I don’t want to sound dramatic, but flooring is a huuuge deal when it comes to your home or office plans! There are a bunch of different types of flooring out there these days, and they can range hugely in cost and in style. Depending on what you choose, it could be a huge chunk of your budget, and not the easiest thing to change so you’re going to want to get it right the first time!
Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular flooring we use. Hopefully it’ll get you thinking about which is the right one for you!
We use vinyl a lot because it comes in such a wide range of colours and shades, and is so much more affordable than real wood (here in Singapore that’s pretty much a no-go unless you’re swimming in $$!). Vinyl has a rubber layer underneath which makes it a lot soft to walk on, and in general the warmth of the woody tones really impacts the overall vibe of the space which I love. It’s also a super durable material, not prone to stains or scratches as much as marble and wood might be, so it’s a great choice if you’ve got little ones running wild!
I’m sure you’re thinking about tiles for your bathroom or kitchen, but you can also use tiles throughout the house! The sky is the limit when it comes to size, shape and colour options, so this could be a great option for you if you’re looking to showcase some personality or introduce pattern into your space. If you lean towards clean and simple, tiles can be perfect for that too, by going large and white - perhaps a more affordable alternative to real marble. If you love the wood look, you can get tiles for that, too!
Oooh I do love concrete! There are a few different ways to achieve this look, but it’s most likely going to be a nice chunk of your budget. But it really sets the tone for the overall interior style so it is often money well spent. Concrete is the perfect choice for a most rustic and raw vibe, so think industrial, modern, minimal, maybe even a touch of boho if you layer it with jute rugs and floor cushions! One of the key characteristics of concrete is that is has no joint or grout lines, making the space feel bigger and less busy.
Marble is a classic, and we see lots of it in Singaporean apartments. It lightens up the space and can work great in such a range of interior styles. If you’re thinking of laying new marble in your unit, you might want to check your budget and prepare to set aside a stash of cash for real marble flooring. That’s why tiles can be great as you can achieve the same look but without the damage on the wallet. If however you find yourself with a unit that has existing marble floors, we always to try to keep it because marble is great quality and it’s would be a shame to just throw that away. One of the downsides of marble though is that it’s porous, so it’ll absorb liquid and is prone to stains so just keep that in mind if you’ve got dogs or kids that might not be potty-trained!