TREND: Earth Friendly
As a flooring retailer, we are passionately committed to bettering our environment by our own actions and through our relationships with our community, our suppliers, and our employees. As part of our deep dedication to greening our industry, our community, and our world, we are proud to offer Green Select, a special designation for products that meet our very high environmental standards. Why? Because “going green” is simply the right thing to do.
For a product to be labeled as Green Select, it must meet at least one of our established environmental standards:
• Be recyclable.
• Contain a minimum percentage of recycled content.
• Be made from a natural, sustainable, or quickly renewable resource.
Just as many of us recycle aluminium cans, plastic or glass bottles, and newspaper, some flooring products can also be recycled. For instance, to qualify as Green Select, carpet products must be fibre-to-fibre recyclable, meaning that they are recycled to create new carpet without any reduction in performance.
Contain Recycled Content
Did you know, five recycled plastic soda bottles go into every square foot of PET polyester carpet fibre. Carpets created in this way use a manufacturing process that requires less energy and water to produce than fibre made from raw polyester. Green Select products must contain a minimum percentage of recycled content to qualify.
Natural, Sustainable, Renewable
For products to be labeled as Green Select under this category, they must contain a minimum percentage of natural, sustainable, or renewable content. Sustainable flooring materials include wool, sisal, coir, seagrass, cotton, corn, hemp, linen, jute, mountain grass, silk, cork, bamboo, and linoleum.
TREND: Soft or Hard Flooring
The beauty of today’s home is that it will accommodate both. While hard floor surfaces, such as concrete, tiles and timber, offer a clean, modern finish to interiors, the comfort, warmth and simplicity offered by carpet guarantees its enduring popularity.
There’s nothing quite like the tactile sensation of tossing off your shoes and sinking your toes into a luxurious woollen pile or the look of beautifully designed carpet complementing furnishings. And if you choose a quality product and look after it properly, it will perform well for years.
Where you decide to lay your carpet will determine the style, colour and texture you choose – taking into consideration the area’s use, your budget and your home’s furnishings. Advances in technology and creative design now mean there is a carpet to suit, whether you’re looking for an understated neutral or want to make a bold statement with contemporary patterning.
Neutrals will always be safe, but a small dash of vivid carpet can have a big impact. High-traffic areas, such as hallways and stairs, require a strong, durable carpet in a forgiving shade, such as a level loop pile in a moderately dark or striped colourway.
Sisal and coir are ideal for busy spots, too. Colour is coming through in new ways, such as super-sized cut piles that reveal a contrasting tone in the centre, painterly designs and woven stripes, and stippling, where different colours and textures are woven together in a single yarn. The hallway and other small areas are the places to play with colour, you can have fun without it being too overwhelming.
Wool is an all-time favourite, but the new technologies are well worth considering. Living areas experience a moderate-to-high amount of traffic. Opt for a design that is both soft and durable. Key looks include chunky carpets with a variable pile height, and mixed cut-and-loop piles. Tailored geometrics give the appearance of a patterned carpet in a single colour-way, and textured high-low loop piles are soft but won’t lose their structure under moderate footfall. Thick, felted designs have a handwoven feel. Man-made fibres are affordable, durable and easy to clean, so if budget is important, turn your attention to synthetics.
From bespoke styles to brand-new blends, the comfort factor has never been so high. Bedrooms don’t experience the heavy traffic of a hallway, so this is the spot to indulge in that plush velvet pile, deep textured frieze or shag pile. Luxurious new styles include high, dense twists, chunky felts and oversized loop piles. The latest blends combine wool with everything from silk, linen and cotton to paper. These luxurious fibres tend to be woven into the designs as separate, highlight features, resulting in multi-layered carpets.
Sophie T, Balham SW12
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a big thank you for doing such a brilliant job fitting our new carpet, it's really transformed the room and you've done a great job making it look very tidy with the beading around the edge of the room. We're very pleased with it.
Mr S Smith, Clapham
A Flooring Boutique offered me great advice, and a great deal, the carpets look fantastic, their fitters were very professional, I would highly recommend them, thank you again.
Mrs L Berthwick, Balham
From choosing our new carpets, to the fitting in our home, everyone at A Flooring Boutique were fantastic, our floors now look and feel amazing, thank you so much.
Ms B Daily, Dulwich
We had quite a few rooms which were in need of an refresh, I am so glad we came to A Flooring Boutique, their advice was invaluable, and the service was seamless from start to finish.