Choosing flooring often comes down to a personal decision - whether you prefer carpet, wood, vinyl or ceramic tiles.

Bromley-based interior designer Jeni Madden, owner of JMdesign, has some sourcing tips to help make stylish choices.

Many people choose carpet for the warmth and cosiness it can give a room, and there are now lots of options available above and beyond the standard twist pile carpet. 

Be brave with colour - a brilliant rich shade such as bright turquoise can lift a room and put a spring in your step every time you see it.

For hallways and stairways, striped carpets or runners look fabulous and are a simple way to create an impactful entrance. Take a look at Crucial Trading for inspiration.

If you prefer a more neutral look, textured wool carpets such as bouclé’s and chevrons are great for creating warmth and interest - Alternative Flooring have a superb range. These will work with any scheme and give you the flexibility to change the decorations in the room if you get bored.

Wood floors are very popular as they are both hardwearing and practical for family life. Oak has been a traditional favourite - consider the paler whitened and greyed oaks for a more modern twist.

For kitchens and bathrooms vinyl has always been a practical solution. For a more luxurious finish Amtico and Karndean are easy maintenance choices and are available in a vast array of styles mimicking wood, stone and other modern finishes.

If you are looking for tiles, Fired Earth have a great range of stone, porcelain and ceramic floor tiles. Consider porcelain wood effect tiles for a bathroom as these will add texture and visual warmth.

Now you can take to the floor in style.

Jeni Madden, owner of JMdesign provides affordable interior design consultancy. Go to or call 020 8462 1572.