Vinyl composite tiles (VCT) are the latest in vinyl, flexible floor tiles. More durable and safer than vinyl tiles sold years ago, VCT is also available in a wide array of colors, patterns and sizes. Whether you're creating a kitchen floor or a playroom floor, there are several ways that VCT can be installed to brighten the atmosphere.
Old Fashioned Checkerboad
For a new twist on an old design, select two complementary colors and create a checkerboard pattern on your floor. Complementary colors are those which sit opposite each other on the color wheel such as orange and blue or yellow and purple. Select tiles similar in color saturation and are exactly the same size and shape for a uniform design.
Two Tones, Two Patterns
If you'd like to highlight an area or are laying the VCT down a long and narrow space, consider laying two colors in two directions. The first color is laid straight, one or two tiles deep around the perimeter of the room. The second color is set in the middle of the bordering color, but laid on the diagonal, rather than set straight. The contrast of color and pattern will draw your eye to the center of the space. The lines moving out diagonally will also help to visually widen the space.
Another design that uses two colors of tile and draws the eye through the room is the diagonal stripe. Select two colors of VCT, one much darker than the other. Lay two rows of the lighter color moving diagonally across the room. Next to this, lay one row of the dark color–before repeating the two rows of light. You can stretch this design out to three or four rows of the lighter color, or make the dark stripes at random intervals, mixing up how much light space is around them.
How to Install VCT Tiles
VCT, or vinyl composition tile, is made by compressing and heating small vinyl chips of various colors into a uniform thickness. The...