Design: Flooring Inspiration: Design Underfoot
by Linda Mazur
The season is once again upon us as many of us are feverishly exploring design magazines for inspiration and direction for our next renovation.
As small-space dwellers we have resolved that our renovation options sometimes differ a little because we live in a condo. however not wanting to compromise, we still aim to create a magazine- worthy look in our home. When designing a space many of us look for inspiration in fabrics and colours, why not look down and get inspired by your flooring! It may be a bit unconventional to imagine that flooring could in fact be the root of the design for your room, but with today’s flooring options it’s definitely a possibility.
Whether you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walk-up, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions can sometimes be sparse. Recently though, we have been seeing a surge in beautiful new luxury vinyl, vinyl composite core and laminate flooring options that are definitely on trend and set to inspire our design creativity.
Laminates have been around for quite awhile and are a hard surface flooring manufactured using material like medium or high density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options providing a great look and comfort too. One of my go-to suppliers of high-end luxury vinyl, Evoke, provides many fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is a newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. The floor boards are rigid planks that click together like laminate, but are constructed from a water-resistant vinyl composite material that gives them the flexibility of vinyl flooring that can be installed anywhere.
So, the question remains, how can flooring be inspirational? Envision a great distressed floor in a weathered shade of brown with accents of ashen greys, reminiscent of aged vintage flooring found in an old Parisian apartment. Add some wonderful custom millwork, beautiful plaster moulding ceiling detail and a charming old chandelier. Play off this vintage look by adding a simple tailored sofa, Scandinavian inspired chairs, perhaps a rustic coffee table and some great pops of colour with accessories, topping it off with beautiful soft billowy linen sheer drapes; creating for yourself an elevated yet relaxed living space all inspired by our distressed looking flooring.
But let’s not stop there, this same flooring has many lives and looks to offer us. This same flooring can inspire a typical urban kitchen to have a more relaxed, country-chic feel. When blended with warm mixed metals, a mix of soft grey and wood toned cabinetry and a vintage looking quartz countertop you are on the way to creating for yourself a great kitchen space to enjoy with family and friends.
Inspiration can be found in many different ways. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. Instead of starting your next renovation with a paint colour, fabric or cabinetry, try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot…you may be surprised with what you find!
|Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.|
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.