10 Exciting Ways to Add Pattern to Your Floor
Inspirational ideas for choosing a striking floor design that will add instant impact to a room
Many of us have simple, clean kitchens nowadays, so it’s nice to add character with some patterned floor tiles. With some creative planning, you could lay them out to look like a rug. Use plain tiles as a border, then inset a patterned tile surrounded by its own border.
Here, the large scale of the pattern adds interest to the white kitchen. The plain area around the patterned rectangle give the illusion of space and seems to enlarge this long, thin room.
This idea is perfect for when you’d like to use expensive tiles but don’t have the budget to do the whole room.
In this bathroom, the gorgeous bath is the feature, but the triangular tiles create a striking pattern and add another focal point. They also work perfectly with the bath as the same coral shade is repeated in the floor. The other tile colours also work harmoniously to create a soft but high impact pattern.
A stair runner is probably the easiest way to bring pattern to your floor and it will instantly add character to a hallway. The stripe used here helps to lead the eye up and down the stairs.
Stair runner carpets come in many designs and colours, so there are plenty to choose from. And as you don’t spend ages in the hallway, it’s a great space to be brave in and really let your creativity go wild.
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Having a patterned floor is a big decision and one you might be slightly nervous of. So a simple solution is to add a large patterned rug that covers most of your floor space.
By doing this you’ll be able to benefit from the effect it creates, but in a way that isn’t permanent. So if you don’t love it, you can easily change it.
It’s also a great way to update a room scheme whenever you choose. You could even have different rug options for different seasons of the year.
A great way to add pattern to a floor is to create a design using small pieces of wood. This chevron parquet has a sophisticated feel which is enhanced by the wood’s varying tones.
You can achieve a similar effect by using tiles or even carpet tiles. It requires a little more patience with all the cuts that have to be made, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
Here, a pattern has been created using plain brown tiles cut into large polygon shapes. It provides an understated, elegant design that subtly packs a punch. You could take this idea to another level by using tiles of varying colours or even different patterns.
A design like this requires pre-planning and custom-cut tiles to ensure that the pieces fit together. So get your sketch pad and pencils out first and plan your layout. You’ll want to get it perfect as it could be costly to fix.
A plain white bathroom is always a winner, but it’s also the perfect space to be as creative and bold as possible with your floor. With a white blank canvas, it’s hard to mess it up.
To tie the whole look together, add elements that complement the colour scheme of the floor. Here, the copper fittings and towel rail look fabulous next to the russet tones of the flooring.
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When it comes to flooring, you don’t have to stick to one simple design. Use two or more styles that work together and lay them in straight lines to construct a striped pattern. It’s a simple and easy way to create a patterned floor.
You don’t have to just create a striped pattern – be as creative as you like. Lay the tiles out on the floor and when you decide on a formation, take a photograph so you remember where each one goes. You can share the design with your tiler or if you feel confident enough, you can lay the tiles yourself. The options are endless and you can have hours of fun designing the perfect pattern.
A child’s bedroom is a great place to inject bright pattern. Use carpet tiles in various colours and let your imagination run free. In this room, different textures have been used to create a very tactile floor that’s great for young children to explore.
Carpet tiles are especially practical for children’s rooms because if any part gets stained, it’s easy to lift that particular piece and replace it.
Why restrict pattern to just your floor? If you love the design, keep going and use it on the wall too. Here, the pattern is also reflected in the kitchen cabinetry, so it almost spreads all over the room.
This idea is quite full on and isn’t for everyone, but it’s fun and creates a great place to cook.
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