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Floors For Thought: Sports Chic

From the pure whites of Wimbledon to the bright hues of the Rio Olympics, celebrate the amount of sport on offer this summer by bringing the outdoors in to your home!

Fantastically fun, our glorious photo-realistic Meadow Green vinyl flooring is perfect for adding a touch of the great outdoors to interiors, whilst giving you a chance to show off your tennis whites (from the comfort of your own home)!

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The tough, easy-clean top surface ensures our grass vinyl flooring is incredibly easy to maintain and super durable too, making it perfect for stylish stadiums of all shapes and sizes.

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Create your own on-trend locker room by taking inspiration from retro sports memorabilia, the perfect complement to our Meadow Green floor tiles.

Not forgetting today’s lived-in trainers – the definition of sports chic!

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Say Hello to our New Little Bricks Collection!

Create a flooring statement that is as visually impactful as it is practical with our new ‘Little Bricks’ collection.

Introduced as part of our Signature flooring range, ‘Little Bricks’ is a colourful collection of multi-tonal tiles designed to create a classic metro-style look in any room, from bathrooms to hallways and kitchens.

Little Bricks CAvailable in a palette of nine distinctive tones, muted pastel hues blend effortlessly into bolder tones of red and deep blue, allowing you the flexibility to create a unique flooring feature in your home.

The simplicity of the tessellated form means that the tiles can be laid in a number of different patterns such as herringbone, subway, stacked and basket weave, either in a single block colour or mixing-and-matching the tones together.

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Offering a refreshing alternative to standard flooring surfaces, our contemporary range of vinyl floor coverings is the ideal choice for bathing spaces, providing a durable surface that is both slip-resistant and warm under foot.

The superior finish and durability of the vinyl ensures a practical and hard-wearing flooring solution that is also suitable for use with under floor heating, so no more cold feet in the mornings!

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Floors For Thought: Mediterranean Blues

Keep your holiday memories alive with cool and contemporary blue hues, reminiscent of Mediterranean interior schemes.

A guaranteed way to bring the tranquility of the outdoors in, it’s easy to recreate the look in your home with our Neisha Crosland Parquet tile in Sky Blue as the fresh and uplifting design will add a hint of Greek style to any space.

The unique flooring works beautifully as a standalone floor, or combine it with our Little Bricks collection in Bay Blue or Forget-Me-Not to create an on-trend and creative space.

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Complement bold shades of blue with ochre and mustard yellow accents and natural wooden accessories; alternatively try adding a wood-effect border to your flooring for a truly bespoke and organic style.

Complete the look with classic blue and white pottery and tableware for a beautiful yet versatile interior décor scheme.

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‘Wow’ Factor Wood-Effect Flooring!

If you’re looking to create the visual appeal of an authentic wooden floor without the hassle of installation and maintenance, then our Premium Wood vinyl collection is for you!

Launched as part of our Signature range, you can now choose from 10 distinctive wood-effect finishes including Sawn Oak, Walnut and Country Oak, all of which feature the natural knotting and veining of wood with a durable and hard-wearing surface.

Collage_FotorhmDesigned to be indistinguishable from the real material, our wood-effect vinyl range not only offers fantastic quality and outstanding durability for the home, but also long-lasting stye, with an impressive 20 year warranty.

Vinyl offers a hugely practical and stylish flooring option for any room in the house, from high footfall areas such as a hallways or kitchens to reception spaces that are used for entertaining.

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Unlike real wood flooring, wood-effect vinyl won’t warp or need regular treating, and is effortlessly easy to install, resulting in a resistant surface that is ideal for busy family living.

Our Premium Wood range has been designed to look beautiful when covering a whole floor, or when combined with the patterned designer ranges in our Signature collection to form decorative “rugs”, borders and zones for a bespoke flooring look.

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Floors For Thought: Did you know all our floors are suitable for DIY fitting?

For this month’s #FloorsForThought we’re offering ‘do-it-yourself’ tips and useful handy hints for floor laying in your home – helping you to create the perfect floor every time!

Offering a wide selection of coloured, patterned, wood-effect and textured tiles, here at Harvey Maria we’ve created vinyl floors to suit every taste, style and room requirement, for even for the most demanding of spaces.

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Follow our top ten tips below to discover more and learn how to fit your new floor like a pro!

1 – The sub-floor onto which your new flooring is to be laid should be permanently dry, clean, rigid, free of flaws and flat.

2 – Suitable sub-floors include well fitted plywood (from 4mm – 12mm, sufficient to provide a rigid base) and screeded concrete floors. See videos for fitting plywood and screeding below.

3 – Flooring should always be stored flat. Leave in piles in the room for at least 24 hours prior to fitting in order to acclimatise to the conditions of the room.

4 – The ambient room temperature, and the temperature of the flooring and adhesive, should be at least 18ºC (sub-floor temperature at least 15ºC).

5 – Underfloor heating should be switched off for 48 hours before and after laying your new floor, and gradually brought up to full operating temperature over a period of days.

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6 – USE ONLY Harvey Maria recommended adhesives. For conservatories and areas with underfloor heating use the appropriate Harvey Maria specialist High-Temperature Adhesive.

7 – Work out your laying plan – check the fitting video below or visit the laying patterns page here. It’s usually best to begin laying from the centre of the room.

8 – Cut the tiles with a sharp Stanley knife, and have plenty of spare blades to hand. The fitting video has lots of time-saving tips including techniques for cutting at the edge of the room.

9 – Bed the floor in to the adhesive by applying even pressure across the tile with a flooring roller or equivalent. Wipe away any excess glue while still wet and allow to dry.

10 – Regular sweeping and mopping will help protect your new floor & use a good entrance mat to trap dirt. For best results use the floor care kit.

We’re sure many of you tackled some DIY over the Bank Holiday Weekend, so we would love to hear your interior insights and top tips (to avoid a DIY disaster) below or share them on our Facebook and Twitter!