4 Flagstone Floor Design Tips 4 Flagstone Floor Design Tips

A flagstone floor is commonly found in exterior household surfaces like the patio or the driveway. Flagstone flooring is recommended because it combines aesthetics with durability. Flagstone surfaces exude the aura of class associated with natural stones. Flagstone refers to flat, natural stones that have been carved into thin, stone tiles. It is essentially a type of sandstone and also contains quartz and feldspar. Flagstone tiles are often confused with slate, due to a similar external surface. Use the following tips when designing your flagstone floor:

1. Basic Flagstone Floor Designing Tips: Getting Started

In the niche of natural stone surfaces, flagstone provides a significant number of design options. Considering the wide variety of designs possible, it is always better to lay out a few flagstone pieces before proceeding with the installation. This should be done after preparing the base of the flooring surface to get a better idea about the intended design. Also consider the gapping between the stones. Since flagstone gaps can be filled with mortar, sand and plants, the size of the gaps and the filling material used directly impacts the appearance of the flooring surface. Gaps meant for planting need to be larger. Mortared gaps create a more formal look, while sanded gaps render a more relaxed look.

2. Combine Flagstone Colors for a Designer Appeal

Flagstone is available in a wide range of shades. This includes red, brown and pink shades with varying hues. One design option is to create borders with flagstones of one color, and complete the main flagstone surface with a complementing shade. For seriously vibrant flooring designs, you can combine flagstone tiles of varying shades and install them without a defined pattern, to create an assembled, pebbled kind of flooring design. Flagstone tile shades can also be chosen to complement the patio furniture. Another option in this niche is to use a different stone, with a different color for the borders. In fact, in dry areas, some landscapers use thick hardwood planks as flagstone borders.

3. Get Creative with Using Flagstone Shapes & Sizes

Please remember that uncut, irregularly-shaped flagstones are cheaper than precut flagstone tiles. However, the uncut version is not recommended if you want symmetrical, formal designs. Precut flagstone is retailed in the form of tiles where the shapes can vary from rectangles and squares to triangles. You can choose tiles with symmetrical edges or tiles with slightly non-uniform edges which render a more rustic appearance. Some homeowners like flagstone flooring without any defined tile sizes. This means that the flagstone tiles are used in varying shapes and sizes with no defined measurements, creating an asymmetrical, informal appearance. Further, you can create thin borders with rectangular or square flagstones while the central portion of the flooring has irregularly shaped, mixed kind of flagstone pieces for creating a contrasting appearance.

4. Tips for Flagstone Flooring Surfaces with Planted Gaps

Flagstone flooring with plants along the borders and within the gaps are recommended for lending a distinctly green, natural quality to the outdoor space. However, planted flagstone floors look best when using the bigger stones/tiles. If this is tried with smaller stones, the amount of underfoot foliage can create safety problems, i.e. excessive vegetation along the flooring surface is prone to retaining moisture can make the flooring slippery, and the stones can become uneven, causing a tripping hazard. Once you have decided to use plants for filling the gaps, choose the filling material with care. Rather than using sand, use garden soil. You can easily find seedlings of low-lying plants that are ideal for such requirements.

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