Making the most of your free samples.

While the room shots on our website are hopefully a great source of inspiration, nothing beats seeing how an Avenue floor looks (and feels!) in your own home. That’s why we’re more than happy to send you three samples absolutely free of charge. Click on ‘Discover’ and you’ll find our full range of flooring laid out as swatches – you can filter by collection, colour or effect, if you want to, and then all you have to do is select the ones you like and click the ‘Add to my samples’ button. Simple!

When your samples arrive, the first thing you’ll probably look at is their colour, but it’s well worth taking a few other factors into consideration, too, before you make your final choice.

How does your sample feel underfoot? Stand on it in bare feet. Does it feel comfortable? Are you happy with the surface texture? Put your shoes back on and tread some dirt into your sample so you can check how easily it comes off.

How does it look in natural and artificial light? Check on your sample first thing in the morning and again in the evening, when you have all the lights turned on. Do different lighting conditions affect how the colour or surface pattern appears? Don’t forget, too, that south- and north-facing rooms will influence how warm or cool your floor appears – a pale grey floor, for example, could look stark in a naturally dark and gloomy space, while a deeper grey with a metallic tint might add much-needed richness.

How does it look in different positions? Most of us will simply place our samples up against the skirting board, but it’s worth laying them in different locations. The floor that looks fabulous against a white wall might look too ‘busy’ when juxtaposed with a bold patterned rug or sofa.

What visual effect do you want to create? As a general rule, small-scale repeat patterns are wonderful in small spaces – the repetition has a trompe l’oeileffect, making a room appear larger than it is. Large tiles or wide planks, on the other hand, will look more in proportion in bigger spaces, and are perfect for creating a sense of drama and grandeur. One tip if you’re thinking of going for wood-effect planks – the usual way to lay them is with the boards running lengthwise against the longest wall. If your room is square, then lay them towards the main source of incoming light.

If you have any questions about how to get the best from your free samples – or what type of Avenue floor is best for you – click on the Get in Touch button on our home page. We’re more than happy to help.