Laminate flooring is an extremely appealing and affordable flooring option which has come a long way since it first came on the market in the late 70s. Today, there are many different types of laminate flooring options. Most often it replicates the appearance of timber floors and comes in a variety of different styles, textures, patterns and colours.
Patterns of Laminate Flooring
From thin strips to checkerboard parquetry patterns that create a decorative and symmetrical look, there’s a range of options when it comes to choosing a pattern for your laminate floor. Here are some of the most common patterns:
- Traditional Floor Boards planks
- Thin Strip Flooring
- Wide Plank Floor boards
- Herringbone patterns and chevron pattern.
- Tile patterns
Some homeowners choose to get creative with their laminate floors by including an inset where strips or planks are placed in a different direction to create a point of contrast.
Colours of Laminate Flooring
The beauty of laminate, when compared to sourcing real timber, is that you can get an authentic-looking timber floor that realistically captures the detail and characteristics of a range of different species of wood. From deep rich mahogany for a traditional stately home to a lighter bamboo design for a more contemporary space, there’s a different colour to suit your lifestyle and your design preferences! Some of the most popular colours include:
- Light oak,
- Red Cedar
- Pine AND
- Textures of Laminate
Modern laminate floors even have textures embossed on their surface to further replicate the authentic character of timber and add extra dimensions. Some homeowners prefer the smooth finish, but there are subtle grooves and graining which can provide some texture and often will not show soiling like smoother, or lighter surfaces.
Is laminate always made to resemble genuine timber?
While most laminate resembles hardwood timber, there are laminate options which can replicate stone, slate and ceramic tiles. There are laminate flooring products that can mimic pretty much every other flat flooring types including cork (excluding carpet.)
Since composite layers of wood fibres pressed together at high temperatures it is able to so genuinely reproduce the look of wood by using a high resolution and detailed photographic image of the timber or stone. This is called the design layer and is placed below the wear layer which provides resistance to stains and wear.
Laminate flooring Gold Coast
Searching for the right laminate flooring on the Gold Coast? Come and see our friendly team here at Ashmore Carpets or call us for more advice at (07) 5539 5022. We’ve got a huge range of styles, textures and colours in our showroom so see them for yourself today and discover the benefits and unique appeal of the most versatile flooring option on the market!
For more information about laminate flooring be sure to check out the QUICK STEP flooring site.
Quick Step is the premier supplier of quality laminate flooring in Australia which we are proud to stock here at Ashmore Carpets.