Faux Bois FLOR in the Box Room

I've been slowly hacking away at my 'box room' piece by piece. Without a real goal or deadline, I've been meandering a slow road to completion for ages. But thats okay, this is a no pressure room. ( For new readers, you can read more about it here. )

BoxRoom

I wanted to add a little bit of pattern without disrupting the calm palette or overwelming the small space. Add that to the fact that I wanted to protect the floor from scratching, a rug was the logical choice.


FlorBox

The problem was that this is a small room and I didn't want the rug to cover too much of the hardwood. Enter FLOR. Kitty came to help me install them.

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It probably suprises no one that I selected one of the Martha Stewart patterns. Specifically the bisque faux bois pattern that has been haunting me for quite a while. I didn't have occassion to use it before but this was just perfect - both in shade and style - for what I had in mind.

FlorTiles

If this had been a solid or a more geometric pattern, it would have been a breeze to put together. The stickers that came with the floor tiles are very easy to apply and hold it all together really well. The modular tiles let me style a long skinny rug that is perfect for the room. So overall, its exactly what I needed. As with anything, there are a few hiccups.

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I had assumed a pattern like this would have to fit together like a puzzle. It took me a solid 45 minutes before I realized that there isn't a single pattern. Argh! (Or maybe I didn't have enough pieces to get the pattern correct? Or maybe I'm too dim to figure it out?) Whatever the reason, I was pretty frustrated with that. I wish the pattern was more seamless. When yous step back a few paces, the pattern blends together better so its not really an issue anyone but I would notice.

BoxRoomwithFauxBois

Other than that, this was quick and easy to put down. I like how the pattern is subtle enough to add interest but not too busy. And its nice to know that I can replace a piece should it get worn or stained.

Now that I've added some softness with the rug, I'm pretty close to being done - just need glass for the desk top and a window treatment.

What do you think?

48 comments:

  1. I love this, what a great way to add just a touch of a rug. I've seen these in Flor catalog but it's a treat to see them in a real room. Great job, it all blends together so well, creating the serenity you were looking for.

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  2. This is turning into a beautiful little room!

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  3. Looks fab! I like the wood pattern look of the tiles.

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  4. Huge fan of the Martha faux bois stuff! I have a duvet cover in that pattern.

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  5. This looks great! I love those tiles...

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  6. I love it. I think you need a little birdie for that cage.

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  7. oh no you didn't!? that is my favorite carpet tile from flor!

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  8. I really love it. I'm thinking of this for my own space. You can't tell there's no pattern, from close and far it looks good!

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  9. I am so in love with this room! Can you tell me your paint color? I love the carpet pieces, great with the walls!

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  10. Thanks - the wall color is Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin.

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  11. It looks great! I just used FLOR as an area rug in my breakfast room. I will be doing a review and a giveaway of a 5x7 FLOR rug on my blog this afternoon!

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  12. It looks great! I have the cowhide Flor tiles for my daughter's play area and I finally had to go for the "mixed up" look after trying to find a pattern to it. The wall arrangement is amazing...any method to how you put that together or did it just come to you? Wall arrangements are SO difficult to get right.

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  13. Valerie: I posted a step by step of the gallery wall here: http://www.brooklynlimestone.com/2010/01/gallery-wall-tutorial.html

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  14. Im thinking great choice! Im loving that pattern in your adorable box room. And the birdcage hanging in the corner is too cute.
    Have a great week!

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  15. This pattern is just right in the room, a great solution for getting just the right sized rug. I've been wanting to use FLOR...now I really want to use this product! Janell

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  16. Love the rug and the daring, but subtle pattern. I always forget about Flor. I need to look there next time I need a rug.

    http://40daysof.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/the-transformation-of-my-breakfast-room/

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  17. Great choice, Mrs. L! It's modern, but sticks with the vintage feel.

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  18. Where have I been? I have never heard of this product before.

    I love the idea too that you can make it into just what you need. I think it looks great.

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  19. Very nice! I think I'm going to try out a FLOR rug for the boys playroom...

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  20. I too was initially smitten with that MS faux bois, but was frustrated that every picture using it had the same problem- the "seams" didn't match up and the pattern was so choppy because it didn't line up. That's so irritating!

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  21. Your new rug is beautiful - love the faux bois! It's absolutely perfect for your room!

    I'm a designer and have been using Interface Flor commercially for several years now - they are a commercial carpet company and launched Flor as their residential line a few years ago. Carpet tiles are made so that the pattern does NOT match up. Very few carpet tiles will ever line up - it's just not really possible for many reasons!

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  22. I love this pattern - it is what we are thinking of using in our living room, when the budget allows! But no there is no pattern, that is the thing with Flor, it's not supposed to to be seamless or one large pattern. This idea was hard to convince my husband of initially but once you see it in photos or step further back it looks great. I love it!

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  23. We LOVE FLOR in our home. Not too long ago, we tackled our own FLOR project to make it a little more unique:

    http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/flor-meets-diy/

    And while the not-so-perfect pattern may drive me a little batty too, from an outsider's perspective, it really looks quite beautiful! That's the tricky part about their non-geo prints: They don't exactly make them to fit perfectly, but that's part of the charm, I think.

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  24. Simply charming without overwhelming. Great idea. Between projects, I'd love you to take a look at my new blog. Today's post is about my daughter's temporary apt. while she waits on her Central Park West coop to close. I welcome feedback. http://graciousinteriors.blogspot.com/2010/04/pass-it-on.html?spref=fb

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  25. I have to say...I'm diggin' the faux bois. The fact that the pattern isn't completely seamless, is barely noticeable...promise!

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  26. Love it! Definitely can't notice the misaligned pattern from afar.

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  27. Love it! I've been thinking about getting the raincloud version, but haven't pulled the trigger yet, so it's great to see what it looks like in a real home. Thank you for posting the pictures.

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  28. Love it! Looks soo good!

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  29. Looks great!! I love flor, but I haven't even gotten any yet. I'm so hesitant! But this is one of the patterns that they have that I have been eyeing as well, for our hallway (too long for just a normal runner, too narrow for anything else).

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  30. You chose a really PRETTY one...love it. I wouldn't normally buy this but now that you said you can easily replace a piece if it gets stained etc...that is something i didn't even think of.

    Jen Ramos
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  31. I've loved that FLOR pattern for a while. I didn't realize they couldn't be matched up; it looks great in your space nonetheless! And now that the room is almost done, I notice how complementary it is to your office with similar patterning and layout. Nicely done mrs.limestone!

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  32. I love the pattern and am surprised that it doesn't match up... but it looks great!

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  33. That is a perfect pattern for that room. I've been looking on FLOR's site lately. We have an awkward space in my son's room that we are working on. It's an odd size, but I love that you can remove certain tiles and clean them if need be.

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  34. I love it. It looks great and it's very subtle.

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  35. Ha! Well, whatever it is, you're certainly NOT too dim to figure it out. It looks just as it was meant to right now. FLOR is great!

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  36. Absolutely beautiful! Love that pattern...and the color is sublime!

    ~Amanda

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  37. I think this works perfectly for your "box room". Only thing missing is a task light for the table.

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  38. I totally agree that there should be a pattern!

    My tile guy was able to find a pattern in my marble subway...it took him forever, but he was able to lay some pieces together so the veins matched up. If it can be done with natural stone, they should be able to do it with FLOR tiles. I can't imagine how they cut, store, and package them so adjacent tiles wouldn't be near each other in the stacks.

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  39. Thank you for posting that link for the gallery wall! I feel like I can try it now. :)

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  40. Love that. Great modern touch in that room.

    I'm a big FLOR fan. I have the House Pet line (terrible name!) in my living room, and a strip in the kitchen. They're nylon, so easy to wipe/wash/hose down if needed.

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  41. Anonymous12:11 PM

    I don't know about floors but for window coverings try this company www.nywindowtreatment.com

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  42. Looks great and simple enough to DIY.

    xo,
    cristin

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  43. What a great room! You asked about accent colors. I'm partial to coral. You could try different fabrics on the dress form.

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  44. Karen6:57 PM

    I noticed that you can see the lines of the tiles. Do these lines blend in with time?

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