and safe to wait or relax in, using flooring to produce bold wayfinding designs that help minimise confusion and promote confidence, or even adding colour and a sense of brightness to encourage activity. To illustrate this, Amtico’s 36+ safety floor collections deliver enhanced slip resistance and antimicrobial protection against MRSA and E. coli in more than 50 wood, stone and abstract designs. Not only is it the perfect product to achieve the functional, safety requirements, it also delivers a design-led finish. The challenge is not just about creating spaces that offer a different end-user and customer experience, but also integrating them alongside other flooring solutions that might be required to specifically meet user needs, such as in healthcare environments.

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retail or healthcare. Amtico, for example, has a wide range of social distancing and wayfinding products that have been specifically introduced to work in harmony with the Signature collection, allowing them to be easily slotted into existing LVT flooring or incorporated as part of a new scheme.

Of course, each sector will have different approaches and challenges when it comes to integrating products. For instance, within healthcare, the focus is mainly on cleanliness and meeting the required health and safety standards; in addition to this, there is a growing trend to enhance these spaces and make them more design driven. This can include creating areas where the user feels comfortable

For a sector such as hospitality, the ability to combine product ranges really comes into play, such as creating areas of comfort and softness by using carpet, while integrating them with stunning LVT in woods or stones that complement the overall feel of a space. However, there is also potential to create eye-catching feature floors that draw users in, while at the same time utilising products with acoustic or slip-resistant qualities to deliver increased functionality to a space. In hotel design, for example, specification may include a single wood floor throughout the scheme. With LVT, it is possible to have the same oak hues throughout a project while also adding acoustic backing layers to the product within the bedrooms which reduce sound transmission between floors. Furthermore, opting for a non-slip, antimicrobial version is perfect for reception or dining areas; and including a parquet in corridors can encourage movement for guests.

With the demands of commercial applications continually evolving, along with product ranges and integrated design solutions, different zones should no longer be thought of in isolation. Designers should consider adjoining collections (for example, LVT and safety floors, or combining two different LVT ranges) and study the positive impact each selection can have on a space’s visual appeal and performance. Doing so will make it easier to find the right product for the customer, and allow flooring schemes to be elevated from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Given there is so much potential, it is best to work with a leading flooring manufacturer to help bring your ideas to life. Ultimately, it really comes down to creating the right experience for the user – and LVT makes this a simple task as it can be integrated so seamlessly.


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