One of the quirkiest and most unusual aspects of our flat is the fact that it has concrete flooring throughout. At first glance, I couldn’t wait to cover it all with thick carpet as I was worried about the flat feeling cold and bare. However, the more I contemplated the polished charcoal flooring–and inspired by Elle Decoration’s trend piece on “Care-Free Concrete”–the more I realised what a unique and distinctive feature it was.
After some thought, we decided to leave the concrete floor exposed in the living room, kitchen and hallway but were still considering carpeting the bedroom. However, with the price it costs to cover a surface with substandard carpeting, we thought why not keep the original flooring as well!
While concrete flooring adds a unique quality to the flat, there was still the issue of comfort and warmth–especially in the winter months! This led on to my search for the perfect rugs and runners to adorn the floor. I wanted relatively light colours to contrast with the dark grey polished tones. I was also adamant about introducing fun prints–one of my obsessions–be it Ikat, Morroccan or Scandi-inspired.
My first port of call was Rockett St George. I have been a fan of theirs ever since I discovered them while interning at an interiors magazine. I think they have the best range of one-of-a-kind, statement pieces that add real flare to any living space. A search on their website resulted in not one but two purchases–when does it not!
The “Maisley” Rug
The “Scandi” Runner
For the bedroom, we wanted a large rug that could fit a kingsize bed while still leaving a substantial trim around the edge for the all-important “hygge” or coziness factor. There’s nothing worse than getting out of bed on a cold, winter morning and being confronted with an icy marble floor! After much research and great difficulty finding the appropriate size, we settled on the cream Bahia wool rug from Dunelm. The rug is thick and plush, and incorporates my love of prints in a more subtle way than my choices for the living room and hallway. Not to mention a bargain for the size!
Top photo credit: Homelife.com/photography credit: Prue Ruscoe