Sometimes you really can’t stand the sight of a tired old floor anymore, or your landlord refuses to do anything about a frayed carpet, or your home redecoration plans necessitate leaving the floor until the end. But freshening up your floor needn’t cost a fortune, and especially not if you apply some of these neat quick-fixes…
1. Break out the paintbrush
Don’t put up with faded, mouldy or simply ugly laminate flooring in your bathroom – locate some paint that adheres to laminate and spice things up a little. Match it with your bathroom fittings, or if the room’s looking plain why not give it a splash of vibrant colour? If your laminate has a pattern that can also work in your favour.
A few small rugs in strategic locations can distract attention from an ugly carpet or floor. Careful to match them appropriately with the floor colour or pattern. Alternatively, why not go for one large rug? You can find smart designs for decent prices in supermarkets, IKEA, and various high street locations, no need to pay a fortune.
If your hardwood floor has seen better days, then reserve a weekend to move all the furniture out of the room and hire a sander. They’re not especially expensive when you consider the value it will add to the home, and the learning curve is steep.
Similarly, if it’s your carpet that’s on the wane, hiring a special carpet cleaning machine can make a real difference. You can also get electric machines to deal with tiles, and laminates just want a really good scrub.
5. Second floors
If you’re really sick of your floor but have no option except to keep it where it is, then look for solutions such as carpet or rubber tiles that you can lay over it in jigsaw-fashion. Then, when you eventually move house, just pull them up and if you want, you can use them again in your new place.
6. Pretty Pictures
Now, this one is a little bit out-of-the-box, but if you’re the artistic type, or know someone who is, then why not take a plain linoleum floor, and create a mural, or other large image, or a series of smaller images? It gives your room a completely distinct character, and can look pretty cool – picture a black floor with an artwork that glows in the dark, for instance?