LVT flooring (Luxury Vinyl Tile) changed the game of design in more ways than one. By combining high durability, affordable cost, and design flexibility, LVT is an ideal flooring product for both commercial and residential environments. LVT provides realistic renderings of natural materials such as wood, stone, and concrete, with incredibly authentic printing techniques that allow for highly durable and easy-to-maintain flooring without sacrificing high-end design for utility.
But selecting the perfect Luxury Vinyl Tile for your project is only the beginning. Whether you’re using a plank-format wood look or a classic large-format stone look, the layout and patterns LVT allows are where the design process can really come to life. The unique benefits of LVT allow for endless possibilities of flooring patterns, each creating a different look and feel in your space.
The Benefits of Designing with LVT
LVT Flooring is not just about durability. This innovative product is built to withstand high-traffic environments, but it also offers the opportunity to create endless designs thanks to the material cost, ease of installation, and ability to seamlessly mix different material looks. These unique LVT traits are what allows the real magic to happen:
Easy to Cut
While Vinyl is a highly durable material, it is also very easy to cut. Cutting LVT does not have to be used only for trimming and adapting the tile to the space if you are using glue down LVT. You can get creative with shapes, experiment with playful designs, and reinvent your LVT in any composition. Even if you are using a rigid core click product, cutting and installing is easier and creates less of a mess.
Using advanced printing technology, LVT replicates a variety of natural materials while providing a consistency that only manufactured tiles can provide. This means that you can expect the same consistency for your stone, concrete and wood looks that can’t be expected with natural materials. Also, thanks to consistent thickness and material composition, LVT allows for creative mixing and matching in ways that cannot be achieved using natural elements without great expense and maintenance. Dreaming of a medley of wood and stone or concrete? With LVT you can easily create unique combinations with a seamless installation.
Always dreamt of hardwood floors or marble-filled spaces but didn’t want to spend the money? The affordability of LVT can make these design dreams come true with incredible ease. Recreate the look and feel of natural materials in your home thanks to advanced printing technology and the ability to add design patterns and details that would normally break the bank.
LVT Flooring Installation is easy
Besides being easy to cut and affordable, LVT is also one of the easiest flooring types to install. If you choose rigid core click flooring, new angle locking technology allows for an easier-than-ever drop in installation. This type can even be installed over existing floors if they offer a solid, flat foundation. Glue down installation is even easier thanks to its ability to be installed in any pattern as long as your surface that you are adhering to is flat. Both can also have a plank or tile replaced without any extensive demolition or extra labor.
Unique Ideas for LVT Floor Patterns
The most common pattern when using plank format tile is an offset pattern, also known as running bond or brick pattern. Most tile manufacturers suggest a varied offset, meaning a 30/70 or a 40/60 ratio between rows to achieve a soft and natural look. However, if you’re looking for a more dynamic visual, try mixing different colorways of the same construction to create either a subtle or bold effect.
A unique and fun variation of the classic offset pattern is to introduce random accents into the mix. You still follow a varied offset pattern, meaning a 30/70 or a 40/60 ratio between rows, but incorporate a contrasting accent that creates a modern, bold effect. While “random” may be in name of this pattern, it is best the thoroughly plan where each LVT color will be placed in the pattern to ensure the desired outcome.
A herringbone pattern provides a classic layout, creating a geometric and modern composition that is still timeless and simple. You can create a herringbone pattern with any size tile, as long as it’s rectangular. To construct the design, simply take each plank format tile and lay it perpendicularly to another, creating an L-shape with two tiles, and repeat. Add some interest to the pattern by including two different colorways.
The chevron pattern creates dynamic movement in a fresh and playful composition, achieving an arrow-like effect that catches the eye. Creating a chevron pattern is slightly trickier than a herringbone: to make this elegant zigzag, you must cut each tile on both edges, achieving the right angle where two tiles will meet. Thankfully, with LVT, this would be relatively easy to do as long as you measure it accurately.
A basketweave pattern is a great way to add pattern and visual interest to a larger space when using a single color of LVT. The pattern itself consists of stacking LVT planks or tiles to create a square shape that is then installed quarter-turned to each other. The resulting effect emulates that of woven baskets, thus its name. A basketweave can also become a striking statement if multiple colors of LVT are used.
Vertical Basketweave Pattern
The vertical basketweave pattern a great alternative to the traditional square basketweave. While you still create a square pattern with your LVT pieces, this is installed in an alternating pattern with a single perpendicular piece. The result is a more dynamic look that works really well for larger areas where the pattern can really be experienced.
If you want to make a statement with your pattern layout, LVT is the perfect material to use: with precise cutting and glue-down installation, you can make your tiles into any shape or form. From modern hexagons to a decorative scalloped pattern, the sky is the limit when it comes to LVT.
Noa is a true artist, both visually and with the written word. She has recently earned her degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in NYC, which adds to the already extensive experience in journalism and content creation. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she cooks dishes from her native Israel and obsesses over pop culture while knitting on the subway.