Vinyl flooring has had bad press in the past, dismissed out of hand as being too cheap and poor quality. OK, so there is a lot of cheap, poor quality vinyl around but if you look carefully there are some beautiful, stylish and practical examples out there too . Vinyl has a lot going for it, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms – it’s warm and soft underfoot, wipes clean, durable and can be super stylish too. We’ve rounded up some of the most stylish vinyl flooring options on the market.
What is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
Luxury Vinyl Flooring or Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVF/LVT) are referred to in the industry as being of higher quality to traditional vinyl, using new technology to create a flooring system that can compete with the likes of engineered wood or ceramic tiles in terms of quality and durability stakes. It’s usually made up of a number of layers to provide a soft, cushioned feel, along with a film of photorealistic wood or ceramic (if that’s what you’re after) with a durable scratch resistant wear layer on top.
Coloured and patterned vinyl
My personal take on all materials and finishes used in a building project is that they shouldn’t pretend to be something they’re not. As close as wood or ceramic effect vinyl might look in pictures to the real thing, it won’t ever feel authentic. So, I say embrace vinyl for what it is and focus instead on the possibilities it provides; with its possibilities for rich colours and glorious patterns to either make a statement OR provide a neutral, calming backdrop for your other interior design finishes and flourishes.
Here are 10 of our favourites, stylish coloured and patterned vinyl:
Altra has some fantastic patterns in their stock designs, and they will actually manufacture anything, just from an image you provide. Here are some of our favourites of Altra’s pattern’s below all at £59.00/m2 found here.
http://www.harveymaria.com/ has some fantastic, tasteful vinyl floors.
I love the colours in their plain rubber flooring collection, and there’s something to be said for keeping it simple and stylish when it comes to vinyl (or rubber flooring in this case actually). These tiles are £55.00/m2 found here.
Harvey Maria’s plain coloured vinyl range comes in a tile format, with bolder brighter colours, at £39.95/m2 – available here.
Also stocked by http://www.harveymaria.com/, designer Neisha Crosland produces some very elegant geometric patterns in lovely muted colours, giving a floor that is interesting and bold but very tasteful. £44.80/m2 – available here
John Lewis supplies some gorgeous, superior quality patterned vinyl to rival the designs above at only £18/m2! Here are some of our favourites below:
The Colour Flooring Company
The Colour Flooring Company are brilliant if you’re looking for great quality vinyl in plain, beautiful colours. They produce them in both vinyl sheets at £29/m2 and rubber from £58/m2. I love that you can mix and match colours and the triangle tiles, produced in rubber (£68/m2), provide so many possibilities for creativity!
Plain vinyl flooring from The Colour Flooring Company:
Rubber triangle tiles from The Colour Flooring Company:
Emily Design for Me