“We think floors should be celebrated, adorned and given the same status as the walls and furnishings,” Harvey Maria writes on their website, and I must admit, after looking through the company’s latest collections, I can only agree. While my default mode has always been for simple timber flooring – unless we’re talking about historic floor tiles, like the Victorian encaustic tiles I admire in properties around Edinburgh – I was hooked on Harvey Maria’s patterned vinyl flooring the moment I laid eyes on Neisha Crosland’s award-winning Parquet floor tiles. Here was a floorcovering that I couldn’t definitely imagine having at home – warm underfoot, hardwearing enough for small paws, and stylish.
The company has collaborated with some of Britain’s best-loved designers, and 2016 sees the launch of the latest range created for Harvey Maria by the designer Dee Hardwicke.
Formed from a simple petal silhouette, Lattice features a hand-painted motif that draws inspiration from the tones and patterns of the great outdoors. The design is available in six colours – Cornflower Blue, Pebble Grey, Hellebore, Pear Tree Green, Hay Field, and Cherry Red – and works as well within contemporary or more classic spaces, whether adding impact in a small bathroom or hallway, or as a splash of pattern in a kitchen or living room.
Dee Hardwicke says of the design: “Lattice was inspired by the petals of small flowers that had scattered amongst the grass of a field near my home. It was the delicacy of these little flowers and the rhythmic pattern they made on the grassy field that inspired the Lattice design – the colours of the surrounding fields, gardens, allotments and lush covered mountains inspired the Lattice colour palette.”
Launched as part of the Signature Collection – a handpicked selection of vinyl floor tiles that has been curated to coordinate together – Lattice by Dee Hardwicke has been combined with two new designs, Little Bricks and Premium Wood, where each design can be used together to form decorative ‘rugs’, borders and zones for a bespoke flooring look.
Little Bricks and Premium Wood have been designed to complement all three of the patterned designer ranges in the Signature Collection – by Cath Kidston, Neisha Crosland and Dee Hardwicke – and The Signature Collection is presented in three key pattern and colour palettes – red to violet, blue to green, and neutral. Designs from each palette will work together tonally, as in the dining room above where Lattice in Hay Field is combined with Antique Oak.
Personally, I love the idea of using a section of pattern like a large rug, or a runner in a hallway. And I really like the combination of pattern with timber, while Little Bricks would look particularly striking in a kitchen, as below, or bathroom. My choice here would be Lattice in Pebble Grey (below – such a gorgeously subtle hue) combined with Church Pine. What would yours be?
Lattice Vinyl Floor Tile by Dee Hardwicke: £42.95 per square metre; Premium Wood-Effect Vinyl Floor Tile: £33.53 per square metre; Little Bricks Vinyl Floor Tile: £36.50 per square metre.