OPPOSITES ATTRACT IN THE NEW VINYL COLLECTION FROM QUICK-STEP
With Illume, Quick-Step launches a collection of eight vinyl tiles notable for their striking differences. The floor designers have developed two concrete finishes that contrast sharply with four carpet designs in light, pastel shades. Other eye-catchers are the two terrazzo tiles incorporating shells and pebbles, as a poetic ode to the sea. Not forgetting the practical benefits of Vinyl Flex, or how Quick-Step once again succeeds in combining the best of two worlds in a surprising floor collection that's at home in the most wide-ranging interiors.
VINYL FLEX WITH THE LOOK OF SOFT CARPET
Since we have been withdrawing more and more into the cocoon of our homes, carpet has enjoyed an unprecedented revival, but in terms of maintenance, resistance to wear and tear and durability it’s far from the ideal flooring solution. Because Quick-Step does not just design on-trend floors but also aims to make people's lives easier, the design team developed a collection of floor tiles with the look of carpet and the warmth and softness of Vinyl Flex.
‘We worked with a special colour technology that creates an iridescent effect akin to rubbing a velvet carpet with your hand,’ says chief designer Joyce Van Waeleghem. ‘In addition, Vinyl Flex offers the huge benefit of being hard-wearing, waterproof and resistant to stains. Carpet decors from the Illume collection are easy to maintain and suitable for any room – even the bathroom and the kitchen.’
MIX & MATCH
For the colours of the Illume collection, the designers took their inspiration from nature. Think of the sky clearing after a storm or the soft shades of grass and leaves in the spring. Pastel shades are popular because, in contrast to the primary colours, they radiate a certain softness, reinforcing the sense of a warm, protective home. Following the lead of a previous eye-catcher from the laminate range, the design team has also created a vinyl floor in powdery pink – an ideal colour to play with in arranging your interior. Combined with neutral shades of white or warm beige, you can bring harmony to your home.
Too saccharine for your taste? If so, opt for the four contrasting, dark colours from the Illume collection that can be perfectly mixed and matched with the other concrete designs. But would you rather reinforce the effect of a soft-looking, pink vinyl tile? If so, combine with plaid rugs or cushions in sumptuous colours such as violet and purple. Add elegant, copper candle holders or baroque, weathered gold mirrors for nostalgic grandeur that conjures up long-gone times.
TWO EXTREMES IN ONE VINYL TILE
As experts in floors and interiors, Quick-Step's designers keep a close eye on international trends, but that’s far from their only source of inspiration. Their eyes fell on a unique shell floor at the North Sea coast, and back in the studio they set to work with shells and pebbles to recreate the effect. They developed an original tile design that was scanned and then printed onto a vinyl floor that was given the name oyster concrete. The result is a minimalist terrazzo floor that brings together two very different elements and which fits any interior. So let the concrete look combine perfectly with both uncluttered design and seventies vintage. On the other hand, it’s also the ideal floor to create the atmosphere of a beach house. Imagine wooden furniture weathered by the sun and sea, paired with natural materials such as cane, white linen and rattan. Or work with subtle details such as a glass bowl in which you arrange your most attractive shells and fragrance sticks that diffuse a beach scent around the home. What's for certain is that the on-trend tiles in the Illume collection are the ideal basis for an interior that reflects your personality.