As the nights are getting colder and what you're feeling underfoot at home might not be as soft and warm as you'd like, you should consider updating your home's interiors with carpet or at least a very large rug. Here's a quick lowdown on what's available out there and where to buy.
There are many materials to choose from but these are the main ones and what they offer:
Felt - Can be expensive, but your neighbour's unlikely to have it giving you extra interior design kudos, it's as durable as a wool carpet, comes in amazing colours and is very soft. It'll also give an effortless Scandi-look to your space once laid.
Wool - If your budget can stretch to natural materials like wool go for it. They are warmer underfoot, are more durable than you think and obviously nicer than putting what is essentially plastic carpet (polyprop) down. It does require gentler cleaning with the vacuum though.
Wool-blend - A bit less in your budget? Then go for a blend with the highest wool content affordable. Check the label on the back of the samples for wool percentage.
Polypropylene - The most common man-made carpet. It looks like wool but you can see and feel the difference. I do have poly in my home but only in the hallway as it's the most trodden part of my home.
Seagrass and Coir - Some people find it too rough but l love the texture. It's an eco choice and is very fashionable in home interiors at the moment. It works well in all rooms and the rugs are perfect for cold bathroom and kitchen floors.
Cotton - The most inexpensive eye-catching rugs you can buy. Also known as Dhurries. You can buy them everywhere, even where you wouldn't normally think to look from Urban Outfitters to Tesco. You can of course also splurge on a stunning number by Madeline Weinrib at Harrods too.
Don't forget your underlay it'll increase the life of your carpet, further dampen noise to and from your neighbours and will give your floor a satisfying squidgy bounce when you walk on it. Underlay or anti-slip rugs should also be used under rugs.
Where to Buy
Below is a small, but recommended by us, selection of retailers with who you'll definitely find good service and quality.
Huge colour range of felt floor coverings - FilzFelt
Scandinavian wool rugs and Home Accessories - Urbanara
Design your own rug a John Lewis - Colourbox
Sheepskin rugs - Celtic & Co
Felt tiles - Allt
Smart and trusted carpet brands - Floor Story
David Hick's 'The Shining' carpet amongst others stocked here - Stark
Very helpful North London independent store - Leebanks
Best North London store for natural floor coverings - Brocklehurst
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog