Apart from the practical benefits of a rug (the cushioning, comfort and warmth), rugs can also provide visual value to a room’s design. Consider it, if you will, artwork for your floor. But how to choose one that is well balanced in terms of quality, size and pattern is a skill — a skill that luxury interior designer René Dekker can help you with.
Top London interior decorators such as René Dekker Design will know instinctively how a rug will affect a room, and will also know what shape, colour, and depth of pile to select. Many will use a rug as a starting point from which to choose paint shades and accessories for the rest of a room’s scheme.
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There’s nothing quite like natural stone, particularly when it comes to tiling. Unlike ceramic, which is melded together to form a shape, stone is quarried out of the ground in one great slab. It’s something beautiful that Mother Nature has made, and reluctantly surrendered, then shaped into specific sizes.
Granite, marble, slate, travertine and limestone all fit into this category and have been used traditionally for thousands of years. Each has its own unique qualities (marble is renowned for its timeless beauty, granite for its hardness and slate for its durability), but unlike their composite ceramic cousins are more expensive.
The pedigree of floor tiles, stone boasts a high price tag and, befitting of its elevated status, can be temperamental. Stone is more difficult to lay and requires regular sealing, but its luxurious finish is often the choice of a high-end interior designer.
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