I spotted some really cool looking vinyl floor mats when I was browsing in an interiors store in Aix-en-Provence in France (as you do) earlier this year. I can’t now recall the store I spotted them in (which is really rather poor given what I do), but I did pick up a flyer for the Israeli company that makes them – Beija Flor World (which, according to their website, is the Portuguese word for hummingbird, or ‘kisser of the flowers’ – how sweet!).
The mats caught my eye as the designs are not only beautiful and stylish, but they also look to be fantastically practical. Our newly extended open plan living/dining/kitchen area is tiled throughout in large, white porcelain tiles. They are stunning and bounce the light around in the space perfectly. But, the one major flaw is that they show up all the dirt! With two sets of folding doors in the extension leading straight out to the garden, and with two cats wandering in and out, I’ve been trying to think for a while of a clever way to minimise the inflow of dirt into the space. I think these vinyl floor tiles may be just what I need.
There are various designs costing between 69 and 285 euros, depending on the size of the mat and the style chosen, though there is a relatively large delivery charge of 29 euros for Western Europe. Regardless, I really like these mats and would be happy to have any of them in my home. I think they provide an easy way to introduce a real splash of colour and pattern into my otherwise relatively minimalist living space. And, if the claims on the maker’s website are true, it seems that the mats will also do the job of trapping some of the dirt that may sneak in without slipping and sliding on the floor. The only question left for me is working out which design to choose…..!
Since spotting these vinyl mats, I have since noticed that they are also being sold by the very excellent store, Graham and Green. When I first wrote this post, only one design was available (a very Moroccan style – but also gorgeous), but there is a now a much broader range of styles with prices ranging from £75 to £250 depending on the size of the mat you need. As such, my prediction that these would become popular very quickly was right (*does mini fist pump!)!
What do you think of these vinyl floor mats? Do you agree that they are a good way of bringing in some colourful global styling?
Happy travels and shopping,