My awesome new kitchen floor – rubber floor tiles!

I’ve been renovating my flat and am super excited about some brightly coloured rubber floor tiles that I have just laid. 

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will know that I bought my flat from an 86 year old lady nearly two and half years ago.  She moved down to Devon and my son and I moved in.  Unfortunately for all of us when she moved out she couldn’t take her beloved kitchen with avocado skin-coloured work tops with her.  For the past two years, my kitchen has been the envy of all of my friends, family and neighbours.   Or maybe not!rubber floor tiles

Do you like the tiles?

Renovations were always part of my plan when I bought the flat, but I knew that it would be a couple of years before I could actually afford to rip out the old kitchen, bathroom and heating system, tear down a couple of walls and really put our personal stamp on the place. 

The builders finished a few weeks ago and we finally moved back into the flat after a month of living with my parents.   

There is still a hell of a lot to do.  The builders have done the structural stuff; they’ve installed the kitchen and bathroom and they’ve done all of the plumbing and the electrics.  The rest is very much down to me (and my amazing parents of course – they are always willing to roll up their sleeves and get elbow deep in some Little Greene paint). 

I made a decision early on that I would not be decorating this flat with re-sale in mind.  This is our home and I am really keen that it reflects our personalities. 

I have to confess that I have gone for an all white kitchen in high gloss with integrated handles.  I am not a cook, so I will be able to keep it clean.  It looks really clean and slick.  The worktops are a very light grey.  I also intend to paint the walls white and will jazz the whole thing up with accessories, a brightly coloured blind at the window, potentially a brightly coloured splash-back and a really funky kitchen floor made from rubber floor tiles. 

It is the kitchen floor that I am most excited about.

I stumbled across The Colour Flooring Company.   They sell rubber and vinyl floors either as tiles or in a roll. Their products come with a ten year guarantee.  I like the fact that they are hard wearing and have good sound insulation (the two old ladies downstairs have sensitive ears and Cygnet likes to stomp around the flat at top speed).  I also like the fact that they are environmentally friendly.  They’ve been eco-certified by Blue Angel which essentially guarantees that their flooring meets high standards when it comes to the environment.  Those of you who read my post about how motherhood changed me will know that this is important to me these days. 

What excited me most was the fact that they do triangular, yes triangles!, rubber floor tiles in both a large selection of greys (Irubber floor tiles have a lot of grey in my flat) as well as some really bright accent colours.  I bought a load of samples and decided on Shacklewell (the light grey), Rachel Point Grey (the dark grey) and Springfield Yellow.

I decided on triangular rubber floor tiles.  These are the colours I have chosen. 

Then, I had to figure out the pattern.

I asked my dad to draw a floor plan for my kitchen and a grid of triangles. I dug out my acrylic paints and my paint brushes and once Cygnet had gone to bed, I poured myself a glass of wine and set to painting various floor patterns for my rubber floor tiles. 

Here are some of the works in progress.

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There were so many options that I just couldn’t decide.

In the end, I changed my mind at the eleventh hour.  My dad and I laid the rubber floor tiles without sticking them and I found that the tiles looked very different in full size to how they looked in my A4 size drawings.  We dry laid the rubber floor tiles one day and stuck them the next.  This is the finished article.

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I cannot tell you how thrilled I am with my new kitchen and with the floor in particular.  It looks awesome and makes me smile every time I go into the kitchen. 

Cygnet and I have a game in which I undress him for his bath on the yellow rubber floor tiles.  As we take off an item of clothing we leave it on a yellow tile and he jumps to the next one.

The Colour Flooring Company were great.  I ordered my floor online at around 10pm one night and received a call from their delivery driver the next day to say they were at my door.  As a company I cannot fault them.

My rubber floor tiles have been down a few days now and I am still excited about them.  

Please excuse me while I go and pour myself another glass of wine and look at my floor some more.

Some things in life are made to make you smile. 

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P.S.  Yes, this is a collaborative post, but I approached The Colour Flooring Company because I thought their tiles were awesome.  All opinions (and the floor design) are most definitely my own.

Pen x

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75 Comments

  1. November 9, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    The floor looks AMAZING, Pen!! Congratulations on your renovation, it’s brilliant x

    • thesingleswan
      November 10, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks Alice. That’s really sweet of you. Pen x

  2. November 10, 2017 / 9:31 am

    That looks brilliant. Really quirky and can imagine it looks great against a white kitchen! #thatfridaylinky

    • thesingleswan
      November 10, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      It does indeed. I am in love with my new floor. Thanks. Pen x

  3. November 10, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Your tiling is fab and what is more you’ll get a lovely positive feeling every time you walk into the kitchen. I agree with painting/decorating a home for you and not a potential future home buyer. #fridayfrolics

    • thesingleswan
      November 10, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you. I am glad you like the floor. Pen x

  4. November 11, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Ooooh I love those tiles! We are about to move into a new house that requires complete rennovation and I would love some tiles like this! I need to remember this #FridayFrolics
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    • thesingleswan
      November 11, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Hi Emma,

      That sounds like a big project! Good luck. Pen x

  5. November 11, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Wow! Very trendy! You have reminded me of an old house of mine which had an avocado bathroom suite when I bought it. 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      November 12, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Pen x

  6. November 11, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Those tiles give your kitchen a really modern – retro look. #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      November 12, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Hi Claire,

      Thanks for your comment. Let me know how your kitchen renovation goes. Mine was really quite stressful, but I am so glad that it is done now. Pen x

  7. The Mummy Bubble
    November 12, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Stunning! Love what you did with the pattern in the end. This is such a instagrammable floor! #kcacols

    • thesingleswan
      November 12, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 12, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks Nige. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you Laura. Pen x

  8. November 12, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I loooooove these tiles. Yellow is my fav colour so I think you made a great choice there.

    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

  9. November 13, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    That is gorgeous! We’re redoing our kitchen next year and unfortunately have to lift the tiles as there is no insulation in that room at all. A funky new floor might make me feel better at ripping up the only decent bit of decor the previous owners ever did!
    #anythinggoes
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    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Oh, I’m sorry. If it helps, these tiles actually feel quite warm under foot. I haven’t got under floor heating but they don’t feel cold when i walk on them barefoot – they are not like ceramic tiles. Pen x

  10. November 13, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Pen, that looks amazing! What a great job! #ThatFridayLinky

    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you Lisa. Pen x

  11. November 13, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    This looks awesome. Like a retro restaurant. I love reading about Renovations! If you have more renovations, please do share.
    #thesatsesh

    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you Sumra. Pen x

  12. November 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    We’ve got a whole house to renovate so I’m looking at house-porn a lot at the moment and your kitchen floor has just made it onto my Pinterest board. Do you reckon the rubber tiles will manage to withstand the claws of a rather energetic labradoodle?

    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      Well, these managed to withstand me dragged a washing machine over them. The black marks that the washing machine deposited actually scrubbed off really easily just with water (well a baby wipe to be honest). There are no dents on the tiles at all. Worth ordering a sample. Pen x

  13. November 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Popping back from #AnythingGoes x

    • thesingleswan
      November 13, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks Kirsty. Pen x

  14. November 14, 2017 / 5:29 am

    It looks so awesome, great job doing it! I’ve been renovating my home since we bought it two years ago and it is a long road, but each job finished makes it so worth it! #AnythingGoes

    • thesingleswan
      November 15, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Hi Heather,

      Yes, renovation certainly is a long road. i am not sure I quite appreciated how much work it would be before I started. But anyway, it is getting there and I can definitely say that our flat has our own stamp on it. Pen x

  15. November 14, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    The floor looks great and I bet it’s much warmer underfoot than ceramic tiles. Doing it yourself is so much more rewarding than getting someone in to fit it #RVHT
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    • thesingleswan
      November 15, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Hi Suzy, You are right, it is more rewarding doing it yourself, although I have to confess that my dad did most of the work. I think he was actually having sleepness nights over laying my kitchen floor the poor thing. Pen x

  16. November 15, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Wow! the tiles are amazing and so is the re design in the kitchen. I love how brave you have been with the colours and how it has totally paid off, it really is super dooper Pen, well done you!
    Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS hope you come back next time
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    • thesingleswan
      November 15, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you Mainy. That’s really kind of you to say. Pen x

  17. November 15, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    I love your floor! It’s amazing! I’d never have thought of using yellow but it looks so good. #kcacols

    • thesingleswan
      November 15, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you Kelly. xx

  18. November 15, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    How fab does that look!! And your kitchen I would love this pattern for my bathroom so modern

    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Hi Katrina,

      Rubber floor tiles are great for bathrooms too. Go for it! Pen x

  19. November 16, 2017 / 10:26 am

    OMG I LOVE these! So cool and different! #coolmumclub

    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you very much Donna. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

  20. November 16, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Popping back in and still oving your floor from #kcacols xoxo

    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Pen x

  21. November 16, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Those do look cool! And I love shiny white kitchens. That’s what I would have if I had got to choose mine. Still, the people before me at least did not have an avocado green kitchen and I’m pleased about that! Thanks so much for joining us for #FridayFrolics
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    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you. One day, avocado kitchens will be all the rage again and I’ll be wishing I never ripped mine out…or maybe not. Thanks for your comment. Pen x

  22. November 16, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    #thesatsesh so after our twitter chat i looked in to these bad boy tiles. They look fab – sadly not so good for my four legged friend (dog) BUT the company have so many options and I love the triangles!!! thank you for inspiring me when i was loosing my way and thinking laminate might be the only option – not so!
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    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Oh well, never mind. I hope you find a floor that you like. pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 16, 2017 / 10:04 pm

      Great! I am glad you like them. Pen x

  23. November 17, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I’m not surprised you stand back to admire your kitchen floor, it looks fabulous. Think I’ll take a little peek at this company. I hate my kitchen floor! x
    Thanks for joining #stayclassymama

    • thesingleswan
      November 17, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks for your nice comment Helen. I hope you find a floor you like. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Yes, dead easy. In fact, I have mainly been cleaning it with baby wipes. Hmmm Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      thanks Ann. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      THanks Ali.

  24. November 18, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I LOVE a renovation project and I love your kitchen!
    I’ve always been a bit partial to a rubber floor and I love the colour scheme you’ve gone for!
    When we moved into our house the bathroom was avocado (pretty typical I hear you say)… but with PINK wall tiles! (and a carpet…boak!)
    #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      haha, yes we had a carpet in the bathroom and toilet when we moved in. Carpets are not good for potty training toddlers, or boys or men in general. Pen x

  25. November 19, 2017 / 10:05 am

    Our kitchen floor could do with this treatment – love the design! #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you. Pen

    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Brilliant! Let me know how you get on. Pen x

  26. November 19, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Like wow! I’m so in love with it. Love that you have this beautiful new kitchen but you are “so not a cook” lol. Seriously though I have some massive floor envy right now!

    Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS
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    • thesingleswan
      November 19, 2017 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you Cassie. Pen x

  27. November 20, 2017 / 3:30 am

    I am super excited for you and love hearing how happy you are. I adore the yellow too. I also have a white kitchen and I had the same in my last home too, glossy white is actually easy to wipe over anyway. My fav thing though is how you said you did it for you and not for re-sale I think that is completely the best attitude. #coolmumclub
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    • thesingleswan
      November 20, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you Mac. Loads of love. Pen x

  28. November 20, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    That floor is amazing. The colours go really well together. I think my great grandma had those avocado worktops.

    • thesingleswan
      November 20, 2017 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      November 20, 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Pen x

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