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Five Flooring Trends in 2020

  • Posted: Dec 12, 2019
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Five Flooring Trends in 2020


2020 seems to be taking on a conceptual take for flooring allowing homeowners to play around with different styles and materials to create the perfect space at home. Flooring trends in 2019 introduced us to bold, bright flooring that created a strong sense of home. We also saw smart flooring concepts like waterproof carpeting make its way to the stage. There has also been a revival in vinyl, the use of distressed woods and patterned flooring.

Texture Take 

Although smooth floors remain classic, current design trends are leaning towards textured flooring. The return to hardwood floors in 2020 brings not only decorative advantages but hardwood also serves as noise and heat insulator. Notably, the best flooring to walk barefoot on, wood gives room to play with different brush types, from distressed and reclaimed to wire-brushed and hand-scraped textures.

This creates interesting shadeurs for your flooring. Bamboo, cork and engineered wood are also popular materials for textured flooring.

Colour Codes

Coloured flooring in wood, vinyl, laminate and tiling are gaining popularity for both homes and offices. The use of grey undertones either alone or cleverly used with gold and honey tones are big on the trend forecast for 2020. Using them individually is a great way to get in on the trend, but more adventurous is the use of these colours together.

Pattern Play

Wooden floors, especially in the Parquet style are making a comeback. Keeping it authentic and returning to “old school” flooring techniques are not just for hipsters anymore. Many design companies are incorporating authentic design styles with more advanced flooring materials. Using different colours, sizes and geometric patterns are a lovely alternative to the usual straight-line type of flooring lay. 

Concrete and Stone

Timeless and classic. Stone, concrete and porcelain materials for flooring are very popular amoung interior designers. They go well with many interior styles and tend to last for a very long time. Stone flooring trends for 2020 create interesting and unique surface finishes that are as unique as you.

Smart Carpets

Carpeting has come a long way. Waterproof carpeting has been a major invention in recent years. Having carpets are much more user-friendly today than they have ever been before. Waterproof carpeting is ideal for busy families and homes with pets. Another trend in carpeting are carpets made from recyclable materials and carpets that are even recyclable themselves.

Time to change the flooring in your home? HOMEMAKERS has all the expert flooring suppliers right here

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The Advantages of Thatching

  • Posted: Dec 08, 2019
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The Advantages of Thatching

There are many reasons to choose thatching. From its traditional feel to its eco-friendly contributions, thatching is a trendy, natural style of roofing. South African’s are very familiar with the thatched or iconic lapa-style roof. In the United Kingdom, country homes also showcase this style of roofing and it has been a cost-effective method of roofing for centuries. Considered one of the oldest types of roofing, we share the advantages of thatching below.

Low Maintenance

Professionally laid thatch can be maintenance-free for many years. Thatch is used as a low-cost form of roofing in many developing countries. It is also used in exotic, warm climates for aesthetic purposes and convenience. Birds looking for nesting materials can destroy thatch quite quickly. This can destroy your roof within a year after installation. A well maintained thatched roof is extremely durable and could last between 10 and 25 years.

Versatile and Affordable

There is a certain charm that goes with a traditional thatched roof. This renewable and sustainable method is affordable and versatile. Whether you are choosing thatch for your home, garden or splurging on a beach gazebo at your holiday home, the versatility of the thatch means it can be used for various types of buildings. It is a popular option for people who are looking for a rustic feel and aesthetic. 

Excellent Insulation

The excellent insulation qualities of thatch ensures that you won’t need any additional insulation. A well-built thatched roof is naturally waterproof and environmentally friendly. Because thatch is a natural insulator it keeps your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter – which will save you money in the long run.

A thatched roof will not only give you the benefits listed above, it will also contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. Experience the true meaning of organic living with a thatch. Find a thatching expert in HOMEMAKERS today!

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Cool Kitchen Culture

  • Posted: Dec 06, 2019
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Cool Kitchen Culture

There are many ways to ensure you utilise your kitchen to its full extent. Open plans, timeless designs, cosy nooks, innovative technology and glamorous interiors can make your kitchen as unique as you are. Do it for the love of cool kitchen culture.

En Plein Air

We live in a time where our well being comes first. Spending a healthy amount of time outdoors is good for you and your family. Kitchens are now being converted into spaces that merge with the outdoors. Outdoor kitchens are a category all in their own right. Being able to easily “move”’ your kitchen outdoors with the use of movable folding or sliding doors is a great way to get the best of both worlds. Go for practical installations and a decorative kitchen theme that matches your living inspirations. 

Cool Kitchens

Cosy Country

Maybe a modern kitchen is just not what you are after. Country or rustic style kitchens are making a comeback. Contemporary additions like bright coloured face-brick walls and low hanging exposed lightbulbs are popular in a country style kitchen. Make use of raw wood and stone décor elements to create the ultimate farmhouse kitchen feel. Throw in a fireplace for the winter months and you’ll never leave.

Glam Guru

Classy living elements with luxurious undertones are a great design and décor plan if you want your kitchen to replicate a high-end hotel in uptown New York. Lighting is a very important factor here. Choosing the right lighting solutions are ideal for the glam kitchen look. Utilise fresh flowers, elegant countertops in marble and tall metal stools to pull it off like a pro.

Cool Kitchen

Classic Cool

A classic themed kitchen is always a good idea. With neutral or black and white flooring, wooden cabinets and colourful or mosaic walls, you cannot go wrong with this theme. Classic themed kitchens are usually detailed with vintage references. This brings textures, materials and beauty together in a clever way.

Simple Sophistication 

If communication and interconnectivity is something you value at home, opting for an innovative, functional kitchen might be for you. Creating a minimalist space with stainless steel finishes and uncomplicated colours is a perfect starting point for this type of kitchen. Using light colours and geometric shapes will ensure your kitchen has the feel you are going for. Sleek finishes that include hi-tech appliances are the perfect addition to your sophisticated kitchen.

Revamp your kitchen and get all the professional help you need with HOMEMAKERS.

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