With this being such a peculiar year I have spent a lot more time at home. That long, sunny lockdown gave me the time and energy for doing lots of garden improvements but as the autumn days grow shorter I've started looking round my house considering ways I could refresh and renew the walls, furnishings and flooring.
It's been years since we decorated our sitting room and although I still love the colour it's starting to look tatty. Chipped paintwork and a carpet so tired I had to buy a rug to cover the thin patches and stains means while it looks OK by candlelight, the cold light of day is less forgiving.
I've already decided on a paint colour for the walls. It's quite a bold choice - French navy-but I think it will work well with my furniture. I am quite into a "granny chic" aesthetic so I think the colour will give the room a more modern twist preventing it from just looking like your nan's front room.
The flooring is going be the trickiest bit. I have been stalking Pinterest for interior design ideas and many of the rooms with French navy walls have beautiful wooden flooring which I very much covet.That's the beauty of Pinterest - you can get an idea of what your project might look like before making costly mistakes. It's also great for inspiration if you want to make changes to your home or garden but don't know where to start!
You don't have to lump for cheap-looking laminates any more. Wherever you are in the UK you can get fabulous solid wood flooring from Flooring 365 in a variety of colours from light grey oak to solid black oak and finishes including oiled, matt, lacquered or hand scraped.
Maybe you prefer an unfinished wood? That's also an option. Whatever you choose it will look amazing and be long lasting and durable. With just a little TLC a good quality wood floor will easily outlast carpet, even in busy family home, and will go with almost any interior style.
So whether you are a fan of antiques and classic furnishings or you prefer to be right up to the minute with your interiors, choosing a wooden floor might be a great choice.
I think autumn is a great time for home improvements, especially this year. I can't imagine there will be much winter socialising so if we have to stay home we might as well love the rooms we are spending so much time in.