooms are self explanatory – kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms and hallways work really well with hard floors that are easy to clean. Who needs to be cleaning bolognaise sauce of a beige carpet on a regular basis? Carpets can work well in bedrooms and lounges! Nobody likes to step out of bed onto a freezing cold floor!

  • Will there be a lot of foot traffic?

Hallways are obviously one of the highest areas of foot fall in a house. This doesn’t mean that a carpet is definitely out, but hard flooring can be easier to maintain. Don’t forget too that only certain floorings are suitable for under-floor heating!

  • What image are you hoping to convey in the new room?

Using carpets can enhance the cosiness of a room, introduce colour or create a feel of luxury. Hard flooring can look sleek, clean and elegant. Of course a hard floor can always be “warmed up” by a magnificent rug.

  • Budget – set it and “TRY” and stick to it!

There is a massive range of flooring out there, ranging in price from pocket money budget to “sell the Aston Martin to pay for it”! Although there’s a happy medium, you really do need to do your homework on the quality of your chosen floor. I’ve seen many a wooden floor “slip” despite looking amazing on instalment.  Likewise, you want to feel the carpet and ensure it is the right colour and pile depth that you want. Most companies allow you to bring home samples of carpets and flooring to check what it would look like in situ!

WOOD: At Amy Nicholas Interiors we work with various companies to offer flooring to our clients, such as Havwoods, who provide some beautiful wood floor options from Engineered Wood Flooring to Solid Wood Floors and Reclaimed Wood Flooring. They also have a wealth of information on their website about the grades of the wood used. Contact us if you need expert interior design advice…

CARPETS: For gorgeous carpets, we use a wide spectrum of companies and one of our favourites is Jacaranda Carpets.  They create a wide range of carpets and rugs from hand woven and knotted to machine made wools and the use of Tencel to create stunning shine on their products. All this with a determined eye on the ethics and environmental impact of manufacturing.

Jacaranda Carpets
Jacaranda Carpets – Santara…a beautiful TENCEL carpet

TILES: Another flooring alternative, with more and more choice these days, is a tiled floor. We love London Encaustic, who specialise not only in glorious tiles for walls and floors, but also in some amazing custom made copper baths (just in case you are in the market for one of those as well as some flooring!) From exquisite patterned to elegantly plain tiles of all sizes, it’s well worth a visit to their lovely website.

London Encaustic Hex
London Encaustic – Hex Zeta in Black by the talented Anna Hayman



Fenwick & Tilbrook…an exciting find!

We are constantly revising our library and searching out new artisan producers and suppliers, researching new technologies and finishes which are both beautiful in design and sustainable to enable us to offer the best creative design service to our clients.  We meet some exciting people along the way and find some brilliant brands and collections that we enthusiastically add to our library and this dynamic company, Fenwick & Tilbrook, tick all the boxes for us!  They have invested a huge amount of time and money into sourcing the highest quality ingredients to produce an absolutely gorgeous range of colours, rich in pigment for an extraordinary depth of colour.


Their extensive colour palette consists of 120 historical and modern based colours with a beautiful chalky matt finish.

All their paints are made to order in their workshop in Norfolk under strict quality control and despatched to their clients for fresh delivery the next working day.

Their attention to detail when it comes to their colour charts and packaging is outstanding.  I have a weakness for beautifully presented items so when my hand painted colour cards, my inspiration box and charts arrived I was in heaven!  I hear you all asking if I am easy to please, well let me tell you they were a pleasure to unwrap and I even got a little giddy!!!

We strive to offer our clients an innovative and bespoke creative service unique to their personality therefore it is an impressive bonus when our suppliers are able to offer additional services such as colour matching paint with only a tiny minimum order quantity of 1Ltr!  Perfect!!

Prices start from £1 for a hand painted colour card to £90 for a 5Ltr tin of hard wearing Pure Matt Plus.




Floor Fillers – Rugs

Most people might think rugs are to keep your feet from getting cold or filling a large unbroken expanse of floor, designers look at rugs differently.