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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Experimenting With Dark Shades In Flooring

By Amit Shah, Managing Director, Classic Marble Company

While flooring is considered the fifth wall, it is also the most utilised area of any given space. This means that its function must supersede its aesthetics, and for the longest time this was how any flooring project was undertaken. However with advancements in technology and a major overhaul in the material designs and strengths, the flooring landscape has witnessed a drastic paradigm shift. Home owners are no longer sticking to the traditional white and beige surface covers that were once the norm for flooring.

While the material is largely chosen basis the utility of the area, the colour schematics majorly influence the overall appearance of an area it is installed in. Among the latest changes in flooring, the variety in materials and designs available in the market allow architects to try out new colours schemes in different areas. The common misunderstanding is that, dark colours make a room look smaller or even dull. However, today more and more architects and interior designers use dark colours to either accentuate or down-play the way a space may appear.

Many quaint, beautiful stones in lighter shades of grey and brown are in vogue. Grey, while is known to be a neutral shade, in application it can actually pep up the space while being integrated with other bright, trendy colours to give the room a contemporary look.

The décor of a room also largely influences the shade chosen for flooring. The flooring should be able to blend in without appearing to be out of context and has to complement the interior décor. As is generally noticed, the default flooring choice almost always is marble or tiles in its lighter shades.
However, many architects have successfully executed projects using dark marble while tastefully handling the rest of the room. Even for those wanting to maintain the traditional light flooring, a dash of the darker shades can make a world of difference to the applied space. The dark element could be as minimal as highlighters in the flooring. The mix can be installed in areas that outline the setup of the couches or the centre table in the living room.

While Grey continues to dominate in most flooring applications in the dark flooring theme, several high-end villas and bungalows are being installed with exotic Quartzite. Architects too experiment their artistic skills to create dual colour flooring in large apartments. In such eccentrically designed spaces one may see living area adorned with blue or yellow colour flooring with diminutive decorations as the flooring augments the glory of the space.

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