It’s Another World (of Flooring, That Is)

By Annette Callari, ASID; CMG

I try my best to keep on top of flooring trends in the U.S., but just for fun, I ventured beyond to do a little research on what’s happening in the U.K. and I love the flavor of the product development that emanates from that side of the pond.

Here’s some highlights from a House & Garden (UK version) blog that I came upon, offering new flooring ideas–some great, some not so great–but all of them FUN.  The compilation of ideas was assembled by Alaina Vieru for her April House & Garden blog.  I am taking some liberties and evaluating each room scene from an American designer’s point of view (forgive me Alaina).

BLUE-PARQUET_300BLUE PARQUET FLOORING

Oh my…this one is a swing-and-a-miss for a couple of reasons.  First of all, the beauty of natural wood IS the wood.  To paint it and lose the grain entirely seems such a crime.  The concept is novel and contemporary, especially carrying the parquet up the wall, but too much pattern in bright blues is likely to keep you up at night.

RED-&-WHITE-ZAG_300RED & WHITE ZAG FLOORING

Who doesn’t love red and white together?  It’s captivating, fun and youthful.  But back the train up on this one.  Living with an overdose of pattern in a room can be the equivalent to having a perpetual hangover.  A small scale, high-motion pattern gives a lot of “movement” to a room.  I like the concept very much, but maybe on a different scale using a ¾ white background and ¼ red zag.  Changing the scale of the design will calm it down and not overwhelm the room.

MAZED-AREA-RUG_300A-MAZED CARPET

British Designer Chris Tubbs created this artistic design.  Love it 100%.  The area rug is an interesting maze of light and dark rectangles that captivates but doesn’t overwhelm the eye.  The furniture is a la Alice and Wonderland, but in a wonderful way.  The playful curvilinear shapes of the furniture are a great juxtaposition against the right angles of the area rug.  Very creative!

RECLAIMED-WOOD-FLOOR_300REMARKABLY RECLAIMED FLOORING

This fully sustainable, reclaimed teak flooring is made by a family firm in Jodhpur, Rajasthan – a desert region that is largely supported by the manufacture of wooden handicrafts. Recently, because of forest erosion, the company decided to stop working with new wood altogether and concentrate on reclaiming surplus wood available from the numerous redundant buildings in the area; which is then recycled and turned into new products.  This really is a phenomenal floor, but the story behind it makes it even more remarkable.  Every board shows character and history, and the patchwork novelty of the floor suits every type of design from cottage chic to traditional.(It is available at Rockett St George and costs £125 per square meter.)  I’ll let you do the conversion on that.

COLORBLOCKED-TILE_300COLOR BLOCKED VINYL FLOORING

Color blocking has been a fashion trend for the past few seasons, so no surprise that interiors are borrowing this concept.  This floor takes luxury vinyl tile to a new level, turning the floor into a unique work of art.  The contemporary feel is clean and tailored and definitely would be the focal point of any room.

It has been such a kick to write this blog, and to stretch the imagination beyond our geographical borders.  It’s all in fun, and written with great respect to the talented designers involved.  Internationally, we borrow from each other all the time, and also reject ideas (perhaps we just aren’t ready for), all the time.  That’s what makes interior design the exciting, ever-changing entity that it is.