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Why Patterned Vinyl Flooring is Making a Comeback in Interior Design

If you’ve ever been tempted by the vintage whimsy of patterned vinyl flooring, you’re not alone. It’s currently experiencing a resurgence in interior design, because of how – in spite of its retro vibes – it has many traits that align with modern trends and practical considerations. Vinyl flooring has been around since the late 1920s, but due to the material shortages caused by World War II it didn’t come into its own as a household staple until much later, becoming widespread throughout the 60s and 70s. Now homeowners are bringing that groovy charm back – minus the asbestos.

Here’s a list of some of the reasons why patterned vinyl flooring is making such a comeback.

1. Aesthetic Appeal

There’s no denying that patterned vinyl is eye-catching. While it’s certainly not everyone’s taste, there are many who will appreciate the wide array of patterns, colours and styles it can be found in. Geometric designs are traditional, but more abstract patterns are emerging in contemporary uses. Lots of homeowners want innovative ways to personalise their space, and vinyl patterns are certainly unique.

If you’re a traditionalist looking to replicate retro aesthetics, patterned vinyl flooring still comes in a range of vintage styles – enhanced by modern technology.

2. Top Technology

Modern vinyl is not only more durable and resilient than the vinyl flooring of the past, but it’s also been manufactured in a way that makes it more resistant to scratching, stains, and general wear and tear. This makes it the perfect choice for busy homes or places that experience plenty of footfall. Modern technology has also enabled vinyl to more closely resemble other materials, such as wood panelling and tiles.

3. Inexpensiveness

Compared to other materials like wood, tile or stone, vinyl is an affordable flooring option. This makes it easier to inject some style and colour into a room without breaking the bank, meaning that more people are able to take ownership of their spaces without worrying about budget constraints.

4. Easy to Own

Not only is vinyl flooring affordable, it’s also easy to install and easy to care for. There are many ways that vinyl can be laid in your home, including click-lock vinyl planks, peel-and-stick coverings, or as straightforward sheets.

Its resistance to bacteria and moisture means it’s a dream to clean, only requiring a regular sweep of a broom and swipe of a mop, and any damage done by sharp or heavy objects can be easily repaired.

5. Comfortable and Considerate

Vinyl is comfortable underfoot, and not as cold and hard as wood or stone can be in winter. This makes it ideal for rooms where people will be standing for long periods of time, such as kitchens. It also provides an element of sound insulation to a room.

As well as taking your needs into consideration, increasingly eco-friendly vinyl offerings are being developed, incorporating recycled materials that cause less harm to the planet during the production process.

6. Fashion Forward

At the end of the day, brightly patterned vinyl flooring is fun! People are beginning to fight back against “sad” beige interiors and inject some life and personality into their homes. Vinyl flooring is a great way to add a pop of colour to a room, and the wide variety of vinyl available makes it easy for people to mix and match to their hearts’ content.

Want to experiment with the versatility of vinyl?

Take a look at our vinyl success stories and see if they inspire you to make a statement with a bold print. With a wealth of experience in fitting and laying vinyl floors, The Flooring Group have all of the skills needed to bring your vinyl visions to life.