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Decorative epoxy flooring

What is decorative epoxy flooring?

A decorative epoxy floor in a residential living room with stunning purple metallic effects.

Decorative flooring is a very broad category that can include just about any floor applied with the goal of improving aesthetics in mind.

For decorative epoxy flooring, coloured quartz floors, flake floors, glitter floors (like the stuff on party hats) or even solid-colour flooring with swirls were once the only ways to jazz things up. These days, decorative flooring has flourished through the use of metallic pigments and the seemingly unlimited effects they can create.   

What are our top decorative epoxy flooring tips?

  1. Customised and reproducible - While a few companies out there are doing some brilliant decorative epoxy floors, not all of them can deliver something just for you if a designer floor is what you’re after. Likewise, not every company can reproduce their designs either. If a large retail chain wanted the same floor in all of their stores, genuine reproducibility is something they’d need to find.
  2. Designs that work - When choosing a decorative epoxy floor, it helps to know what does and doesn’t work. At the front of the queue are the glossy plain white or black decorative epoxy floors because both have some drawbacks.

    For white, they’re difficult to do well and keep clean as they show every small defect, speck of dirt, scuff etc.; for black it’s pretty much the same story and they also tend to act like a giant mirror, which makes them unsuitable for change rooms and the like. Both of these finishes can benefit greatly if you add something to “break it up”, whether it’s a semi-gloss finish, textured finish or a hint of metallic pigment.

    Speaking of metallic epoxy flooring, decorative epoxy flooring has almost become synonymous with the brilliant swirls and illusions of depth these create, however some rules do apply. The most notable is “soft and subtle” is often best or, alternatively, “less is more” in other words. Many people dream up masterpieces and are shocked to see them resemble a spilled mess.

  3. Timing - A trap many fall into with decorative epoxy floors is the timing, especially in a fit out or renovation scenario. It’s tricky stuff organising all the trades within a tight schedule, however installing a decorative epoxy floor too early in the piece can be a big mistake. The movement of heavy equipment, dropped tools and abrasive dust can damage any new floor no matter what it is. If you want a decorative epoxy floor to look its best come opening day, it must be the last piece of the puzzle rather than the first. 

Want to see examples of decorative epoxy flooring?

If you're looking for inspiration with your decorative epoxy flooring project, you can view a selection of our past projects here:

Decorative epoxy flooring example - restaurant
Decorative epoxy flooring example - club room
Decorative epoxy flooring example - bar room
Decorative epoxy flooring example - office
Decorative epoxy flooring example - food outlet
Decorative epoxy flooring example - takeaway restaurant
Decorative epoxy flooring example - charity offices

Take care and keep smiling, 

Jack Josephsen

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