When specifying new floor materials there are so many factors to consider that colour may be at the bottom of the list. In fact, the majority of people may not even notice the colour of the floor, unless there is something particularly curious about it.
This is most often the case for bright, bold flooring that is different to the normal beiges and greys that we are most accustomed to. But sometimes, there can be more to flooring than meets the eye.
Take the floor above for example. Whilst this floor may look like a normal and recognisable aggregate-based resin solution, it completely changes when the lights go out.
The aggregates incorporated into the resin system glow in the dark, illuminating the space and providing some much-needed light in windowless areas.
Glow in the dark solutions are useful in areas that can be dangerous, especially when there is little natural light. For example, if a power cut was to happen whilst staff were walking down the stairs, the likelihood of someone missing a step and falling is very high. This glow in the dark system can prevent this from happening, by clearly illuminating the steps.
In a similar way, many warehouses and production facilities can see the benefits, as being plummeted into darkness around machinery or highly stacked shelves could also lead to serious injury for those moving about the space, whereas glowing floors can highlight safe walkways, and move you away from areas of potential danger.
I don’t know about you, but I do love it when a floor is designed to look like something else. Often this includes great design flair and some curious colours. Let’s see some examples.
Sky Avenue shopping mall in Malaysia has taken ‘street food’ to a whole new level in their food court by utilising dark black and bright yellow to create their very own street indoors!
When matched with the cobble-style flooring, this leisure resort has cleverly mimicked tarmac using a black polyurethane coating system.
What is more curious than the creativity of this design however, is the fact that it is actually quite a popular idea!
Utilising black or dark grey stone carpets is very common in car showrooms for example. In the same way as the street food area in Malaysia, stone carpets can also mimic the look of tarmac, and may help customers to visualise the cars on the road.
For more examples if curious colours used to dramatic effect, find our colour mini series here!