When I was 19 years old, I moved into my first home of my own. I lived there with Bee, then about two years old, and her dad. It was a new build – a teeny tiny thing with a living room, small kitchen and two small bedrooms. We were renting it, obviously, and the landlord was clearly not looking to splash out on the fixtures and fittings.
I imagine him having a conversation with the builders along these lines:
‘Here are the carpet swatches we’ve got,’ says the builder in my head, ‘what do you want to go for?’
‘Hmmm…’ says the landlord, ‘they’re all a little bit carpety. A bit warm and cosy looking. Do you have something cheaper? Something a bit more like the sort of mat you wipe your feet on as you come into a supermarket?’
‘Well,’ says the builder, ‘we have this really scratchy, brown cord, but it’s pretty nasty. We’d normally only put that in prison visiting rooms.’
‘It’s perfect!’ says the landlord, ‘let’s have that in the whole house!’
It wasn’t nice.
In fact, in the final few months that I lived there, it became a bit of a focus for a wave of depression that saw me ending up on a mattress on the floor of my mum’s dining room for a couple of months. (I got up during the day, it wasn’t that bad, I just slept there.)
‘Don’t make me go back to that carpet!’ I would say.
Now I’m not saying the carpet was totally to blame for my mental health, but it certainly didn’t help, and it’s definitely made me more aware of flooring generally.
And in that vein, here are seven different floors that I noticed this week that I really would NOT want in my house.
In collaboration with Luxury Flooring and their #myflooringnightmare campaign.