Imperfection vs. perfection


These days, we tend to embrace imperfections: more and more interiors are being styled in raw, rough and unfinished materials. We are attaching increasing importance to production processes and the materials we use. Products that have been transformed by the elements are also becoming increasingly popular. Consider iron that has developed rust marks through exposure to rain, seasoned brass and leather or weathered wood: imperfections are hot. However, perfection hasn’t gone out of style yet. The difference is that these days perfection is all about simplicity, modesty and subdued colours.

Perfect imperfections

It’s precisely these imperfections that turn a house into a liveable home, as opposed to the perfect, new objects that can make your house seem sterile and impersonal. Imperfections like these may be a source of irritation at first, but in the end they are what gives your house character. This element of being ‘lived-in’ is often showcased in interior design photography: a book left open, a loosely folded quilt, a pair of shoes. These elements show that a space is, indeed, being lived in.  Wooden floors are therefore allowed to exhibit cracks and deviations. These natural deviations add a touch of warmth and nonchalance to an interior: a statement in defiance of the ‘perfect’ home. Quick-Step created a collection of hardwood floors that includes such patterns as Nougat oak oiled and Rough grey oak oiled. These floors in the Imperio collection are rough and feature natural cracks and knots. The imperfections are emphasised and radiate authenticity.

Scandinavian perfection

Besides all these imperfections, we are still striving for perfection in our interiors, preferably by emulating the warm minimalist approach exemplified by the idea of ‘less is more’. These days, perfection conveys a certain sobriety that nevertheless exudes style and elegance. This is why Scandinavian design is back, with White Planks(Impressive collection) as the ultimate exemplification of this trend. This laminate floor has a unique, subdued pattern with the look & feel of natural pine, without any risk of splinters. Combine this floor with white, grey and black for a genuine Scandinavian interior.

Are you interested to find out which look fits your interior best? Upload your interior to the Quick-Step website’s ‘Floor Advisor’ and try out a wide range of floors! 

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