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Carpet Tiles Offer More Than At First Glance

THERE are new trends emerging in carpet tiles, and flooring contractors can use the new designs to produce engaging and distinctive aesthetics for end users.
Recently, across a variety of sectors, there has been a step away from the specification of definitive and angular geometric designs; instead end users are in many instances opting for floorcoverings that have a subtle and softer design that can enhance the surrounding interior designs.
As such, in response to the demand for more sensitive and understated patterns, flooring manufacturers are producing a range of designs that incorporate delicate and soft shapes that are diffused across the surface area of the carpet tile.
Linear patterns are still very popular, however with the introduction of texture and tone variations there are linear designs available in the market that provide more naturally inspired striated forms.
In addition, a move away from the specification of strong colour palettes is starting to emerge. Natural and muted aesthetics are beginning to take the rein. Indeed, very pale shades can also achieve high Light Reflectance Values, which can contribute to the increased use of natural daylight and less artificial lighting.
Allowing complete design flexibility and truly unique installations for contractors, some carpet tiles can be fitted in a variety of styles from monolithic, non-directional, tessellated or half-drop – depending on what pattern the end user prefers.
For an ultimate distinctive aesthetic, contractors will be able to advise end users on the ability to match an array of different flooring alongside the new softer designed carpet tiles.
Using block coloured flooring not only complements new designs they are also useful in helping distinguish walkways and zoning off areas. Furthermore, in an environment such as an office where there may be a small kitchen or tea facilities, a vinyl tile can also be installed neatly beside carpet tiles, allowing contractors and end users to fluidly blend carpet tiles with other products or a combination of materials to create individual areas.
Although design is at the forefront of most projects undertaken by contractors, some briefs may require flooring that offers a more sustainable profile. To meet this, there are carpet tiles available that contain over 50% of recycled content by weight.
Responsible manufacturers also have schemes where wastage can be sent back to the plant or dropped off at a number of sites, often free of charge, to be recycled and then put back into the manufacturing process – helping to reduce waste to landfill.
Overall, contractors should collaborate with flooring manufacturers to keep up to date with the latest trends to provide their end users with interior designs that are contemporary and practical.
Julie Dempster is marketing manager at Forbo Flooring Systems

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