Gerflor to the rescue with DIY SOS

Being able to change someone’s life or circumstances for the better is a mission that TV’S Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS crew’ have been on since 1999.

In a special Children in Need episode the DIY SOS went to Swansea to help a local charity rebuild their support centre. As the project needed high quality flooring as part of the re-build they turned to international flooring specialist Gerflor at the time to come to the rescue with advice and the donation of some 119m2 of stunning products that would make this ambitious transformation possible.

The Roots Foundation Wales charity based in Swansea, is there to give desperately needed help and support for young people leaving the care system, and embarking on their own lives. The charity had spent the last two years in a dilapidated wooden hut and were desperate for more space and better facilities to help these local young people. The DIY SOS plan was to demolish the existing building and construct a new support centre from scratch in just 11 days. This would include a large youth club space, therapy room and kitchen for cooking classes.

Sophie Robinson is one of the interior designers working on the DIY SOS show and openly admits to being bonkers about colour. She has eaten-slept-breathed all things interior design for over 20 years; working across magazines, TV and some of the top retailers in the country. She said,

“the team usually invite me to join them when they know they will be looking for a bold and colourful design, as that’s my signature.” She went on to add, “I love to use strong colour in my schemes as it’s such an instant game-changer and can effectively offer up the feel-good factor”.

Sophie’s advice is to think of using colour as a bold block rather than just relying on it as an accent colour. She explains by further commenting,

“this is commonly used as a wall colour, but I love to play around using strong colours on the floor too. For the project in Swansea we really wanted to create a fun and welcoming feel to a children’s community centre, so I opted for a strong lime green for the entrance floor, moving through into the recreation room”.

She further said,

“green is a wonderful colour for communicating wellbeing, because of its connotations with the outdoors. I then chose a soft white for the walls as I wanted the space to feel as open and light as possible and the combination of the two worked really well.”

The International Design Awards (IDA is a set of ‘Design Oscars’ that truly celebrates the original and the best work in any given creative field. It’s this very same ethos that has driven Gerflor for over 70 years to produce a range of products aimed at delivering high quality, design-led flooring that fulfils this challenge. Therefore, it’s no surprise that last year saw Gerflor’s Taralay Impression vinyl floorcovering collection scoop a bronze award in the prestigious IDA product category.