I have been DYING to show you our kitchen floor transformation! It’s been a long time coming (thanks Covid-19 lockdown!). Our kitchen and dining area had two different floor surfaces – slate tiles in the kitchen part, which were so cold your feet turned white when you walked on them in winter, and painted concrete in the dining room, which was a temporary measure that lasted nearly two years. The painted concrete looked awful and gave us a kind of Kwik Fit chic feel – not the best. I hated the different surfaces. As it’s basically one room, it should have one seamless floor finish!
I’ve loved parquet flooring for as long as I can remember. There’s something about the pattern and the look of the wood that really appeals to me. Parquet flooring works so well in traditional houses like mine. I had my mind set on laying some reclaimed parquet but after reading about the hours of work that goes into cleaning the tiles before you can lay them, then the laying of them, the sanding and finishing work I was a bit overwhelmed, especially thinking about the dust. Our house is essentially all open plan downstairs, as the kitchen and dining room have been knocked into one and are open to the living room. I also have chandeliers in my kitchen and living room that take an absolute age to clean. I didn’t want to have to start cleaning dust off them! I also had to think about the time involved in all this. I make wedding cakes and was gearing up for a very busy summer of weddings (until Covid19 hit) so didn’t have much of a window of time to get this done.
We started to look at other options, and discovered the world of luxury vinyl tiles (LVT). These are essentially small pieces of vinyl that you can lay in whatever pattern you like. They are available in a wide range of styles and patterns, but also come in a wood parquet style. All the look of wood with the durability of vinyl – WIN!
I was thrilled to be able to collaborate with Harvey Maria on this project. Harvey Maria has been creating unique luxury floor tiles for over 25 years All their designs are incredibly durable and easy to maintain, and work beautifully in busy homes and demanding commercial spaces alike. Their flooring is INCREDIBLE. From their designer patterned tiles that look perfect in hallways, bathrooms and kitchens to classic parquet style that looks good in any room, they’re bound to have something that will suit your flooring needs (there’s something in their collections for every style of home). What’s more, all Harvey Maria floors are themselves 100% recyclable.
We chose the Spring Oak boards from the MSeries collection for the kitchen. I had so many samples of LVT and parquet blocks from various companies, but the colour and feel of these is perfect. They have a really realistic texture and within each pack there is a variation of patterns on the tiles, so you can get the look and character of real wood without all the faff. The MSeries collection achieved the Eurofins Gold Standard, rated A+ for indoor air quality, gaining recognition for its low environmental impact. It is itself made from recycled materials.
There are many more benefits to Harvey Maria luxury vinyl tiles too. The flooring is durable, easy to clean and the tiles are waterproof, which is great for a busy kitchen space like mine. We don’t have underfloor heating (I wish we did!) but these tiles are great for use with underfloor heating. The tiles are slip resistant and come with a lifetime year guarantee. The tiles are also warm to walk on, which is a major plus. When I’m working I can be stood in the kitchen for 8 hours straight and my days of having feet like a corpse (as my husband so kindly puts it!) are now over!
We laid the floor ourselves but, if you’d rather have a floor fitter fit it for you, Harvey Maria approved retailers will supply and provide an expert fitting service and they also have a Find a Fitter Service on their website. They have lots of help and advice on choosing and laying your flooring on there too.
We’re beyond thrilled with the new flooring in the kitchen. It adds a modern twist on the classic parquet, and its practicality and durability are massive plus points. If you’re looking for flooring, go check out Harvey Maria luxury vinyl tiles.
Harvey Maria Pinterest (full of ideas and stunning flooring!)
DISCLAIMER – I received the flooring, adhesive and after care pack in return for this sponsored blog post however all opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product or company I didn’t love.