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Walk the Walk: Ludwig Strebel’s 4 tips for selecting the perfect flooring

As Hamberger Flooring’s export manager, Ludwig Strebel helps introduce the company’s wood & laminate floors to North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This thrilling mix of cultures – and the different ways each lives and functions in the home – is a constant source of inspiration for Strebel.

“What has inspired me most about Australia is its generous sized homes,” Strebel says. “Australian homes are almost double the size of an average German home. Also, Australians don’t overload rooms with furniture and items – everything is carefully selected.” This is perhaps all the more reason to make the perfect flooring choice; in a modern space, what’s beneath your feet can really make or break the style of a room.

So what’s Ludwig’s material of choice? Floorboards of course! Wood flooring is the most hygienic floor covering particularly when compared to carpets, he says. “Wooden floors are easy to clean and do not cause allergies. Also, the warmth of wooden floors and the overall interior decorating effect is calming, not boring.”

Strebel’s Tips for Selecting the Perfect Flooring:

  1. Quick Fix Vs. Investment

Decide whether you want the floor to last forever or just as a stopgap until you can afford to upgrade to what you really want. As a temporary solution, laminate flooring can give you the appearance and easy-to-clean aspect of wood for almost half the price. “Sophisticated laminates can come very close to timber,” Strebel says.

  1. Consider your existing environment & decor.

Keep pieces of upholstery fabrics or off cuts of your furniture if you can, and take them with you when shopping for floorboards to choose the most complementary shades of wood.

  1. Allow for your lifestyle.

Do you have children and pets? Opt for a natural treated floor because any damage in high-traffic areas can be more easily spot-repaired.

  1. Consider the size of your home & individual rooms.

“The size of rooms is very important when selecting the dimension of the floorboards,” says Strebel. “A large floorboard can make a small room much smaller.”