Vinyl has outgrown its scuff-prone, plain-looking past and developed into a top-tier material cutting a stylish swash through the world of flooring.
For the older generation, this turnabout can feel a lot like seeing that awkward classmate now strutting down the red carpet, but for everyone else it is a fantastic opportunity to add modern style and flair to a home or business. Vinyl’s signature ability to mimic the look of any material means it can enable flooring designs that once upon a time would’ve been insane to contemplate rather than on the bleeding edge of style. When planning to buy Vinyl flooring, you’ll see a whole world of design trends has suddenly opened up.
Concrete is probably not the first thing to come to mind when thinking about stylish trends, but it’s true. Concrete offers a sleek, modern look or industrial styling that offers a lot of great room for experimentation, especially since concrete, like vinyl, is quite affordable. Of course, concrete is not exactly known for having much give and its role as a source of aching feet can sorely limit its use (pun not intended). Instead, concrete-look vinyl flooring lets you capture the sleek appearance or rugged texture of concrete while enjoying a softer and foot-friendly material at the same time.
Wood is a stylish but expensive flooring option and for good reason. Not only is wood prone to scratches, but it needs a comparatively high level of maintenance and should be kept as far from sources of spills and stains as possible. Vinyl flooring can offer the high-quality appearance of wood but none of the downsides, especially since vinyl is highly scratch-resistant and waterproof. Not only does this mean vinyl can get wooden style at affordable prices, but it can be used in rooms and environments that would be a nightmare with the real thing. Wood-look vinyl flooring is available in a number of different styles so home and business owners can easily get stylish, aged, or antique looks in accordance with their personal vision.
Porcelain and ceramic are facing fierce competition from vinyl when it comes to offering realistic stone appearances. The look and style of marble can now be captured in vinyl floors, right down to the unique veining and translucence the stone is known for. Slate’s sharp, contemporary looks and varied shades are also well within the reach of vinyl. Ditto for the distinctive patterns of old-time travertine. Although porcelain and ceramic are viable options for the stone style seeker, only vinyl flooring can offer warmth, resilience, and chip resistance alongside these modern trends.
Metallic-look is more of a subcategory of vinyl flooring but it’s one that’s worth mentioning because of how much it stands out. A metallic-look floor takes another flooring style (wood, stone, etc.) and applies a sheen and shimmer to the surface. The result stands out and can be used to make firm statements of style in offices, stores, and other spaces where the lasting impression of distinctive looks is desired.
Realistic Looks, limitless Designs
The appearance of vinyl flooring is under the full control of the manufacturer. This allows for combinations of styles and shapes that would be costly or unfeasible with traditional materials. A floor could have a metallic wood sheen embossed alongside milk-white triangles and oak herringbone or chevron patterns. Slate hexagons can surround a central cork pattern. Aged cedar can flank reclaimed antique travertine. Or you could even opt for the retro style of the black-and-white checked kitchen. Regardless of what your personal vision happens to be, vinyl flooring can produce the look and texture to bring it to life. Be as bold, subtle, retro, modern, or futuristic as you like and vinyl floors will be there to accommodate.
There are a number of different patterns available for vinyl flooring and each offers its own opportunities for interior design
Between the variety of shapes and its versatile appearance, you will be hard pressed to find a creative vision vinyl can’t accommodate.
Chevron and Herringbone: The angled and zig-zag appearance are popular among young homeowners, especially for kitchens, where the travelling pattern offers more of a visual treat than standard arrangements.
Diagonal: Diagonal designs are not likely to become mainstream but they offer an immediate way to add a dash of exotic chic to a room. The angle of the floor planks can be combined with furniture placement to amplify or subdue the effect as desired.
Large Plank: Large, wide planks have the advantage of making a room look bigger and reduces how “busy” it feels. This makes them an excellent choice for bathrooms or other areas where you want to project a sense of serenity.
Hexagon Tile: In addition to the traditional square tile, vinyl flooring also comes in hexagonal shapes. Hexagons are an interesting style option since, depending on the colour and material appearance; they can be used for both vintage and futuristic designs.
Vinyl tiles and planks can be printed with any type of colour or design
This means that, in addition to letting you get tiles with any colour combination you desire, it is also possible to get vinyl floors that mimic the appearance of other materials. Since vinyl is one of the more cost-effective floor types, its versatile image allows you to affordably harness the look of exotic woods or high-end stone at a fraction of the price. Even if you choose not to take advantage of vinyl’s power of imitation, the flexibility of appearance means you can let your inner designer go nuts. This goes double when you consider the different shapes your vinyl flooring can come in. Whether you go chevron, herringbone, tile, think plank, large plank, or the stylish hexagon, you’ll be able to find the perfect combination of appearance and form to bring your design to life.
Vinyl Can Mix and Match
Vinyl floors usually come in sheets, but this doesn’t mean you have to install in large swaths. Nothing prevents you from mixing elements from different vinyl sets to create truly unique combinations of colour, shade, texture, and material look to realize that special vision. Even if you aren’t inclined towards dramatic appearances, vinyl’s flexibility and versatility opens up a number of options including the ever-retro checkerboard kitchen or going for the futuristic look with sleek hexagons. The choice is yours!
Colour can be applied through inlaid or printed methods
Vinyl floors have their colour applied through inlaid or printed methods. Inlaid vinyl has the colour impregnated into the material directly and results in a richer finish. Printed vinyl, as the name implies, has the ink printed onto the surface of the flooring. Since the image on printed vinyl is only on the surface, any damage that goes beyond the wear layer will be more noticeable than in inlaid vinyl, where the colour is present throughout the material depth.
On the other hand, if there is a custom look you have your heart set on, it will be easier to get it done in printed vinyl than inlaid. Ask to see side-by-side comparisons when you come into the showroom at Chestnut Flooring to get a better understanding of the options.