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You Can Really Mix It Up With Modular Flooring

Janet Lowe, market manager at Forbo Flooring Systems, says modular flooring could be the answer for designers:

CREATING a bespoke flooring installation is a bit like making a cocktail. You take a few ingredients, mix them together and end up with something that is bigger and better than the sum of its parts. Unique flooring installations can be designed along the same principle – by mixing a few key elements, such as flooring types, textures and colours, it is possible to create an appealing solution with a far greater impact than could be achieved using the individual components alone.

As the demand for imaginative flooring design increases, modular floorcoverings are some of the most useful tools a contractor has for tapping into this trend. With the ability to mix and match patterns, colours and functionality, modular formats, such as carpet tiles, linoleum tiles and luxury vinyl tiles and planks (LVT), have an unparalleled flexibility. For contractors, this provides a great opportunity to increase the value of the sale while improving customer satisfaction, as they benefit from a fully integrated total flooring solution.

When creating a bespoke installation, there are a number of important factors to consider. While aesthetics are clearly paramount, well- planned designs must also deliver in terms of ongoing performance, maintenance

and cost.

Sadly, meeting the functional requirements of each flooring zone sometimes results in design cohesion being sacrificed across the installation. Modular formats tick all the practical boxes while allowing complete

creative freedom.

For design inspiration, it’s worth keeping a close eye on fashions across both the clothing and interiors industries. For example, one trend that seems set to grow in popularity is that of ‘colour blocking’ and modular floorcoverings are perfect for achieving this effect.

Colour blocking makes use of bold splashes of vivid colours – often in contrasting or even clashing shades – and is characterised by sharp, clean lines. Colour blocks are ideal for marking out zones within a flooring scheme, such as reception areas, circulation routes and breakout spaces.

To help visualise ideas, there are also a number of sophisticated new tools available that allow contractors to show the customer a view of the chosen floor within the context of the room environment.

The clever use of tiles and planks affords contractors the opportunity to create a truly modern design-orientated installation, providing scope to brighten up interiors, with bold colours and highlight shades used to create maximum impact.

In addition to the creative possibilities afforded by modular formats, tiles and planks also offer a number of practical benefits that make them an attractive solution for contractors.

Modular formats are easier to handle and store, and can offer quicker installations with less waste. For the customer, modular formats also offer better long-term value as damaged or worn tiles laid with tackifier can easily be replaced without the need to take up the whole floor.

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