Commercial Flooring Trends for 2021
Offices, warehouses, factories, commercial centres and public buildings have had to make major changes in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The emphasis has been on safety and spacing. Although we’re all looking forward to fewer restrictions in 2021, there will still be many practical considerations, and these have been reflected in flooring trends.
Flooring as signage
Many companies have used their flooring to highlight particular areas. Colour contrasts are a simple and effective means of using your flooring as a form of signage.
For example, colour contrasting flooring can be used to distinguish zones or form walkways around a building. These can help direct customers or patients to a particular room. They can also aid with separating staff only areas from public spaces.
The versatility of carpet tiles
Many businesses have had to adapt their commercial premises quickly, and they’ve turned to carpet tiles to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution.
Unlike rolls of carpet, tiles can be lifted and moved around. It becomes a simple operation to change the layout of a floor to aid with social distancing. And when you need to remove or replace them, the tiles can simply be lifted and swapped around or changed for new tiles depending on your needs.
Carpet tiles can be mixed so you can use different colours and patterns, or even a custom design, to define a particular area. They offer a simple solution if you need to change your flooring at short notice.
The warmth and resilience of vinyl
In public environments with a high footfall such as leisure centres, health centres, veterinary surgeries and nursing homes, vinyl is a practical option. Recent advances have made vinyl even more durable, water resistance, easy to maintain and comfortable underfoot.
Vinyl can be fitted practically anywhere as it comes in a roll, tiles, and sheets, making it ideal for commercial premises. In high-risk areas, it can be installed as a single sheet, so there are no edges or cracks that can become a trip hazard or allow bacteria to form.
Vinyl never goes out of style, and in 2021, the trend is for natural look designs.
Natural look luxury vinyl tiles
With luxury vinyl tiles, you can have the best of both words - you gain the durability and warmth of vinyl but with the stylish look of natural materials.
The design choices for vinyl are endless. Thanks to technological developments in printing, there’s a huge selection of colours, textures and finishes to choose from. You could opt to customise your vinyl flooring with your company colours, logo or branding.
If you prefer a natural look, then the following are the most popular options, thanks to the way they’ve been manufactured:
Vinyl wood planks: embossed textures and clever visual design give you the timeless look of timber.
Vinyl stone tiles: the appearance of natural stone flooring including limestone, marble and concrete designs.
Decorative vinyl flooring: popular patterns such as geometric designs, squares, rectangles, chevrons and herringbone are increasingly being used to create an individual look.
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