Neutral-coloured floor coverings provide a versatile foundation for your decor. Whether your taste runs more traditional or minimalist, our guide will help you select a neutral floor covering for your design style.

What is a neutral colour?

A truly neutral colour is neither cool nor warm. Black, white, and grey are true neutrals composed of other colours in perfect balance. Other like browns, tans, beiges, off-whites, and variants of grey have more apparent colour undertones. These near-neutrals are commonly referred to as earth colours.

Choosing a Neutral

White

Light and bright, a white floor can help to make your space appear bigger. If you go for white walls and ceilings as well, stop your interiors from resembling a doctor’s surgery by adding splashes of colour and texture. A white floor can be more high maintenance, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Living room with white timber-look vinyl flooring furnished with modern furniture

Beige

A beige floor is not as stark as a white one but still provides a light backdrop for your interiors. Beige usually has undertones of yellow or pink and is a common colour in classical homes. Pair your beige floors with warm white or deep brown so they don’t look sickly. It also works well with shades of green and blue. The most important thing to remember about beige flooring is to light it attractively. When poorly lit, beige floors can look old and tired.

Children's playroom with beige carpet

Grey

Grey is an effortlessly chic neutral flooring colour that meshes well with trendy colour palettes. This elegant neutral is a great base for urban and contemporary interior styles. When picking a grey floor, look out for undertones. Cool grey has blue, green, or purple undertones and will make your space feel airy and light. Warm grey has brown, red, or yellow undertones and creates a more cosy feeling.

Minimalist bathroom with standing bath and grey tiles

Brown

Brown occurs frequently in nature, so it’s no surprise that it looks right with many other colours. It is especially beautiful in a timber or timber-look floor covering. Although it’s naturally suitable for rustic interiors, brown flooring suits numerous design styles, especially ones that feature saturated colour accents. Complement brown floors with furnishings in metallic, glass, or iridescent finishes for a glamorous lift.

Formal lounge room with rich brown timber-look vinyl plank flooring

Black

As the saying goes, ‘black goes with everything’. Whether it’s an edgy timber floor or luxe glossy tile, black flooring provides serious dramatic flair. Pair black flooring with colourful accents for a more playful vibe or couple it with white for a classic combo. Want a less harsh effect? Try a floor covering in a charcoal shade.

Close-up of sofa sitting on black carpet

New Neutrals

Feel like something a little different? New neutrals bend the rules by including other hues from the colour spectrum. Pastels like sage, blush, lavender, and dusty blues are muted enough that you can still be flexible with your decorating choices. You’ll most likely find these colours in carpet, tile, and vinyl floor coverings.

Planter sitting on sea foam green carpet

Need more help with picking a neutral floor covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

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Choosing a Neutral Floor Covering

Neutral-coloured floor coverings provide a versatile foundation for your decor. Whether your taste runs more traditional or minimalist, our guide will help you select a neutral floor covering for your design style.

What is a neutral colour?

A truly neutral colour is neither cool nor warm. Black, white, and grey are true neutrals composed of other colours in perfect balance. Other like browns, tans, beiges, off-whites, and variants of grey have more apparent colour undertones. These near-neutrals are commonly referred to as earth colours.

Choosing a Neutral

White

Light and bright, a white floor can help to make your space appear bigger. If you go for white walls and ceilings as well, stop your interiors from resembling a doctor’s surgery by adding splashes of colour and texture. A white floor can be more high maintenance, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Living room with white timber-look vinyl flooring furnished with modern furniture

Beige

A beige floor is not as stark as a white one but still provides a light backdrop for your interiors. Beige usually has undertones of yellow or pink and is a common colour in classical homes. Pair your beige floors with warm white or deep brown so they don’t look sickly. It also works well with shades of green and blue. The most important thing to remember about beige flooring is to light it attractively. When poorly lit, beige floors can look old and tired.

Children's playroom with beige carpet

Grey

Grey is an effortlessly chic neutral flooring colour that meshes well with trendy colour palettes. This elegant neutral is a great base for urban and contemporary interior styles. When picking a grey floor, look out for undertones. Cool grey has blue, green, or purple undertones and will make your space feel airy and light. Warm grey has brown, red, or yellow undertones and creates a more cosy feeling.

Minimalist bathroom with standing bath and grey tiles

Brown

Brown occurs frequently in nature, so it’s no surprise that it looks right with many other colours. It is especially beautiful in a timber or timber-look floor covering. Although it’s naturally suitable for rustic interiors, brown flooring suits numerous design styles, especially ones that feature saturated colour accents. Complement brown floors with furnishings in metallic, glass, or iridescent finishes for a glamorous lift.

Formal lounge room with rich brown timber-look vinyl plank flooring

Black

As the saying goes, ‘black goes with everything’. Whether it’s an edgy timber floor or luxe glossy tile, black flooring provides serious dramatic flair. Pair black flooring with colourful accents for a more playful vibe or couple it with white for a classic combo. Want a less harsh effect? Try a floor covering in a charcoal shade.

Close-up of sofa sitting on black carpet

New Neutrals

Feel like something a little different? New neutrals bend the rules by including other hues from the colour spectrum. Pastels like sage, blush, lavender, and dusty blues are muted enough that you can still be flexible with your decorating choices. You’ll most likely find these colours in carpet, tile, and vinyl floor coverings.

Planter sitting on sea foam green carpet

Need more help with picking a neutral floor covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

Two Andersens installers roll out a new carpet in a home

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh new carpet. A carpet past its prime, on the other hand, is a sad sight to behold. How do you know when it’s time to replace your carpet? The life of your carpet varies depending on its quality, ranging between 5 to 25 years, but there are some signs you can look for that indicate your carpet may be due for replacement.

The Carpet is Stained

A stained carpet is unsightly and can be embarrassing if you have guests over. If no amount of cleaning can remove the staining, hire a professional carpet cleaner. If even the pros can’t restore your carpet, and there’s no option to replace the affected section, it may be time to bid your carpet adieu.

The Underlay is Aged

The underlay or padding installed underneath your carpet is designed to make your flooring more comfortable to walk and lay on. If your carpet underlay has deteriorated over time, it can cause unevenness and wrinkles on your carpet surface. Not only does this age your home, it doesn’t feel great underfoot either.

It’s Faded

Over time, light from the sun can strip your carpet of colour. Although re-dyeing your carpet can be an option, results can be mixed, and might not be worth the cost or effort compared to replacing it entirely. If your once vibrant flooring is now only a washed-out shade of its former self, it could be time to replace it.

It Smells

Regular cleaning of your carpet should be able to keep smells at bay. If you notice lingering odours coming from your carpet even after a cleaning, the smells may have seeped deeper into your flooring. In more extreme cases, this could even be a sign of mold or mildew, which can pose a health risk to your family. It’s a surefire sign that your carpet needs to go.

Wear and Tear

Is your carpet matted, frayed, or ripped? Matted or crushed carpet fibres can sometimes be returned to their former fullness with cleaning. If your carpet has lost its form for good, though, it will no longer be very comfortable to walk on. Frays and tears can be difficult to repair, and depending on the size of the tearing, also dangerous for your home’s inhabitants. In this case, it’s best to look at updating your carpet.

Ready to pick out your new carpet? Visit your nearest Andersens showroom or call us on 1800 016 016 for an obligation-free FREE measure and quote.

What To Consider When Designing Your Dining Room

Designing your dining room can be a lot of fun, and there are endless ways to get it done. When planning your dining room design there are a few key elements to consider. You want the space to be put together, so ensure different design elements all fall within a similar theme or idea. There are various aspects involved in creating the perfect dining room so here are a few tips to consider when designing your dining room.

The Table

Deciding on your dining room table comes down to two key factors; The size of the room and the number of guests. Ideally, in any dining room, you want at least one metre between your dining table and surrounding furniture or walls. Otherwise, the space is too cramped and moving in and out becomes a challenge. If you love to entertain or have a large family a large rectangular table is the way to go. If you’re in a small space and live without kids you have the option of a small square or round table. You can always consider looking at extendable tables, for when you require extra space on an odd occasion.

The Artwork

The dining room, whilst perhaps used less often than other rooms, is still a key feature in any house. Your choice of artwork in the dining room completely changes the overall mood and design. If you are after minimalism, modern glamour, art deco or prefer a more natural approach with greenery and wood finishes, your choice of art goes a long way. Consider hanging artwork on a nearby wall, or hang floating shelves and fill them with sculptures and decor pieces. A feature wall is a perfect way to spruce up your dining space.

The Flooring

The choices available for dining room flooring are endless. Do you want tiles, hardwood,  vinyl or carpet? Is the flooring going to match the other rooms or will you choose feature flooring to separate your dining room from the rest of the house? Do you want a dark, moody ambience, or bright, natural colours? The options are endless. When choosing dining room flooring, consider materials that are durable and easy to clean. There’s bound to be countless spills, so often hardwood, vinyl or tiles are the best options.

The Rug

If you do decide to go with a hardwood, tile or vinyl dining room floor, then a great way to add texture and brighten up the space is with the addition of a rug. Make sure your rug compliments the dining room furniture and surrounding artwork. Avoid high pile carpets that trap dirt and are hard to clean. Choose your colour wisely. Light, plain colours will show up spills instantly, instead opt for rugs with a pattern and steer towards darker or warmer tones.

The Lighting

Dining rooms are used at night more often than not, so keep this in mind when choosing dining room lighting. Do you want soft warm lights for a romantic feel or bright lights for visibility? Maybe you want to add a combination of both. You can also use lighting to add to the artistic design of the space with a range of hanging light, chandeliers, pendants and lamp designs available.

What Flooring Option Is Right For Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is your sanctuary. How it is designed should reflect your own personal style and allow for you to feel comfortable and at ease whenever you walk through your bedroom door. What flooring you choose for your bedroom can make a big difference to how it functions as a room. As well as comfortable, it should also be highly durable, attractive and complementary to your decorating style. Here are some things to consider when choosing flooring for your bedroom.

Timber

It’s hard to beat the natural appeal of real wood flooring. Timber flooring adds a timeless charm to any room. In Queensland, timber flooring tends to be a popular option as it allows for ventilation and will naturally cool down a room. The flip side to this is timber floors can be cold in winter especially when you first crawl out from your nice warm bed. An easy fix to this is to invest in a nice cozy rug to roll out in the cooler months.

Engineered Timber

Engineered wood is manufactured using nine layers of different wood veneers. Using engineered wood in your bedroom will give your room the timeless appeal of hardwood floors for a more affordable price, plus engineered timber is easier to install than traditional timber. No matter what style of interior you are going for with your bedroom timber flooring forms an ideal basis for most styles.

Carpet

Carpet is available in a nearly endless range of colours and styles allowing for you to turn your bedroom into your dream sanctuary. Carpet is warm and soft on the feet and will give your bedroom a cozy appeal. Carpet can be budget friendly depending on the fiber you choose. For these reasons, it is probably the most popular flooring choice when it comes to the bedroom. There are two major types of carpets, cut pile and loop pile. With cut pile, the fibre loops are cut making them softer to touch. Loop pile carpet is harder to touch and easier to clean. The type of carpet you choose should depend on the bedroom. For example, a kids bedroom might benefit from a tougher loop pile, while a cozy adult sanctuary might be more suited to a textured cut pile carpet.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is available in a range of colours so can be used to suit any style of bedroom interior. Bamboo flooring is surprisingly durable and is actually stronger and harder than hardwood floors. A huge drawcard for bamboo is that it is the most eco-friendly form of flooring due to it’s fast regeneration process. If you want to have a stunning bedroom floor that you won’t have to feel guilty about, bamboo is a great choice.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring can look just like real wood but is more affordable. Vinyl comes in a variety of designs making it easy for you to find a style to suit the design of your bedroom. You can further lower the cost of your bedroom flooring by laying the vinyl yourself.

Tile

While traditionally tiles are not a common choice for the bedroom, this is a flooring option that shouldn’t be overlooked. Many people believe that tiles in the bedroom are too cold and clinical however in places where the climate is consistently warm year-round they are used to keep the bedroom cool. Using tiles in your bedroom might sound a little out there but when executed correctly they can be used to give your room a cool middle eastern or Mediterranean appeal.

If you are still unsure about which flooring choice is right for your bedroom, speak to the flooring experts at Andersens.

A Guide to: Best Flooring for your Children’s Playroom

A playroom is undoubtedly one of the happiest places in your homes for your children – and it can be one of the worst places for your cleaning endeavours if you’ve chosen a poor option for the flooring! With that in mind, we’ve put together a few little options for flooring in your children’s playroom:

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A guide to: Choosing the perfect flooring for your bathroom

Choosing the flooring for your bathroom can be extremely fun and extremely stressful all at the same time! Unlike your kitchen flooring, bathrooms can be totally different from the rest of the house, or they can keep the same theme. Either way, your bathrooms are often the most judged room in your house so it’s important to get it right. Here are a few of our favourite choices:

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2014 Home Fashion Trends: Global Fusion

We’re all guilty of it – trawling the impeccably decorated show houses for ideas on how to get your own home looking like it’s just stepped off the pages of House & Garden! We set off to find 2014’s style trends and boy were we rewarded! Full of a plethora of gorgeous themes and styles, we’ve picked our 5 favourite which we’ll cover in our Home Fashion Trends series:

Whether it’s the clean cut lines of a Japanese garden, the heady atmosphere of Morocco, a sunset over the savannah or the explosion of colours in India, Global Fusion ties them all together with style and is one of the hottest trends in interior fashion this year.

Focusing on creating an earthy ambience and culture, this look is for you if you like the glamour of travel and exotic destinations.

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Global Fusion takes the best of traditional cultures and artfully mixes them together, which means natural material is the name of the game.

Aged timbers grace the floors inside with Oak being a hot favourite. Timber floors are no longer restrained to living areas – we’re seeing bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens all adorned in wood!

Windows are dressed in either natural bamboo & timber verticals or sheer gauzy curtains over tucked away block-out blinds – this look is popular with a number of different looks and really serves to soften blinds without reverting to traditional curtains.

Décor for the Global Fusion look includes colourful cushions casually strewn over neutrally toned fabric or leather lounges with wood furniture tying it all together.

Get the look with Andersens

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How to re-grout tiles

Have you started to discover the grout around your tiles is crumbling away or is just not there due to wear and tear? Not only does it look horrible is will be allowing moisture into your walls and floor which over time will loosen and lift the tiles. If this is the case then it’s time to re-grout. Here are some tips on how to do it yourself, however if you would prefer a professional to assist or perhaps its time to renovate and replace with a more modern tile, Andersens can help.

Preparing the Tile

  1. Choose a grout colour. If you are re-grouting an entire bathroom, choose a colour that matches the tile. For small jobs, match the grout colour with the existing grout.
  2. Scrub the tiles and grout with a household cleaning solution
  3. Saw along the grout lines with a grout saw or small knife that cuts into narrow spaces.
  4.  Remove the remaining grout with a chisel or utility knife.
  5. Vacuum out the leftover chunks or debris from the spaces around the tile. If any of the tiles need to be replaced, replace them now.
  6. Clean the tile. Remove soap scum and dirt. Any household cleaner designed to remove soap scum is perfect for the job.

Apply the Grout

  1. Mix the grout. Grout is sold pre-mixed or dry. If you need to mix the grout, read the directions on the package and follow the instructions. Latex-modified grout is more water resistant and does not crack over time.
  2. Spread the grout over the tile and smooth it out with a grout float. Angle the top of the float to 30 degrees.
  3. Use the float to press the grout into the empty spaces between the tiles. When the grout becomes hard to push down, the spaces are full.
  4. Run the float across the top of the tiles to remove excess grout.
  5. Wait five to ten minutes. Wet a sponge with water and wipe over the top of the tiles to clean any leftover grout.
  6. Cure the grout for at least three days.
  7. Seal the grout with a grout sealer. This keeps water and mildew out of the grout. If using ceramic tiles, use a silicone or water-based grout sealer. Brush it along the joints between the tiles. Wipe excess sealant off the surface of the tiles. If you have porous tiles, use an acrylic top-coat and seal the entire surface of the tile.

To view Andersens range of floor tiles visit our website www.andersens.com.au

How to get scratches out of wooden floors

Well there are two ways to deal with a scratch on a wooden floor. You can try to DIY it or you can call a professional. Depending how bad the scratches are, the second version may be the better of the two.

There are two ways to DIY fix a scratch on wood or other hard surfaces: Either sand the surrounding area down to the level of the scratch so that the surface is smooth once again, or colour in the damage, which means that you can still feel the scratch indent but you can’t see it.

The first method needs fine sandpaper and loads of patience. The sanding itself isn’t a big job; you simply rub with care over the length of the scratch, moving in line with the wood grain. The time-consuming part is that you need to re-varnish, paint, or wax the area to get back to a uniform colour.

So, for everyday wood and wood-effect furniture, you may want to take a short cut and simply cover up the scratch. Ideally, use wood stain or a coloured polish that matches your furniture. Apply the solution to a soft cloth, and then work it into the wood.

If you can’t get a colour match, use a wax crayon. Most children’s ranges have a tremendous variety of browns – and these duller shades always kick about in pencil cases after the snazzy reds have long gone.

 

Calling a professional to quote on your fixing your floor may save you having to replace the floor all together. They will assess the scratched, usually sand the floors back, clean them, and apply a new coat of sealant to make them look like new. In the case where your floors are beyond repair, in some cases you can lay new flooring directly over the top of the existing floor and in other cases, it may need to be pulled up to allow new floor to be placed.

For any of your flooring questions and needs, contact an Andersens store today. They can come to you in your home to assess and quote on your flooring needs.

Cleaning Timber Floors – The Do’s and Don’ts

Quality timber flooring products can last a lifetime if some basic maintenance steps are met to keep your timber floors looking better for longer. Here are some of Andersens home care tips for Timber floors;

Timber flooring is a very stylish flooring choice for your home or office. If possible, prevent dirt, sand and grit from accumulating on the surface of your floor – they will act like sandpaper and abrade the finish. Mats should be placed at all exterior exits, and the floor should be swept or vacuumed frequently.

Wet Mopping

You should try to avoid wet-mopping a hardwood floor, and always clean up spills as soon as possible. With water or any other cleaning agent, make sure that you thoroughly wring out your mop prior to applying it to the floor. Excess moisture that is allowed to seep into the seams between the planks may cause damage to your flooring. We would suggest a bucket less mop, ultra minimal amount of water on a mop similar to image on the right.

Steam Cleaning

We recommend DO NOT polish or steam clean timber floors. Additionally, in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and spaces where food service occurs, top-coating the floor will help prevent against moisture damage

Scratched flooring

All timber floors mark, dent and scratch from time to time. The use of felt floor protectors under furniture and dirt trapping mats at external entrances helps to keep scratching and premature wear to a minimum. Sweep or vacuum your timber floor regularly to remove grit and small stones. These can scratch and abrade your timber floors.

Indentations and deep scratches in timber floors can often be filled using a matching coloured timber putty or special filling wax.

Re- Coating

Re-coating is usually required every 5 – 10 years in most homes, depending on the level of traffic and wear and tear your floors are exposed to. In commercial areas, floors may need re-coating more regularly. Call Andersens Carpet Cleaning Services on 1300 664 843 to obtain a quote.

Lastly here are some general flooring maintenance tips

  1. Only use maintenance products recommended by the manufacturers of the flooring you have selected and installed.
  2. Save any guarantees, warranties and preventative maintenance tips that come with your new fl ooring. Always refer to these when attempting stain removal, to avoid unnecessary long-term damage.
  3. Any spills should be cleaned immediately, especially on carpet. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
  4. Pre-test any treatment on a small inconspicuous area of the floor to ensure against damage and possible colour/texture changes.
  5. Read the labels on all household products before using, since many contain chemicals which can damage carpet and other fabrics.
  6. Use mats at entrances to reduce dirt from outside being tracked inside, and don’t forget to regularly clean your mats.

If you have further questions on floor maintenance, contact Andersens today