Carpet tiles are a stylish and modern alternative to the broadloom that we are use to putting into our homes. It’s a fun DIY product if that is something that interests you. I love the fact that the colour and pattern options are endless for anyone who loves pushing the envelope when it comes to design. Another great feature is that if you ever need to replace a damaged area it doesn’t get any easier than pulling up an old carpet tile and putting in a new one in its place – which is where broadloom fails to perform in comparison.
There are some brands such as Interface that feature a completely glueless installation. They have developed a glue-free installation system that uses the inherent strength of their backing to create a dimensionally stable “floating floor.” Interface is one of the largest carpet tile companies in the world and they continue to push the envelope in recycled products while not sacrificing the design. One of their collections is called Human Nature. “Can interiors inspired by nature make the world a more beautiful place? That is the premise behind Human Nature™, a new, global carpet tile collection of 25cm x 1m skinny planks from Interface.”
Another great way to use the skinny plank and probably one of my favorites is laid in a herringbone pattern. The options are endless as you can choose the same colour and pattern giving it a classic look for a bedroom or living space or you can do different shades and colours all blended together giving it a bolder look.
Just like porcelain tile, hexagon is a huge trend for 2015 and has spilled over into carpet tile world as well. One of the leading brands is Shaw Contract who offer a beautiful array of colours to choose from. They won a design award at NeoCon this year in the “modular category” which can be seen here.
Lastly we will talk about using carpet tile to build your own area rug. This is an easy way of getting an area rug in the size you want and putting it together yourself. FLOR, which is a part of the Interface Company, has a line specifically designed for this. Like the tactile system you can just stick the tiles together and voila, you have a custom area rug made to your liking. Check them out at http://www.flor.com