September 23, 2010

Cool Tools: Tile Patterns

I have installed FLOR tiles in solid color schemes and simple alternating patterns. I have cut them to accommodate miniscule, strangely shaped rooms and to fit around doorways. (Cutting isn’t hard; you just need a metal straight edge, a carpet knife, and a steady hand.) But I have never been so adventurous as to create one of these patterns. It had just never occurred to me to play more with the shape and color patterns, but now I’m looking forward to trying it someday. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some resources for people who are feeling adventurous! Although these sites are for traditional tiles, many of the patterns could be adapted for FLOR.

  • Emser – Three dozen tile patterns. Some of them, such as Interlocked, would probably be too much of a headache to cut, but simpler patterns like Basketweave and Pinwheel could look really nice.
  • Marble Designer – This interactive site lets you play with color in addition to pattern. The color choices aren’t comprehensive but can give you an idea. There are also some good ideas for runners if covering an entire room is too daunting.
  • Tile House – There are a lot of complicated tile patterns here, but check out some of the diamond and border ideas, in particular.

As for infusing color into these patterns, take a look at these online color palette generators.

Have you ever created a custom FLOR pattern, or are you inspired to do one now? I’d love it if you’d share! You can email comments and pictures here.

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