Flooring is one of the most important items to choose on interiors as it is the background on which all the furniture, soft furniture and even art will be set against influencing in no small way how they are seen, perceived and felt.
In residential projects flooring tends to go to the safe side: wooden floor (predominantly oak and its variations), stone or tiles in plane colors. The reasons for this may be insecurities, refurbishing for selling and not for living in their ideal home, fear to make mistakes and anxiety of being bored and then being incapable of making changes due to the high cost it implies.
One of the rooms where usually there is an exception to this rule is bathrooms as we need to invest relatively short periods of time in them allowing us to be more adventurous in the choosing of design and color.
When it comes to vertical developments the possibilities of having a more interesting floor is higher as in communal areas it will be one of the elements that will stand out easily becoming a feature within the space; being it a transit area people will accept its originality with more eagerness.
At the moment I’m working on a project where I’m designing the floor of communal corridors in a block of flats (9 floors).
The main elements I considered were:
_The floor will be carpet due to its ability to keep sound at low levels.
_I proposed a solid color for the lobby areas where the elevators are (in dark grey) for facilitating hygiene and maintenance.
_Proposal of a rectangular chess board pattern for the corridors in order to optically reduce the length of these offering a more dynamic pattern where one of the colors will refer to the façade of the building (the green) and the other two to the colors (2 shades of gray) chosen for the reception area, so everything is connected.
_One of the two grays above mentioned will be used in spaces that recess in the corridor and as a stripe around all the floor plan which idea is to emulate the strip used in the reception area.
The outcome is a dynamic, strong and consistent pattern that responds to the different needs of the habitants and generates a direct dialogue with the character of the interiors of the building and its architecture which makes it in return personal and related to the different residents of the building.
It is the ambition that as a consequence of this individuality the communal areas are felt by the flat owners as part of their homes which is very important as it will create a sense of belonging for everybody improving the community as a whole.