The History and Craftsmanship Behind Karndean Flooring

This summer, we’re excited to bring you special offers on Karndean Designflooring, renowned for its beauty, durability, and craftsmanship. Discover the story behind Karndean and why we are proud to be an approved supplier.

As our supplier of the month for June and July. Upgrade your home with these exclusive offers on selected Karndean Designflooring luxury vinyl tiles:

  • Minimum 15% off Karndean Designflooring (excluding Kaleidoscope and Heritage collections)
  • 25% off Van Gogh Rigid Core range (excluding small plank)
  • 10% off all accessories for Karndean flooring


Karndean Knight Tile in colour Lime Washed Oak. Herringbone patterned planks.


The History of Karndean

Karndean Designflooring has a rich history that began in 1973. Founded by Mike Walker, a former flooring installer, Karndean started as a small family business operating from Mike’s home. Mike’s vision was simple yet profound: to create luxury vinyl flooring that was not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing.

From its inception, Karndean has been committed to innovation and quality. The company’s design philosophy revolves around replicating the beauty of natural materials while offering the practicality and durability of luxury vinyl. This commitment to excellence has propelled Karndean from a modest family business to a globally recognized brand.

The inspiration for Karndean’s designs comes from extensive travels and exploration. The design team at Karndean journeys to diverse locales—from the ancient forests of Europe to the rugged landscapes of the Australian outback. Each design in the brand’s collection is a testament to these explorations, bringing unique and intriguing elements from nature into your home. By combining these natural features with advanced design techniques, Karndean creates flooring that is both beautiful and functional.


Range of images showing the benefits of Karndean Rigid core such as sound dampening and simplicity to install.


Fludes Carpets are proud to be an Approved Karndean Supplier

At Fludes Carpets, we take pride in being an approved supplier of Karndean products. This status is not just a badge of honour but a testament to our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. When you purchase Karndean flooring from Fludes Carpets, you are assured of:

  • Lifetime Guarantees: All Karndean products bought from us come with a lifetime guarantee, ensuring you have peace of mind with your purchase.
  • Assured Quality and Authenticity: As approved suppliers, we guarantee the authenticity and high quality of the Karndean products we sell.
  • Exclusive After-Sales Service and Support: Our relationship with you doesn’t end at the point of sale. We provide comprehensive after-sales service and support, helping you with everything from installation to maintenance tips and cleaning advice.

Being an approved supplier also means that we have in-depth knowledge of Karndean products. Our team is well-equipped to help you choose the perfect flooring solution for your home, ensuring you get the best out of your investment. Contact us today to discuss your flooring requirements further.


Bathroom image of Karndean Van Gogh range. Karndean Van Gogh in colours Canadian Urban Oak and Palazzo Marble. Tile size: 18”x3”


Featured Range: Van Gogh

The Van Gogh collection is one of Karndean’s most popular ranges, known for its stunning wood and stone effects. Inspired by diverse materials sourced from around the globe, the Van Gogh collection offers a variety of designs that capture the essence of natural beauty. The range includes traditional planks, herringbone, and chevron patterns.

  • Designs and Inspirations: The Van Gogh range features designs inspired by materials found in places as diverse as a school in San Diego, a railway station in the Scottish Highlands, and high mountain quarries in Italy. This variety ensures that there is a design to suit every taste and interior style.
  • Durability: The Van Gogh floors are designed to withstand heavy foot traffic, making them perfect for busy households and commercial spaces. They are also easy to maintain, with a surface that resists scratches and stains.


Karndean Art Select Range, Dining Room Luxury Vinyl Tiling in Spanish Cherry.


Featured Range: Art Select

The Art Select collection represents the pinnacle of Karndean’s craftsmanship. This premium range is full of handcrafted style, bringing the natural beauty of authentic materials into your home.

  • Designs and Inspirations: The Art Select collection includes a variety of designs, from the classic elegance of travertine and limestone to the rich, warm tones of hand-scraped oak. Each floor features distinctive bevelled edges and intricate embossing, adding depth and character to your space.
  • Luxury and Practicality: These floors are designed to be as close to the real thing as possible, providing a luxurious finish that enhances any room. Despite their high-end appearance, Art Select floors are practical and easy to maintain.


 Karndean Flooring Indoors Living Area


Featured Range: Knight Tile

The Knight Tile collection is Karndean’s most affordable range, offering versatility and style without compromising on quality.

  • Designs and Inspirations: The Knight Tile range includes a spectrum of finishes, from slates and lime-washed woods to concrete looks. This variety allows homeowners to achieve a range of aesthetics, whether they prefer a rustic, traditional look or a sleek, modern style.
  • Affordability and Quality: Despite its affordability, the Knight Tile collection maintains the high standards of design and durability that Karndean is known for. These floors are available in traditional plank and tile sizes, as well as herringbone patterns, providing a wide array of design options.


Karndean Storm Oak Tiling, Luxury Vinyl Flooring in Lounge.


This summer, take advantage of our special offers on Karndean flooring and experience the blend of beauty, durability, and craftsmanship.

Visit Fludes Carpets at your local store to explore our range and find the perfect flooring for your home. With lifetime guarantees and exclusive discounts, there’s never been a better time to upgrade with Karndean LVT flooring from Fludes Carpets.

Flooring for a Pet-friendly Home: A Complete Guide

Our furry friends bring us so much joy and often make a house a home. However, there are some careful considerations to make when it comes to fitting and furnishing your house to make it pet-appropriate, especially when it comes to flooring.

Floors must endure all the joyful rigors of pet ownership – claws, splashes, spills, and more – while also providing comfort and style. Using 7 areas of focus, this comprehensive guide delves deep into the options for pet-friendly flooring, focusing on durability, comfort, safety, and aesthetics.



  1. Assessing Durability for Pet Traffic

When selecting flooring that needs to stand up to pets, consider materials that combine resilience and ease of maintenance.

Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice due to its resistance to scratches and stains especially in areas your pet may be more excited, such as the Kitchen.

If you’re looking for a more premium look and feel whilst remaining pet-focused, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) flooring, such as our Karndean Collection, offers a more traditional look with a modern twist. Both wood and stone look LVTs provide exceptional aesthetics whilst remaining just as durable and maintainable as more affordable vinyl flooring options.



  1. Carpets for Comfort

If your mind is made up and you’re opting for the more comforting option of carpets, here are a few pointers you may want to bear in mind.

Choosing the right carpet for a pet-friendly home means balancing durability with comfort. While vinyl or hardwood flooring might seem like obvious choices for their durability, there are several pet-friendly carpet options that offer both resilience and comfort.

For homes with pets, the carpet’s material and construction are crucial. Cut pile carpets, with their threads cut to a uniform length, provide a soft and luxurious feel that’s easier to maintain. They are less likely to trap pet claws than loop pile carpets, which can become unraveled from pets scratching.

Cut pile carpets also tend to hold less pet odour, making them a superior choice for both dogs and cats.



When selecting a carpet colour, consider both aesthetics and practicality. Darker colours or patterns can hide dirt and pet hair more effectively, reducing the appearance of stains between cleanings. A slightly more extreme option is to match the carpet colour to your pet’s fur, which will minimise the visibility of shedding.



  1. Ensuring Slip Resistance

In recent years there has been a lot more focus amongst pet owners on purchasing slip-resistant flooring, particularly for homes with elderly pets or breeds prone to joint issues like hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia, a common condition especially in larger breeds, can be exacerbated by the challenges of moving on slippery floors.

Non-slip flooring provides essential traction that helps prevent slips and falls that can significantly worsen joint problems such as hip dysplasia. For dogs suffering from this condition, or those at risk, a floor that offers good grip can make a vital difference in their quality of life by reducing pain and increasing mobility.


Best Non-Slip Flooring Options:
  • Textured Tile: Tiles with a textured surface provide better grip than polished options, making them safer for pets.
  • Vinyl and Laminates: These materials can be manufactured to include a textured finish that prevents slipping, while also being easy to clean and maintain.


If you’re looking for slip-resistant flooring that is also water-resistant and comes with a lifetime warranty, we highly recommend the Quick-Step Impressive range.


Dog, cat, and young women on kitchen floor - non-slip flooring with Golden Retriever and stunning Persian cat.


In addition to selecting non-slip flooring, strategically placing rugs and mats on potentially slippery areas, like in front of doors or under food and water bowls, can add an extra layer of safety for pets.


Top Tip – Regularly trimming your pet’s nails can also help improve their grip on smoother surfaces, further preventing slips and falls.


  1. Hygiene and Maintenance

Pet accidents are inevitable, so choosing a floor that simplifies clean-up is essential. Options like luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and high-quality laminate offer water resistance and are easy to clean, reducing the chance of stains and odours.

Regular maintenance should include daily sweeping to remove pet hair and debris, and prompt cleaning of any spills to prevent long-term damage or odours.

As a final tip, if you’re looking at carpeting we recommend opting for a carpet that is bleach cleanable such as the Abingdon Wild Silk. This provides a little bit more peace of mind, should you encounter one of your furry friend’s little accidents.


Playful Cat or Kitten having fun with a ball on laminate flooring from Fludes


  1. Allergy Considerations

When selecting flooring for households with allergy sufferers, it’s essential to consider how different materials impact indoor air quality. Traditionally, hard surfaces such as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) and hardwood have been recommended for their ease of cleaning and inability to harbour allergens like pet dander. These surfaces allow for allergens to be swept or mopped away rather than getting trapped in the floor’s surface.

However, modern advancements in carpet technology offer a compelling argument for their use in homes with allergy concerns. Quality carpets can indeed trap allergens such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, preventing them from circulating in the air where they can be breathed in. Regular vacuuming with HEPA filters and periodic deep cleaning can effectively remove these allergens from the carpet fibres, keeping the indoor environment healthier.

Our friendly team can talk you through the options for allergy sufferers, as we now also stock a great range of hypo-allergenic carpets, which save you from having to compromise on comfort. Contact us today to find out more about our ranges for more unique requirements.


  1. Aesthetic and Practical Considerations

Your flooring should also reflect your personal style and complement your home’s décor. Modern innovations in flooring technology mean that pet owners don’t have to compromise on aesthetics; many durable flooring options are available in a variety of styles and finishes. From rustic wood-look tiles to elegant stone-style vinyl, you can find flooring that meets both your practical needs and design preferences.


Young Man Laying Flooring Underlay for Fludes Carpets Customer

  1. Choosing the Right Underlayment and Finishes

To further enhance comfort and durability, consider the right underlayment – a layer of material directly beneath your floor’s surface.

Options like cork or foam can provide additional insulation and soundproofing, making the floor more comfortable for pets and quieter for homeowners. Additionally, finishes such as urethane coatings can enhance the floor’s resistance to scratching and moisture.

Discuss your underlay with our team to find the perfect flooring foundation for your bespoke needs.


Young Couple in Living Room with Little White Yorkie Westie Dog


Choosing the perfect flooring for your home is about much more than aesthetics; it’s about creating a comfortable, safe, and practical environment for your beloved family and pets.

Whether you opt for the durability of vinyl, the practicality of laminate, or the soft comfort of pet-friendly carpets, each choice plays a pivotal role in enhancing your home’s liveability and functionality.


At Fludes Carpets, we understand that your pets are part of the family. That’s why we offer a wide range of flooring options designed to suit any pet-friendly household. From easy-to-clean carpets that resist stains and odours, to scratch-resistant hard floors, we can help you make the best decision that balances style, comfort, and practicality.

Don’t let the challenge of finding the right flooring for your pets become overwhelming. Visit your local store or explore our extensive online gallery for more information.

Our team of friendly experts is always ready to guide you through the options and find the perfect solution for your home.

Easter Opening Hours

As we hop into the Easter weekend, we at Fludes Carpets want to extend our warmest wishes to all of our valued customers. Easter is a time of renewal and celebration, and we hope you find joy and comfort with your loved ones during this colourful season.


Easter Opening Hours

In observance of the Easter holiday, please note that all of our stores will be closed on Easter Sunday. This will allow our dedicated team to spend time with their families and recharge. For those planning a visit around the holiday, please be aware that our Haywards Heath and Boscombe stores will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. We encourage you to plan your visits accordingly to avoid any inconvenience.



Visiting Us Before the Holiday

If you’re considering a new flooring project or just looking to explore our wide range of options, we invite you to visit our stores before the holiday. Our locations across the South Coast, including Boscombe, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, and Newhaven, are well-stocked and our friendly team is ready to assist you in finding the perfect flooring for your home.

  • Boscombe: 714 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6BY
  • Eastbourne: 7 Marshall Road, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QU
  • Haywards Heath: 142 South Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4LT
  • Newhaven: Denton Island, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9BB

Whether you’re in the early stages of browsing or have a specific vision in mind, our team can guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your dream flooring becomes a reality.



Wishing You a Happy Easter

We want to thank all of our customers for their continued support and wish you a very Happy Easter. May this Easter bring you all the hope and joy that spring can offer.

Remember, for any enquiries or to book a consultation, you can reach out to us through our contact page. We look forward to welcoming you back to our stores after the holiday weekend and assisting you with all your flooring needs.

From all of us at Fludes Carpets, have a wonderful Easter weekend!

The Benefits of Wool Carpet with Causeway Carpets

When it comes to choosing the perfect carpet for your home, it’s about much more than just picking a colour that matches your decor. It’s about the feel underfoot, the sustainability of the materials, and the craftsmanship that goes into every weave.

That’s where the beauty of wool carpets, especially those crafted by Causeway Carpets and offered through the expertise of Fludes Carpets, truly shines.

Let’s dive into the wonders of wool and discover why a Causeway Carpet might just be the perfect choice for your home.

Did you know? – The story of wool in human civilization begins as far back as the Stone Age, with early tribes spinning wool by hand. Its uses evolved from clothing to becoming a cherished part of the home, notably with the discovery of the Pazyryk rug, the oldest known wool carpet dating back to 500-300BC, found in Siberia.


Causeway Carpets Camberley Textures Product Image
Causeway Carpets – Camberley Textures


The Unbeatable Quality of Wool

Wool is nature’s own wonder fibre, not only is it soft, naturally insulating, and practical, it’s also incredibly durable, making it the perfect fit for most family homes. We are currently seeing a sharp increase in demand for natural and sustainable fibres, leading wool carpeting to once again be a focal point in homes up and down the country.

View the Causeway Carpet range in our Carpet Gallery.


Sheep from British Wool Farm


Features and Benefits of Wool Carpets

Unmatched Resilience

Wool carpets stand out for their incredible resilience, offering unparalleled durability that can withstand the demands of high-traffic areas in your home. The secret lies in wool’s natural crimp, which gives it the ability to bounce back to its original shape despite consistent foot traffic, effectively resisting flattening and retaining its plush appearance.

This resilience ensures your investment in a wool carpet remains looking as good as new for longer, making it a smart choice for every room in your home.

This resilience allows us to offer a 10-year warranty on all Causeway Carpets purchased at Fludes Carpets. To find out more about this incredible warranty, contact your local store team today.


Superior Cleanability

Wool’s ease of cleaning is a game-changer for busy households. Thanks to its natural protective layer, wool carpets repel water and stains more effectively than synthetic fibres, allowing you more time to clean up spills before they become permanent.

This feature, combined with wool’s ability to resist dirt and dust, simplifies maintenance, and makes wool carpets a practical choice for families, pet owners, and anyone who values both luxury and convenience in their flooring.


Causeway Carpets Camberley Classic Product Image in situ
Causeway Carpets – Camberley Classic


Fire Safety

Safety in the home is a priority, and wool carpets contribute significantly to this aspect thanks to their natural fire resistance. Wool fibres have a high ignition threshold and can self-extinguish, reducing the risk of fire spreading.

This makes wool carpets an ideal choice for not only residential spaces but also commercial settings where safety standards are stringent. By choosing a wool carpet, you’re investing in peace of mind, knowing your flooring helps protect your home and loved ones.


Natural Air Purification

Wool carpets do more than just beautify your space; they actively contribute to a healthier home environment by being naturally hypoallergenic. Wool fibres can absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants, effectively purifying the air in your home.

This “smart” fibre also regulates humidity by absorbing and releasing moisture as needed, maintaining a comfortable and healthy atmosphere. For allergy sufferers or anyone concerned with indoor air quality, wool carpets offer a breath of fresh air, literally.


Causeway Carpets Portobello Brussels product in situ image
Causeway Carpets – Portobello Brussels


Sustainability and Eco-Friendliness

In today’s environmentally conscious world, choosing sustainable home décor is more important than ever. Wool carpets shine in this regard, being made from a renewable resource that is fully biodegradable at the end of its life.

The production of wool has a lower environmental impact compared to synthetic fibres, making wool carpets a choice that supports both your home’s aesthetics and the health of our planet. This is why Causeway Carpets’ products are marked ocean friendly and sustainable.

Plus, when you do eventually decide to part ways with your wool carpet, the natural biodegradability of wool enriches the soil, closing the loop in an eco-friendly lifecycle.


Causeway Carpets - Deep Feelings product image in situ
Causeway Carpets – Deep Feelings


Luxurious Comfort

Lastly, the comfort provided by wool carpets is unrivaled. Wool’s natural softness creates a plush, inviting surface that adds warmth and cosiness to any room.

Its insulating properties help maintain a comfortable temperature year-round, making your home a haven of relaxation and well-being. Whether it’s the gentle softness underfoot or the quiet insulation against noise, wool carpets deliver a level of comfort that enhances the living experience in every home.


Causeway Carpets - Firenze Bloom
25% off Causeway Carpets throughout March!


By choosing a wool carpet from Causeway Carpets through Fludes Carpets, you’re not just selecting flooring; you’re investing in the many superpowers of wool that make your home safer, healthier, and more comfortable.

Visit us today or get in touch to discover the perfect wool carpet to elevate your space, combining style, sustainability, and superior performance in one luxurious package.


Caring for Carpets and Floors When it’s Wet and Windy

When the great outdoors decides to follow you indoors, courtesy of muddy boots, playful pets, and the occasional splash from bath time escapades, it’s your floors that bear the brunt of these adventures.

But not to worry; with a sprinkle of savvy and a dash of diligence, maintaining spotless carpets and floors can be as breezy as a spring day in the park. Here’s a fun and easy guide to keeping your home cosy and clean, no matter the weather.

Stylish boots in contemporary home, resting on welcome mat.

Step 1: The Welcome Mat: Your Floor’s Best Friend

Imagine your dog, fresh from a puddle-splashing adventure, or your kids, leaving a breadcrumb trail of mud and raindrops across the floor. The first hero in our story? A trusty doormat.

We’re big fans of good quality doormats that catch any potential messes before they become a memory etched into your carpets and floors. In fact, we supply and fit Coir matting for entrances which looks particularly good in hallways, and are especially effective at protecting your floors.

Top Tip: Make a game of who can wipe their feet the most thoroughly, winner takes all, and the family pooch can even join in.

Owner cleaning muddy dog paws on carpet

Step 2: The Quick Clean-Up

Life’s little spills and thrills don’t have to spell disaster. Whether it’s a toppled plant pot or a set of soggy socks, quick action with a towel or mop can save the day.

As soon as a spill happens, spring into action. The faster you address the spill, the less likely it will turn into a stubborn stain.

  1. Start by Blotting: Grab a clean, white cloth or some paper towels. Press down on the spill, starting from the outer edges and moving towards the centre. This method helps prevent the spill from spreading. Continuously rotate to a clean section of your cloth, or grab fresh towels as needed, to ensure you’re always absorbing with a clean surface.
  2. Gently Remove Solids: If there’s any solid matter, carefully lift it off the carpet with the edge of a spoon. This helps to clear the area without pushing the substance deeper into the fibres.
  3. Watch the Transfer: Keep an eye on your towels as you blot. Seeing the colour of the spill transfer to the towel means you’re successfully lifting it from the carpet. Continue until no more colours come off onto your towels. Remember, rubbing is off-limits as it can damage the carpet fibres and spread the stain.
  4. Avoid Certain Cleaners: Steer clear of all-purpose spray cleaners or alkaline detergents. These can harm your carpet, causing more issues than the spill itself. However, when it comes to bleach, some carpets are now “bleach cleanable” so always make sure you speak to a flooring expert at Fludes Carpets or consult the manufacturers cleaning guide for full cleaning instructions.
  5. Apply a Weight: Once you’ve blotted up as much of the spill as possible, lay down a fresh set of clean towels over the area. Place a weight on top, like a glass or ceramic dish, to help draw out any remaining moisture from the carpet.


For more top carpet care tips, read our previous blog.


Family cleaning living room floors together.

Step 3: Fun with the Vacuum and Mop

Who says cleaning can’t be fun? Take it in turns for each family member to choose a tune and have them blasting out whilst you challenge everyone to one job. We’ve even heard success stories of having a dance-off with the vacuum cleaner, dust cloth, or mop in hand.

It’s a great way to keep the floors looking their best and turn a routine task into a laughter-filled session of family bonding.

Goally offers this great guide on how to get your kids to help with vacuuming, and we’re confident it will work on your other half too.


Carpet cleaning rug

Step 4: The Great Deep Clean

Every now and then, your floors deserve a little extra TLC. A deep clean can work wonders, refreshing and reviving every fibre and tile. Why not make it a family activity? Assign tasks to each family member and reward yourselves with a movie night afterwards to celebrate.

You can rent carpet cleaners from most supermarkets in the UK. We believe it’s well worth doing at least once a year, though ideally every 6 months would be even better.


Carpet Cleaning spray and protector

Step 5: Invisible Shields and Magic Sprays

There are some fantastic products out there that can make your floors more resistant to spills, stains, and splashes. Investing in a good carpet protector or a sealant for hard floors can be like casting a protective spell, making clean-ups a breeze, and keeping your floors safe from the chaos of daily life.


Step 6: Expert Advice – Your Secret Weapon

Sometimes, a little expert advice goes a long way. Whether it’s choosing the best protective products or finding the most effective cleaning techniques, don’t hesitate to ask a flooring expert.

We help all our customers choose flooring and carpets that best fit their daily life. Whether that means a high-pile carpet for a luxuriously soft living room, or an easy-to-clean quick-step laminate for easy care in the kitchen. If you’re a bit stuck or just need a helping hand, come in-store, and talk to a member of our team today.


Eastbourne Fludes store Rug display

Step 7: Roll Out the Fun with Seasonal Rugs

Rugs and runners aren’t just practical; they’re a chance to refresh your home’s look anytime you fancy. They’re like fancy-dress for your floor, protecting it from dirt and wear while adding a splash of colour and fun. Plus, they’re easy to clean and switch out, making them perfect for families always on the go.


Muddy boots on carpet floor UK 

From muddy misadventures to indoor rainstorms courtesy of bath time, your home is the backdrop to a myriad of family memories. With these simple steps, keeping your carpets and floors clean can be part of the fun, not a chore. So, embrace the mess of daily life, knowing you’ve got the tricks up your sleeve to keep your home looking and feeling its best, come rain or shine.



Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can I quickly dry a wet carpet to prevent mould?

A: Blot the area with towels to absorb as much water as possible, use a wet/dry vacuum if available, and then apply fans or a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.


Q: What’s the best way to protect carpets from mud and water?

A: Place high-quality doormats at all entrances and consider using carpet protectors or runners in high-traffic areas to catch dirt and moisture before they reach your carpets.


Q: Can regular vacuuming extend the life of my flooring?

A: Yes, regular vacuuming removes dirt and grit that can wear down carpet fibres and scratch hard floors, helping to extend the life and beauty of your flooring.


Q: How often should I deep clean my carpets and floors?

A: It’s recommended to deep clean your carpets every 6 to 12 months and hard floors as needed, depending on foot traffic, carpet type, and exposure to dirt and spills.


Q: Are there any DIY solutions for waterproofing carpets and floors?

A: While professional products are generally more effective, DIY solutions like applying a mixture of water and fabric protector spray can offer temporary resistance to spills on carpets. For hard floors, regular sealing with appropriate sealants can provide a waterproof barrier.

10 Interior Design Trends We Expect to See in 2024

The landscape of interior design is ever-evolving, and as we embrace 2024, it’s clear that this year is about creating spaces that resonate with warmth, comfort, and personal expression.

From the resurgence of nostalgic elements to the bold use of colours, these trends are set to redefine our homes. Let’s explore the top 10 interior design trends for 2024.


An internal photograph of a living room with a warm and earthy aesthetic.


  1. Warm Tones and Earthy Hues

Gone are the days of stark, cold palettes. 2024 is welcoming a spectrum of warm, earthy hues that bring a sense of calm and comfort to any space. Colours like beige, taupe, tan, ochre, and light pinks are not just trendy; they’re timeless.

As the year progresses, expect to see these hues deepen into richer shades of brown, complemented by subtle, nude pink tones. These colours work wonderfully to create a serene, inviting atmosphere, perfect for spaces where relaxation and tranquillity are key.



Caress carpet in bedroom. Pink pastel colour.


  1. Cosy, Tactile Bouclé Fabrics

The tactile experience in interior design is taking a front seat this year, with bouclé fabrics leading the charge. This trend is all about engaging the senses – the softness and warmth of these fabrics invite touch and create an immediate sense of comfort and luxury.

Bouclé fabrics are not just for carpets and upholstery; they’re becoming a staple for throws, cushions, and even curtains, adding depth and interest to any room. Their versatility and timeless appeal make them a perfect choice for creating a cosy, welcoming home that is soft on the eyes and the hands.


White Art Deco style rug with curved fingerprint pattern.


  1. Art Deco Curves

Love it or hate it, Art Deco seems to keep coming back. This year, interior design pays homage to the elegant, flowing lines of Art Deco, but with a modern twist. Furniture, flooring, and accessories featuring curvy, organic shapes are in vogue, offering a softer, more approachable take on the classic Art Deco style.

These pieces, when combined with the warm, earthy tones and tactile fabrics of 2024’s trends, create spaces that are both sophisticated and inviting. Expect to see these curves in everything from rugs and armchairs to mirrors and light fixtures, adding a touch of elegance to any room.


Karndean Heritage collection luxury vinyl tiles. Orange and Black vintage nostalgia pattern flooring.


  1. Playful Nostalgia

Very recent interior design trends seem to be embracing a strong sense of whimsy and nostalgia. We are seeing a lot of playful elements like scalloped edges, soft ruffles, candy cane stripes, and gingham play centre-stage.

These features add a touch of charm and character to spaces, evoking memories of simpler times. This trend is particularly effective in soft furnishings and accessories, where these playful details can add a light-hearted touch without overwhelming the space. It’s all about balancing modernity with a nod to the past, creating spaces that feel both fresh and familiar.



Modern living room with contemporary Scandinavian theming.

  1. The New Scandi

Scandinavian design has been a staple in homes for years, known for its clean lines, minimalism, and functionality. In 2024, this trend will evolve, embracing warmer tones and richer textures.

The New Scandi is about creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also warm and inviting. This trend sees the incorporation of warmer woods, softer lines, and tactile fabrics, maintaining the simplicity and functionality of traditional Scandinavian design while making it cosier and more approachable.


Red, earthy Ceramic vase with autumn flowers.


  1. Red Earth Ceramics

As a nod to the natural world, red earth ceramics are making a significant impact in 2024, we’re sure you’ll notice them start to crop up everywhere in the coming months. These pieces, with their rich, warm tones and organic shapes, add an element of artisanal charm to any space.

They’re perfect for adding a touch of earthiness and texture, whether in the form of vases, bowls, or decorative items. This trend complements the move towards natural, earthy tones, bringing a sense of the outdoors into our homes in a subtle, sophisticated way.

Top tip: We recently came across this very interesting article on the differences between red and white clay, used for ceramics. It’s well worth a read.


Folklore inspired carpeting with vines, leaves, and butterflies.


  1. Folklore Trend

The folklore trend is a celebration of nature and heritage. It’s about bringing the charm of the countryside into our homes through decorative fabrics, intricate embroidery, and woodland scenes.

This 2024 trend is perfect for those looking to add a touch of rustic elegance to their space. It works beautifully with natural colour palettes and materials, creating a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Expect to see this trend in textiles, wallpaper, and accessories, each telling a story and adding a layer of depth and interest to the home.


Pop Art inspired living room with floral decor.


  1. Pop Art Inspired Florals

Bold, vibrant, and unapologetically expressive, pop art-inspired florals are a standout trend we’re expecting to see this year. This trend is all about making a statement, whether through large-scale wall art, vibrant upholstery, or striking accessories.

These florals are a modern twist on traditional patterns, offering a fresh, contemporary take on a classic design element. They work particularly well when paired with the 70s revival trend (spoilers…), creating spaces that are dynamic, colourful, and full of personality.


Art Deco, 70's revival style interior of living room. Featuring mustard, grey and navy furniture.


  1. 70’s Revival

The 70s are back in a big way in 2024, with a focus on rich, earthy tones and luxurious textures. This trend brings a sense of nostalgia but with a modern twist.

Think rattan furniture, velvet armchairs, and retro drinks trolleys, all in a palette of earthy browns, light mustard, terracotta, and oranges. This trend is about embracing the bold, eclectic style of the 70s while keeping it fresh and contemporary. It’s perfect for those looking to add a touch of retro glamour and opulence to their homes.


Collage of bold, bright, colourful living room themes.


  1. Say ‘No’ to Monochrome

2024 marks a significant shift away from the all-white or black-and-white aesthetics. This year is all about accessorizing with colour. From sultry navies to lively hues of blues, greens, and pinks, the colour trends of 2024 advocate for a daring approach.

We’re seeing a refreshing pushback against the ubiquitous all-white aesthetic, with monochromatic paints and deep, saturated colour schemes reclaiming the spotlight. This trend manifests in painted alcoves, striking wallpapers, deep wood tones, and evocative upholstery, encouraging everyone to unleash their colour perspective.


Female Interior Designer choosing flooring tiles in Fludes Carpets.


In conclusion, the interior design trends of 2024 are all about creating spaces that reflect our personalities, offer comfort, and connect us to the natural world. These trends encourage us to embrace colour, texture, and form in new and exciting ways, transforming our homes into unique, personal sanctuaries. Embrace these trends to make your home a true reflection of your style and a haven for the year ahead.



Ready to Embrace the 2024 Interior Design Trends?

As you explore the exciting interior design trends in 2024, remember that your home is a canvas for your creativity and style. If you’re feeling inspired to bring these trends to life in your own space, we’re here to help.

At Fludes Carpets, our flooring experts are ready to guide you through every step of the process, from choosing the perfect colours to selecting the ideal fabrics and finishes.

Contact us today and let’s start creating the home of your dreams.


Festive Season Store Opening Hours 2023

To all our valued customers,

As the festive season approaches, all of us here at Fludes Carpets would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May this Christmas bring you joy, happiness, and all the warmth this season has to offer.

During this magical time of year, we understand that home becomes an even more important place for many of you – a cosy haven for family gatherings, festive celebrations, and creating wonderful memories. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of making your homes comfortable and beautiful throughout the year.

As we all prepare to enjoy the festive period, we would like to inform you of our Christmas opening hours. Whether you’re looking to make a last-minute purchase to spruce up your home for the holidays or planning ahead for the New Year, we’re here to help at times that are most convenient for you.


Below are the festive opening times for all our Fludes Carpets stores between December 17th and January 6th:

Date Eastbourne Newhaven Haywards Heath Boscombe
Sunday 17th 10.00-4.00pm 10.00-4.00pm Closed 8:00-5:00pm
Monday 18th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Tuesday 19th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 20th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 21st 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Friday 22nd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Saturday 23rd 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed
Sunday 24th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 25th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 26th Closed Closed Closed Closed
Wednesday 27th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Thursday 28th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Friday 29th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm Closed
Saturday 30th 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed
Sunday 31st Closed Closed Closed Closed
Monday 1st Closed Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 2nd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Wednesday 3rd 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Thursday 4th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Friday 5th 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8.30-5.30pm 8:00-5:00pm
Saturday 6th 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm 9.00-5.00pm Closed


Please note that these times are subject to change, so we recommend always keeping an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and for choosing Fludes Carpets. It’s been a pleasure serving you throughout the year, and we look forward to welcoming you into our stores during the festive season and beyond.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Warmest regards,

The Fludes Carpets Team

Naughty Elves Sale: Featured Products

Unwrap amazing deals on carpets and more!

Please Note: This sale has now ended. Head to the product sections on our gallery to discover the latest offers.

This December, Fludes Carpets is bringing a twist of festive mischief with our “Naughty Elves Sale”!

While our cheeky elves are causing a bit of havoc around the stores, they’re also leaving behind some incredible deals for you. Get ready to enjoy 20% off most carpets, 20% off all underlays & accessories, and up to 50% off rugs. Let’s explore some of the fantastic ranges included in this whimsical winter sale.

Take a look at some of the incredible products discounted as a gift to our customers this winter…

  1. Invictus Carpets – Copenhagen (20% off)

Step into the realm of unparalleled comfort and style with the Copenhagen carpet range from Invictus Carpets. This exquisite carpet collection is a true embodiment of luxury and sophistication. Crafted using the latest generations of solution-dyed yarns, including iVinci® (Polypropylene) and iVerse® (Polyester), Copenhagen offers a stunningly rich texture and an opulent body that you can’t help but admire.

Key Features:

  • Luxurious Texture: The carpets boast a frisé texture, giving them a uniquely soft and velvety feel underfoot.
  • Durable and Stain Resistant: Made with 100% iVinci Solution Dyed Olefin, these carpets are not only visually appealing but also remarkably stain-resistant and durable, making them perfect for everyday life.
  • Eco-Friendly Backing: Featuring FusionBac backing, Copenhagen carpets are an eco-friendly choice, combining comfort with environmental responsibility.

The Copenhagen range is an ideal choice for those who seek to infuse their homes with a touch of elegance and comfort. With 20% off during our Naughty Elves Sale, it’s the perfect time to elevate your home with a carpet from the Copenhagen range.

  1. Hugh Mackay Carpets – The Durham Collection (20% off)

Experience the elegance of modern design fused with classic style in The Durham Edition by Hugh Mackay Carpets. This collection reimagines the timeless herringbone pattern with a contemporary twist, using contrasting colours to create a unique and understated look. Perfectly suited for busy homes, The Durham Edition combines practicality with style in a way that elevates any space.

Key Features:

  • Contemporary Herringbone Style: The Durham Edition takes the classic herringbone pattern and revitalises it with modern colour contrasts, offering a fresh take on a traditional design.
  • Quality Wool Blend: Made from an 80% wool blend, these carpets promise both comfort and durability, ensuring a long-lasting, luxurious feel underfoot.
  • Colour Variety: With a choice of 12 specially selected colours, ranging from the deep tones of Marine and Dark Red to the subtle elegance of French Grey and Ivory, there’s a shade to match any decor.


  1. Associated Weavers – Stainaway Harvest Heathers (20% off)

Embrace the natural beauty and exceptional durability of the Stainaway Harvest Heathers Deluxe Carpet from Associated Weavers. This range is celebrated for its hardwearing qualities and elegant, flecked appearance, making it a perfect choice for any area of your home, from the living room to the bedroom.

Key Features:

  • Dense Twist Pile: The carpet features a dense 7.5mm twist pile, providing a comfortable yet durable surface underfoot.
  • Stain Resistance: Made from 100% Polypropylene fibres, the Harvest Heathers Deluxe is designed to resist stains, ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance.
  • Heavy Domestic Rating: This carpet is rated for heavy domestic use, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas like stairs and hallways.

  1. Abingdon Flooring – Royal Windsor Carpets (20% off)

Discover the renewed charm and enduring quality of the Royal Windsor Carpets from Abingdon Flooring. This classic wool range has been revitalised with new features while retaining all its original qualities, making it a timeless choice for any home.

Key Features:

  • All-Natural Wool: Royal Windsor is an all-natural, 100% wool carpet, offering the unique benefits of this versatile natural fibre. Wool is renowned for its sound absorption qualities, moisture control, and ability to absorb volatile organic compounds from the atmosphere.
  • Berber Loop Style: The carpet features a Berber loop style, which not only adds a touch of elegance but also provides toughness and comfort underfoot.
  • Durability and Warranty: Paired with a substantial warranty and moth-resistant technology, this flooring is built to last and remain stylish for years to come.

With a 20% discount during our Naughty Elves Sale, the Royal Windsor Carpets present an excellent opportunity to invest in flooring that combines practicality, comfort, and timeless style.


Don’t let the naughty elves have all the fun! Join us at Fludes Carpets for the Naughty Elves Sale and unwrap some incredible deals on carpets, underlays, accessories, and rugs.

Visit your local store or contact us to explore these amazing offers. Let’s make your home merry and bright this festive season!


Why choose an approved retailer for your Karndean Designflooring?

While Karndean Designflooring offers an unparalleled range of luxurious and durable vinyl flooring options, the place you choose to make your purchase is equally important.

Fludes Carpets, as an approved retailer of Karndean Designflooring, provides a comprehensive and personalised service that goes beyond the point of sale. In this article, we’ll explore the multiple advantages of purchasing your Karndean flooring from Fludes Carpets.



Start With a Free Design Consultation

Choosing the right flooring is a significant decision that impacts both the aesthetics and functionality of your home. To make this process easier, Fludes Carpets offer a free design consultation to get your started.

During these sessions, our experts will guide you through Karndean’s extensive range of designs, laying patterns, finishes, and formats. This personalised service ensures that you can create a bespoke look that aligns perfectly with your home’s interior design, budget, and your personal style preferences.


Expert Product and Industry Knowledge

We’d be the first to admit that the range of flooring available to shoppers is an ever increasing one. At Fludes Carpets, our team has amassed decades of experience, equipping them with invaluable product knowledge. This expertise allows us to guide you through the nuances of each Karndean product, from classic oak effects to modern concrete finishes. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

If you would like to know more about why we pride ourselves on our in-store experience, take a look at our what to expect page.



Guaranteed Customer Care

Customer service truly matters to us and it’s become an ethos that permeates every interaction at Fludes Carpets. From the moment you make your initial enquiry, you’ll experience a level of customer care that sets us apart.

Our commitment to excellence extends to every stage of your flooring journey, ensuring a seamless and satisfying experience from selection to installation.


Lifetime Transferrable Purchase Guarantee

Investing in quality flooring is a long-term commitment, and Fludes Carpets makes that commitment even more secure with our Lifetime Transferrable Purchase Guarantee which applies to all Karndean products purchases in any of our stores.

This unique offering not only assures you of the quality and durability of your Karndean flooring but also adds value to your home by being transferrable should you decide to move.



Comprehensive Aftercare

Your relationship with Fludes Carpets doesn’t end once your new floor is installed. We offer robust aftercare that includes a wealth of Karndean specific FAQ’s, cleaning tips, and maintenance advice.

Our aim is to empower you with the knowledge and resources to keep your Karndean flooring in pristine condition for years to come.


See and Feel the Products in Person

While online images and descriptions can provide a general idea, there’s no substitute for experiencing the quality of Karndean flooring in person. At Fludes Carpets, we invite you to visit our showrooms where you can touch and feel the various flooring options. This tactile experience is invaluable in helping you make a properly informed decision.



Choosing Fludes Carpets as your Karndean Retailer is about making an investment in your home and lifestyle. You’re not just gaining a high-quality floor; you’re benefiting from a holistic service that covers everything from expert advice to comprehensive aftercare.

So, when it comes to making one of the most significant decisions for your home, choose Fludes Carpets as your trusted Karndean Retailer and contact the team today.


This year’s biggest flooring style trends featuring Karndean Designflooring

The essence of a home often starts from the ground up—literally. Flooring is more than just a surface to walk on; it’s a foundational element that sets the tone for your entire living space.

As we approach the end of this year, the focus is shifting towards flooring styles that are not just functional but also artistic, sustainable, and aligned with emerging interior design trends.

In this blog, we’ll delve into five flooring styles that have become increasingly popular throughout 2023. Each style is paired with a standout product from Karndean, ensuring that – should you purchase from Fludes Carpets – your floors are not just trendy but also of the highest quality. To view any of these styles in your own home try this Floorstyle virtual visualiser tool.

Click here to view our full Karndean gallery.


Floors Laid at an Angle: Knight Tile Rigid Core

Gone are the days when flooring was laid in a straightforward, parallel manner. This year, it’s all about angles. Laying your floor at a 45-degree angle to the walls can transform a room, making it appear larger and more dynamic. The Knight Tile Rigid Core Collection is perfect for this, offering a range of designs that can be laid at an angle for that extra touch of individuality.


Herringbone: Art Select Collection

Herringbone is a classic that seems to never go out of style. Herringbone adds texture and depth to any room and has always been an intricate pattern that captures the eye. With a variety of wood and stone designs available, you can create a herringbone pattern that truly reflects your personal style.


Bold Patterns: Heritage Collection

If you’re looking to make a simple yet bold statement, look no further than some of the more extravagant patterns that have had a huge surge in popularity over the last year. The Heritage Collection offers classic geometric tile patterns in a palette of 12 traditional and contemporary colours. Whether you opt for a Victorian-inspired design or something more modern, this collection allows you to create a floor that’s stylish but also uniquely you.


Large Wooden Texture Planks: Van Gogh Collection

Sometimes, bigger really is better. Large wooden texture planks, like the ones picture from the Van Gogh Collection, offer a rustic yet naturally refined look. These planks are not just aesthetically pleasing; they also have the practical advantage of making a room appear more spacious. The larger varieties of wooden texture planks make a flooring more tactile, whilst giving the entire room a modern yet distinguished appearance.


Monochrome: Opus Collection

Monochrome designs are timeless and versatile, fitting seamlessly into a variety of interior styles. Although the entire range includes a wide variety of colour tones and surface finishes; we’re featuring this large tile black and white pattern from Karndean’s Opus Collection. This stunning flooring offers a design that can add a touch of sophistication to any room, from kitchens to living rooms. The flexible nature of monochrome patterning means it can accompany modern and traditional rooms alike, adding contrast to plain spaces and a visually stunning foundation to build upon.


As we’ve explored, the flooring trends of this year are far from mundane. They invite homeowners to break away from traditional norms and embrace styles that are imaginative, bold, and deeply personal.

With Karndean Designflooring’s exceptional range of products, achieving this level of individuality is not just possible—it’s effortless. So, whether you’re renovating your home or simply looking to update a room, make your way to your local Fludes Carpets store. There, you’ll find a wide range of options to choose from and a friendly team to help you at every stage.

If you’d like to discuss what’s possible for the flooring in your space, contact us here or find your local store and showroom.