Homes & Gardens
Look out for our Antique Grey floor in the June issue of Homes & Gardens.
And the winners are….
Congratulations to all who entered our competition to win one of five Bona Wood Floor Cleaning Kits. The competition is now closed.
The winners are: Paula Phillips, Pontypridd. Emma Eminoglu Ipswich, Janet Palmer, London, Nathalie Taylor from Cheltenham and Wendy House from Spalding. For more information on how Bona can make your floor feel loved visit ow.ly/7dWF308SnxdRead More
What a difference a floor makes
On a cold day in November 2016, The Natural Wood Floor Company team headed to South London to do a photo shoot of our new range. The location was an Edwardian family home that had been completely renovated by the owner.
It was a beautiful house, full of original features, stylish pieces of furniture and lots of wood. There wasn’t carpet to be seen and the walls were covered in panelling painted in neutral tones. Built-in wood features dominated – this household had clearly found a great carpenter.
A family with young children lived there, so it was practical too. The kitchen/diner had a concrete floor painted grey. It had underfloor heating, which was welcome as we always take our shoes off when we do a shoot.
It was a functional floor that really suited the room. Then, we laid our new Dusk boards on top of it. The transformation was incredible. It was still a practical floor that could withstand the travails of family life. It could also accommodate the underfloor heating. The difference was, the floor had now taken on a life of its own.
It shimmered as the morning sun streamed through the windows. The light bounced off the ripples and whirls in the oak’s grain that have been enhanced by a precision wire brushing process.
I noticed too that the Dusk wood floor was much easier on my old bones than the concrete – wood floors are natural shock absorbers. That’s why dance studios and gyms install them.
Dusk is also proof that you needn’t be dull to be practical. The boards are a work of art, but they won’t chip, peel or blister like traditional painted boards.
I’ve always been a fan of painted floorboards. Many years ago, when they first became fashionable, I had them in my office, but signs of wear and tear quickly showed, especially where the desk chair was situated. I don’t mind a distressed look, but this was a floor on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
The New England boards that are part of our new range are perfect for that room. They are a lovely buttermilk colour, so give you the freshness and look of a painted floor, but like Dusk they are wire brushed, allowing the pattern of the oak to show through. And the paint doesn’t peel off. I could wheel my desk chair across the floor all day long and it would still look as good as new!
The bright airy entrance hall of our location was a lovely feature of the house and the owner had painted the original floorboards to great effect. Could we really improve on that? It turns out we could.
We laid our White Brushed down and it looked as if the boards had always been a part of the property.
They’re pale, so the entrance still felt bright and airy, but they also added warmth and once again, that all important texture. The lovely thing about White Brushed is that you can really make out the spectrum of colours in the oak. Like a log fire, this is one thing you could stare at for hours if only you had the time.
We’re really proud of our new range and hope you like it too. While you can get an idea of how stunning the floors are from the photographs we took, there is no substitute for seeing the boards for yourself.
Why not pop over to our showroom at 20 Smuggler’s Way in Wandsworth and have a look. Feel them. Examine the detail and see how they react with the light. You can also take a sample to see how they would look in your own home.
Light and White Wood Flooring
Floors To Brighten Your Home
Look through some of the oak flooring we manufacture with lighter hues that are perfect for brightening your space.Read More
Saicos Ecoline Multitop Lacquers
Add colour and a hard wearing top surface to your wooden floorRead More
New styles for 2016
Predicting This Year’s Interior Trends
Houzz have published their predictions of what styles and interior design elements will be most popular in 2016. There are 10 suggestions including statement bathroom mirrors and, surprisingly, tech-less living rooms.
We’re focusing on their first style prediction however – black stainless steel, and which of our floors will match this elegant look.Read More
Keeping your floor looking its best this Christmas
When grit and wetness can be brought in from outside, it is important to protect your floor to prevent scratches and scuffing. Avoiding frequent minor damages can prolong the life and look of your wood floor. Find our tips and recommendations below.Read More
Staff recommendations – A Walnut Allergy
A Walnut Allergy With A Walnut Floor
We get asked a lot of questions from customers, most of which we’ve heard before. What is engineered flooring? Which is the most hardwearing surface? How do I maintain my wooden floor? All of these can be found in our FAQs.
But one mother who visited us recently had a query that was new to us, ‘will a walnut floor affect my daughter’s walnut allergy?’Read More
Interior Design Solutions – Considerations for a kitchen
A wood floor is hardwearing, beautiful, and easy to maintain, yet a question we get asked everyday is ‘will a wooden floor be suitable for my kitchen?’
Normally, the two main reasons for concern is the heavy traffic a kitchen is likely to receive and spillages. Water, wine, fizzy drinks, juice, and cooking oils… they’re all a modern day kitchen hazard.Read More
Staff recommendations – The ideal floor for a school
Flooring for a school
A school environment is non-stop for both the students and teachers, as well as the building itself. And with enough going on to keep everyone busy, the flooring needs to be robust enough to last from September to July, without interruptions.Read More
Staff recommendations – Floors for a rental property
Flooring for Rental Properties
Many customers come to our Wandsworth showroom looking for a floor for their rental property. As with most projects, people have a budget to work within, although maintenance and the floor’s look are also deciding factors.
Interior Design Solutions – A parquet problem
A Parquet problem
Parquet woodblocks can provide the perfect base for a classically designed interior or something more contemporary.Read More
Interior Design Solutions – Basement flats
Brighten up your basement flat by laying a wood floor throughout
A customer called us this week with a problem that is fast becoming a frequent issue in the capital – how to brighten up a basement flat.Read More
The new Natural Wood Floor Co brochure
We have replaced our old brochure with a new real-time brochure….Read More
University of Kent, Music Hall floor award
Award winning flooring
The Natural Wood Floor Company supplied the oak wood flooring for The University of Kent’s Colyer-Fergusson Building music hall which was judged the winner of the Commercial and Public Access Category in the Wood Awards 2013Read More
Oak Engineered Overlay Distressed Sand Pre-lacquered
This floor is beautifully ornate..Read More
Oak Engineered Silver-White Pre-oiled Boards
Perfect for revitalising and lightening up period propertiesRead More
Heritage Flooring Collection
Flooring with an authentic antique appearance
The Heritage Collection offers flooring with an authentic antique appearance but also a traditional vintage feelRead More
City Life Flooring Collection
Flooring with a modern twist to enhance contemporary settings
City Life offers a range of flooring with a modern twist, to enhance contemporary settings.Read More
Country and Coastal Flooring Collection
A flooring range of pale and neutral colours
Country and Coastal features a range of pale and neutral colours, sealed with carefully selected finishes, to enhance a lived in, weathered appearance.Read More
Guide to wood flooring
Choosing a wood floor
Deciding to have a wood floor is the first step, the next is selecting the floor that is best for your space.
There’s nothing quite like a wooden floor for bringing warmth, texture and style into the home. As well as looking fantastic, wood is very practical as it’s easy to maintain and is extremely hard-wearing. Sustainably sourced timber has great environmental credentials too.