Cladding and flooring: tips for laying rectangular materials

Cladding and flooring: tips for laying rectangular materials

8 January, 2018

There is more than one approach when covering floors and walls. Materials can be placed in different ways to achieve singular styles and atmospheres. Take note of these ideas for your house, your office or any other area to show it off to its best advantage. Materials produced in a more stylised rectangular format are...

There is more than one approach when covering floors and walls. Materials can be placed in different ways to achieve singular styles and atmospheres. Take note of these ideas for your house, your office or any other area to show it off to its best advantage.

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Materials produced in a more stylised rectangular format are more common in different woods, laminated products and ceramics as the sizes are more standardised among these kinds of products, whereas, this format is more unusual when talking about natural stone as it is usually produced in less elongated shapes, even though the most stylised format in stone gives its own particular and definite style to whatever area it is used in.

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In any case, natural wood, laminates and ceramics as well as natural stone can be installed in different ways depending on the look you are going for. These products can often be used on both floors and walls although, depending on the material in question, some work for both and others just for one.

Dynamism in its purest form using a herringbone pattern

This classic way of positioning offers dynamism and elegance and is usually used for natural wood. However, this is not the only possibility, as both ceramic and natural stone can be fitted in this way to create different and stylish spaces thanks to this way of placement.

Another innovative method of installation within these parameters is by fitting a double herringbone parquet, which follows the same template as the aforementioned but includes two pieces of the material instead of one.

Uniform placement: horizontal, vertical or diagonal?

We can add a uniform style to the forms of placement listed above, in which all the pieces are fitted in the same way, in parallel and in the same position. We are used to seeing this arrangement horizontally, although turning it round and placing the pieces vertically helps to generate a different perspective.

If we have already mentioned that the vertical placement of the pieces can appear innovative and striking, placing them diagonally makes it even more creative. This option allows us to create a different mood in the room since it does not only make the user appreciate the material on show but makes the whole area look stylish and elegant.

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Other interesting options

Following the previous placement guidelines we can also find two variations applicable in horizontal, vertical and diagonal and even in a combination of the three by placing the pieces in the same way but staggered. In this way, we can stagger each piece either freestyle or using a “crazy join” pattern, or do it in a more uniform way by installing a row and staggering the second until the join of each piece coincides with the centre of the previous row and do it again and again until a harmonious space has been created.

With these methods of placement we achieve, in the first of these cases, a more daring and dynamic style thanks to the installation of the “crazy join” which doesn’t follow a particular pattern. With the second option, we get a more conventional system which is halfway between the norm and freestyle, a design which follows the same pattern and makes the flooring or cladding pleasing to the eye.

Be daring, let your imagination fly and take risks when putting together the materials. Any option is good if the consumer is happy with it. Never forget that the installation of a product can be as varied as you want and simply by bringing out your artistic side, you can create floors and walls as pretty as they are unique.

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