For high-traffic areas such as open-plan kitchens, choose an appropriate laminate. The Meister range is exclusive to John Lewis, and its Clarendon collection includes six finishes, from light and natural to dark and distinctive. With a 20-year warranty, it’s installed using a Multiclic system and suitable for all rooms except bathrooms. Lyed Oak flooring (above) has a matt finish for an untreated wood look. The W19.8xL128.8cm planks cost £20 per m2, in stores only.
Not all laminate flooring looks like wood; the Colours Harmonia Himalayan design (above) has a slate-effect tile finish and is suitable for busy spaces, such as living rooms and hallways, as well as ‘splash areas’ including kitchens and bathrooms, but not wet rooms. It is also compatible with warm water underfloor heating systems below 28?C. A pack of six W32.7xL128.5cm tiles, which costs £37.80, covers 2.52m2 and comes with a 20-year guarantee. Available from B&Q, the Colours range also includes other tile-effect laminates, such as black slate and cream travertine.
For a quality feel without the price tag of a solid wood design, Laura Ashley’s new range of flooring by Parador is impact- and UV-resistant and suits heavy domestic use. It includes the glueless Bog Oak 4V bevelled-edge design (above) with a 20-year guarantee – £53.28 for a pack of eight W19.2xL128.5cm planks that cover 1.98m2, from Debenhams. Other stockists include Homebase, Floormaker and Floors Direct.
Ideal if you have a large floor area, this design from the Naturals range by BerryAlloc features a Best Loc X-Treme system for fast installation. Its strong locking mechanism with an enclosed lip makes the planks easier to install. It is also 30 per cent faster than the company’s standard system. The range has a lifetime warranty for residential use and is available in 20 wood effects, including Victorian Oak (above). The planks, W18.6xL128.8cm, come in packs of eight, which cover 1.92m2 and cost around £30.
The 10mm thickness of the Chelsea White Wash flooring (above) is more than the most common 8mm depths and gives a luxurious feel underfoot. The narrow planks emulate natural wood, while the pale colour helps the floor area to appear larger. Suitable for use with underfloor heating, the range has a 25-year warranty and is also available in a rich walnut finish. The packs of 14 planks, each W11.6xL138cm, cover 1.3m2. Priced £38.45 per m2 from Carpetright.
Based on ‘synchronisation technology’, to match up the surface structure with the details in the printed image, Kaindl Natural Touch both looks and feels authentic. This relaxed laminate, in Rustic Oak, Walnut or Zebrano (above), is slip- and stain-resistant, and has micro-bevelled edges. It fits together with a locking joint system and comes with a manufacturer’s 30-year domestic warranty. A box of eight W11.6xL138cm planks covers 1.28 m2 and costs £48.26 from Littlewoods.