Arren Williams is the name, and I'm a stylist, editor and trend reporter. You'll catch my work regularly popping up in print in the likes of the National Post, House & Home and elsewhere. I'm also a guest expert on Citytv's CityLine, and you can occasionally find me on HGTV as well as on ABC 7 News in Chicago.

To keep things fun I've tapped a couple of friends - Julia Black and Jenn Hannotte - to contribute their views on design too. Enjoy!


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Ask Arren > Floor Dilemma

Hi Arren,
My slate tile kitchen floors are warn, chipped and not looking their best. To me, the floor always looks dirty no matter how much I clean! Our 5-7 year plan is do an entire kitchen reno so I don't want to invest big right now in ripping up the tile. Are there nice looking and cost effective alternative options out there? Like a product we could lay on top that won't add too much extra height? Any suggestions would be great!
Tamar G

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamar G

Hi Tamar G, Sadly if your slate is uneven, then the answer is no, nothing can really go on top of them. Most every flooring solution needs a perfectly flat substrate, so a floating floor, or my fave vinyl plank flooring from Home Depot - Trafficmaster by Allure - won't work for you. So, how about a nice flatweave rug, or how about looking at an off-black floor paint as a temporary solution? It could look really very handsome! Check out Farrow & Ball's floor paints for products that are both durable and low V.O.C.

Cheers, Arren

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArren

Hi Arren,

I discovered your website as I was googling allure flooring and came across the beautiful picture of your kitchen space. And I would love to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to ask you a question;)

I am looking at buying the allure vinyl plank from Home depot. I want to put it throughout our 640sqft condo. I am kind of drawn to the country pine but would love your opinion as to which one you would recomend using.
Do you have a favorite?

Thank you!

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Hi Kendra, Yep, I am a fan of Allure!

So, my number one fave is Hickory Plank - If you fancy an antiqued wood floor look, which would totally work if your condo had a more industrial loft feel, it's a great pick. It's also the floor I use on almost every photoshoot when we want the shots to look like they have some sense of heritage and history about them.

My number two choice would be definitely be Country Pine - It still has tons of character, just in a much lighter colourway!

Cheers, Arren

November 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterArren