One of the best things about swapping in vinyl for wood is that you can fool people with the texture and feel to create a floor that can be easily mistaken for the real thing. However with stone, this is not an option, because the cold hard truth about stone is that it’s cold and hard. And these are not vinyl’s selling points. The qualities you’re looking for in a stone-effect vinyl floor are therefore different, and probably most appropriate to a climate which doesn’t need cold and hard flooring.
So if you’re living in a nice warm country with too much heat, I think you’re best off keeping vinyl flooring out of your kitchen. Go for the lovely real stone! Or tiles. Revel in the cool beneath your toes. Sigh with relief as you step inside from the baking midday sun and place your simmering soles on the reassuringly refreshing slabs of chill respite.
Now back to Manchester. You’ll be looking for something cosy, then. But why not use those calm tones of colour and pattern in your flooring? This is where the vinyl comes in. Sleek or textured, in sheets or tiled, the floor will be reminiscent of the stone that inspired it, but with added warmth, ease of fitting and a forgivingly soft surface (yup, hold tight to your glassware, sunny weather people).
The softness of the matt finish on this Polyflor tile is really effective in this photo…
While more of a sheen appears on this bathroom floor.
Not just for bathrooms or kitchens, a work space can be neatly finished with this functional flooring:
Sometimes it doesn’t need to look realistic — the stone features can provide a fantastic base for a pattern…
Conversely a subtle wash of colour gives a more neutral base.
Don’t be restrained in the way you lay them — use a variety of small and large tiles, a strict brickwork design or maybe long planks.
Why not dabble with ultra-trendy concrete flooring, without the hassle of pouring and polishing?
Take the opportunity to design something just that little bit different and personal! Remember, the product is just the starting point. It’s all about what you do with it.
Next time, we’re going out on a limb with photographic images and eye-boggling patterns, in the final stage of my vinyl tour.