Flooring It

1–New traditions

The top-selling Grand Illusions line of laminate flooring, from Armstrong, has just been expanded. Several domestic exotic wood designs have been added to the range of 5-inch individual boards that imitate traditional hardwood installation. The carefully selected traditional species options include Southern Hickory, Heartwood Walnut, Eastern Oak and Canadian Maple. www.armstrong.com

2–Cherry on top

Tarkett Residential has added more than 35 new designs and patterns to its FiberFloor resilient flooring collection. The new offerings feature distinctive textures and colours, authentic-looking wood grains, earthy stones, and rustic tiles with appetizing names like Dasylva Stone Caramel, Bancroft Mocha and Elegant Cherry. The new additions bring the number of FiberFloor products up to over 200, all of which are constructed with the five-layer Tarkett FiberFloor Protection System. www.tarkettna.com

3–Knock on wood

TerraWood is a new product just introduced by Torlys Smart Floors. This patented all-wood flooring is FSC-certified, eco-engineered and formaldehyde free. Ideal for high-traffic areas, TerraWood is fade-resistant and extremely durable, with a finish that is harder than many conventional hard woods. The collection offers 16 domestic and exotic species, in styles such as Whistler Oak and Kinablu Teak. www.toryls.com

4–Suit up

Fashion and fine tailoring provided the inspiration for Milliken’s new Suitable collection of modular carpets. The collection offers the look of a woven fabric in a carpet, in two complementary designs that mix lustres and textures. The Leno Weave has a structured geometry and a slightly open, woven affect, while Woven Thread resembles a bamboo blind, with a jasp slubby thread interwoven, appearing and disappearing. www.milliken.com


GO Resilient, Canadian distributor of Karndean, has introduced Oak Royale to its artselect line of luxury vinyl flooring. The new product imitates the grains and patterns of natural wood, in a wide plank that replicates the sizes most popular in antique wood flooring. Angled edges and uneven surfaces further enhance the natural look and feel. Oak Royale is offered in four palettes: Spring, featuring blond looks; Summer, in golden tones; Autumn, with warm, elegant cherry hues; and Winter, in striking chocolate shades. www.goresilient.ca

6–Made in the shade

Three new broadloom products – Tint, Tone and Gradient – have been added to Shaw Contract Group’s newest collection, Shade. These flexible patterns deliver texture and coordinate with the Shade tile products. Gradient broadloom is available in 30 colors and is manufactured with Shaw Industries Eco Solution Q nylon. www.shawhospitality.com


The theme of the new Marmoleum Global 3 collection from Forbo is “designing the future.” The series is meant to adapt to the current trend toward open, light, flexible and ecologically responsible buildings, and is made from natural, raw materials, from annually renewable resources. Global 3 is available in two new designs, Marmoleum Striato and Walton Cirrus, both of which feature the Topshield finish, for ease of maintenance. www.forboflooringNA.com

8–Playing marbles

Mesto Configurations from Johnsonite is a unique family of rubber planks and tiles. Available in eight marbleized palettes, each features three tones: a base with separate lighter and darker tones of that colour, creating the varied look of a natural material. Tiles are in 6-by-6 and 12-by-12-inch sizes and planks are in 6-by-24 and 12-by-24-inches. Other sizes, between 2-by-2 and 24-by-24-inches, are also available by special order. www.johnsonite.com

9–Silver is gold

Silverwood’s Karelia Hardwood in White Oak offers the warm comfort of nature in a sleek, winter-inspired aesthetic. A matte oil finish provides a flexible look that works with modern or more traditional aesthetics. The Finnish-manufactured, engineered, three-strip wood flooring is constructed from three parallel wood strips and is sold in 7.4-by-89.2-inch planks. www.silverwoodflooring.com

10–Forest friendly

Amtico International’s newest line, Tropical Woods, provides an alternative to endangered woods that have been harvested to near extinction. The line includes four patterns — Brazilian Rosewood, Merbau, Tigerwood and Caramel Bamboo — that mimic exotic rainforest species in a high-performance, low-VOC, GreenGuard-certified, low-maintenance product. The five-layer planks are in 4.5-by-36 and 6-by-36-inch sizes. www.amtico.com

11–Three in one

Tandus’s Manufactured Landscapes Collection’s patent-pending, multi-tile system proposes new ideas about the application of modular carpet. The concept packages three 24-by-24-inch tiles together, designed to be installed as one, with seven subtle texture, pattern, relief lustre and weave changes tufted into the single substrate. The 12 colourways can be installed in a directional or random method. www.tandus.com

12–Mix and match

Nora systems, Inc. has just recolourized its popular norament 925 grano line, expanding the floor covering’s colour range from 20 to 32 new colours. The colours coordinate with other nora floorcoverings, making it easy to incorporate several products within one project. Norament grano is also Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified and contributes to healthier indoor air. www.nora.com

13–Soul mates

InterfaceFLOR has introduced the Resoul Collection, made up of four new styles influenced by the imagery and motifs of Gothic-inspired fashion and visual art. Paramour features a tattoo-inspired pattern; Valentine’s is noted for elaborate detailing; Maven is bold and contrasting; and Lover balances the collection with a chunky, linear pattern. All are manufactured with post-consumer yarn harvested through InterfaceFLOR’s ReEntry 2.0 recycling program. www.interfaceflor.com