Slate offers up a variety of different options in terms of colour and style to suit anything from full on rustic to a contemporary look.
Let’s talk about price. After looking at so many flooring options the price of slate is not bad. It is certainly one of the cheaper options when it comes to real stone. It was even cheaper than many of the solid wood flooring that I looked at. I will have to down tools though and let a pro fit it unlike a wooden floor I do not feel confident to lay it myself so you do need to take installation costs into account, however a good slate floor can last you a lifetime and solid wood flooring will not.
The staff at the Wilmslow showroom of Mandarin Stone really were above and beyond. I was torn between 3 different ranges. I was able to move the tile samples around the store to see them in different lights, they were very accommodating to my indecisive nature. They prepared 3 different quotes for each range, for two different pattern styles. You see you can lay your flooring in a variety of patterns, different patterns are available depending on the tile you choose. All in all I had 6 quotes in front of me and there was not much between them so I went with my gut and chose the Rustic Grey.
My lounge will be a deep blue with lots of dark furniture and the rustic grey offered up a real variation in colour with flecks of rust and sage, I cannot wait to see it in my home!
And this is the pattern I decided on for the tiles.
I felt like somewhat of a stone expert after leaving the showroom, okay that is an exaggeration but the staff really spoke to me in great detail about the different stones, how to care for them and gave me information for my fitter. I left with many samples, even a sample of the sub straight so that my builder can have a look at it prior to fitting.
So when you look into choosing a floor these are the questions you need to ask yourself;
- What is my budget?
- Is this a high traffic area?
- How long do I need my flooring to last?
- What insulation do I need from the flooring?
After I had answered all of these questions the answer was unequivocally slate. If you are worried that a slate floor will stop your lounge looking warm and cozy keep your eyes peeled as after I have decorated and styled the space you will change you mind.
*this post was worked on for Mandarin Stone but all of the opinions are honest and my own.