Lee and Curtis wanted to bring colour and character to their new-build home and create a space that showcased their personalities. After comparing a lot of flooring samples, they found their perfect match - the Painswick Owl Oak.

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Floor used in this project:
Painswick Owl Oak

Why did you choose Luxury Flooring?

After ordering what seemed like hundreds of different flooring samples that either weren’t great quality or were too thin, we came across Luxury Flooring and their engineered hardwood floors. We ordered a few different samples but we’d taken a shine to the ‘Painswick Owl Oak’. The samples came the next day and were exactly as shown on the website, so it was a no-brainer.

What was most important to you when designing your room?

What’s most important to us is ensuring that the room feels balanced. By this, we mean that the room feels proportioned in its sizes and that the colours, patterns and textures that we add complement each other well.

In our new-build living room, the initial layout wasn’t ideal. The room was long and narrow but it was lacking a focal point. To remedy this, we installed a media unit to house the TV and used a combination of colours on different walls to pull the room together.

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What's your story?

We’re just trying to create a space that we can both enjoy and also hoping that we can show people that new-build houses don’t have to lack character.

I’d like to think that our home is a view of our personalities. We explore a few different styles in different rooms and it’s practical to suit our lifestyle too. We love entertaining, so downstairs is perfect for parties, while upstairs is our safe haven that we get to enjoy.

What does your home situation look like?

At the moment it’s myself, my boyfriend and our Miniature Dachshund.

What qualities were you looking for in your new flooring?

Since we like to entertain, we were looking for a floor that would be durable and withstand whatever we throw at it. The engineered hardwood is perfect because it can be sanded down up to 4 times if we ever need to.

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

The best advice I could give is just to throw caution to the wind and go for the flooring you love. So many people warned us about fitting hardwood floors throughout the entire ground floor of our house; they said it would make the house feel ‘cold’. I couldn’t disagree with this more, our ground floor feels so warm and inviting (even in winter, it’s not like walking on tiles).

Did any trends inspire your interior choices?

We tend to lean towards a mid-century modern/Scandi style for our interiors. This is an amalgamation of both mine and Lee’s tastes. I love Victorian houses with dark moody interiors and delicate patterns, whereas Lee likes modern bright interiors. I do feel like we’ve found a nice balance between our two styles though.


How has your new floor improved your home?

Everyone compliments our floor, it’s so striking while also remaining quite neutral. If we wanted to, we could quite easily change the entire colour scheme downstairs and I can almost guarantee that any other colour scheme would still work. The flooring strikes the perfect balance between beauty and practicality.

How did you decide on the colours and styles?

I studied art for many years and so I’ve always been quite creative. However, we took inspiration from other houses on Instagram, home magazines/catalogues as well as inspiration from our own tastes.

When it came to deciding upon colours and furniture etc, we found the best way to do this was by using mood boards. We would look on Instagram for how colours and flooring looked in other people’s homes - it’s always useful to do this because sometimes it’s hard to see true colours if photos are edited.

With anything creative though, it’s a process of trial and error. We are already seeing projects we’ve completed but want to change slightly. So don’t be afraid to play about with colour or even textures and try to have fun while you’re doing it.