5 Reasons to Make a Statement with Floors

March 04, 2013

Statement Floors are a great way to feature a special tile or other flooring material – from mosaics to porcelain wood tile, any room in a home (or office) can be amplified by flourishes that enrich the overall design.

Not every floor is a statement floor. A statement floor, by definition, is one that says something to the viewer. The true meaning of the terms is this: a statement floor is unique from the everyday floor. It is the visual expression of the unexpected, a non-traditional placement of material that catches the eye and elevates it beyond what is necessary for a stylish or functional floor.

There are many statements to be made with a statement floor, but we offer 5 reasons to consider one for your next project:

1. A statement floor is a permanent piece of artwork. Whether it is the arrangement of tile on a bathroom floor to look like an antique rug or the use of mosaics to create a garden of flowers in the mud room, unusual tilework can be a talking piece just like a piece of art on the wall – a frame that will never tilt out of place, a picture that will never fade. For those who love to surround themselves with the finer things, an artistic floor creation is the perfect way to translate the love of art into home design.

2. A statement floor will add character to a small bathroom. In a small space, it’s difficult to make a statement with wall color or decorative elements without giving it a cluttered feel. The addition of a statement floor means a small space can enjoy a clean feel with minimalist design on top and a creative touch on the bottom to keep it fun. Conversely, a statement floor can also expand a large bathroom – the arrangement of long vertical borders, for example, will make the space seem even larger, and thus, more indulgent.

3. A statement floor in the entry way is inviting to guests. While a solid wood floor with a brilliant shine is beautiful and eye catching even in simplicity, a more complex pattern can create a cozier feeling, especially in foyers and other entry ways that draw visitors in. A herringbone pattern of porcelain wood tile, for example, creates interest. Used sparingly as contrast with expanses of traditional lays, such a design element will stand out even more. Likewise, a herringbone or other design used generously in large, uncluttered spaces where the workmanship can standout also make a luxurious statement.

4. Statement floors say customization. Read, upgrade. For art lovers, statement floors are an extension of artistic design; but for others who also view their homes as a place of both enjoyment and equity, a statement floor says something bolder – investment. It also says things like “resale value” and “desirable”. Though such details are not always found in real estate ads, agents will tell you that the homes that go the extra mile to employ the finer touches will sell faster. For homeowners who choose the best upgrades or top-tier design elements to raise their homes to the highest level, the addition of complex mosaic tile schemes tastefully throughout the home will increase its value as a place to live until it is time to sell. 

5. A statement floor is a demonstration of traditional workmanship. If you’ve ever wondered why anyone would endure the inconveniences of a historical home, it is for the workmanship. I.e., the touches that were once standard in homes and are now considered unique to moderns constructions, like crown and chair moldings, archways, stained glass and muntin windows, and lead glass doors. Statement floors belong to this group as well, as they are also traditional to historical homes. They are achieved in intricate mosaic bathroom floors, Versailles pattern hearths, and checkerboard, brick, herringbone or other custom natural stone floor designs in kitchen and living areas.

Not every floor can be a statement floor. If every floor in a home makes a statement, it takes away from the surprise a truly creative floor can affect. Poor execution can be a cacophony of voices struggling to be heard. On the other hand, most homes can benefit from creative tile work in more than one room, particularly in homes where the rooms are structured as clearly defined spaces. An open floor plan, for instance, can appear confusing with statement floors in both the designed living and kitchen areas, whereas a closed floor plan with divided rooms can easily have their own voices.

For more on statement floors and unique tile choices, check out a few related blogs: The Redwood Series: Naturally Respectful Porcelain Wood Tiles, Botanica – Porcelain Tile with Exotic Wood Appearance, and In the World of Natural Stone, Rectangular Tiles Go to Great Lengths.