Floor fan­cies

Tiles of vary­ing sizes, shapes can give your floors a dis­tinc­tive look

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES - JEN­NIFER COX

Ev­ery­one wants some­thing a little dif­fer­ent in their home and com­pa­nies have ush­ered in a whole new wave of floor­ing op­tions that in­clude ce­ramic planks, wood and leather tiles, along with tiles that have been dig­i­tally de­signed. Un­der­foot, they can be al­most sooth­ing; es­thet­i­cally, they set the tone for the en­tire space.

Lucy Malag­isi of In­te­ri­ors by Lucy Malag­isi has been work­ing on sev­eral projects with dis­tinc­tive floor­ing ma­te­ri­als that truly de­fine think­ing out­side of the box.

“I’m just fin­ish­ing the kitchen in my own home, where I de­cided to go with a vinyl plank click-sys­tem floor­ing,” she said.

“It’s so easy to in­stall; it’s easy on the feet, it’s wa­ter­proof, and it looks amazing. I just love it!”

For this type of in­stal­la­tion, there are no nails or glue, and it can be in­te­grated right over the ex­ist­ing tiles, which re­ally cuts down on the amount of de­mo­li­tion in­volved.

Vinyl planks come in a wide range of colours and pat­terns, in­clud­ing those that mimic dif­fer­ent kinds of wood.

“Ear­lier this year, on a bath­room project, we in­stalled ce­ramic planks laid down in a chevron pat­tern.

“The sub­tle vari­a­tion in pat­tern and tex­ture added a unique el­e­ment to the space,” Malag­isi said.

An­other floor­ing mate- rial she has worked with is leather tiles. “I wouldn’t in­stall these just any­where, be­cause the grooves can be prob­lem­atic in a high-traf­fic area,” she said, “but in an of­fice, leather tiles are per­fect.

“Again, they are soft on the feet, and with the cork back­ing, they re­duce the sound of the of­fice-chair wheels.”

Tech­nol­ogy is also chang­ing the way that floor­ing is be­ing man­u­fac­tured. Dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion has opened the doors to all sorts of cool, edgy, one-of-a-kind floor­ing op­tions.

“Be­cause of tech­nol­ogy, we can do a lot more pat­terns in tiles,” ex­plained Kristina Panz­era, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Ciot. “These aren’t nec­es­sar­ily strong pat­terns, but one tile is dif­fer­ent from an­other in tex­ture — from afar the floor looks the same, but when you get up close, you re­ally see the de­tail.”

Tiles can be made to im­i­tate the look of weath­ered ce­ment, and there are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties when it comes to cre­at­ing pat­terns. Home­own­ers and de­sign­ers can achieve any look, from tra­di­tional to retro.

Ce­ramic planks are also be­ing used in floor­ing, but these aren’t par­tic­u­larly easy to work with, ex­perts say.

“In­stal­la­tion is key, es­pe­cially when we’re talk­ing about large tiles like these,” Panz­era said. “They have to be in­stalled prop­erly, and you have to make sure your floor is very, very straight.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF IN­TE­RI­ORS BY LUCY MALAG­ISI

Ce­ramic plank floor­ing, laid down in a chevron pat­tern, gives this bath­room floor a unique look thanks to the vari­a­tions in pat­tern and tex­ture.

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