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5 Must-See Examples of Beautiful Interior Design in Libraries

Feb 20, 2018 / by Mike Patrick

The interior design of libraries can either help to position them as a valuable community or school resource for everyone to enjoy, or leave them looking uninspiring and neglected. We're sharing five examples of stand-out library designs, as well as three design elements that are essential for creating a successful and much-loved library facility.

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The 5 Principles of Modern Healthcare Design

Feb 14, 2018 / by Mike Brown

Research has shown how interior design of healthcare facilities can help improve patient recovery times. As we become more aware of the impact indoor environments have on building users, it will be more important for designers to utilize these findings when designing for healthcare spaces.

Today we're sharing five principles of modern healthcare interiors that are proven to improve patient wellbeing and speed-up recovery.

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The Complete Guide to Printed Carpet

Feb 7, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

Printed carpet offers unparalleled design flexibility and creative freedom. Designs can be made to match perfectly from tile to tile, and vary hugely in size – from high-resolution half-inch patterns, to patterns as large as your floor plan.

New technology made printed carpet available for the first time, more than 40 years ago. Since then, decades of technical refinement, improvement and development have enhanced design possibilities with printed carpet - but despite that, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding printed carpet.

We've pulled together everything you need to know about printed carpet, to dispel these myths and share the creative possibilities that printed carpet offers.

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Is Laminate Flooring a Smart Commercial Flooring Option?

Jan 31, 2018 / by Alan Fennell

Laminate is a popular flooring choice, but is it a good option for commercial installations? We're looking at the relative strengths and weaknesses of laminate flooring, to understand whether it's a smart commercial flooring choice, or if there are better alternatives.

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How to Transition from Broadloom to Modular Carpet Tiles

Jan 24, 2018 / by Mike Brown

One of the most common misconceptions about commercial flooring is that all carpet is the same, regardless of whether it's broadloom or modular carpet. However, there are some key differences between broadloom and modular carpet, which affect everything from how they look to how they perform.

If you're looking to make the switch from broadloom to modular carpet tiles, it's important that you understand the fundamental differences between the two flooring types, and what you need to consider when making the change.

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The Interior Designer's Guide to Branded Environments

Jan 18, 2018 / by Mike Brown

The office environment says a lot about a company, and its design makes a lasting impression on visitors, employees and customers. So it's no surprise that it's becoming increasingly popular for companies to look for opportunities to style their office or commercial spaces so that it becomes an extension of their brand, to maximize their visual impact and create a more memorable impression for visitors.

So today we're sharing three tips for designing a branded environment that reflects your client's company, without going too far.

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A Simple Guide to Carpet Installation Patterns

Jan 16, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

One of the main benefits of modular carpet tiles is the design flexibility they offer. Not only are carpet tiles available in a much wider range of patterns, colors and designs than other flooring types; they can also be installed in a variety of different patterns and layouts, to add an additional design flair to even a subtle choice of carpet tile.

We're looking at several different installation pattern options, for both modular carpet squares and carpet planks - as different shapes of carpet tiles offer different installation patterning opportunities.

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How to Choose the Right Classroom Flooring

Jan 10, 2018 / by Mike Patrick

The classroom environment plays a crucial role in student success. A positive environment correlates with better test scores and higher achievement, whereas a negative environment makes it difficult for students to focus on their studies, leading to lower achievement rates.

There are several factors that impact the overall environment in the classroom: noise levels, comfort, cleanliness and aesthetics. Surprisingly, there's one thing that can affect all of these factors: your choice of flooring. Here are five things to look for when choosing flooring for your classrooms, to create a positive learning environment.

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Why Half of Floors Fall Short on Slip and Fall Liability

Jan 3, 2018 / by Michael Eckert

A recent study by Chicago-based insurer CNA Financial Corp has found that 50% of floors fail to meet the minimum friction levels set-out by the American National Standards Institute - meaning they fall short on slip and fall prevention.

The study showed that 40% of falls occurred in walking and working surfaces (compared with 33% in parking lots and 27% on sidewalks). Falls were especially common in entry spaces, which have to deal with the highest levels of foot traffic in a building.

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4 Ways to Change Your Open Office Layout to Improve Health and Productivity

Dec 27, 2017 / by Michael Eckert

We typically spend upwards of 40 hours a week in the office, so it's no surprise that the office environment has a significant impact on the health and well-being of the people who use it every day. Today we're looking at four ways to change-up the layout and environment of your office, in order to improve employee health - and in turn, their productivity - while at work.

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