Vinyl Tile Flooring - Mixing and Matching Tiles
Mixing & Matching, Ordering & Sizing
Vinyl tile flooring - the biggest challenge you will find is the initial planning. This is partly because people are usually overwhelmed with the choice available to them regarding the patterns and designs.
Your choice of vinyl is a personal affair but there are a couple of options and possibilities that you could consider incorporating into your original idea. Your choice is not permanent - if worse comes to worse you can always re-work the room, so relax. (Removing Vinyl).
Mixing and Matching
A common misconception is that because tiles are square shaped they have to be lined up parallel with the walls in a square room. Have you tried laying the tiles at a forty-five degree angle to the walls? This gives the room a little bit more character. Many different angles of alignment can be used but it is recommended that you seek professional assistance for these.
No-one ever said you have to stick to one set of tiles. Experimenting with different designs and patterns is popular - just be sure to choose colors that complement each other, and remember including to much pattern will produce an eye sore. The last thing you want is people gazing on your floor desperately trying to find a pattern.
Tiles can be mixed evenly - with say every alternate one being a different color, or adding a second color every third tile. Colors can also be used to create borders.
The rule with patterns is to either keep the same pattern with different color variations, or diverse patterns that are of a matching color. Whatever you do though, do not try to incorporate different bold patterns.
Ordering the Vinyl Tiles
With regards to ordering and sizing, make a sketched plan of the area you are thinking of re-working. Remember to include the dimensions of the room. Take this to your nearest tile contractor and they will be glad to help you with the calculations. Some people think it is quick and simple - just divide the room area by the tile area. This is WRONG as in most cases no two walls are never at a right angle or completely parallel. Sizes available depend on the company; they can range from 9 to 18 inches.
When you receive the order it is in your best interest to check that the batch numbers are all the same, thus safeguarding against inconsistent tints of color. It is also advised you order slightly more than your calculations have dictated - this is to cover the chance of any cutting mistakes or possible damage.