Floors, fabulous floors
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to achieving that rustic, period feel, starting with the real deal – solid hardwood flooring. If you want to go ‘all out’, it doesn’t get much more authentic than using genuine reclaimed wooden floorboards, which naturally already have that beautiful, lived-in feel. Likewise, choosing floorboards that have been finished using stains, colour-washes, hand-scraping or distressing techniques instantly gives your home an air of rural chic.
It’s also worth considering that, while some would claim steadfastly that installing real wood flooring is worth every splinter, there are some genuinely convincing wood-effect vinyl options available too. And don’t worry, they’re a world apart from their cheaper, laminate predecessors (great for student digs, not so great for adding period charm). Shop around and try to go for luxury brands where you can. You’ll be amazed at how authentic vinyl can look, and it doesn’t scuff like real wood, ideal for pet and child-filled households.
If wooden flooring isn’t your thing, there’s nothing to say you can’t go for something outrageously retro-chic like black and white checkerboard tiles instead. These can look great throughout the house, or as a statement feature in a hallway. We love them in the kitchen, alongside raw wood furniture and white-washed wooden cabinets.