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Flooring your guests

india Updated: Jan 30, 2010 00:57 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times
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To project the overall beauty of the house, decorative items, majestic lighting and high quality furniture need to be kept in mind, but flooring, which completely transforms the look of the house should also be kept in mind.



Be the trendsetter


“One must plan an intricate pattern for the floor. Colours too can be used to produce contrasts,” says Max Francesconi of Sicis. Among the regular tiles that fill the market space, stainless steel mosaic, white mosaic marbles with tiny glass inserts, and geometric patters are recent developments.



“Flooring today is going for larger sizes in tiles like 60 x 60 cm range and above. Special effect glazed porcelains and marble looking products have moved into the volume segment,” says Krishnaprasad Tripuraneni, chairman, Spartek group.



No constraints


India, a warm country faces no restrictions in usage of flooring materials in the home spaces. “Most covering materials are cold by nature — ceramic, glass, marbles and natural stones have refreshing physical characteristics,” says Francesconi.



For Indian weather condition plain surfaces work best. “Ceramic tiles are ideal for Indian homes as they are functionally superior to mosaics, natural marbles etc.,” says Tripuraneni.



Show the moolah


The price range for flooring varies according to the product. It may be as low as Rs 25 per sq ft going to mid- range of around Rs 40-60 per sq. The upper limit may go up till Rs 300 to Rs 450 per sq ft. There are luxury flooring options available in the market which start at Rs 770 per sq ft and go up to Rs 57000 per sq ft.