Just because it’s another gloomy January, doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a bit of international decor to your home. Forget the standard waving cat merchandise, lose the Spanish inspired fans .. we’re here to tell you about floors from around the world! *Sun cream is not required*.
Let’s kick off with one of the most popular trends of the last 18 months; Hygge. This Scandinavian inspired decor has been a huge hit in the interior design world, and it’s no surprise to see why. Often known for its sleek and contemporary appearance, the floor is no exception! Think bright white and pale boards, these wide planks of wood flooring make for the perfect accompaniment to any home. Not only do they make a room appear lighter, they are also great in making them appear larger too, plus the wider planks allow for more knots and grains to show – which means more character seeping through from the floor too.
Moving on, we head to our European neighbors – España! Now, most floors in Spain tend to be tiled. This is mainly due to the hot temperatures they experience over there. So let’s talk about one of the most popular styles of flooring in Spain; terracotta. Not only does the color of these tiles compliment the warm environment they’re usually installed in, their earthy tones are able to make the coldest home seem warm too! The quality of a terracotta floor tile is all down to how it was manufactured, if manufactured well then you are left with a tough, rustic looking tile.
Sticking with Europe and another neighbor of ours, let’s make our way to Italy. The home of fashion, fast cars and PIZZA, yes, Italy really is the home of luxury; and their floors are no different. Similar to Spain, Italians love their terracotta tiles, but another floor that comes in strong is marble. The height of elegance, marble floors are often used as a mark of class and fortune, but they also have an everlasting appeal too. It doesn’t matter how much time passes, marble is a timeless look, which is probably why the Italians love it so much – that and the fact that it’s one of the most durable and resistant materials when it comes to flooring!
Finally, we’re finishing up with one of our favorite floors, all the way from one of our closest friends; France. Allow us to introduce you (if you haven’t already met) to Parquet flooring! This style dates back to the 16th century, it was used in grand homes as opposed to the typical concrete or hay look. These days it has seen quite the comeback, with an increase in popularity stemming from the trendy ‘shabby chic’ look. Parquet is one of the most recognizable styles, the geometric patterns have a stunning effect on a room so it’s no wonder as to why this classic look has taken the interior world by storm.
So there you have it, just a couple of our favorite floors from across the world. If you have any more that need adding to the list, feel free to share them with us, we’d hate to miss any out!