The Sixth Wall
Don’t you hate it
when a stunning space has boring flooring? I do.
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what a space is lacking. Can you think back to a moment when you’ve visited a “great” space, but for some reason found yourself stepping back and thinking, “If there was just one more element of visual interest, texture or colour, this space would be mind-blowing.” I feel that oftentimes, this feeling is caused by a lack of consideration for flooring finishes.
Why should a space settle for mediocrity status just because the designer forget to consider The Sixth Wall: the FLOOR (not to be confused with The Fifth Wall: the Ceiling)? The answer is: it shouldn’t.
Designers unite: Let’s pledge to do ourselves and our fabulous work justice by considering every surface and it’s finish within a space in its entirety.
Here are some photos of flooring that I’ve stumbled upon around the globe (and on the world wide web in some cases) that give a space a polished, unique or charming ambiance.
The unique approach in product display and flooring in the photo below draws pedestrians into the store and creates a pleasing sight line through the space.
The funky cork flooring in the photo below becomes a focal point in this contemporary, sleek interior designed by ReDesign.
See how these spaces would be so much less if The Sixth Wall was overlooked?
In the photo below, carpet is used to introduce visual and tactile texture and colour. The line work in the pattern is so dynamic and stunning – I love how it is paired with the bold green furniture. The space was designed by Charles Allem.
I’ve referred to the beautiful hotel in the photos below, Los Cuatro Tulipanes, in a previous post called Stone Love. Look at the flooring – it’s so traditional and simplistic, yet it adds so much interest to the space. In this case, the patterned tile is a great alternative to an area rug that would probably get smelly and mouldy in the humid Panamanian climate.
As I’ve mentioned in this post on Islamic Architecture, flooring patterns and motifs are widely popular; but have you ever considered how the space/building would look if it weren’t for the intricate flooring patterns? Pretty boring, I think.
So there you have it – flooring is important in any space. It can “make” or “break” the success of an interior.