Basement Flooring: Form and Patterns
Continuing on in our little 3 part design series here on selecting the best basement flooring for your dream room, this would be the third installment which will undertake form and patterns.
If you recall the first part in this series dealt with the basics of basement flooring colors. Then came how to choose the colors for your basement flooring. Now lets take it a step further and give it some umph with a little form and function.
First up is simply the flooring form. Form, if you recall from the first part of the series is nothing more than the actual shape of the flooring material. These days, flooring comes in an absolute wide range of materials.
From carpeting to laminate, tile to stone, they all have very distinct shapes ranging from squares to planks to sheets to rectangles. Just think for a moment if you can about tile flooring. You can have large squares or small squares. You could even have a mixture of both.
Think of laminate flooring for a sec and see what you come up with. Bet you didn’t know that you could have either rectangular planks ranging in widths from three to eight inch planks or wider or you could actually have laminate squares that are actually square.
Still another form to think about would be carpeting for your basement. Carpeting is a continuous roll with no breaks. You get the drift, flooring comes in many different forms. Next let’s move on to pattern.
Patterns are exactly what you might think, it’s a pattern. But with patterns you can think out of the box, they don’t have to be symetrical and don’t have to follow grids.
So many people get caught up in a symmetrical design these days just because they simply don’t take the time or have the vision to see something like the floors in your basement in a “big picture” style.
If you could, the best thing that you could do is just step back for a bit and not rush into something and make a rash decision. Look at something for a visible appeal.
They could be floral prints if you want or a rigid stone look laid out in a different color pattern. They could even be geometric figures and shapes laid out in a fashion that would look good imprinted on the basement flooring of your choice.
Bottom line is there are all kinds of patterns for you to work with already pre-printed on different flooring of your choice.
Patterns and form in your flooring can completely transform your basement into the room of your dreams and give it a mood and style all it’s own. If you are looking for an informal room you could start with a flooring pattern small in design and it would inevitably soften the rooms glow.
Looking for something more formal for your basement? Think about using laminate flooring or an engineered wood flooring. Because of there linear rectangular designs mixed with other features of the basement could lend to adding a degree of formality to your basement. Looking for something more in an elegant appeal, I’d suggest wider planks.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for using scale and pattern in your basement flooring design. If you have a small basement already, stay away from the larger patterns.
Larger patterns will make the room look smaller. Smaller basements will benefit more from smaller patterns.
The inverse is absolutely true for large basements. Larger rooms will benefit more from larger patterns.
Why? Simple, large patterns can dominate small basements and small patterns will dissolve away and get lost in large basements.
Just remember, the best thing that you can do for yourself when choosing an appropriate flooring for your basement and getting the overall design that you want is to take your time.
Step back away from it a bit, look around at the styles and patterns that you like. Find a way to fit them in and fit them in nicely. Most every decision that’s been made that turns out to be a bad one you can bet happened irrationally and quick.
Make your basement a place that you want to be and not something that you dread anybody ever laying eyes on. Above all, remember it’s yours and nobody else’s and if you like it, who cares what the neighbors think.