If you're looking to upcycle your room's original flooring, these are the four tips to follow
1. Start off by getting a builder or floor layer to help you if it's not obvious how many pieces of wood you need. Make sure you know exactly the name and colour of the wood - you can use the internet to hunt down any original pieces. They will sometimes be left over from renovation projects.
2. People will normally put in temporary inserts when flooring is missing, so be sure to remove them carefully - you don't want to end up damaging the floor around them.
3. Insert the new pieces of wood by using a recommended fixing method, usually gluing. Then, sand down the new pieces of wood to make sure the floor is level throughout.
4. Test a variety of varnishes first on one of the new inserts first. This way, you can see if you can get exactly the same colour as the existing floor. If it proves to be impossible to get a good match, consider using a new varnish for the whole floor, so you can make it look like one continuous space.
Feature and styling by Stephanie Smith / photos by David Giles