Debbie and Liam were renovating their Victorian terraced home and wanted a floor that would make their kitchen feel cosy and inviting, while still being durable enough for their growing family! After a little help from our free sample service, they chose our Painswick Sienna Engineered Oak.

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Floor used in this project:
Painswick Sienna Oak

Why did you choose Luxury Flooring?

We chose Luxury Flooring as there was a great variety of affordable flooring to choose from. We found it really easy to order samples to make sure we were 100% happy with our final choice. We were also looking for engineered oak with a thicker wear layer and Luxury Flooring was the best option for us in terms of style and price.

What was most important to you when designing your room?

The most important thing for us was to have a durable floor that feels warm and inviting. Our kitchen is a very high-traffic area and used at all times of the day, so the floor needed to be durable but also easy to clean with a baby and a dog around. 

Happy dad holding baby and happy mum holding dog

What's your story?

We were trying to achieve a cosy, inviting kitchen that feels homely and lived in. We have a busy home life so it’s important to us that the floor can withstand daily use, shoes on or off and dogs running around the place!

What does your home situation look like?

I (Debbie) live with my husband, Liam, our 3-month-old daughter, Heidi and our toy poodle, Monty in our Victorian terraced home in Derby. We bought the house over 3 years ago and have been slowly renovating room by room. The biggest project in our home has been the kitchen extension. 

How do you prepare your home before hosting?

We love to cook when hosting and before friends or family arrive we like to light candles, spray room sprays, light the log burner and turn on lamps instead of ceiling lights to make the house feel as cosy and inviting as possible.

Which rooms do you use for hosting?  

We use the kitchen and dining room for hosting. We use the kitchen when people arrive as we have a small sofa area as well as island seating which is perfect for hosting while having drinks and cooking. We then move to the dining room to eat.

What qualities were you looking for in your new flooring?  

We were looking for a warm, natural-looking floor that complements the style of our kitchen and works well with the original tiles that link the kitchen to the hallway. 


Have you ever had a ‘panic moment’ with your floor while entertaining? If so, how did you handle it? 

Before our new flooring, we had a very light-coloured vinyl and had a few red wine spillages that stained. Our new flooring has had plenty of spills and still looks brand new.

What advice would you give to someone looking to transform their floor?

I would advise people to consider what time of day they intend to use their room and order samples to try in different areas throughout the day to see how different lighting makes them appear.

How has your floor improved your home?  

Our new flooring has helped us to tie the old part of the house to the new part seamlessly and feels like it has been here for years. It also works perfectly for busy family life.

Kitchen with pale tones cabinets, silver cooker and warm toned herringbone flooring
Cosy corner featuring wooden drawers, chair and herringbone flooring