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Flooring features and fields: observations on floor design from Amtico

posted: October 2018

A floor can often nudge human behaviours in a public or work space without even using a dividing wall or partition. 

Floors are often specified for their acoustic dampening performance or slip resistance , but increasingly we notice spatial designers and Architects want to use the floor as a surface to introduce pattern, features of interest and colour, without the need for a wall.  These draw the eye, focus movement and offer an interior's design a further level of interest. 

Key Stone Mini Monotone DC309, with a matching Offset Stripe Border is the main feature in a field of Basilica Salt 12x24" tiles laid Bonded Stone

Key Stone Mini Monotone DC309, with a matching Offset Stripe Border is the main feature in a field of Basilica Salt 12x24" tiles laid Bonded Stone

Want to know more? 

Explore how Amtico Signature and laying patterns are designed to work in tandem with each other, either in Designers' Choice pre-defined combinations, or in standard tiles and planks where you choose whichever Signature product you wish, in simple or geometric designs.

Ask for a demonstration of how these patterns work too, from your local Amtico consultant.

Fields and Features

A field of flooring can be as ubiquitous as a ceiling of panel lighting – uniformly laid tiles fill floors the world over, however, adding a feature into the floor is brilliant for decorative design; spaces where people crave a change of mood or privacy across an open-plan workspace for instance.

Go bold or comfortable, or both.

Changes in floors are mood enhancers – impact creators.  Bold pattern can relay an intentional feeling. Or, when spaces are more homely and hospitality focused, a simple swap from plain fields of floor to a patterned area, can be elegant and distinctive. 

Pilgrim Oak from Amtico Signature works in a simple Stripwood, as well as a detailed Woven laying pattern EP119 in the same oak, around a seating area.

Pilgrim Oak from Amtico Signature works in a simple Stripwood, as well as a detailed Woven laying pattern EP119 in the same oak, around a seating area.

Dividing space without thresholds

Sometimes it's possible to indicate a change of use in a space by a change in flooring without threshold strips, furniture or interior partitioning.  Using level materials like a Loose Lay LVT and Carpet Tile which are designed to install without thresholds can be a good solution. Alternatively, when one material is proud of the other, straightforward sub-floor chamfering can level out the division line. 

Basilica Salt and Basilica Shell meet in a Random Stone laying pattern, laid in a broken linear format.

Basilica Salt and Basilica Shell meet in a Random Stone laying pattern, laid in a broken linear format.

Integrating two tones in one product design using a laying pattern works for a modern spatial change technique.

 

Need a new brochure?

Start experimenting with pattern: download or order our brochures for Signature and Laying Patterns.

Two Amtico Carpet patterns - Sierra and Atlas Fog, meet up with a combination of Amtico Signature products in a Varied Block laying pattern.

Two Amtico Carpet patterns - Sierra and Atlas Fog, meet up with a combination of Amtico Signature products in a Varied Block laying pattern.

Glamorous but still commercially workable: two carpets meet one LVT laying pattern in an irregular fashion.

Fully patterned floors

Of course we're biased but when a whole room is dedicated to an individual activity, consider handing it over to pattern. We fully advocate the use of a laying pattern to bring drama and gravitas to a private office or boutique space.  

Bold tonal geometrics: Cubist DC288 uses three pre-defined colours to harmonise with an artistic space such as this.

Bold tonal geometrics: Cubist DC288 uses three pre-defined colours to harmonise with an artistic space such as this.

French Weave in Galleon Oak DC279 is pre-designed to bring solid large-scale pattern to an individual office.

French Weave in Galleon Oak DC279 is pre-designed to bring solid large-scale pattern to an individual office.

Need to see these products and patterns in-situ?

Explore our latest case studies using the unique laying patterns available from Amtico.

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