Laminate flooring is widely used in the design of modern apartments and houses. The advantages of this material do not mean that it can be chosen at random, it is necessary to take into account all the characteristics and details of its installation. Let’s try to figure out what laminate should be and how to choose it for a certain interior.
Laminate belongs to the category of panel-type coatings, it fits very simply and is characterized by a variety of design. The raw material for the production of this flooring is wood-fiber boards, to which layers of paper are attached by pressing. To make the texture look as profitable as possible, special patterns are put on the top layer, mostly imitations of various types of wood.
They try to improve the protection of the finished product against various damage by applying a thin film of acrylic or melamine resins.A stabilizing coating is applied on the wrong side of all boards, thanks to which, even after a considerable load, the coating is almost not deformed.
In terms of stability and external beauty, laminate flooring is identical to parquet, but using it on the floor of an apartment will be many times cheaper. Even if someone walks on the floor in high heels, the surface will remain unchanged, will not be scratched.
Initially, the laminate was designed to imitate the look of parquet, but today this coating belongs to the 33rd category of strength. Even if the room is very simple and unpretentious, the floor will be decorated very beautifully and will become the semantic center of the interior. Widespread coverage reproducing the color and texture of natural oak.
If for you the financial question is far from the first place, you can buy a laminate that looks like a natural skin. True, this solution is recommended by designers only for lovers of exotic design. No other outdoor material will make it possible to imitate the surface of the body of an alligator. Panels with metal imitation (the same shiny) are used mainly in kitchens.
Decisive in choosing a laminate plays it strength that must match the loadrendered on the floor during normal use. In the bedrooms, such a load will always be less than in the living room or dining room, where people walk constantly, and not only the inhabitants of the house, but also most of the guests. In the first case, respectively, it is worth buying a coating of the lowest strength classes, and in the second case, it is already medium.
Do not buy off-road laminate, it’s just a waste of money. Such coverage is designed, for example, in the waiting room of the bus station and other intensively operated premises.
Natural laminate is already considered a classic solution, its protective layer is designed to create the impression of thoroughly polished wood. In many collections, it looks like lacquered. There are options for coverage:
- With a particularly pronounced texture;
- Subjected to artificial aging;
- Maximum relief;
- Covered with a glossy layer of a combination of acrylic and corundum (such are called laminated, they serve extremely long);
- With chamfers – reproduction of connected natural boards, thanks to which it is almost impossible to notice the discrepancies between the individual panels.
An interesting solution in many cases is matte laminate. It does not create a special play of light, like glossy, but it is quite expressive and aesthetic.
Initially, the developers assumed that this covering would cover the floors, and made maximum efforts to give it high strength. But on other surfaces of the room, on which no one walks, it is advisable to use the least strong and therefore relatively cheap material options. When placing the laminate on the ceiling, select the one that has the highest level of protection of the base from moisture. Yes, from severe flooding it will not help, but at least you will receive a minimum guarantee of calm.
Ceilings should be in harmony with the appearance of the walls and the floor, but not to merge with him until the complete loss of their borders. Be very careful, if necessary, consult with experienced designers.
The ceiling layout of the laminate can be further decorated with LED lighting, but it will also have to be selected with special care.
The specific color solution is more appropriate to choose according to the style of the room that you decide to equip with laminate. White oak optimally enters the interior of the Provence, as well as various pastel shades. In such a room it is better to use chamfer coating, it will emphasize the aged texture even better than usual.
For rooms in style country music a dark color of almost untreated and deliberately coarse wood is preferred. The closer the floor in appearance to the boardwalk, the better. The Japanese style is compatible with any tones – brown, cappuccino, wenge can come up very well.
Painting under the ash or walnut is appropriate in a Swiss chalet, because this style implies unique comfortable combinations of stone and wooden motifs. The only condition is the complete compatibility of the coating with other interior details.
Minimalistic space always restrained, simple and correct, because the abundance of different colors here will be unnatural. White, gray and black tones are considered the most justified. To more accurately select the type of design, you should consult with the designer.
Decor in style high tech must necessarily be a contrast, and the combination of “black floor – beige ceiling” or the opposite is consistent with the spirit of this format. If you do not know, you are not sure what to choose finally, use the coloring under gray oak, it looks very elegant and elegant in almost any environment.
The refined and solemn gothic is even better combined with black color floor coverings, especially if they have a pattern of pronounced texture. Orange tones worth using to lovers pop art, they ideally emphasize originality and creative scope of the idea. No less worse will be perceived blue, purple or green paint, especially if you choose a stylish material with a bevel.
The color of the plinth is selected according to how exactly the furniture, doors, walls, and decorative elements are made (painted). The light black-framed floor is a very bold decision, but in most cases it is stylistically justified. Such a move would be most appropriate if the whole interior is built according to the principle of contrasts. According to experts, gray laminate is a harmonious fit to colored furniture. A bleached port oak will take its rightful place in the atmosphere of the French Provence.
The room, decorated in the spirit Art Deco, requires the use of black or white flooring. Or a different color, but always combined with the same tones and metallic paint (usually prevailing in such an interior).
When the Scandinavian style is chosen for the whole room, it makes sense to prefer a white or other very light shade of the floor covering. In the style of the country, it is appropriate to imitate the coloring of expensive types of wood (but not exotic, but growing in our country).