Renovations, Walls and Floors

The dos and don'ts of flooring


Laying new flooring is an expensive, rather daunting commitment, and one you definitely don't want to get wrong if you can help it. To assist all those doing major renovations that involve ripping up old foundations and establishing new ones, we chatted to Johannesburg-based interior designer Charlene Oberholzer from Live Simple Interiors for some advice. Here are her tips on what to do and what not to do when re-flooring. Flooringinsitu3


  • Think about the style of your home when you choose a floor and opt for one that contributes to the feel of the house.
  • Rather use loose rugs than corner-to-corner carpets – this way you can easily change the look of the room from time to time.
  • Make sure you properly seal concrete floors and give them enough time to dry before using them.
  • Hire a professional contractor to help you install your floors.
  • Know your budget – floors can be more expensive than you think.


  • Use white grout between tiles. If you want a light colour, rather use light grey. White easily gets dirty during installation and you’ll struggle to restore the colour again.
  • Use indoor tiles outside – they are very slippery and dangerous when wet.
  • Leave floors exposed after installation if the renovation is not finished yet – paint and contractors with ladders could damage the new floors.
  • Get only one quotation – prices can vary very widely.
  • Rely only on your imagination, a sales person’s explanation or a single sample when choosing flooring. Samples can be very deceiving so rather visit a showroom or site where the floor you’re considering has been installed.