Look! Mixing Up FLOR Tiles @ The New Office

Look! Mixing Up FLOR Tiles @ The New Office

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 3, 2010

Last December, I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of FLOR, Greg Colando, and checking out the one and only FLOR retail store in Chicago. Hearing Greg talk about all the different ways of using FLOR tiles got me inspired to try using them myself — but I didn't have a good reason to do so. Cut to just over a month later, when we moved into our new office and I realized that the stylish concrete floors were going to kill us unless we covered them, and I had the opportunity I'd been looking for.

The FLOR showroom in Chicago

I had two big rooms to cover and a few little nooks, I was busy and I needed a quick solution. The answer? Do a mix of styles in the same color to make it lively and hide dirt and imperfections.

Clicking into the FLOR website I simply dialed up an array of four black styles and four red styles. I DID NOT even order samples, but just trusted my gut. I figured if something was really bad, I could return it.

Red Styles Chosen

  • Velvet rope
  • Rake me over
  • Straight and narrow
  • Twist and shout

Black Styles Chosen

  • Finer things
  • Favorite jeans
  • Straight and narrow
  • Rake me over

LOTS of boxes arrived about a week later and we got to laying them all down. There was quite a bit of nervousness at first, as SOME PEOPLE thought that the color shades were not going to work well together. I had my doubts as well, but I liked the risk.

We got each room done in about 3 hours. It was fun to do, they went down easily and it just took a little patience to get across the really big floor. Putting on some music really helped.

When laying down mixtures of tile like this, you really get a hankering for the brightest or "starring" tile, and you're glad that you're mixing it in with a bunch of mellower guys. Among the reds, Straight & Narrow was the favorite, and among the blacks, it was Favorite Jeans (it had a cool selvedge stripe on some pieces). I spaced these out in a pattern so that they wouldn't meet up and would recur without "stripe-ing" along the floor.