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10 Ways to Create a Unique, Designer Floor


Everyone is different.  So I believe that each home should be as well so it says to all newcomers ‘Hey! Welcome to Jo’s and Jane’s home!’  Many facets of home design can help with this and I’ve touched on them occasionally in previous posts (such as Designing with Stories and How to Use the Trending Colors of Spring 2012 with Classic Style).  Today I’m going to focus on adding personality to a floor (with an emphasis on flooring that is installed in planks or tiles such as hardwood, porcelain, stone, laminate, cork, bamboo, leather, or even luxury vinyl tile).

1: Borders and frames ~ 

A boarder or frame is an easy way of adding a little special something.

It can be especially nice if you have a room with a unique shape or a room that could use some defining from other areas in the case of an open floor plan.

Borders can be as simple…

…or as complex as you want.

They can even be combined with other design aspects such as medallions!

2: Medallions ~

Medallions can be professionally stenciled on during a sand-in-place or sand-n-finish.

Or expertly installed with the floor by using either pieces cut on site or special ordered designs.  Like borders they can be ornate or simple depending on your preference for the style of that space.

They also can be incorporated into ‘area rug’ designs.

3: ‘Area rug’ patterns

In-layed ‘area rug’ designs can be as ornate as a Persian Rug or as simple as a frame around a dinning room table.

Often people decide to do a pattern inside the ‘area rug’ while doing a straight lay installation on the outside such as in the picture below.

It can even be a great way to mix ceramic and hardwood or other materials!

4: Diagonals

If you don’t want to go overboard while doing something different, diagonal installation is a great option.  Not as much extra product is needed and the installation is less time and labor consuming.

Plus it can be used in conjunction with a wide viarity of styles from trendy to classic and everywhere in between.

Diagonal installation can be used on it’s own or in conjunction with other design aspects like frames, inserts, and medallions.

One nice thing about diagonal installation is that it can create an optical illusion of a larger space by visually pushing the walls outward to a degree.

5: Patterns ~

But of course there are many other design patterns that can be utilized to add even a bit of a wow factor.

Herringbone is one of my favorite patterns.  Simple, classic, unique, and yet so underused!

Let your imagination run wild!  The options are endless.

6: Accessorize with custom vents ~

Why ruin the look of a brand new floor with standard metal vents?

Especially when you can have vents custom made to match?

They can come mounted on top of your floor or made to be flush for a high end completely custom look!

7: Accessorize with custom trims ~

With all of the options available you’re not limited to plain old quarter round or the builder’s baseboard anymore!

You can get trims to match your new floor…

Or mix it up!

8: Hidden accessories that wow ~

In addition to stone and ceramic, radiant heating can add luxury to any floor that can be floated (which includes many hardwoods, corks, laminates, and bamboos)!

Our system also comes with a programmable thermostat that enables you to have your floor heat up to a specific degree at a specific time (and turn off!)  So you no longer have to worry about a cold floor when you wake up nor about overheating your home when you’re not there!

9: Mix and match ~

Don’t forget that you can mix and match colors and materials like the hardwood and granite in the picture above!

10: Join the wild side ~

Unique flooring choices such as end-cut hardwood are another way to make sure your floor helps turn your house into your home.

Do you have any fun ideas?  I’d love to see pictures!

Also, as always, if there are any questions or concerns I can help with the comment section below and my email is katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com!

Warm Wishes,
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors