Unique Floor Coverings (Guest Post)
Unique Floor Coverings (Guest Post)
Floor coverings for your home that go outside of the mainstream may well be part of your bespoke building solution. For those that want to have something a bit more unique, consider the following floor coverings for your home.
Broken tiles and mosaics can add an artistic flair to a bathroom or a kitchen, especially if the randomness of the tile is coupled with a well thought out design (such as a flower). If you have a patio or enclosed area which transitions into the kitchen or the foyer area, the mosaic tiles will also work to give a bit of the outside organics to the interior space, especially if the transition is from a garden area.
For those that do not wish to use a ton of mosaic tiles individually, sheets of mosaics are available (typically in square format) which can be pieced together to give the illusion of randomness.
This method is both durable and a cheaper alternative to laying down all new flooring. The stamping method takes concrete and then uses what equivocates to a large rubber stamp to give the surface an imitation look. Depending on the stamp and the stain used on the concrete, hardwood, stone, marble, and tile can be mimicked. Keep in mind that the more complex the design the costlier the stamp. However, the concrete’s lifespan is far greater than that of most floors and so the payoff outweighs the costs in most cases.
Re-varnished Existing Wood Floors
Many wood floors have potential, regardless of their current appearance. Although the wood may be a bit scuffed up and look a bit dull presently, it may be able to be given some life with just a little bit of time and varnish. There are two main looks that have grown in popularity in recent years. These are the primitive and natural wood flooring, and the reclaimed look. Jonathan Sapir, Managing Director at Wood and Beyond and a 30 year veteran of wood flooring explains, ‘If you want to achieve the natural/primitive look, do not sand out the imperfections but just polish up the floor with a varnish that brings out the wood. For the refurbished look, consider using different hues of varnish or creating a pattern with various varnish hues.’
Recycled Plastic Lumber
Recycled plastic lumber has been around for a while. It is a great alternative for those that want to go green with their construction projects. As the material is made from plastic, the colour selections are limitless. Additionally, unlike traditional lumber which is susceptible to water, termites and other elements, plastic lumber is almost indestructible. It is waterproof, bugs do not attack it, It does not scuff and crack as lumber, and requires little to no maintenance. Plastic lumber can be manufactured to look like tile, wood, or designed to have a completely unique texture fitting for your home.
Vintage Solid or Engineered Planks
Vintage planks and old flooring is making a comeback. Where once the rugged paint and the darker wood were considered archaic, salvage and vintage carriers are finding the demand is increasing. Desired for their durability as well as for their unique qualities, the vintage flooring may be desirable over choosing a more traditional tongue and groove hardwood floor system. Vintage flooring does tend to run on the costly side, especially if using a rarer wood. It is not advised for floor coverings in high traffic areas or exteriors but rather in rooms (such as a guest room) which are less often used.
Don’t Underestimate Throw Rugs and Carpet Tiles
For a floor that just needs a bit more character, do not underestimate the impact that a throw rug or some carpet squares can have on your space. Throw rugs are a great way to add a floor covering which can be altered and switched out as your taste and the room evolves. Carpet squares add a bit more diversity to the floor covering as you can change out the individual square or the entire pattern.
Guest post by Wood and Beyond