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Neatly decorated joints, transitions and corners are the main indicator of the finishing work quality.
Fashion trends of last years have brought in the interior design the so called 'flowing space' phenomenon. This is when architectural replanning eliminates the walls and only bedroom and bathroom remain separated from the public space. Floor and ceiling in this case visually flow from one zone to another combining the interior by its planar surface. In such projects the apartment zoning clearly shows itself: the space is divided into 'islands' having independent functionality to satisfy common domestic demands (cooking and eating, rest, hygiene). In residential apartments new functional areas appeared: bars, galleries, workshops, home museums, winter gardens, audio-video studios. In accordance with the owner's lifestyle the studio, office, workshop and even gym apartments appeared.
If the design skips partitions, the main load is imposed on the ceiling and floor. The room space is divided into conventional zones. Instead of doors there is a smooth flow of semi-open spaces, from one into another, visually expanding overall appearance of the apartment.
The easiest and most common way is breaking into zones using floor elements. There are no special rules. You can combine different types of flooring or you can use the same. If the basic covering is parquet, the work area can be covered by porcelain tiles or ceramic tiles. If both zones use the same material, each can be emphasized by an individual pattern or colour of the covering.
Functional zone borders may be 'scribed' right on the floor by combining different types of flooring materials. The most important here is to define their functions. Carpet flooring is for sleeping, playing, rest, reading, communication and watching TV. Parquet and laminate: for rest, reading, communication, watching TV and having meal. Ceramic tile is for entrance hall, bathroom, toilet, cooking and housekeeping areas. Linoleum can be used for housekeeping zones and areas where meals are cooked and eaten.
When selecting the floor covering for different zones, you should soundly combine them by colour. On the one hand - to highlight the difference between the zones, on the other - not to break the single style. The way the boundary between different coverings will look like also depends on the general interior solutions. The lines can be either straight or wavy.
If you want to combine different flooring materials correctly and aesthetically, it is hard to avoid using decorative door sills (profiles). These useful elements will help you to conceal joints, gaps and small decoration defects and become bright visual emphasis for functional zoning.
Our company produces Rico Flex plastic profile – the most practical option for decoration of joints. Usually it is used for laminate floor, linoleum, tile, and also for decoration of complex (curved) joints of different floor coverings. The main advantage of this profile is a wide range of colours. The lifetime and wear resistance of this profile are greater comparing with the products made from other materials.
Flexible Rico Flex floor-mounted profile is a threshold board made from the homogeneous thermoplastic that can take almost any form. This type of profile is used to connect various surfaces at the same level (seam-covering threshold board) or with differential (split-level threshold board), or as a flexible skirting board.
Proper application of this small interior accessory allows to solve important technological tasks: to secure tight connection along the perimeter of the floor coverings and conceal their cuts. Rico Flex profile serves not only as a decoration for joints, but also as a protection for them. Aside from decoration, it is very important to protect the joints from destruction. It is well known that the gap between the coverings is the weakest point where the floor deterioration usually begins.
Cut the required length of the profile only after cooling down to room temperature (due to thermal shrinkage of the material).
Seam-covering (straight): for decoration of straight joints of different floor types located at the same level.
Split-level (compensating): allows to connect floor types of different level. Easily compensates differentials up to 12 mm.
As a flexible skirting board the profile can be used for decoration of curved joints like column edges.