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


Soho House

Encaustic Cement Tiles

Main featured image is Soho House from Bert & May.

One of our great loves in the studio at the moment is our new collection of encaustic cement tiles.  Simply put they are exquisite.  Each tile is so simple in design and colour, the impact is minimal, yet place these tiles together and you will create a floor so beautiful you will barely dare walk on it.


Tile examples from London Encaustic.

Encaustic Cement Tiles have been around Worldwide since the 1800’s yet their huge popularity is a relatively new thing.  Made by hand, the tiles consist of coloured pigments, cement and crushed marble with usually 2 colours, sometimes up to 6.  The colour is inlaid into the tile so as the tile wears, the colour and pattern stay strong.  The dry cement and marble mixture is sprinkled onto the colour pigments followed by the sand and cement mix, which is poured on the top of the entire framework.

ValdesImage showing Valdes from London Encaustic

The tile framework is then placed under a hydraulic press and once this process is complete, the tiles are ready for an extensive 14 day drying period…ideally in the sun!  That is probably why very few, if any, encaustic tiles are made in the UK…we get no sun!!!!

Flooring, once a neutral backdrop to a design concept, is now a primary consideration.  Clients are moving away from the natural simplicity of limestone or the highly polish decadent feel of marble and are looking for a feature…an installation of beauty.  Encaustic tiles provide such beauty.  Mostly  with a chalky matt finish, the tiles have an earthy, organic appeal and look stylish whether in a modern or traditional setting.

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Several years ago we used antique encaustic tiles, sourced from Italy as the surround for our own Aga.  These tiles were all part of different murals which had sadly been damaged so were broken up for sale as individual tiles.  We selected tiles from across many different sets, including an antique Liberty tile set, to form a beautiful mis-match of style and colour.

We have an extensive library of Encaustic tiles in the studio, so please do get in touch and we will help you selecting the right ones for your project.