Decorating & Design

August 13, 2009

Winning Design

Lately, it seems every time I flip through a magazine, I see a high-gloss painted floor – either concrete, lacquer or painted wood. I think it’s the easiest way to update an old room. It also makes the perfect floor finish for a seaside escape like this one, in the Cape Breton home of Aqua Vitae Design’s Eliot and Alexandra Angle.

Janet Kimber Aqua Vitae Kitchen June 2009

Well, leave it to Ikea to give you this look with no painting required. They displayed these floor tiles in their booth at the 2009 Interior Design Show, which I gave a gold booth award to because it looked like a high-end, sophisticated condo. At under $3 per square foot, the Markland lacquered rubber planks are more durable than a painted surface and will quickly freshen up your space in no time at all.

Ikea Markland Lacquer Rubber Tile Floor

Photo credits:
Janet Kimber, from the June 2009 issue of House & Home