COASTAL DESIGN: OPTIONS IN FLOORING
By Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG
Drifting sand, rhythmic waves, sea grass rippling in the wind, even fragments of driftwood—all lend inspiration to interior design goods that interpret into coastal design. Interiors have been favoring coastal influences for years, but this design theme has gathered momentum in the last two years. The charm of coastal living is magnetic. Lazy days soaking in sun and sea are the real-life inspiration. Organic shapes, natural materials, restful color schemes all add to the draw of Coastal design.
With this in mind, I set out on a hunt to find amazing floor coverings that fit the coastal design theme. A multitude of options were available, which tells me manufacturers are responding in force to this design trend. Here are some wonderful choices for your consideration:
SHAW ASHFORD VERSAILLE LATTE TRAVERTINE
The unpredictable patterns of wind-blown sands are echoed in Shaw’s beautiful travertine stone. The variety of sizes offered adds to the creative options: 8 x 8”, 8 x 16”, 16 x 16” and 16 x 24”
…with the chiseled edged pattern and honed surface, Ashford emanates a luxurious and organic feel. Soft and earthy hues offer a unique, individually exclusive floor as each stone reflects its own natural characteristics.
LSI FLOORS BEACH LVT
LSI is noted for photo-realistic films used to create 3-dimensional flooring looks in luxury vinyl tile. Beach is a 24 x 24” smooth tile that vividly recreates the textures of a sandy beach.
NOURISON SUN & SHADE AREA RUG
Nourison never fails to disappoint when designers are looking for a themed broadloom or area rug. In this instance, my search for sandy beach designs led me to discover the “Sun and Shade” area rug. Constructed of 100% polyester in three sizes, this artistic rug brings the look of intricate seashells washed ashore. The colors are nautical and this lively area rug can steal the show (focal point!).
HOSPITALITY DESIGN EXPO – Part II
By Annette Callari, ASID; CMG
Are you ready for Part II of our HD Expo tour? We are focusing on how shape and form seemed to dictate new products on exhibit. This design direction is colorful, a bit retro, and surprisingly fun to work with as part of a total design. We already addressed lighting and textiles, so let’s move on to flooring.
Masland: Masland’s contract carpet division has never shied away from bold statements, and this “Shape and Form” movement played right into their strength. Colorful shockwaves captured in tufted broadloom, striated, and even free-form patterns brought the best of shape-and-form to carpet. Carpet has taken on an artistic aura, and each one of the patterns on display was a work of art.
Karndean Design Floors: Hold on to your hats in this design windfall. Karndean is shaping-up nicely (sorry, couldn’t resist) with their newest luxury vinyl tile intro, Kaleidoscope. Pictured here (in their own booth) is a collection of hexagons randomly puzzled together to produce yet another work of art. This floor created so much excitement and was a magnet for designers visiting Expo. Karndean is finalizing the color palette, but expect to see vibrant, high-character tiles in a variety of shapes. Besides hexagons, look for chevrons, and triangles to play with.
DuChateau Wood Floors & Walls: DuChateau is noted for their beautiful natural hardwood floors, but here’s a twist. They are experimenting with wood wall panels (thin veneer wood that can adhere well vertically). They totally got the message that shape and form rules in design right now. Besides the beautiful basket weave shown in this picture, they had 3-D patterns, shingled panels, and thin-strip chevron patterns–very clever to say the least.