How to Create a Statement Floor
The floor of a room changes the whole perception of the space and can make a huge impact on the way a room looks and feels as it is the first give away to the age of the décor. Flooring is also a large consideration for every property and it is often quite a disruptive and expensive alteration, so decisions require a lot more time and thought with the long term in mind.
Depending on the type of flooring in your property, it can last anywhere from just a few years to the lifespan of the building. Usually in family homes, carpets and trending floor decisions last between 5-15 years. However, families often decide to leave things in a less than desired condition until the children get older or until older pets have passed on, which means that by the time a surface is required, it is usually well over due.
There are so many possibilities with material choice, durability, feel, pattern, style, texture and color it may be hard to know where to start. Often as the main surface that carries through each level, flooring can be used to create continuity between spaces or can be used to define and break spaces up, so when deciding on a flooring surface, often the whole floor level of that building (or apartment) will need to be considered at once.
What if this was your way of making a statement? With current trends on bright white and light walls and furnishings, the floor may just be the one place you can really make a real statement or attain a certain feel.
A carefully thought out and beautifully maintained floor can be timeless, add value and can change the overall feel and aura of a space. In each case, an individual room needs to be considered as part of the whole. With flooring, the options can be overwhelming, so you will require some thought about materials, colour, pattern and texture.
There are a huge variety of flooring materials and types, for both indoor and outdoor spaces, but the most widely used ones are vinyl, tiles, timber and carpet.
Vinyl (and Luxury Vinyl)
Vinyl flooring is a really affordable way to transform your floor. It is a practical, usually non slip material and feels really comfortable underfoot. Vinyl comes in many designs so is a really versatile and accessible option for most families especially if budget is a huge consideration.
Tiled floors are a popular choice for their durability and versatility. Tiles can be large (sometimes referred to as large format tiles) or small and come in many materials, colors and designs. Depending on the culture and geographic location, the popularity of tiles varies greatly. Mainly used in bathrooms, kitchens and hallways, tiled floors are water resistant and can often make a space feel cooler.
Engineered, natural and reclaimed timbers
Wooden floors are a popular choice as they bring warmth to a room and bring an element of nature inside. Reclaimed and up-cycled timber can be used to create a really industrial, rustic finish. Parquet flooring can be reclaimed from schools and halls and engineered flooring can be formed to create a really durable surface.
Many people are divided over carpets for understandable reasons. Allergies can be a big problem and maintenance is quite high to keep a good carpet looking and feeling great for a really long time. Largely, carpets can be divided into man made fibers and natural finer and within each division, there is a huge variation on finish, durability and color. With carpet, think about how you want your carpet to feel and how the room is going to be used.
Using color to create a statement with your flooring is a really fun and exciting way to express personality and is a clever way to bring warmth to a space which has either monochrome or light and bright walls and furnishings. Carpets, tiles, timbers and vinyl’s all come in many colors and patterns, so the only limitation is imagination. Go for a bold solid color or an interesting pattern. If you don’t want to do a whole house or room, adding a patterned or colorful edge or runner can create a really bold and interesting finish.
Texture and pattern
Texture and pattern are a sophisticated way to add style to your flooring and really make a statement. Thinking about the feel alongside the texture of the floor can help you make yoru final choice on a material. Wooden floorboards and up-cycled wood can add extra personality to a pattern, and parquet can create a really exciting geometric, retro inspired feel while thick and fluffy carpets are often chosen for bedrooms, living rooms and rooms which need warming up.