How to select flooring Finish?

Flooring is one of the most important elements of an interior space. The flooring plays a major role in determining the character of the space through its color, pattern, and texture. It has the power to control the character of a space. Representing a major portion of a room’s surface area, it is subjected to most damage. It should be selected with care, keeping in mind both functional and aesthetic criteria. Learn more about four different criteria to select a finish material.

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How to select flooring finish?

If you are confused on how to select the perfect flooring finish for your project, first consider these six important factors!

1) Durability

Flooring consists a majority of a room’s surface area and is subjected to direct wear and tear as we walk across its surface. Hence, durability is the first and foremost important factor you should consider while selecting your floor finish material. The material must have a high resistance to physical abrasion, denting, and scuffing.

2) Ease of maintenance

Being the most used element of an interior space, the flooring material is highly vulnerable and hence it is advised to pick a material which is easy to maintain. The finish material must have a high resistance to dirt, moisture, grease, and staining, especially if you are applying the material at a place of work or high traffic area. The dirt that gets accumulated on a floor can be overridden by a material whose natural color and texture is more noticeable than any dirt on the floor. A combination of neutral colors, and a pattern which camouflages dirt is a good solution.

3) Comfort

Another important factor that you should consider, while selecting your floor finish, is comfort. While this quality is mostly related to the degree of resilience, the climatic conditions also play a vital role. According to the location and the functional use of the space, you should decide whether you need a warm or a cool floor surface. In warm climates, a cool floor surface which absorbs less heat would be more comfortable. A flooring may appear cool if it has a low to middle color value or a cool hue. In cold conditions, a flooring material can be warmed by radiant heat or by insulating the floor. It can appear warm, if it has a soft texture, a middle to dark color value or a warm hue.

4) Effect of Interior Space

Flooring material plays a significant role in defining the character of a space through its color, pattern, and texture. A floor that has a light color tends to enhance the light level within a room whereas a dark floor finish will absorb much of the light falling on its surface. A space may feel more spacious in case of a light-colored floor when compared to a dark-colored floor. A light color suggests spaciousness and emphasizes the smoothness of a polished floor. A dark color can be used to anchor a space since it gives depth and weight to the flooring.

5) Functionality

A floor transmits its tactile qualities, texture, and density directly to you as you walk across its surface. The texture of a flooring material and the way it is laid are directly related to the visual pattern that you tend to create. If you want a simple background for your furnishing, a neutral, pattern-less floor can serve the best. Patterned flooring becomes a dominant element in an interior space. The pattern can be used to define areas, suggest paths of movement, or provide textural interest.

6) Perception

The laws of perception affects the perception of a flooring pattern. A small-scale pattern may be perceived as a finer texture rather than as a composition of individual design elements. A continuous linear element in a flooring pattern will dominate. Directional patterns can affect the apparent proportion of a floor, either exaggerating or foreshortening one of its dimensions.

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