underestimate what your flooring choices can bring to the table. Even though it is literally beneath you, your floors can be just as visually stimulating as anything at your natural eye-level like your walls and your furniture. There are many ways you can make the design of the room flow into your flooring decisions, which help tie the whole room together.
- Integrate patterns (for carpets).
Introducing patterns to your floor may seem like a bold choice because designs sometimes hark back to specific eras. However, the patterns do not always have to come on too loud. In themed homes that focus on the 80s or early 90s having a patterned carpet seamlessly blends in with the rest of the décor. Floral designs, leopard prints, dog teeth, and scrollwork would not look out of place when the whole room plays up to the decade.
For patterned carpets, you can play with the size and colours of the prints. This way you can also have patterns without having to worry about it being too loud or being too much. There are quieter patterns that play with creams and greys without being a solid neutral.
- Integrate patterns (for panels).
Another way you can introduce patterns is by creating custom shapes with panels/tiles. You can do this with luxury vinyl flooring, and anything that comes in an easy to cut material. Instead of laying the panels in a straight line, you can go with a herringbone, basket weave, or Flanders weave pattern. Adding patterns is a good compromise for those who enjoy plain colours but want a more dynamic touch.
- Create depth by adding texture.
You can create depth in your room by adding texture to your floors. The texture is often dependent on the material, the material of the flooring and the finish on the walls. For example, in an industrially styled apartment contrast is introduced by the different elements that make up the room. There is exposed brick, stainless steel, and concrete floors. Each material has a texture that is translated visually and having all that present in the room creates depth.
Look at glossy finishes versus matte finishes and coarse carpet versus shaggy rugs. You can also look at the texture that is an integral part of the material as design instead of an actual finish, like floors with glass patterns that look wet.
- Play with the size of the room with colour
The most classic way to introduce style to your floor is through colour. When you are designing a neutral room, it is difficult to play with patterns and customisations. Selecting the right shade of the flooring that makes the room most comfortable is a safe choice. It is as simple as light wood versus dark wood, white tile versus coloured tile, etc.
When designing your floors, remember first to consider its use. An integral part of the design is function. So, with whatever flooring material you decide on, the four ways listed above can help you tie the room together for themed homes or neutral apartments.