Home tiki bar flooring can be a tough issue to sort out if your goal is to combine form (beauty) and function (easy to clean). In a home tiki bar, you want to optimize every inch inch of space possible to create your escapist mood. Yet, you still need to be realistic about possible messy spills. Photo above: Flor.
For most any room, I love patterned rugs because they provide the opportunity to tie the colors in your room together, and because they ground the space and provide “visual gravity.” Functionally speaking, rugs and carpeting also warm up a room — they are soft, cozy, inviting.
That said, gregarious cocktails and carpeting can make for trouble.
How to get the best of both worlds. Carpet tiles! If there’s a spill, you can just pull it the affected squares and clean them individually. Above: These leafy, dark green, moody “Palm Reader” carpet tiles from Flor look like they would make for wonderful home tiki bar flooring.
Home tiki bar flooring
Getting ready for my upcoming to talk at Arizona Tiki Oasis, I’ll be doing more deep-dive research and stories in coming weeks on various aspects of decor and design for a home tiki bar. Having flooring that makes it easy to clean up spills — resilient vinyl sheet or tile, ceramic, or wood, for examples — is surely a practical idea. Looking at images of the dining rooms in old Trader Vic’s restaurants (these interiors are some of my very favorites), though, I see they always had patterned carpets pretty similar in feel to the Flor carpet tiles shown above. In the bar area — maybe less likely so — I’m not sure.
- I put a thrift-store-purchased oriental rug in the main seating are of my home tiki bar, The Mahalo Lounge. So far so good — but then, in this particular space we are all sitting, with our drinks somewhat safely perched on a large coffee table. Actually, I’m more worried about spills on my precious custom-made midcentury modern sectional.
Hey, Carpet squares are a pet-friendly home carpeting idea, too. My miniature schnauzer Astro is getting older now — and, well, accidents happen.