What's underfoot? Some inspired flooring

Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

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Flooring cannot only be inspiring, it can be the root of your design and decor

With the renovation season in full gear, many of you are feverishly exploring decorating magazines for inspiration and direction for your home. As small-space condo dwellers, you many have resolved that many of the renovation options available often can be a bit limited because you do live in a condo, but that’s not necessarily the case. 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.

Vinyl and laminates

It doesn’t matter if you reside in a modern new build or a charming vintage walkup, I think we can agree that when it comes time to renovate, inspiring flooring options that meet condo restrictions have in the past been a tad 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.

Laminate flooring has been around for quite a while now. This is a hard surface flooring that is manufactured using material such as medium or high-density fibreboard which forms the core. Luxury vinyl, on the other hand, is a soft surface flooring product that is flexible. It comes in a variety of installation options, providing not only a great look but comfort as well. Luxury vinyl is available in an abundance of fantastic options that have the look of wood, stone or other natural material. Vinyl composite core is still a relative newcomer to the manufactured flooring world. This flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl. 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, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms flooring, and it can be installed anywhere — even bathrooms and laundry rooms. However, this is not to say that you should shy away from porcelain or ceramic tiles for your condo. Tile designs have come a long way and the colours, patterns and textures available offer much to the imagination!

Use your vision

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 and a charming vintage chandelier. Play off this look by adding a great curvy 70s inspired sofa, inject a great pop of colour with your paint and accessories, and then top it off with bold patterned billowy drapes. You have now created for yourself an elevated, yet relaxed, living space all inspired by your flooring selection.

Design inspiration can come from just about anywhere. This year is all about colour, texture and pattern, all key elements of good design. If you’re looking to start your next renovation project, instead of looking to paint colour, fabric or cabinetry to inspire you, why not try something a bit different and look to see what’s underfoot? You may be surprised by where it takes you.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, 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.



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