A well-designed bathroom can have a dramatic effect on the character of your home. Old or poorly-maintained bathrooms can really show your home’s age. When renovating a bathroom, it’s not unusual to be intimidated by the challenges of tight spaces and fixture placement. Without defining what you’re attempting to achieve beforehand, you could find yourself blowing your budget whilst chasing a moving target.

Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors encourages you to consider how your bathroom will be used as one of the initial steps of your renovation. In the renovation featured in the video above, the bathroom was part of a granny flat that may one day be rented out. Because of this, practicality and durability were important considerations, as well as the need for a timeless design that wouldn’t look dated to future tenants.

Lauren advises renovators to start with vital questions like, “How many people are using the bathroom?”, and “Is it a private ensuite or a shared family bathroom?” The featured bathroom was a private ensuite in a guest master bedroom. This meant that it needed to feel special and welcoming in addition to being functional. A spacious walk-in shower was installed instead of a bath for a practical solution that would still be comfortable for guests or tenants. Although bathtubs can add stately luxury to a bathroom, not everyone needs one and they can take up a lot of space. If you still want both but are pressed for space, you can install a shower over the bath or look at some of the newer, smaller tub designs available.

Walk in shower in ensuite bathroom

When planning the layout of your bathroom, think practically. Is there a window? Where do you want the light to hit? If you’re installing a vanity mirror, perhaps it would benefit from natural daylight. Also determine whether you’ll need to reroute your plumbing for your desired layout. Keeping your fixtures where they are can save you a lot of money.

Think about the maintenance requirements of your bathroom. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines, and as a result, more cleaning. Although the featured bathroom in our video was an ensuite, the possibility of renters meant that using less glass in the design would facilitate an easier-to-clean space and minimise the risk of breakage.

One of Lauren’s tips for creating a great bathroom is to tile it in a complementary style to the rest of your home to make it feel less like a separate area. Your tile selection will significantly affect the look and feel of your bathroom. Tiles come in a wide variety of materials and styles, which impact the overall cost of a job. If you’re on a budget, but still want that wow factor, Lauren has a helpful trick – simply select a floor tile you love and use a more affordable tile for your walls to reduce costs.

Grey tiled ensuite bathroom floor

The bathroom should be a place where you can unwind. Reducing clutter with adequate and convenient storage can help to create a relaxed environment. In the bathroom featured in the video, a recessed niche was added to the shower so bath products can be neatly and conveniently tucked away.

Built-in storage niche in shower stall

By identifying the needs of your space before beginning your renovation, you will be able to work through all the possible options in a logical manner until you find the best solution.

If you find that you are struggling with your bathroom renovation, don’t sweat. As all things, renovating can be a learning process, so you can always consult a professional with experience for help and advice.

You can get more advice on the best flooring options for your bathroom renovation at your nearest Andersens showroom. Our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.

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Planning Your Bathroom Renovation

A well-designed bathroom can have a dramatic effect on the character of your home. Old or poorly-maintained bathrooms can really show your home’s age. When renovating a bathroom, it’s not unusual to be intimidated by the challenges of tight spaces and fixture placement. Without defining what you’re attempting to achieve beforehand, you could find yourself blowing your budget whilst chasing a moving target.

Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors encourages you to consider how your bathroom will be used as one of the initial steps of your renovation. In the renovation featured in the video above, the bathroom was part of a granny flat that may one day be rented out. Because of this, practicality and durability were important considerations, as well as the need for a timeless design that wouldn’t look dated to future tenants.

Lauren advises renovators to start with vital questions like, “How many people are using the bathroom?”, and “Is it a private ensuite or a shared family bathroom?” The featured bathroom was a private ensuite in a guest master bedroom. This meant that it needed to feel special and welcoming in addition to being functional. A spacious walk-in shower was installed instead of a bath for a practical solution that would still be comfortable for guests or tenants. Although bathtubs can add stately luxury to a bathroom, not everyone needs one and they can take up a lot of space. If you still want both but are pressed for space, you can install a shower over the bath or look at some of the newer, smaller tub designs available.

Walk in shower in ensuite bathroom

When planning the layout of your bathroom, think practically. Is there a window? Where do you want the light to hit? If you’re installing a vanity mirror, perhaps it would benefit from natural daylight. Also determine whether you’ll need to reroute your plumbing for your desired layout. Keeping your fixtures where they are can save you a lot of money.

Think about the maintenance requirements of your bathroom. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines, and as a result, more cleaning. Although the featured bathroom in our video was an ensuite, the possibility of renters meant that using less glass in the design would facilitate an easier-to-clean space and minimise the risk of breakage.

One of Lauren’s tips for creating a great bathroom is to tile it in a complementary style to the rest of your home to make it feel less like a separate area. Your tile selection will significantly affect the look and feel of your bathroom. Tiles come in a wide variety of materials and styles, which impact the overall cost of a job. If you’re on a budget, but still want that wow factor, Lauren has a helpful trick – simply select a floor tile you love and use a more affordable tile for your walls to reduce costs.

Grey tiled ensuite bathroom floor

The bathroom should be a place where you can unwind. Reducing clutter with adequate and convenient storage can help to create a relaxed environment. In the bathroom featured in the video, a recessed niche was added to the shower so bath products can be neatly and conveniently tucked away.

Built-in storage niche in shower stall

By identifying the needs of your space before beginning your renovation, you will be able to work through all the possible options in a logical manner until you find the best solution.

If you find that you are struggling with your bathroom renovation, don’t sweat. As all things, renovating can be a learning process, so you can always consult a professional with experience for help and advice.

You can get more advice on the best flooring options for your bathroom renovation at your nearest Andersens showroom. Our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.

Styling a Minimalist Timeless Bedroom

The bedroom caters to so many options; from baby’s nursery, children’s dormitory style then evolving into a teenage sanctuary, and of course the master boudoir. Styling a bedroom should not be difficult; after all we want a calm, enveloping feeling when we retreat at the end of the day.

Carpet is ideal for the bedroom and perfect for year round comfort – providing that luxurious softness under your toes as you hop out of bed in the morning. Our twist pile Night Shadows Feather carpeting choice is mid-price solution dyed nylon with incredible softness for that luxurious feel. Due to the low denier per filament, there are more filaments per fiber – making these carpets super soft and durable with a 15 year warranty.

To compliment the light tan carpet, we’ve chosen a deep, warm subdued natural green wall colour with clean white trimmings to break up the hues. Painting only half the wall is a clever and easy way to give your bedroom a great design impact, especially when the halves are tied together with wall art and framing.

To compliment the wall and floor colours, we’ve chosen monochromatic hues for the bed spread with sheets to match the wall colours and a pop of a contrasting eggplant yellow in the pillows. With a bright feature wall such as ours, you want to make sure your furnishings and décor are minimalist so they don’t detract from the impact of the wall colour. We’ve worked our feature wall with;

  • Contrasting eggplant pillow cases
  • Minimal wooden side tables
  • Hanging industrial lamps
  • White minimal photo framing
  • Light grey and white upholstery
  • Natural wicker sitting chair

The luxury twist pile is perfect not only for your bedroom, but also staircases and hallways. See more of our minimalist bedroom inspiration on our Pinterest board here. 

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

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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

The Lounge Room Retreat

Room: Lounge Room
Product: Crystal Creek 72/Retreat

The lounge room – be it high-end chic or French country casual – is always going to be a beautiful space and a real looking glass into your style. From the choice of your lounge suite to the colour palette on your walls, they all convey to your guests who you are. The flooring choice, an equally important decision, should be of a more formal style to give the room a solid design point you can build upon effortlessly.

For our Hamptons-inspired lounge room, we’ve chosen the Andersens Crystal Creek Retreat carpet, a textured loop, solution-dyed nylon for a great classic look. As we have chosen a lighter hue for the lounge, it’s important to make sure you won’t have any issues keeping it clean, which is why we’ve chosen a Stainmaster carpet. Not only is it guarded from simple spills but it’s also resistant to fading from UV light.

To keep the room looking bright and compliment your carpeting choice, choose a lighter colour for the walls. You can then offset the light wall and carpet colours with darker upholstery and furnishings in a mix of print and plain. Having a lighter base colour allows you to add your personal touch in unexpected ways, always complimenting your style and telling a story.

To complete our Hamptons-style room, we’ve added a navy touch and coastal-themed trinkets, combined with natural wicker furniture.

  • Ornamental sea shells
  • Navy colour pillows
  • Beige coastal embellished pillows
  • Natural wicker relaxation chairs
  • Cork coffee and side table
  • Coastal photography

A lounge room should feel comfortable yet be easy to maintain, so make sure your carpet selection is chosen carefully – you don’t want to worry about every little spill. Stainmaster ensures you can choose a lighter colour without any additional worry, giving a gorgeous, light, inviting feel to your lounge room and a perfect place to show off your style. See more of our minimalist lounge room inspiration on Pinterest.

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

Lounge Room Retreat Objets d'Art

Lounge Room Retreat Feature Table

Lounge Room Retreat Cushion

Lounge Room Retreat Carpet Detail

Choosing Timeless Flooring for your Dining Room

Room: Dining Room
Product: Sorrento Vinyl 197

From modern dinner parties to traditional family usage – the dining room transcends all entertaining genres. This room is as multi-functional as they come, so the flooring you choose will play a major part in complementing your home’s interior as well as enduring the stresses of chair movement, and of course cleaning efficiency.

The perfect choice in this room is Andersens’ vinyl plank. With incredible durability, affordability and a vast array of designs and textures, it’s a great value option to give you a versatile look to suit your décor style. If you’re after extra reassurance vinyl is the right choice and will last, our Andersens vinyl choice for this room has a 15 year warranty.

In our dining room we have used a beige and grey mix timber look Sorrento Vinyl for a versatile base. Our vinyl flooring choice has the benefit of being able to achieve both a modern and traditional look at the same time; whether you’re designing for a contemporary, chic look or a rustic, country style warmth, it is the perfect base.

Don’t be afraid to use colour on your walls to complement the flooring – using a colour of the same hue as your vinyl flooring can achieve a warm, balanced flow within the room. To break up these hues and add life, place a central statement art piece to become the star of the room and create a harmonious look. In our dining room we have chosen:

  • Deep slate wall colour
  • Bold artwork with gold and blue flections – complementing the grey
  • Slate Concrete look dining table
  • Dark seating arrangements to contrast with the hues
  • Dark wooden feature table
  • Gold and blue décor accessories to complement the artwork

By choosing one or two statement colours to break up the monotone hues, you can achieve a dining room look that is warm, inviting but also modern and chic. See more of our dining room inspiration on Pinterest.

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

Andersens Dining Room styling

Andersens Dining Room styling vessels

Vinyl and Versatile Style at The Styling Mama

Keeping your home spotless with kids running the roost is no easy feat, as Kelly at The Styling Mama knows from experience. Thankfully, the right choice in flooring can save you headaches and cleaning time in the long run.

Andersens Vinyl Flooring is a low-maintenance flooring option that is versatile, attractive, and durable enough to weather the busy lives of family members, both big and small. Available in a wide range of looks, there’s a Vinyl Flooring option to bring your unique home-styling vision to life.

The Styling Mama has installed the latest in Karndean Looselay Longboard vinyl as a chic floor covering for her living area makeover. Visit The Styling Mama’s blog for more on how she used Andersens to create a stylish parent’s retreat without sacrificing practicality.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of Vinyl Flooring for yourself, contact Andersens today. We’ll help you find a flooring option that’s right for you.

The Styling Mama's parent's retreat with Karndean Looselay Longboard vinyl

The Styling Mama's parent's retreat with Karndean Looselay Longboard vinyl

The Styling Mama's parent's retreat with Karndean Looselay Longboard vinyl

Crafting the Perfect Entry to your Home

Room: Entryway
Product: Easyfit KL410 Circus Wood Vinyl Plank

The first impressions of your home are lasting ones – all too often we overlook the impact the entryway has on the overall interior design of your home. Depending on the layout, the entryway may be a long hallway, opening to a lounge room, or even an entry into a sunroom, before entering the house. No matter how your home is designed, Andersens will have a flooring option to suit your space, turning your entryway into a great first impression for the rest of your home.

Arguably, the entryway may have one of the highest levels of foot traffic in your home – especially for those families who are constantly in and out attending sporting games or going to school. For those high-energy families, Andersens suggests choosing a flooring option which is durable enough to withstand scuffing, dirt, and general wear and tear, whilst maintaining its pristine look over time.

One of the most durable and attractive entryway flooring choices is the modern Vinyl Plank. Andersens vinyl flooring comes in two options: luxury or loose lay vinyl – both being treated with PU Polyurethane to make them scratch, shock, and water resistant – perfect for your home’s entryway. To learn more about the differences between luxury and loose lay vinyl, visit our Vinyl Flooring Page here.

From bright white oak vinyl planks to a deeper marble look tile, vinyl flooring can boast rich patterns, colours, and even textures in your chosen style. The planks simply drop into place and can be installed over pre-existing hard floors.

For our entryway, we have chosen the Easyfit KL410 Circus Wood natural look timber flooring. Choosing a natural look timber allows you to change the décor and furniture over time to suit your tastes, while always being complemented by your floor.

To match our floor, we have chosen natural look furniture and decor:

  • Modern wicker waiting chair
  • Timber top display table
  • Mix and match wicker storage holders
  • Nature inspired feature wallpaper
  • Framed nature inspired artworks
  • Indoor plants

The best thing about natural look flooring is its versatility to accommodate for your unique design style – from countryside chic to modern geometric – timber look flooring will always stay in fashion. Follow our entryway inspiration Pinterest board here to see more home entryway styles.

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

Entryway Styling Detail by Andersens

Entryway Flooring in Easyfit KL410 Circus Wood Vinyl Plank by Andersens

Entryway Styling by Andersens