When it comes to our homes, flooring is a major consideration. It’s what sets the whole vibe for the house and gives it personality. But there’s a problem. Many of us are still living in the shadow of the 1960s, walking all over awful vinyl floors in our kitchens and bathrooms, or mottled carpets in our living rooms and bedrooms. This is a travesty that has to stop.
The modern world of flooring is very different today than it was in the past. There are all sorts of innovative materials and jaw-dropping designs that can make your home look incredible. Here are some tips to show your floor who’s boss.
Use Wood-Effect Ceramic Tiles
Some people don’t like tiles because they appear too cold or they simply aren’t used to them. One cool way to get around this problem is to use what are known as wood-effect tiles in the industry. They are very different in appearance to regular tiles (obviously) and come in many different colours. It’s best to choose a design with a grain and a colour that fits the rest of your home.
Create Continuity With Your Outside Spaces
If you are lucky enough to have patio space and bi-folding doors, then it’s a really good idea to make your flooring has continuity between outdoor and indoor spaces. Hardwood timber flooring on the interior pairs naturally with decking outside. The effect is to make your living area appear bigger, by projecting living space out into the garden. Homes that don’t have continuity and stick with regular concrete patios feel small and claustrophobic in comparison.
Update Your Vinyl
Old fashioned vinyl floors were beige or decorated in awful 1970s style retro patterns that added nothing to most homes. But today, the world of vinyl is quite different. The industry has had to work very hard to shake off its negative image and return as something that is actually desirable.
One cool way people are using vinyl is to bring the outside in. Grass-style vinyl is being laid in hallways to create a connection between people’s lawns and entry areas. They’re ideal for keeping muddy boots too.
Use Patterned Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic tiles are increasingly being used to embrace industrial trends. Many modern, forward-thinking people want their homes to feel more like factory floors. We’re not talking about the factories of the nineteenth century here. Instead, there’s a focus on recreating factories of the 21st century, in all their sterilised, utilitarian glory.
One way of doing this is to use ceramic tiles on the interior. In Mediterranean countries, this has been done for centuries. But it’s only recently that the idea is catching on in places like Britain. With so many colours and textures now available, people are starting to experiment and find a style that suits their home. With geometrical designs, there are almost endless opportunities to be creative and to make something unique.
Patterned tiles tend to work particularly well in homes that are traditionally styled. Installing tiles could be a way for your house to experience its own mini-Renaissance.