Congratulations, you’ve purchased a new home! Pop the champagne cork because the design fun is about to begin! With new home excitement in your bones, you were probably already pouring through pinterest or houzz while signing your agreement of sale paperwork (shhhh we won’t tell) for design ideas on how to bring your dream home to life. With new home construction, unfortunately you can’t just move in right away no matter how excited or impatient you may be feeling. This is because all of those personalized touches you wanted – structural rooms, color, fixtures and extras that will make your home truly yours, need to be realized by the talented and dedicated construction team that is hard at work building your dream home.
While your home will go through several construction phases, one of the most important design features that you will need to decide early on is your flooring. Remember that your floor carries a lot of visual weight due to the square footage and can help ground the design elements around it. The color, texture, quality and pattern are features that cannot be overlooked if you want the results to be fabulous! Speaking of pattern… Patterned floors are in high demand because of the eye candy they can create in your home and luxe feel they present. There are many things to consider when deciding on a pattern floor design, and being that I have designed a few of these myself I’ve listed a few tips to help make the design process a little easier for you.
First, let’s take a look at the beauty of this checkerboard pattern design. Soak it all in. Isn’t it dreamy?!
The contrast between the hard geometric lines of the checkerboard pattern with the natural veining and specks of stone is what makes this floor so captivating. Here’s the breakdown on how to breeze through the process like a pro:
Choosing the material – There are several material options to consider such as porcelain, marble, limestone, onyx, travertine granite and wood. Known for its timeless style, natural stone and most notably marble, is most often used in pattern designs as it is seen as a symbol of luxury. Available in solids or more dramatic veined varieties, marble is a beautiful choice that comes in a high polish or honed finish. Combining materials such as stone and wood in the example below, the completed results are stunning. *Bringing the cost down on something like this can be achieved by using porcelain instead of natural stone.
Choosing your color – Although the options are endless, neutrals are necessary as they help bring balance to complex patterns. The most popular colors are white, grey, beige and black and any combination of those colors would be absolutely beautiful. I would highly recommend keeping your flooring color palette neutral in your main living areas but feel free to go bold in your kids bathrooms or your Master Bathroom!
Choosing your design – Your design can be as basic or elaborate as your budget allows. A motif or organic shape is not a standard size and would require a waterjet machine to handle the intricacy, dramatically increasing the cost. Floor tiles in more basic shapes and sizes are easier to work with and will be nicer on your pocket book. The checkerboard pattern shown here was designed with a standard 12×12 size stone grouped into blocks of 4 to create the look.
Seal of approval – Your patterned floor has been installed and it is a true work of art. Now it must be sealed. Natural stone has different levels of porosity depending on the material; granite being the strongest and marble, limestone, travertine being the softest. No matter which stone was used, they all must be sealed to protect its strength and stain resistance. Talk to your installer about how often you’ll need to re-seal your flooring. What if I use porcelain? Fantastic! You can skip the sealing process altogether, yahoo!
Remember that this is a fun process and your selections will be a true expression of YOU which is exactly what makes it special and unique. Scroll below for a few more pattern designs to get you inspired for your project.