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New flooring – the best styles and underlays for 2021

New flooring – the best styles and underlays for 2021

Want to modernise your home for 2021? Why not lay new flooring?

With the country in lockdown three of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s never been a better time to do some DIY and freshen up your property. And to help you on your way, here we take a look at some of the most popular trends and the best flooring and underlay currently available.


Popular 2021 flooring trends

Carpet will always be a popular type of flooring for the home. But as we head into the new year, it’s hard surfaces that are trending – particularly luxury vinyl tiles (LVT), laminate and linoleum.

All of these flooring options are affordably priced and boast a wide range of benefits. For example, they’re durable, water-resistant and very easy to install. What’s more, ‘authenticity’ is a huge trend this year. And thanks to recent advances in printing technology, they perfectly mimic the look and texture of the real thing, and are almost indistinguishable from genuine hardwood.

In terms of colour, grey is still on top – and the lighter and cooler the shade the better.

Essentially, for 2021, the latest flooring trends are all about bringing nature inside and creating an airy and contemporary space to live, work and relax. And here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we have just the thing. As part of our online flooring range, we have a selection of options by the leading brand Royale – all of which are exceptional quality, available for a great price, and incredibly on-trend. These include:


1. Royale LVT Flooring in Rhino Grey and White Cliffs – £24.99 per 1m2

Ideal for use in most rooms of the home, including the living room, dining room, bedroom, hallways, and also the bathroom.

2. Royale 8mm Laminate Flooring in Modern Grey – £19.99 per 1m2

Recommended for use in a living room, dining room, bedroom and hallway.

3. Royale Lino Roll Flooring in Grey Oak – £7.50 for 2 metres x 0.5 metres

Suitable for use in all rooms, including the kitchen and bathroom.


Why not take a look and see which would work best in your home?


New flooring available at Carpet Underlay Shop


The best underlays available for 2021

Underlay isn’t required for vinyl or lino roll flooring. In fact, the additional layer can have a detrimental effect – leading to dents and damage caused by furniture and shoes. Therefore, to create the best results, you just need to ensure the subfloor is smooth and flat before laying.

By contrast, for all other types of new flooring, underlay is an essential purchase.

It may not seem important. But it offers many advantages and can make a huge difference to the final results. The ideal underlay for you will depend on the type of flooring you wish to fit:


 1. LVT

For this on-trend hard surface option, Royale LVT Acoustic is regarded as the best product currently on the market. Made from a combination of toughened foam and silver foil, it boasts a range of useful features and will significantly enhance the look and feel of your new flooring. Yet, despite this, it’s priced at just £3.60 per m2 .


 2. Laminate

If you’ve opted for new laminate, Royale Professional Sonic Gold 7mm Underlay is a fantastic choice.

More information on the benefits of this can be found in our recent blog ‘The latest and best underlay for wood and laminate’. But in a nutshell, it provides superior sound and heat insulation, successfully evens out any imperfections in the subfloor, and boasts an effective damp proof membrane. What’s more, it’s available for the competitive price of £5.80 per m2.

As such, this is now our go-to recommendation for most LVT projects.


3. Carpet

For all carpet, we typically recommend Plushwalk 12mm. This is the ‘gold standard’ of carpet underlay; highly respected within the industry and available in our store for just £5.99 per m2.

Again, detailed information on this underlay and its benefits can be found in our previous blogs ‘Which underlay should I buy for carpet?’ and ‘5 reasons to invest in Plushwalk’. But to quickly summarise – cut from thick ‘bounce back’ memory foam – it’s designed to create exceptional underfoot comfort, provides excellent insulation and is guaranteed to last a long time.

That’s why it’s now the no.1 choice for most domestic carpeting projects.

 Best underlays available at Carpet Underlay Shop


Start your 2021 DIY project today

If you like the sound of these popular flooring trends and options, why not get started? After all, in line with the latest government guidance, you’ll be spending a lot of time at home at the moment. And it’s the perfect opportunity to start a new DIY project and give your property an update.

Browse our full online collection of LVT, laminate and lino – see which type or style catches your eye.  For further help and inspiration, our Flooring Planning Guide is also worth a read. And when you’re ready for checking out, be sure to add the recommended underlay to your basket.

If you have any questions about the products available in our store, please feel free to get in touch at any time. We have excellent knowledge of the latest décor trends for 2021 and can happily advise on the best flooring and underlay options for your needs. Either give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • Carl Smith