Laminate flooring design ideas

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Laminate flooring design ideas
Laminate floors are easy to install and maintain. (hardwood floor texture image by GoodMood Photo from Fotolia.com)

Laminate flooring has been popular in homes since the early 1990s. Today, many companies offer excellent choices in laminate flooring. The costs, maintenance and beauty of laminate flooring make it an excellent choice in the home. Laminate flooring can be purchased in planks, strips, and as square tiles. By incorporating creative ideas with laminate flooring, you can add a distinctive look to the overall decor of your home.

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Diagonal Plank Placement

Instead of laying flooring planks in a traditional vertical design, consider placing the planks diagonally. The result will be most dramatic in a large room with minimal furnishings, letting the flooring design stand out.

Inset Designs

An inset design can be used to define a centre area of the floor space. Planks for the inset area should be placed in a contrasting direction, so that the inset stands out. The inset technique can be used in a foyer to greet guests with a customised look. An inset also can be used to define the seating area in a living or dining room. To create an inset, use varying laminate finishes. You can incorporate laminate tiles or strips of distinctive colours, patterns and textures to give the inset further character, features and definition.

Mixed Finishes

Laminate flooring types can be mixed to create a unique look. Select a combination of finishes and alternate the placement of the planks. Stage an oak next to a chestnut to create a two-toned striped effect. Or stage a dark wood tone next to a light wood tone for a highly dramatic mixed-wood effect. Planks can be placed vertically or diagonally for even more interest value.

Border Treatments

Create a border treatment by staging planks in opposite directions to "frame" the room. For example, if planks covering the major floor space area are placed vertically, you can create a room border by staging planks on the edge of the room horizontally. You also could select planks in finishes of a different colour to create a border that stands out. This could be done by using a dark wood on the edge of the room and a lighter wood for the base of the room.

Mixed Flooring Mediums

Create a well-defined floor space by mixing laminate flooring with carpeting. This idea can work well in a large area like a living room. Define a border area for the laminate flooring of at least one or two feet. Then use carpeting in the remaining area. The resulting look will mimic the style of having an area rug, but will have a much higher-end quality and permanent effect. Select a laminate floor finish that will complement the furnishing of the room. Use a carpet fabric colour selection that will also enhance the furnishings like a rich colour "pop" of red or blue, or a neutral Berber carpet to make wooden furniture standout.

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