The look of reclaimed wood is here to stay. Because the material works well with both rustic and modern decors, it seems like we just can’t get enough—and this demand has driven up prices. But if you go with a vinyl facsimile, you can achieve a similar look with a lower price and easier maintenance.
If you want a more tactile material underfoot, vinyl gives you plenty of options. Although vinyl is thought of primarily as a slick, smooth floor covering, there are plenty of patterns that provide texture, adding both visual interest and practical traction.
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If you crave a natural look underfoot but don't want real-life texture, options abound. Choose from a variety of vinyl designs, mimicking everything from pebbles to a sandy beach, that can bring the soothing touch of nature to the home environment.
Leather is the ultimate in underfoot luxury—and the ultimate in impracticality. But vinyl can give you the look of leather with the advantage of wearability and reasonable cost. Even better, this environmentally friendly faux leather option is available in different colors.
The stylish scalloped pattern in this bathroom is a fine demonstration of the way great design is helping to elevate the appeal of vinyl flooring. Water-resistant and easy to clean, vinyl is an especially good choice in bathrooms and kitchens.
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The many fun, graphic options make vinyl flooring a natural for children’s rooms. Thanks to bright colors and easy care, vinyl is a kid-friendly (and mess-friendly) material that Mom and Dad will appreciate.
For some people, wood floors are a turn off not because of price but because they're not always sustainably sourced. Fortunately, faux wood laminate and vinyl patterns made from recycled products can create the classic look of wood in a green-friendly manner.
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A holographic floor isn’t for everybody, but it’s an interesting option for rooms in which you're trying to up the fun factor. Whether you use it in a game room or in your teenager’s bedroom, one thing’s for sure—this is a vinyl style that will get people talking. Warning: Use sparingly!
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