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I love this time of year. The clocks have been put forward so we can enjoy longer evenings and it’s getting warmer. Spring has definitely sprung!
If, like me, you feel the need to brighten up your home in line with the weather then this section on vinyls makes essential reading. It’s full of the latest trends information and different style ideas to help you make the right choice for your house.

Enjoy the Spring sunshine and I’ll be back in May with hints and tips on accessorising the home with rugs.
For those of you that don’t know what vinyl is, here is a very brief overview...
Made from polyvinyl chloride, vinyl is a water resistant cushioned flooring that offers good insulation and feels fabulously comfortable underfoot.
It comes in large sheets or tiles and is soft and flexible so is relatively easy to lay – even if your room is an awkward shape.

Top tip: If your floor is uneven you will need to get the flooring screened first to remove any bumps.
So, what makes vinyl such a good flooring option for the home? As vinyl is water resistant, it’s the perfect choice for kitchens and bathrooms. However, with hundreds of designs available, from tile and wood-like finishes to something more abstract, vinyl is so versatile it can be used in every room in the house.

Vinyl tiles, for example, make an excellent alternative to ceramic tiles or wooden flooring as they allow you to create luxurious wood, stone, slate, granite and marble effects throughout the home quickly and easily – and for a fraction of the price!

What’s more, vinyl flooring has developed enormously over the years and manufacturers are now producing products that are of such high quality that you’re hard pushed to tell the difference between the vinyl and the genuine article.

For me, the real beauty of vinyl flooring is that it is so practical. It is extremely simple to lay, incredibly durable and very easy to clean, which is vital if you constantly need to wipe up cooking spills or mop up bathroom splashes.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a real wooden floor, but you are desperate to achieve a similar look then check out the range of wood-effect vinyl flooring on offer. You’ll be amazed how good they look and even more thrilled by the relatively small price tag!
If, however, you want to brighten up the home with a funky pattern then indulge your creative side with a colourful design. Whether you choose flowers, geometric shapes or something as simple as dots, these vinyls are guaranteed to be a focal point in your home.
Vinyl has increased dramatically in popularity recently and it’s not surprising as there are some fabulous colours and designs out there at the moment. The great news is that you can be as bold as you like with bright modern mosaics and monochrome graffiti-style swirls - a favourite of mine for the kitchen.

If you prefer a more subtle look, there is an abundance of neutral stone effect tiles available, which is an equally hot look for this season.
The range of stone-effect vinyl floor tiles available at the minute is incredible. They’re also subtly textured to give an authentic look and feel to the flooring.
I simply adore this bright green and yellow vinyl and think it looks amazing in a kitchen – especially if you have contemporary units. You are instantly hit by the zingy citrus tones as you enter the room and it gives the area a clean, fresh feel.
If you really want to make a statement, continue the colour theme throughout the kitchen by accessorising with towels, cutlery drawers and utensil holders in coordinating shades.
Although the obvious choice for this great vinyl is either the kitchen or the bathroom, I personally think it works wonderfully in a child’s bedroom. Its vibrant colours are great for kids and the fact that it is durable and easily cleaned is a great bonus.
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