First Impressions

Gemini Denim Collection, £58.02 per m2,

Compiled by: Katrina Harper-Lewis

Add some real wow-factor to your home by updating your flooring, front door or windows

Ceramic and Porcelain

From traditional heritage style to impactful monochrome, you can really get creative with ceramic tiles. Gemini’s Victorian Heritage Kendal collection works well in period homes, but for an altogether bolder look, try their Denim Collection to create a dramatic herringbone effect – set to be a big trend this season. Alternatively, the porcelain ranges from Tiles and Beyond ( include Taine Silver, a richly coloured and textured tile, which recreates the look of natural stone, while North Black is a contemporary high-shine tile for an industrial feel. 

Oak White Mist Oiled, from £68.50 for 210x15mm boards,

Natural Wood

For a timeless look that will suit period or modern properties, plump for real wood. With a variety of styles and finishes available – from parquet-style, to polished floorboards and more rustic finishes – there’s something to suit all tastes and styles of décor. The Natural Wood Flooring Company specialises in solid wood and engineered hardwood floors. While solid wood flooring is made from one solid piece of timber, engineered hardwood is constructed from three layers, which makes it very stable and robust, meaning it is ideal for use in rooms with underfl oor heating, and in kitchens and bathrooms, where the humidity and temperature are variable.

Colosseum Warm Concrete Luxury Vinyl Tiles, from £23.99 per m2,


No longer reserved for tired old sports halls, vinyl has been given a new lease of life, with a whole array of colourful, textured and patterned styles on the market. Paving the way with luxury vinyl tiles are collections such as Harvey Maria’s collaboration with textile designer Neisha Crosland, Check, which lends a bold, graphic statement to any room. Plus their wood-effect vinyl looks as good as the real thing but is around half the price. Or go for an industrial feel with concrete-effect vinyl tiles from Lifestyle Floors, or try using vinyl strips as stair risers.

Bespoke handmade doors, from £3,800 plus VAT,


Designer door brand Urban Front specialise in steel-reinforced hardwood doors that have real kerb appeal. To stand out from the crowd, opt for a bright colour, modern wood panelling or a metallic door with an industrial finish. Urban Front Director Elizabeth Assaf explains: ‘More clients are looking for doors with less visible, more streamlined details that are hidden, such as a door that is flush with the frame. Texture is all the rage, too, so being able to see and feel the grain in wood is popular.’ And, Smart front doors, controlled by your phone or finger print are ‘more in demand than ever,’ she says.  

Dorothy Door, from £3,600,


For period or character properties, a traditional wooden door is a must. Jack Brunsdon & Son and the English Door Company create bespoke hand-crafted doors to your exact requirements, so you can choose everything from the style of panelling to the glazing and hardware to best suit your home. With a good level of insulation and weather protection, Jack Brunsdon & Sons doors are made from thick wooden sheets, rather than veneers, revealing the natural grain of the wood. Meanwhile, the English Door Company’s Stormproof range can resist the most extreme conditions. Complete the look with door furniture in traditional finishes, such as antique black or polished brass.

Evolution Storm 2 Georgian Windows, £1,500 each, 


If you’re after windows with the look of wood, but want something that is easier to maintain, Evolution Windows offer a wide range of timber alternative designs, from the sleek, modern profile of a flush window, to Georgian-style and leaded glass windows. As well as their range of natural-looking wood effects, they also offer a colour matching service whereby they will replicate any colour of your choice to paint your window frames.

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