Since getting our first home we have always loved the look of shabby chic items, that old rustic feel of a painted coffee table or a dresser filled with delightful old pottery pieces that have been handed down through the years. There is nothing that shouts home more than shelves filled with memories!
However we are also lovers of anything practical, with 6 children in the past 20 years you can bet we have cleaned up a spill or two (… hundred) so flooring is always an issue! Carpets seem to soak in everything going and show up the tiniest speck of dirt and with 4 growing boys/men there is always mud or oil somewhere!
Ambient Bamboo floors offer an alternative to hardwood flooring in that the bamboo flooring is actually 3 times harder than solid wood, this in itself is a lifesaver when it comes to the knocks and bumps of toys and daily living with a family. I love the fact the bamboo is harvested from FSC-Certified and well managed forests with renewable bamboo and eucalyptus being regrown in 3 to 7 years!
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, with a tensile strength comparable to steel. Despite being categorized as hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood, and it grows in specific climates all over the world. Made into hardwood bamboo flooring, it is beautiful, durable and sustainable which makes this an ideal choice for families or those with high traffic areas around the home. I love having wooden flooring in the kitchen as it makes for such easy clean up too!
People think that to have the shabby chic lifestyle you need to have carpet and lots of it which is not the case at all! A good non slip rug and some scatter cushions, plus throws and decorative cushions for the furniture all add to the cosy feel of a shabby chic home while still having the practicality of an easy to clean and maintain flooring!
I know its all down to personal choice and some families will love one or the other…what kind of family are you? Hardwood flooring or Carpet?
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