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Timeless Wood Flooring For Every Home

From its incredible durability to its versatile appearance, our engineered hardwood flooring is the ideal way to introduce a timeless look to your home that can last a lifetime and fit with any interior trends that may come and go. Why choose Atkinson & Kirby’s oak flooring? Versatility Hardwood flooring can be tailored towards any interior design scheme; whether it be contemporary minimalism with simple, modern touches or rustic charm with traditional furnishings. Oak will complement any setting and work alongside any trend as years go by. Durability Oak flooring has the ability to stand the test of time, making it the most reliable form of flooring in terms of strength durability. Its quality, hard-wearing surface adds to its timeless appeal, as well as its ability to withstand daily wear and tear. Ultimately, reducing the need for any future refits and saving you money in the long run. Sustainability Its longevity also makes oak one of the most sustainable flooring options, which falls in line with the increase in demand for more sustainably sourced materials. Not only will your flooring be long-lasting, but it will help in reducing mass-production within the industry, with Atkinson & Kirby having also been awarded the FSC and PEFC stamp of approval. How can you achieve a timeless look? There are endless possibilities when it comes to introducing oak into your design scheme. However, we’ve put together a few tips of how to achieve timeless flooring using a few key trends for 2022… Maximalism Deep-toned parquet flooring has a timeless quality and traditional appearance. Our classic herringbone format ranges from rich, dark coffee tones like Sloane Smoked Oak to cool grey hues like its Sonoran Oak. Bright Future A muted flooring with minimal knots such as Monoa Oak is the ideal way to introduce bold interiors and retro colour blocking whilst remaining subtle and suitable for future design changes. Outside In Flooring such as Mayar Limed Oak, is both environmentally friendly and unique in appearance with its raw, exposed wood and rustic grade that sits perfectly against any interiors. Zen Living Wyvis Smoked Oak’s natural tones are timeless and will complement any décor in years to come. Its environmentally certified low maintenance wood flooring allows homeowners to incorporate sleek designs that are self-sustaining. View the full Atkinson & Kirby collection here. 

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Why Is Green Colour of the Year?

According to a recent article by Apartment Therapy*, nearly every paint brand named a shade of sage green as their colour of choice for 2022. Green is an extremely versatile colour that withholds many connotations, from nature and sustainability to luck and safety. With that said, it’s no surprise people are gravitating towards this colour, especially when it comes to interior design. Biophilic design As a colour commonly associated with nature and all-things outdoors, homeowners have started to introduce more shades of green into their homes in recent years. Having spent so much time within our homes throughout the course of the pandemic, neutral colour schemes that help to create a bright and open space have become increasingly popular. As an earthy colour, green takes a huge role in adding to this natural feel. Biophilic design is a design trend that echoes our desire to introduce more space, nature and elements of the environment into our homes. Described as an extremely calming colour, green can also help us to feel safe and relieved from stress or any personal anxieties. A ‘greener’ future Our desire to be surrounded by nature goes hand-in-hand with our increasing awareness of making greener choices. Sustainability factors are of the upmost concern when it comes to interior design in 2022. As a result, more greenery and natural materials are being added into homes, with both helping to improve air quality and respiratory health. We're calling this particular design concept, ‘Zen Living’. A trend that encourages homeowners to introduce more sustainable products into their home. By investing in quality materials with a long lifespan, such as our environmentally certified low maintenance wood flooring, you can incorporate design features that are both timeless and self-sustaining. Where to start? Initially, green may feel like a bold colour to incorporate into a space and therefore, it’s best to start small. By adding a simple green feature wall or subtle soft furnishings, the colour can totally transform a room. Mouldings can be incoporated to create a feature wall.  Painted in a deep sage green, this would add instant character and give the space the perfect ‘new year’ revival. Hues of green paired with tranquil décor and natural timber can also be achieved by opting for characterful hardwood flooring, like our Wyvis Smoked Oak. The natural tones displayed in real hardwood floors are the ideal choice for a timeless look that will compliment splashes of green throughout the space.    You can find a world of inspiration in our 2022 Interior Design Trends Guide. Download here.  *https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sage-green-color-of-the-year-trend-2022-37011516 *https://www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/interiors/a732/how-colour-affects-mood/

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We're Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Following the recent appointment of our internal Environmental Action Group, we're proud to announce that we've made the move to 100% renewable energy. Earlier this year, we announced the appointment of an internal Environmental Action Group to drive our sustainability goals and pledge for a greener future. The Environmental Action Group is working towards the ultimate goal of reducing carbon emissions and developing a carbon footprint management plan which will set out clear measurable objectives, targets, and timescales to becoming a net zero business. We have already made progress, having moved to 100% renewable energy at our manufacturing facility, warehouse, and offices. The move will reduce the annual CO2 impact by 427 Tonnes - the equivalent to more than 200 cars being taken off the road. These initiatives form part of our plan to support the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying businesses to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world. You can count on Atkinson & Kirby to be at the forefront of positive environmental change in the flooring industry.  Take a read of our Sustainability Report to stay updated on the improvements and achievements we at Atkinson & Kirby have made so far.  More progress is to come, so keep an eye out on social and our website for more updates coming soon.

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Top 2022 D├ęcor and Flooring Design Trends (+PDF)

Whilst unpredictable times continued throughout 2021, our homes have become somewhat of a sanctuary and place for self-expression this year. Many a renovation, refurbishment or room change-up have gone ahead as people spend more time adding personality to their spaces. With interests in interior design reaching new heights, we’ve predicted the décor and flooring designs we expect to be in full force throughout 2022... Outside in Characterised by rustic finishes, modernist touches and natural wood, ‘Outside In’ is a trend that welcomes a harmonious blend of the rural outdoors with cosy décor. A relaxing colour palette of blue, grey and cream matches the bright and calming feel of our surrounding environment, paired with textured materials to engage the senses. Not only has a calm and serene space become a key factor when it comes to choosing interior design styles, but so have sustainable materials. As the importance of shopping second-hand continues to resonate with more and more homeowners, locally handcrafted or re-purposed materials are becoming a popular choice when it comes to furnishings. Flooring that celebrates the imperfections of raw woods, such as the Mayar Limed Oak, are both environmentally friendly and unique in aesthetic. Likewise, Eton Oak parquet flooring is a white-washed wood that offers a rustic grade and coastal feel against soft textures. Zen Living As we continue to take solace in our homes in 2022, the desire to surround ourselves with Biophilic designs to feel closer to nature has also increased. As has the importance of maintaining self-care and practicing mindfulness. Studies have found that natural and bright spaces are proven to improve health and wellbeing.* The combination of greenery and natural timber can offer a tranquil space that acts as the ultimate stress reliever, whilst also improving air quality and respiratory health. ‘Zen Living’ is not only a great trend to increase your mood, but an easy way to introduce more sustainable products into your home. By investing in quality materials with a long lifespan such as Atkinson & Kirby’s environmentally certified low maintenance wood flooring, homeowners can incorporate sleek designs that are self-sustaining. Wyvis Smoked Oak’s natural tones are timeless and will compliment any décor in years to come. Maximalism In an ode to nostalgic grandeur, ‘Maximalism’ is back and helping to transform our spaces into places of self-expression. Heavily influenced by the arts movement and the aesthetic of excess, where more really is more, maximalism is anything but boring. Bold pops of colour from true greens and deep blues to muted burgundy and orange make this trend the ideal way to bring a unique look to your home. When it comes to flooring, deep toned parquet like Westminster Oak pairs well with loud colour palettes but maintains a traditional, vintage style. The rich toned timber of Sloane Smoked Oak provides a luxury and retro feel that when paired alongside abstract art and antiques can transfer your room into another time.   Bright Future ‘Bright Future’ is where retro and nostalgia meet soothing design elements that allow you to switch-off and unwind. Inspired by sci-fi aesthetics, this trend takes advantage of technological advancements and the digital elements within our homes to streamline our spaces. Characterised by multi-functionality, futuristic décor, and floor zoning, ‘Bright Future’ is an energetic trend that encourages colour play. Pairing muted flooring with minimal knots such as Monoa Oak is the ideal way to enhance bold interiors and the use of colour blocking. Whilst Optilock parquet flooring like the Sonoran Oak can be useful for quick installations that still maintain a visibly clean space. Trends Guide PDF Find a world of inspiration in our 2022 Décor and Flooring Design Trends Guide. It features all four trends in detail, as well as moodboards and trend features. Download here.    *https://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/easy-home-decor-ideas-boost-happiness-wellbeing/  

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Bespoke Hardwood Flooring For Projects

We offer a bespoke flooring service for large scale projects and developments, our in-house Specification Team work directly with architects, designers and contractors. We're able to source and supply bespoke hardwood flooring tailored to you or your clients individual requirements and specification. We work with the highest quality flooring suppliers across the world and these strong connections mean we are able to provide you with this unique service. You can choose to customise one of our existing floors, or create a new floor all together. You can choose the design, style, colour, texture, finish, and much more. 1. GET IN TOUCH  Our in-house Specification Team are able to help your vision become a reality. Get in touch with us with your specification, requirements or ideas and our expert team will be able to work with you to help build up a picture of exactly what you need for your project. 2. ARCHITECTS BOARD We contact our suppliers to generate a quote and lead time. Once you are happy with these, we work with our suppliers to create an architects board exactly to your requirements. We then present the bespoke board to you, you can either approve the board or choose to make some changes. 3. FULL PRODUCTION Once you have approved the architects board, we proceed into full production to craft your bespoke flooring and deliver your flooring to site. From here we can advise on installation so your project runs smoothly, as well as best maintenance practices so your floor stands the test of time in style and durability. Coordinating all of the different elements of a project can be overwhelming, which is why we work as a project partner, with our in-house Specification Team on hand to advise you at every step, from idea to installation. Take a look at our flooring collections in our brochure here, choose to customise one of our existing floors or create a new floor all together, the choice is yours...

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Material Source Studio: World-Class Materials Hub

Material Source Studio is now open. The world-class product and materials hub exclusively for Architects and Designers, located in Manchester city-centre.  Material Source Studio offering architects and designers in the North West the opportunity to immerse themselves in ‘beautifully useful’ products and materials. The first of its kind in the UK, the 15,000sqft studio is situated in the Grade II listed Hanover Building in NOMA. Set across two levels, it features a wealth of inspirational exhibits and interactive displays from 35 leading brands operating in the commercial interiors and built environment sectors. It also includes an 80-seat theatre, a CPD area, a 300+ book library, 7 meeting spaces, a co-working hub and a podcast studio. Plus, an internal garden and a fully mature, 6-metre tree, spanning both floors. Making up the Studio’s core offering are bespoke partner PODs – created by neighbouring design and build studio, Tim Denton - and showcasing 35 partner displays, including everything from paint, tiles, flooring and wallcoverings, furniture, lighting and smart solutions, fabric, bathroom accessories, plants and acoustic panels.  Atkinson & Kirby are founding partners of the Studio and are showcasing our trend-led floors, many of which have already been used in large-scale projects throughout the UK and Europe. Each quarter, visitors will see a new trend that inspired our team, with updated décor and samples. Expect to see lots of greenery, characterful floors and sustainability sourced timber. The studio brings a new way of working where collaboration and community are central. There is an open door policy, open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6.30pm. We hope to see you there. Find out more here.   Photography credit: Tim Ainsworth

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