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July 15th, 2004

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Flooring can be both fun and inventive, adding interest to a space. In many projects, the floor is the most prominent concentration of color and a unifying factor for the surrounding area. It becomes an important aspect of the total project canvas upon which to build.

New materials are being found every week. Currently, the trend in wood flooring is bamboo, a sustainable material used in “green design”, that regenerates in a short period of time. Also available, and eagerly sought in the residential market, are recycled wood planks from barns or restorations. Other unique flooring materials include glass, metal and leather tiles. Used as accents in low traffic areas these materials add highlights to your installation.

In addition to the ever-increasing list of flooring materials is the resurgence of old materials in new installations. Mosaic tile has had a revival and can be found in both wall and flooring applications. The introductions of water jet cutting and new firing methods have added new life to an old art. Today’s tiles come in every color imaginable as well as new luster, iridescence and textures. Tile mosaic floor patterns add an element of nostalgia and fun, the patterns can be traditional or contemporary depending on the space and application.

The current use of poured concrete as a flooring material has reintroduced the use of terrazzo. Popular in churches and malls for it’s long wear and easy maintenance, terrazzo can be poured in traditional angular patterns as well as intricate curves. The size, color and density of stones used, as well as the background color can be selected to suit the interior design and color palate.

New carpet backings and innovative patterns allow the designer many opportunities to design more freely. Manufacturers are coordinating colors and patterns to enhance design capabilities. Loop and cut/loop manufacturing has advanced to allow more intricate patterns and textures. Patterns now include various colors, textures and pile heights in the same carpet. In addition, the carpet tile industry has grown and can be used in conjunction with broadloom. In closing, the floor should be considered a major part of great design.

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