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If you have bought your home in France to live in as your primary home you will probably have different flooring to what you were used to in the UK.
If you are renovating you will need to think very carefully about what you envisage your new French lifestyle is going to be.
Chances are you will have land or at the very least a large garden.
Do you have dogs, cats and possibly other animals such as chickens etc.
If you are a gardener and have animals you might want to seriously want to consider having the floors tiled and then having large rugs on top.
Tiled floors are the norm over here in France and I don’t think I have ever seen a carpet as soon as you enter any-ones house. To sum up, tiled floors are much easier to keep clean and more hygienic. If you really like carpets why not just have them in the bedrooms.
There are many tillers in France and you can get English tillers that have been in business here for a long time so you can check out some of their work before hiring them. They can advise you on what type of tiles to buy and you will have a massive choice.
You can choose from tiles that are rustic, very French looking, mosaic, modern, classic or funky. The colours are vast as they like colour in France from clothes to modern furniture.
If you are buying tiles for your kitchen walls and for splash backs you will be met by a massive range that will be hard to choose from. They have everything from plain colours to the most amazing story designs that you just wouldn’t believe but alas these can be very expensive.
You can hire someone to tile for you or lay laminate flooring if you choose this material. There is plenty of different laminates to choose from as this is a good alternative if you don’t want tiles which can be cold if you are not used to them. Laminate is warmer and also easy to keep clean if you have dogs and cats or your husband wont take his dirty shoes off outside! Great if you have children too and most are liquid spill proof too.
There are also English carpet fitters in France which you can find on the various classified websites that cater for business advertising for both French and English registered businesses and in other local papers if you want to purchase carpet or buy some nice rugs for your tiled floors.
If you are renovating you newly purchased house in France you will also have to think about heating. So if you are bring wood and logs into your house you don’t want to be picking bits of bark etc out of a carpet but if you are having radiators you won’t have this problem. Speak to people ask them for their stories and advice before rushing into anything. The British here will love to tell you about their experiences, you can learn a lot from these people who have experienced the French way of life for longer and might save you from mistakes.