Interior Décor: Floors That Lure!

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While designing a home, a commercial place, or any office space, there are various aspects that should to be kept in mind which may affect the ambiance of the area. The lights, the color schemes, furnishings etc., are the wider aspects of a concept. If we go deeper, however, we come across other angles such as “which color paint should be used” or “what kind of lights will look good” or “should I use velvet or silk for the curtains to go with my marble flooring” or “should I use tiles in the area”…

Flooring is a very important aspect of any interiors, and it can affect the overall look of any place dramatically. A typical room, surrounded by four walls, can be transformed into a beautiful place to live in, by simply designing it according to your personality. Here, I am going to discuss how different kinds of flooring material will give different effects on the ambiance and overlook look of a space.

  • Tiles.

    Tiles are the most commonly used flooring in modern times. There are a vast range of tiles available in the market today, which can make any area look from rustic to an up class modern finish. Use of high gloss and large size tiles gives a rich look, where as if we go for a matt-finished or stone-finished tile, of smaller size, the effect will be totally reversed. Such a kind of effect would be more suitable for warm rooms, smaller in size.

  • Marbles.

    Marble is a high- priced material, normally used in builder homes, and areas where most of the guests come. Marble is directly related to lavishness, and hence, can also be used in your private bedrooms to create that sense. Also, with the changing market trends, there are wide varieties of Indian marble available now, which are low priced and are suitable for highly-used areas, as they require less maintenance and look superior to tiles.

  • Wood/Laminate.

    Wooden Flooring or laminated flooring is growing popular nowadays, as it gives a clean and rich environment. Wooden flooring requires a lot of maintenance and is used in particular areas to match the interiors, and to give a warm and cosy feel, but laminated flooring is easy to maintain and can be used in residences, offices and retail stores. Markets today see a wide range in colors for wooden or laminated flooring, instead of just the natural wood shade. So the interiors can be given an altogether “new look” with them. The laminated flooring is virtually resistant to burns, scratches, and chipping, and is great for high traffic areas.

  • Carpets.

    Carpet has been used for years, but its popularity did not increase due to its bulky installation problems. In an effort to rectify the difficulties of installation, carpet tiles are now offered. Carpet tiles are squares, like ceramic tiles, which have been proven to be superior in choices in every way. Such a new carpet can be easily installed by most homeowners. Another benefit is that if there is a spill on the carpet, just one tile needs to be replaced. There is a wide range of colors, patterns and textures available for different purposes. The look and feel of any room can be changed with the use of carpets or carpet tiles.

In today’s times, the interior décor world offers many options in flooring. Based upon one’s budget, use, and personal preferences, it is now possible to give a completely new and original look to any space. And combined with a good aesthetic sense and a little bit of innovative creativity, the floor need not be just a floor anymore; it can be easily turned into an artistic masterpiece!

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Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Interesting read. For someone who literally grew up with the sounds of wood being chiseled and sawed, its nice to catch up with the latest in interiors.

Floors and ceilings are important to me. In fact, I find myself looking up at the ceiling when I enter a room before noticing the furniture. I like detailing and I appreciate it when the interior designer is allowed to work on the total look of a place, including the floors.

I find carpets cozy in the winter and idiotic in the summer. Saudamini's article introduced me to the concept of carpet tiles. Though they probably need to be fixed to the floor(otherwise they'd be called mats I suppose), carpet tiles seem to suggest a whole world of intelligent ways to look at floor design.

Personally though, nothing beats parquet flooring. Warm, rich, classy and evergreen :-)

Or, the old laal maati of traditional Bengali houses. Deep burgundy floors of kiln baked, burnished clay, cool in the summer and comfortable in the more temperate eastern winter.

I know off-the-cuff estimate requests can be annoying, but would you be able to give me the price difference, per sft, between wood and marble flooring? There's a fixed notion in my head that parquet flooring is ridiculously uneconomical as opposed to, say plain vanilla marble.

December 3, 2010 at 9:05 PM
Saudamini said...

Dear Abhiroop,

Thanks for the comments...
If you mean by parquet flooring as the traditional wooden flooring I would say it is quite expensive and not easy to maintain but now a days a new trend has come which we normally call as "laminate flooring: which is not pure wood but sheer shell of man made wood which is easy to maintain and is cheaper too in comparison of the original wooden flooring.
As for marble. there is a huge variation in terms of price. One can find the same marble in various different price range. So it is very difficult to state any kind of price difference between the two materials unless one decide in detail which type they want to use. My suggestions for people to renovate their interiors is to first fix their maximum or minimum budget for the whole or any particular element for that matter and then try to decide what material they want to go for as now a days there are more options available in same range than ever.

December 3, 2010 at 11:51 PM
Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Thanks for taking time out to reply in detail, Saudamini. The word of interior decor changes so fast it must be quite a task keeping up. Somethings never change however. Customers walking in for a sofa set to be built according to the 'latest design', whatever that means, for one!
Laminate flooring does sound interesting. Am going to read up on it.

December 16, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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