An Introduction to Carpet Remnants
Carpet remnants have been used by homeowners for many years to improve the look and feel of their homes without breaking the bank. On first glance, the thought of using (what many incorrectly assume to be) discarded pieces of carpet might not seem appealing to a homeowner looking to make their house a little more homely. With a little research, however, using a carpet remnant can be just the thing you have been looking for to bring your home interior to life.
With this in mind, let’s establish what carpet remnants are, where they come from, and how they could help to improve the look and feel of your home.
What are Carpet Remnants?
Contrary to what some people think, carpet remnants are not inferior carpets that are sold off cheap. They are in fact carpet offcuts, which are the remains of a full roll that has been cut for previous customers.
Often these are carpets of the highest quality, but are less expensive as they may be small or irregular shapes. In other words, carpet remnants offer a great way to get good quality carpet at a lower price.
The good news is, not all remnants are small. They can be large enough to carpet a spare room or bedroom, or even a reasonably sized living room. So, if you’re revamping your home on a budget, carpet remnants can be an excellent option.
What can you do with Carpet Remnants?
Having answered the question of what is a carpet remnant, it’s time to look at how you can use them. And remember, you’ll be able to pick from a range of quality carpets cut from rolls supplied by leading manufacturers.
Carpeting a Small Room
Naturally, what you can do with an offcut will depend entirely on its size and shape. However, you may well be able to carpet a box room, bathroom or home office using small carpet remnants. Because this is brand new carpet, once it’s fitted no one will ever know the difference.
Offcuts come in all shapes and sizes, and you may well find a carpet remnant to fit your stairs. If you don’t find a piece long enough, you can paint or stain the risers and simply carpet each individual step. You can also use a long narrow remnant to refresh a hallway, landing or corridor.
Create an Area Rug
A smaller carpet remnant can be used to form an area rug for a living room or bedroom. Once cut to size, a trim can be glued or sewn to the edge of the carpet to create a perfect finish. By the same principal, rug remnants can also be used to create smaller rugs for bathrooms or other small spaces.
Here at Clarkes Carpets we have a fantastic selection of carpet remnants and beautiful rugs from leading UK manufacturers. We stock colours, piles (such as loop and Saxony) and materials to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can decorate your home exactly the way you want to.
Make sure to get in touch with our friendly team for more information, or come and visit our showroom to find the perfect carpet and flooring remnants to improve your home today.
Stunning Bedside Lamps: Our Guide to Choosing
In order to bring out the character of your room you need the right kind of lighting. With stunning bedside lamps, you can not only transform the look of your room but also improve its functionality. The right lamp, coupled with something like a chic modern rug, can bring your room to life, but there are several things you need to consider first. Therefore, here is our guide to help you choose the right lamp for your room.
Lamps not only offer lighting for your room but they are also decorative items in themselves. Therefore, you need to consider both the look of your lamp as well as how well it functions. Consider the décor of your room: is it modern or more traditional? Does it reflect a minimalist style, or is it more ornate? Sleek, chrome lamps are more suited to modern décor, while ceramic bases and glass shades will suit the traditional look better. Keep in mind that if you choose more than one lamp they don’t have to match perfectly. Instead, pick lamps of similar colours and shapes that will blend well together.
Another factor you need to consider when deciding on lamps to go in your home is their size. There is no point trying to put a lamp in your room if there is nowhere for it to fit. In addition, a lamp that has not been measured for its space first can look out of proportion with its surroundings. Make sure the lamp you choose is a suitable size for its location. For example, instead of a huge lamp in a small room, choose a lamp that is slender in design. If you have a large room, choose a lamp that is large enough to make a statement and won’t look lost.
Placement and Design
Where you choose to place your lamp in your room can enhance it in any number of ways. If you choose to place your lamp in a dark corner it can make the space feel larger. Table lamps next to seating areas help to make them the focal point of the room. Keep in mind that different types of lamps will enhance the room in various ways. Living room lamps help complement the ambient lighting of a room and create a warm atmosphere within, while dining room lamps can evoke an intimate mood. Bedroom lamps are great for reading plus creating a relaxing atmosphere before bed, while desk lamps function mainly to help avoid eye strain while working. All in all, the design of your lamp and its placement in the room are vital in creating the right amount of lighting and ambiance in a room.
Here at Clarkes Carpets we have a fantastic range of stunning bedside lamps for you to choose from. We have over 250 varieties of lamps that are suitable for any room in the home. To find out more about our table lamps come visit our showroom in person or get in touch with us today.
Modern Rugs to Complement Your Living Room
Apart from looking fantastic, modern rugs can bring so much more to the look and feel of your home. A well-chosen rug can completely change the ambience in a room, from dark to light or cold to cosy. Not only that, but did you know that rugs can be good for your health and wellbeing?
Clarkes Carpets is a family-run business, and we’ve been providing our customers with beautiful flooring since 1968. We’re specialists in carpets and rugs, and we understand the benefits they can bring to a home.
Make all the difference with a modern rug
Add Warmth and comfort
Contemporary rugs provide a simple way to turn a cold room into a warm and welcoming one. Wood and laminate floors are hugely popular, and provide an attractive and stylish surface. But sometimes a large room with a laminate floor can feel a little bare and uninviting.
Adding a deep and luxurious modern rug will instantly create a feeling of warmth and comfort. It provides a visual focal point for the room, as well as something soft and comfortable to walk on.
Complement your decor
There’s a misconception that if you live in a traditional house, you can only use traditional rugs on your floors. But one of the joys of modern rugs is that they can look gorgeous in any setting.
Interior designers know that a mix of classic and contemporary styles can be used to stunning effect. So whatever the style of your home, don’t be afraid to be bold.
Add a touch of elegance
When the decor is subtle and restrained, it can occasionally leave a room seeming rather flat. It may be smart and it may be contemporary, but it’s missing that touch of something special.
Your floor provides the ideal canvas for that final finishing touch. And modern rugs provide the perfect way to add a new dash of elegance to your existing style.
Did you know?
It used to be thought that because rugs and carpets trapped dust, they were bad for people with allergies. In fact, rugs act as filters, keeping allergens out of the air where they’re more likely to be inhaled. Then as soon as we vacuum, they’re gone.
So not only does a modern rug look stunning on our floors, but they’re good for us, too!
Choosing a New Rug
When choosing from the huge range of Clarkes Carpets modern rugs, there are three key points to consider:
- If your decor is already busy with lots of furniture and pictures, a rug in block colours may be best.
- In the same way, vibrant patterns and colours can add zest and pizazz to rooms with muted decor.
- In a room that’s already full of colour, subtle or neutral shades are often work wonders.
Contact us today for more information, or visit our store to browse our wide range of modern rugs
Choosing the Best Hard Wearing Carpet
When picking out a carpet for the home you more than likely think about the colour, the style and the feeling under your feet. But making sure you pick the right carpet for a room comes down to much more than shades.
Certain areas in the home will have much more foot traffic than others. Take the stairs for example. From the bustle before school, to last thing before bed, a staircase sees a lot of heavy use.
These kinds of high traffic areas include things like hallways and living rooms too.
In these kinds of areas, the softest, thickest kinds of carpets are not often the best choice. You’re much better off picking a durable, hard wearing carpet instead.
But why is this? And how do you make sure you pick the best hard wearing carpet?
The Importance of Hard Wearing Carpet
Carpets are worn down by foot traffic every day. But in less busy spaces, we rarely notice this.
Hallways, stairways and living rooms however are much more likely to show the effects of wear and tear. We use these spaces more often. Our guests do too. And finally, people are much more likely to have their shoes on around these areas.
The best hard wearing carpets are not just durable. They’re made to hide the effects of heavy foot traffic. So, what kind of carpet should you be looking for?
Cut pile is a durable option that comes in all kinds of styles. A plush cut pile carpet offers a smooth, formal finish. But if you opt for a twist or frieze you’ll be treated to a textured finish that hides the effects of shading and tracking.
Alternatively, you could choose to work with loop pile. The loops in this carpet create a smooth, soft feel that doesn’t have to sacrifice on strength. A level loop pile is perfect for busy areas and will hide footprints. A multi-level loop pile offers similar strength with a slightly different texture.
These two types of carpet share a few characteristics. For one, they’re short. This helps them hide footprints, and help you keep them clean.
But there are a couple of other things for you to think about, whichever style you choose. The colour and fibres you choose will also make a practical difference to the upkeep of your carpet.
Source the Best Hard Wearing Carpets with Clarkes Carpets
Deciding on the right carpet for your halls and living room can be a bit of a bother. With so much choice and so much to consider, how will you know you’ve found the best hard wearing carpet?
Fortunately, if you’re searching Essex for carpets, Clarkes Carpets and Flooring can lend a hand. Contact us today and speak with our experts to find the best hard wearing carpet for your home.
5 Reasons Why Your Home Needs Traditional Patterned Carpets
The fashion for plain carpets tends to fluctuate, but the desire for traditional patterned carpets has never gone away. Patterned carpets have been around for thousands of years, which is pretty solid proof of their popularity. A plain carpet is simply a floor covering. But a patterned carpet takes interior design to a different and more exciting place.
Here at Clarkes we’re a family-run business that was established in 1968. Since then we’ve been providing our customers with high quality flooring backed up by expert installation. So it’s fair to say we know a thing or two about carpets. Read on to discover some of the benefits of traditional patterned carpets.
Patterns for expression
A carpet with a vibrant pattern can really make a statement, whether your style is traditional or modern. In a contemporary setting where colour is muted, it can really bring a room to life. For a classic interior there are hundreds of patterns to choose from that would perfectly complement your style.
A plain carpet in a white room will look smart and attractive. But if you truly want to express your artistic personality, traditional patterned carpets can be your canvas.
Patterns for colour
Blending and matching colours has always been a feature of interior design. This can be achieved by using large areas of block colour, such as feature walls or ceilings. Or it can be done by matching splashes of colour in smaller specific areas. But we sometimes forget that floors can be a part of this process.
By choosing your carpet according to the shades within the pattern, you can take colour co-ordination to new heights.
Patterns for change
By using specific patterns on your floor, you can change the way a room is perceived. In a small room, a repeated linear pattern can give the impression of a much longer space. Alternatively, a tartan or checked pattern can help to make a room look significantly larger than it is.
Traditional patterned carpets are not just beautiful. They can also affect the way you and your family visualise your living space.
Patterns for style
There’s no doubt that patterned carpets are the perfect choice for traditional style homes. But a range of vibrant contemporary patterns have been available for many years. Even if your style is ultra-modern, there are patterned carpets to suit every taste.
Patterns for practicality
Plain carpets in pale colours in a house with children or pets (or both) can be an issue. But if a carpet is patterned, it can help to disguise the wear and tear of everyday use. Many also believe the appearance of traditional carpets in Persian or classical style actually improves with age. That’s why traditional patterned carpets are a great way to add a sense of history and luxury to your home.
Visit our store today to find patterned carpets to best suit your home.
Complementing Your Home With Grey Living Room Furniture
When it comes to decorating your home with a colour scheme grey is often an underrated colour. Rather than being dull and unappealing, grey living room furniture actually adds a sleek and modern feel to your home. In addition, there are many variations in shades of grey that you can use to evoke different moods. There are a number of reasons why you should consider grey in your living room, so here are the major benefits of choosing grey for your living room furniture.
A Modern Look
In terms of fashionable contemporary design elements you can’t go far past a grey colour scheme. Grey introduces a modern yet elegant feel to your surroundings, creating a sleek and minimalistic style. In addition, grey gives your living room area a clean look without feeling lifeless or sterile. Grey living room furniture will make for an attractive and exciting addition in your modern home.
Another advantage of using grey for your home is that it is an extremely versatile colour scheme. Grey comes in many tones: from the dramatic feel of darker shades of grey to the soft and light look of more neutral greys. You can choose a range of different shades of grey to evoke different moods throughout your home.
The Feeling of Space
Grey colour schemes have the unusual ability to make rooms appear larger than they are. By using grey or neutral colours you can create the illusion of more space in your home. This helps make your living room feel more open and inviting. With the addition of grey living room furniture and decor you can make your living room feel much more airy and spacious.
With a grey colour scheme you can create some unique and attractive design choices with a bold splash of colour. Try a pop of yellow so that the brighter colour is softened by the grey, or grey and pink for a more balanced look. Many colours can be used to contrast with and complement your grey colour scheme, creating a consistent and appealing design.
When it comes to grey living room furniture there are many attractive and eye catching options to choose from. Types of furniture to consider include sideboards, cabinets, sofas and more. When choosing grey furniture consider the tones to see how they match with your overall scheme. Many appealing furniture choices are available at our store here at Clarkes Carpets.
Here at Clarkes Carpets we supply a wide range of furniture items perfect for any home. From the classic to the modern, we have the best available décor to fit your home. We also offer an exciting range of lighting and rugs, as well as the largest flooring selection in Essex. To find out more about our range of home furnishings get in touch with us online or by phone, or visit us at our Romford showroom today.
The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring
One of the most popular flooring choices for modern homes is hard vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring can come in either sheet form or as tiles. It is popular for creating a natural look in the home at relatively low cost. Vinyl has a wide range of benefits in that it is easy to install, water resistant and easy to maintain. However, it does also come with down sides, and may not be suitable for every room in the home. Therefore, here are some of the pros and cons of using hard vinyl flooring in your home.
The Benefits of Hard Vinyl Flooring
- Hard vinyl flooring is very easy to maintain and clean compared to other options. Being that it is water resistant you can easily wipe it with a mop without worrying about moisture getting trapped.
- When looked after properly, vinyl is very durable and highly resistant to scratches as well as wear and tear. Combined with an anti-slip surface, this makes it the perfect choice for homes with a lot of activity. In particular, it is a good choice for homes with children and pets.
- Vinyl is very easy to install and much more affordable compared to other materials such as wood and carpeting. Combined with how easy vinyl is to maintain and clean, it is the perfect choice for those on a budget.
- There is a range of different styles, textures and patterns available when it comes to vinyl, from wood to stone and marble effects. Combined with their affordability and durability, vinyl tiles are in many cases better than the real thing.
- Vinyl floors are softer and more comfortable to walk on thanks to their sponge like felt backing. In addition, this backing helps absorb sound better than either wood and stone, making it great for busy areas in the home.
The Downsides of Hard Vinyl Flooring
- Hard vinyl flooring will not look good if laid on a surface that is uneven or in poor condition. In order for your vinyl floor to look its best you need to ensure the underlying surface is in the best condition first.
- Although vinyl is very durable, you can still damage it with sharp objects. If kitchen items are dropped or the sharp edges of furniture get dragged over the surface, this can penetrate the soft surface of the vinyl floor.
- Vinyl flooring can be very hard to remove once installed. This is due to the adhesive backing hardening against the surface. While it is possible to unglue the flooring yourself with the right materials, this can take a lot of effort.
- Older vinyl floors may contain asbestos which can prove a health risk if it has become cracked or damaged. This can usually be found in homes built in the 1980s or earlier. If you suspect your vinyl floor has asbestos then always hire a professional to test and remove it if necessary.
- While vinyl will produce a look and feel similar to stone or wood, it will not add as much value to your home as natural materials. So vinyl flooring is a good option if you intend to remain in your home long term.
Clarkes Floors and Furniture
Here at Clarkes we offer a wide range of sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile flooring for households in Essex and East London. To find out more about our range of vinyl flooring options we invite you to get in touch with us today.
Choosing the Best Affordable Carpets for Your Home
Carpets are a comfy and functional addition to any home. They are also able to completely tie together the style of a room. This is why making an informed choice is important if you hope to leverage the benefits of stylish and affordable carpets. But, what if you have a limited budget? What features should you make it a point to address when selecting the most affordable carpets? Let us take a look at a handful of important considerations so that you can make the right choice for your home.
All About Comfort
The functional features of a carpet should be the first thought. Thanks to the use of modern materials, affordable carpets can provide great levels of warmth to your home, while still adding a unique sense of style. Nylon (the most resilient), polyester, and Olefin (the most cost-effective material) are the most common carpet fabrics you’ll find on the market.
Where Will the Flooring be Placed?
Naturally, carpets will experience a fair amount of wear and tear over time; especially if they are placed in high-traffic areas. Examples include living rooms, hallways, and the stairs. For that reason, quality is very important. Some affordable carpets have been specifically designed to withstand high levels of foot traffic. So, you will not have to worry about the cost of a replacement for many years.
How much space do you hope to cover with a new carpet? This is another important element to think about, as you might feel forced to “cut corners” in regards to the amount that you can spend. It is actually a wise choice to spend slightly more, so that you will not be forced to sacrifice quality over quantity. This is even more relevant if you are dealing with a smaller floor space (such as a child’s bedroom). As you are covering a smaller area, you may be able to opt for a more luxurious (and slightly more expensive) carpet.
The Types of Carpets
Carpets can be engineered from a variety of different materials. This is often reflected in the “pile” (the soft loops of fabric found upon its surface). High piles are known for their thickness, while low piles are often ideal for areas which experience a lot of foot traffic. Here are some other options:
- Patterned piles (great to add a bit of personality to a room or to hide stains).
- Twisted piles (known for their extensive range of colours).
- Loop piles (durable, practical and affordable options).
- Velvet piles (offering longevity and the ability to soften nearby sounds. These are often found within an office environment).
The Benefits of Amtico Flooring
You might have heard of Amtico vinyl flooring before; but it’s even more likely that you’ve walked on it. Amtico are a British company who have been making high-quality flooring for over half a century. Though well-known for their quality carpets, it’s their laminated vinyl flooring that has made them an industry leader.
This luxury vinyl flooring has become so popular that it is now synonymous with the company’s name. From commercial developments, to a domestic refurbishment, all kinds of property owners are drawn to Amtico products. But what is it that sets Amtico vinyl flooring apart from the competition?
The Endless Possibilities of Amtico Vinyl Flooring
Amtico’s vinyl flooring tiles are one of their most popular products for the home. These luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are what people most often mean when they refer to Amtico flooring. The flooring itself is made from a soft and pliable vinyl material, which makes the vinyl easy to cut and shape during installation. This pliability goes hand in hand with the material’s great range of possible colours and effects.
Over the years, Amtico vinyl flooring has come in a growing range of textures. These textures can replicate the appearance of wood, stone, marble and other tile materials. There are even porcelain and terracotta textures, as well as a range of block colours and expressive patterns.
Because the material is soft and easy to work with, you can easily combine different Amtico textures and colours in unique ways. This can lead to some sophisticated patterns and designs. Special edge and border pieces are also available to help you round off your designs. Plus, as the material is simple to cut, shape and attach, it can fit around all kinds of units and fittings.
The beautiful visual finish doesn’t mean that Amtico flooring will let you down in other ways; the vinyl material is durable and hard-wearing. It’s also waterproof, and with proper sealing, is a great choice for kitchen and bathroom environments.
Shop Quality Vinyl Flooring at Clarkes Carpets
Whether decorating a grand entryway or an en-suite, Amtico has all you need to create a stunning interior space. So, if you’re refurbishing or developing a home, consider choosing these versatile vinyl tiles. The wide range of textures and colours can help you create a beautiful floor perfectly suited to your decor. Meanwhile, the durability of the vinyl, and different options available for all budgets, make Amtico a great way to invest in your home.
At Clarkes Carpets, you’ll find a huge range of vinyl flooring on offer. Let our showroom inspire you, and our staff guide you. With a dedicated Amtico studio in our flooring showroom, you can see the possibilities of Amtico vinyl flooring for yourself.
To find out more about the Amtico flooring options offered by our team at Clarkes Carpets, browse our website or visit us in store today.
How to Choose the Best Hallway Lighting
Are you eager to brighten up your home? Have you recently purchased a new property and the lighting is less than ideal? Perhaps you want to provide an interior hallway with a greater sense of space. These are just some of the many reasons why choosing the right hallway lighting system is key to creating the perfect atmosphere in your home. Let’s take a look a few considerations, before moving on to look at how the team at Clarkes Carpets can help.
A Look at the Benefits of Bespoke Hallway Lighting
Hallways are one of the main focal points of any home. They are often located within key areas, such as immediately following an entranceway or a foyer. So, it only stands to reason that the correct lighting solutions should be chosen. Unique lighting options can also provide the illusion of space while offering a more inviting environment. The only possible issue is the fact that there are so many options to choose from! This brings us to the next consideration.
What Hallway Lighting Options Can You Choose?
Hallway lights can be segmented into several categories including:
- Pendant lighting
- Ceiling lighting
- Wall lighting
- Table lamps
Pendant lights are ideally suited to hallways with high ceilings, as these hanging fixtures can provide a modern look while still illuminating the desired area. Examples of pendant lights include drum shades, globes, lanterns, and statement chandeliers.
Ceiling lights (such as recessed fixtures) are a great choice when you are working with a limited amount of space. Lighting above head-height will brighten an entire room without any obstruction, and is suited to almost any sized hallway.
Wall lights (such as sconces or recessed fixtures) can provide a hallway with a sense of depth, while also highlighting nearby elements (including bookcases, crown moulding or artwork). Wall-mounted lights are perfect when negotiating with a limited amount of space.
Table lamps are the perfect choice if you have available table-top space in your hallway. With a huge selection of styles available, you can be sure to find the ideal table lamp to accessorise any console table – and brighten your hallway at the same time.
Choosing the Right Type of Hallway Lighting
A few practical considerations should be considered in advance. You should always take into account the dimensions of your hallway (its length, width and height). Also, examine how much ambient light is available. This can help you to determine the best style of fixture, as well as how many lights should be present. It is also a good idea to base the design of the fixture(s) on the decor and colour scheme of your home. The lighting styles should work in synergy with nearby elements so that you can achieve a visually seamless appeal.
Working with the Team at Clarkes Carpets
We can now see that there is a bit more than initially meets the eye if you hope to choose the most appropriate lighting fixtures for your hallway. But, always remember that the experts at Clarkes Carpets are only moments away if you need any advice or guidance. To better understand how hallway lighting can transform the appearance of any hallway, please visit our Romford showroom, or contact us today.