The kitchen is often referred to as the ‘hub of the home’. When friends and family visit, we’ll often find ourselves milling around the kitchen – preparing meals or simply enjoying some wine and cheese. So when designing a new home or remodelling, flooring decisions should have an equal, if not more considered part than some of your appliance selections, as it needs to withstand foot traffic, unwanted spills and dropped utensils!

A lot of home builders and renovators opt for tiles to be installed in the kitchen as they are durable and easy to clean, but if you prefer a more natural look that is less cold on your toes in winter, Andersens can offer alternatives. Bamboo is one great alternative to tiles in the kitchen and is one of our most popular hard flooring options due to its natural beauty, durability and ecological benefits.

Our Clever Click Bamboo Natural hard flooring option comes in 12mm thick boards that simply click together. Prefinished with hardwearing coatings, you don’t need to worry about food and liquid spills when cooking, and it can withstand high levels of foot traffic over time. With a wide range of unique grains and colours, bamboo will become the feature of your kitchen and break up the traditional white tiles.

To complement the look of our light bamboo flooring, we have chosen bright, cottage style furniture with subtle wooden finishes to create the ultimate modern eco friendly kitchen. Be careful to not overuse the wood look as it may overpower the effect of your flooring choice. Keep your furniture simple with a subtle nod towards the wood look with minimal finishes such as these:

A great way to quickly transform the overall look of your kitchen is to change the handles on your cabinets. Signature handles are a fun way to enhance the overall look of your kitchen and give an authentic personality.

There are many ways to style your kitchen with bamboo flooring – from dark to light grains and colours – the options are endless. See more of our kitchen flooring inspiration on our Kitchen Inspiration Pinterest board.

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

Andersens Designer Series Kitchen with Clever Bamboo Natural

Andersens Designer Series Kitchen with Clever Bamboo Natural

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The Modern Eco Friendly Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the ‘hub of the home’. When friends and family visit, we’ll often find ourselves milling around the kitchen – preparing meals or simply enjoying some wine and cheese. So when designing a new home or remodelling, flooring decisions should have an equal, if not more considered part than some of your appliance selections, as it needs to withstand foot traffic, unwanted spills and dropped utensils!

A lot of home builders and renovators opt for tiles to be installed in the kitchen as they are durable and easy to clean, but if you prefer a more natural look that is less cold on your toes in winter, Andersens can offer alternatives. Bamboo is one great alternative to tiles in the kitchen and is one of our most popular hard flooring options due to its natural beauty, durability and ecological benefits.

Our Clever Click Bamboo Natural hard flooring option comes in 12mm thick boards that simply click together. Prefinished with hardwearing coatings, you don’t need to worry about food and liquid spills when cooking, and it can withstand high levels of foot traffic over time. With a wide range of unique grains and colours, bamboo will become the feature of your kitchen and break up the traditional white tiles.

To complement the look of our light bamboo flooring, we have chosen bright, cottage style furniture with subtle wooden finishes to create the ultimate modern eco friendly kitchen. Be careful to not overuse the wood look as it may overpower the effect of your flooring choice. Keep your furniture simple with a subtle nod towards the wood look with minimal finishes such as these:

  • White cupboards with wooden handles
  • Wood finishes on the table legs and seat tops
  • Wicker placemats
  • Bright coloured utensils to contrast – this adds a subtle pop
  • The indoor plant to finish off the look

A great way to quickly transform the overall look of your kitchen is to change the handles on your cabinets. Signature handles are a fun way to enhance the overall look of your kitchen and give an authentic personality.

There are many ways to style your kitchen with bamboo flooring – from dark to light grains and colours – the options are endless. See more of our kitchen flooring inspiration on our Kitchen Inspiration Pinterest board.

This blog post is a part of our Interior Styling series, helping you design from the floor up.

Andersens Designer Series Kitchen with Clever Bamboo Natural

Andersens Designer Series Kitchen with Clever Bamboo Natural

Are wooden floors better than carpets when it comes to allergies?

The debate continues so let’s look at the facts

Carpet comes under attack because of 1) the chemicals used to make it and 2) because it traps dirt and allergens. However, what may have been true in years past is no longer true in modern carpeting.

THE ALLERGY ISSUE

Common misconceptions are that carpets can harbor dirt and allergens, but there are no reports that link carpeting with asthma or an increase in allergies. Rather than trapping particulates, which is seen as a bad thing, carpeting prevents such things from becoming airborne. Frequent, thorough vacuuming sucks allergens out of carpeting. Continue reading “Are wooden floors better than carpets when it comes to allergies?”

Home flooring trends for 2013

If you are looking for the latest trends in flooring than this is a must read. Here are the most popular flooring options for 2013 along with their features and benefits. These options will ensure you have the most recent styling for your home.

Large Square Tiles

We are seeing more and more people turn towards the large floor tiles, sizing that comes in 12″ x 24″ and even 36″ x 36″ — as opposed to the standard 12″ x 12″ tiles. Not only do they add an entirely different look, they are easier to clean as there is less grout and they make your room appear larger than it actually is. They are however much heavier than your standard tile so it’s recommended they are placed by a professional tiler.

Cork

Cork has not only become popular for its amazing insulating properties, it is also much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile. Most people when they think of cork, think they have to stick to the champagne colour but these days you have a much larger colour palette available. Another positive sell point is that cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. Downside, it is susceptible to moisture damage and will fade when exposed to sunlight so be selective as to which room you use cork.

Bamboo

Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colours and styles. They say Bamboo is harder than most hardwood when dried can be highly engineered to suit every day wear and tear. Bamboo is offered in many styles that mimic the look of classic hardwood. As with all wood flooring, it’s best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood can look stunning in the right home match with the right décor. The new factory-finished hardwood flooring offers all the charm of reclaimed timber but without the high costs associated with true salvaged lumber. One positive factor of Reclaimed Wood is that is can stand up to moisture fluctuations better than any wood flooring that is finished onsite.

Carpet

Carpet these days we are seeing far fewer shag piles and friezes and more patterned carpets.— Softer fibres are being used for more comfort and luxury and huge improvements have been made to improve the quality, colour choices and warranty to not only the carpets but the underlay itself. Not to mention they non stain properties and allergy/Asthma free variations.

Vinyl

People don’t put the term luxury with the word Vinyl, they think about that peel-and-stick stuff people used to install for a quick and cheap flooring option. The truth is that some versions are now on par with the high end flooring when it comes to look. Not only can you now het the hardwood look, you can get the look of stone, or tiles. Some are so realistic that until you touch it, you would not know. Vinyl can be a natural fit in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Concrete

Concrete, very popular for offices, showrooms and modern homes. It is trendy, sleek and durable and with a polished finish can look a million dollars. A multitude of colours are available, not to mention the textures and finishes, and can be very affordable if you already have existing concrete in place. On the downside, comfort does not come into play, it is the flooring for fashion and can be quite hard to walk on.

For more information contact Andersens Flooring.

Bamboo flooring – the natural flooring choice

Many smart homeowners are choosing bamboo as a flooring option in their home due to its versatility, price and ecological footprint.  Andersens stock bamboo products in a range of colours, sizes and manufacturing styles including fully floating click locked floors.

Apart from using the latest trend in floor coverings and giving your home some ‘wow’ factor, there are several advantages to using bamboo flooring compared to hardwood flooring.

First, bamboo flooring is an environmentally friendly product. It takes only a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity, while it takes decades for hardwood trees. And when bamboo is harvested, the root continues to live and produces new stock. Each year, one ‘mother plant’ generates several new bamboo stems that grow to full length in a few months, and to mature hardness in about five years. Bamboo plants are therefore quickly replenished following a harvest.

Second, bamboo is actually harder than hardwood so it makes more durable flooring.

Third, in most cases bamboo is less expensive than hardwood while installation costs are the same. Hardwood installers and contractors need no additional training to install bamboo flooring. Bamboo can be installed using exactly the same tools and methods as are used for installing hardwood.

It’s reassuring that bamboo can be installed in virtually any room of your home, above or below ground, over wood, OSB (Oriented Strand Board), or existing vinyl flooring. There are several locations that are not recommended for bamboo flooring. Because bamboo flooring is a natural flooring product it is not recommended that bamboo be installed in wet locations such as bathrooms, washrooms, saunas, enclosed porches or verandas, or anywhere that may require wet-mopping. Extended exposure to moisture of this type may cause your bamboo flooring to warp or swell.

There are a number of benefits for using bamboo flooring…

– Bamboo floors are easy to clean.

– Bamboo floors are ideal for allergy sufferers as they do not promote dust or harbor dust mites.

– Bamboo flooring is an inexpensive alternative to hardwood flooring, usually costing 25 to 50 per cent less than hardwood.

– Bamboo flooring is long-lasting.

– Bamboo flooring can be installed over numerous types of sub-floors such as: wood, sheathing grade plywood, vinyl tile, or Oriented Strand Board.

– Bamboo floors are environmentally friendly. They use a quickly renewable crop. Made with safe resins, they have extremely low formaldehyde emissions and make excellent floors for healthy homes.

Our preferred supplier, Clever Bamboo, ensures that the product they supply Andersens is harvested and manufactured using the latest extremely environmental friendly techniques, incorporating compliance with the E1 standards. It is stronger than most hardwoods, and it does not take hundreds of years to grow, as do hardwoods of comparable density.

Bamboo grows into a mature tree ready to harvest approximately every 4 years. Each tree in the managed bamboo forest is identified and selected for the season and year for harvest. Unlike wood plantations, the bamboo trees are not all harvested at the same time, so the bamboo forests are not clear felled. This process ensures that the bamboo forest is always present to help reduce greenhouse gases.

Furthermore, the whole bamboo tree is used effectively for manufactured products, from flooring to tooth picks, eliminating any waste. It looks and feels like hardwood, but of course it is so much more environmentally friendly.

Contact your local Andersens store today to find out more about a bamboo flooring solution to meet your specific requirements.