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Mixing Materials and Textures to Create Zones in a Space - Flowcrete Guest Blog

Commercial developments often have the space and ability to create decorative statements with flooring. One way to achieve this is through mixing different materials, often with diverse textures to generate separate areas within a space.

Style Status

Depending on the market sector, this distinction can vary greatly. Within the restaurant industry, seating areas are often differentiated using flooring in order to separate those who are dining to those who are not. Separating these areas visually also means that specific flooring properties can be chosen, for example, flooring with chemical and slip resistance is well suited to bar areas, where there is a higher chance of drinks being spilt and cleaning products being used more regularly.

Layers of Luxury

The dining area may desire a more stylish floor, to give a greater air of luxury that mirrors a fine dining experience.

A material that accomplishes this superfluity exceptionally well is Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). LVT is made up of several layers; a vinyl backing layer, a vinyl core and a digital print film layer. These layers are fused together and often finished with a urethane coating. Due to the number of layers, and a robust coating of polyurethane, this material is hard wearing, making it ideal for areas that are subject to regular footfall. The HD printed film creates authentic visuals, giving the vinyl flooring a wooden or stone aesthetic.

Juxtaposing LVT with the contrasting visual of resin flooring can be extremely impactful.

The contrast here clearly differentiates two zones, from the main flooring area to the stairs. Using LVT in the foyer supports heavy footfall whilst providing a warm welcome to visitors. The durable epoxy resin coating used on the stairs provides style alongside safety through its anti-slip profile, generated through the use of aggregates between coats. This blend combines textures and complementary visuals to suggest that one zone is being left for another.

Whilst the example above works very well in a commercial setting, LVT could also be zoned to meet poured concrete or resin to contrast the luxurious with a heavy, polished industrial.

Formal Functions

Utilising different materials within a space can be extremely functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. In office spaces for example, it may be a requirement to have noise dampening in certain areas, such as meeting rooms, corridors and large offices. In spaces like this, carpet could be the ideal solution for the flooring. In areas such as foyers and main walkaways however, a longer-lasting and more durable material may be needed, such as resin flooring, being both robust and easy to clean.

Creativity enters at the interface of these materials, where the boundaries can be blurred through a striking visual that aids the transition between the two spaces.

Tips at The Top Level

When zoning flooring, the key thing to remember is to keep the top layer completely level across the zones. Having two different levels could cause trips or stumbles, which could not only harm those using the space, but also harm the flooring itself. Maintaining one level will help to preserve the materials and avoid stumbles when you move from one zone to another.

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