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Vinyl Flooring Design Options
Vinyl flooring is a durable and resilient material that is nearly impervious to water damage and resistant to almost all staining agents. It is easy to maintain, long lasting (20 years or more in most cases) and relatively inexpensive. All of these characteristics combine to make vinyl one of the most popular flooring choices for both residential and commercial projects.
However, the real draw of this versatile flooring material is often the wide range of design options that it can make available... to you. That is because vinyl tiles and sheets can be printed in an almost endless array of colors, multicolors, and patterns. It can be made to look like natural materials, or printed to contain complex geometric patterns and vibrant eye-catching colors.
By browsing the pictures of different vinyl flooring installations in this gallery you should get a good idea of some of the options that are available to you. Pay attention to the way that colors match and contrast, as well as the difference between solid and patterned pieces in different spaces.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Speckled Gray Vinyl Classroom Flooring Tiles
24” X 24” square vinyl tiles have been installed in this classroom in contrasting shades of light and dark gray. This seemingly simplistic design is accented by the speckled pattern of the colors found within the tiles. This provides a sense of visual interest, which gives depth and character to the floor, without providing a distracting influence in the room. The speckled surface will also help to hide small amounts of dirt and minor blemishes in the flooring.
The balance between using engaging... and subdued elements in a space is one that should be determined by the function of the room. Here the subdued flooring provides a backdrop against which students can concentrate on their lessons. While the gray colors may seem dull, the patterned speckles maintain a sense of dynamic energy which is translated to the surrounding space.
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Aqua Blue Patterned Vinyl Cafeteria Flooring Picture
This cafeteria floor features contrasting shades of blue vinyl flooring tiles set in a random pattern and accented with bright yellow squares at intervals. The darker blue tones in the floor are softened by sky blue walls with dark navy accents and then are matched with tables printed in the same overall tone. The effect is a room which has an instantly engaging quality, creating a sense of lighthearted whimsy that translates to every surface in the space.
The use of such bold colors won't... work in every public setting, but in a cafeteria where you want socialization to occur, it can serve to create a sense of excitement and energy that can jump start conversations and connections. The dark and light contrasting colors in the floor, speckled with a soft patterned design, will also help to hide minor blemishes from food spills and splatters.
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Vinyl Office Flooring Tile Image
This office features a floor composed primarily of neutral tan tone tiles, bordered by a speckled gray vinyl tile perimeter, which acts as a contrasting frame around the office, making the floor brighter by comparison. The tan tones are then accented in the middle by random squares of border matched gray and pure white tile, which are set as medallions in seemingly random tri-piece patterns throughout the office.
The fact that vinyl is so soft, simple to shape, and easy to work with means that... you can get rather creative with your flooring projects. Here the accent tiles were placed against the main floor installation and then traced, cut, and installed seamlessly into the surface pattern of the design. However, this is not a project you should undertake yourself unless you have experience working with and shaping vinyl flooring tiles.
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Faux Stone Vinyl Bathroom Floor Tile
Vinyl can be printed to look like a variety of natural materials, with surface treatments that can be very convincing. This picture shows a bathroom installed with Deep Gold Durango vinyl floor tiles, which have been manufactured to resemble weathered Travertine pieces. This allows you to achieve a weathered, ancient look even in a brand new flooring installation.
In this bathroom, the vinyl flooring has been paired with an off white brick paver backsplash. The use of real natural materials in... the walls serves to reinforce the illusion in the floor, giving the vinyl materials a sense credibility. The effect is delicately contrasted by the rich dark hardwood of the cabinets and mirror frame.
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Classic Checkerboard Vinyl Kitchen Floor
A staple of 1950s American design, the black and white checkerboard floor can give a kitchen both a simplistic, and a stylistic appearance. The sharply contrasting black and white tiles balance one another, creating a neutral surface for the floor that is still visually appealing. It's matched by cabinets painted white, and counters in a sharp slate gray. The entire effect is then crowned by a golden yellow hue that dominates the upper edges of the walls, adding a sense of light to the... otherwise sharp demeanor of the space.
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Faux Hardwood Vinyl Kitchen Flooring Picture
Vinyl flooring can be manufactured to closely resemble any of a number of natural materials. In this kitchen, the floor is comprised of sheet vinyl, printed with the appearance of hardwood planks running along the surface of the material. The faux wood has a rich golden hue that matches pleasantly with the white cabinets and the hardwood furnishings in the space. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the visual benefits of hardwood, as well as the durability and ease of maintenance that vinyl... flooring represents.
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Marbleized Vinyl Floor Tile
This is a picture of a floor installed with vinyl 12-inch square tiles with a rich brown marbleized pattern. The unique features added by the printing process serve to create a floor that has a distinct personality, comprised of both subtle colors, and intriguing subdued depths of visual beauty. However, the surface finish of the material cannot completely simulate the look of polished stone, with a flat matte glaze that shines but does not shimmer in the reflection of light.
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Groutable Vinyl Kitchen Flooring
Soft gray mottled slate patterns adorn the surface of these resilient vinyl floor tiles, creating a subtle and subdued personality which stretches across the room. This is bordered on the edges by tiles printed with a rich green multicolored slate design. The contrast of dark border on light center serves to create an interplay of hues that makes the floor pop out visually.
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