Linoleum Flooring USA
Design tips for Linoleum Flooring
We have five pages of expert guidance notes on Linoleum Flooring:
3. Design tips for linoleum flooring (on this page)
Installing and maintaining linoleum flooring
DESIGN TIPS FOR LINOLEUM FLOORING
General approach to designing a linoleum floor
Our main advice is to keep the
design of the linoleum floor simple and classic. A linoleum floor is very
expensive to replace, and a simple classic design will live for many years. By
contrast you could easily become bored with unusual colors or patterns. It is
best to bring bright color and pattern into a room through curtains and walls
and other things that can be easily and cheaply changed over the years.
Style and color
For many years linoleum was
available only a narrow range of colors, including cream, green and grey. This
reflected the widespread use of linoleum in hospitals and other functional
buildings. Linoleum is now available in many styles colors. For example the
market leader Marmoleum (from Forbo Nairn) offers 12 styles of linoleum,
including plain, marbled, and patterned designs. The classic Marmoleum Real
marbled design is available in 60 colors, including pale blues and greys and
deep oranges and reds. The colors are rich and vibrant, and because they go all
through the material they retain their look as they wear.
Sheet or tile?
We would recommend sheet linoleum if you want a calm contemporary look. You can also achieve this look with linoleum tiles, by using the same tile throughout; in that case we recommend that the grain of the marbling runs at right angles in adjacent tiles. The advantage of tiles over sheet is that they are much easier to handle and cut - particularly for a homeowner laying their own floor.
Linoleum tiles can also be used to
give a bold tiled look by alternating completely different colors in a
checkerboard effect. This can be used to reflect the classic black and white
ceramic floor tile look.
Linoleum manufacturers have
recently introduced textured surfaces, which give a softer look and feel, and
present slightly different colors depending on the direction from which the
floor is viewed. These products are intended for use in areas where carpet might
otherwise be used. An example is the Marmoleum Touch range from Forbo Nairn.
Linoleum can be professionally cut to produce bold geometrical patterns. This can be done on site. For more complex patterns, such as a graphic design with lettering, or a company logo, cutting can be done very accurately off-site using aquajet water cutting technology. In institutional settings this technology can be used for dramatic effect; it can also be used for functional purpose, incorporating direction signs within the linoleum floor.
MORE INFORMATION ON LINOLEUM FLOORING
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