Contrasting interesting interior with 3D self-leveling floor
Increasingly, in office premises, large organizations and even in ordinary apartments, you can see 3D self-leveling floors, the prices of which are quite high, but the effect produced and aesthetic characteristics outweigh the scales in favor of choosing just such a floor design. In terms of installation technology, such floors do not differ from ordinary self-leveling floors, however, there are some peculiarities when choosing and preparing images.
Lovely bathroom with self-leveling floor
Self-leveling floor with the image of a sea wave on colored pebbles
Interior in oriental style with self-leveling 3D floor
Self-leveling floors are called seamless polymer coatings, which seem to be “poured” onto the floor surface. Such floors differ according to the main component of the poured mixture: there are polyurethane, cement-acrylic, epoxy and methyl methacrylate floors, in addition, there are also various combined mixtures. The most common are epoxy and polyurethane floors..
Bathroom with imitation of the seabed
Self-leveling 3D floors are a newfangled technology for decorating room design
After evaluating the wonderful volumetric drawings that contemporary artists place on the asphalt and walls, the interior designers came to the conclusion that such an effect would suitably fit into the design of an office or apartment. From that moment on, a kind of “boom” began in three-dimensional images on the floor: positive reviews about self-leveling 3D floors and their many advantages in various construction forums do not dry out.
3D floor with a beautiful photo of flowers will not cease to please the eye
Self-leveling floor with a picture of a coral reef and a huge turtle
Loggia with a magnificent self-leveling 3D floor
In addition to the chic aesthetic characteristics, originality and freshness of such a design solution, a self-leveling floor with a 3D effect has a number of other advantages:
- strength and long service life,
- resistance to moisture and chemicals,
- ease of care,
- environmental friendliness,
- operational safety (fire resistance, hygiene),
- possibility of installation in any premises.
Surf-imitation bathroom floor
3D floor in the style of pop art
Kitchen with the seabed underfoot
The technology of floor pouring with a 3D effect is not as complicated as it seems at first glance. The main thing that is important to pay attention to is the processes of preparation and laying of materials, since the base for the drawing must be perfectly flat.
Living room in black and white with self-leveling 3D floor
3D self-leveling floors in a marine theme
3D self-leveling floor with geometric patterns
The whole process of creating a 3D self-leveling floor consists of several stages:
- Substrate preparation or leveling. This is most often done using self-leveling floor mixes. When the material dries, the base is sanded.
Leveling the floor
Advice! Such a floor can be laid on different surfaces: on wood, on concrete, and on tiles. The differences will consist only in the preparation of the base in order to achieve the most even surface..
- Primer. The base is poured with a primer and the surface is leveled again, preparing it for drawing..
- Base (polymer) layer application. First you need to think over its background so that it is combined with the picture..
- Application of the image. Depending on the type of material that is used as an image (artist’s drawing, banner fabric, satin base, vinyl film), the process of its application will also depend. The artist simply draws on the prepared surface, and the finished image is attached using a self-adhesive base or a thin layer of coating used in the following steps.
A drawing for a 3D self-leveling floor can be done by yourself
3D floor with the image of the night city
Advice! In cases where the image is made up of several pieces, you need to carefully monitor so that you end up with a single canvas, i.e. you will have to be very careful to join parts of the picture.
- Filling with topcoat. The most common coating is epoxy. Depending on the function of the room and the required depth of the volumetric image, a layer of 1.5 to 5 mm is applied.
Fill with topcoat
- Final sanding and varnishing of the floor if necessary.
3D structure of self-leveling floor
If you order a self-leveling floor in one of the specialized firms, the price per m2 will be about 5-6 thousand rubles, and usually the larger the area of the repaired room, the lower the price per m2. The cost of the floor may vary slightly depending on the region and the materials used..
If you make a 3D self-leveling floor with your own hands, you can gain in terms of price, but you will have to spend a lot of time and purchase the necessary equipment, which in the future may not be needed. It is a person’s business to decide what to save on: money or time and nerves..
3D self-leveling floors look impressive and very unusual
Self-leveling 3D floor – expensive, but very beautiful type of coating
3D self-leveling floor in the bathroom with the image of a dolphin against the background of the sea abyss
For application on the floor, you can choose absolutely any image, but it is worth remembering that self-leveling floors are a long-term finishing option, and therefore you do not need to obey momentary desires. It is quite possible that in a year or two some fashionable image will become outdated or disliked by you, and changing such floors is quite difficult and, moreover, expensive. It is better to opt for natural images: sea, sand, mountains, pebbles, plants, animals, etc. Such drawings can be additionally decorated with shells, sand, decorative stones, etc. “built-in” into the coating..
Self-leveling floor in the nursery with the image of sea pebbles
Beautiful black and white self-leveling floor
The self-leveling floor with the image of the seabed looks very impressive
Try to immediately think over the interior of the room to the smallest detail. Otherwise, it may turn out that the image on the floor does not harmonize with the rest of the room. Since spectacular images on a 3D floor are an art object in themselves, do not overdo it with excessive decor. If you want to pay more attention to accessories, it is advisable to choose a more neutral image for the pattern on the floor..
Living room with a beautiful 3D self-leveling floor
Bulk 3D floor should be in harmony with the interior of the room itself
Self-leveling floor in the children’s room
Advice! Even if the composition looks good, you need to ensure that important parts of the drawing (head, flower or part of the landscape) do not end up under massive furniture after renovation..
Owners of small apartments will be pleased with the fact that with the help of some images on the floor, you can visually expand the space..
Before installing a floor with a 3D effect, the owners will also have to choose a suitable surface: it can be smooth or textured, glossy or matte.
Self-leveling 3D floor with dolphins
When the technology of installing a self-leveling floor is familiar, even a novice master should not have any particular difficulties. For work, you will need a sander, a perforator, selected materials for the base, finishing and protective coatings, as well as a finished image, the print of which can be ordered from a printing house, advertising or design agency.
Room with 3D floor and 3D wall
The installation of the self-leveling floor occurs according to the steps described above, and it is important to take into account that at the preparatory stage for wet rooms (kitchens, bathrooms, etc.), an additional layer must be provided – a waterproofing layer. The finished base is left to dry for 10-15 days, only then a primer is produced in 2 layers.
A few hours after the priming, it is already possible to start applying the polymer layer, on which the image will be placed in the future. It is applied to the floor, depending on the chosen printing method or another option for obtaining a picture..
Self-leveling 3D floor can be made by hand
3D floor with imitation of a pool with a dolphin
Next, you need a transparent polymer as a finishing layer. All air bubbles are removed with a special needle roller. In order for the polymer to acquire strength, it is temporarily covered with foil or film..
Advice! When leveling the layers, do not walk on the floor in normal shoes. For these purposes, special devices with spikes on the soles are used..
At the last stage, a transparent varnish is applied to the floor to protect the coating. This will extend the lifespan of the 3D self-leveling floor, protecting it from mechanical damage..
To create a 3D self-leveling floor, you can use real pebbles
3D dolphins will look great on the bathroom floor
There are no special rules in the care of 3D self-leveling floors. All available recommendations are quite logical and available for implementation:
- harvesting can be done both manually and mechanically,
- cleaning frequency always depends on the frequency of contamination,
- general cleaning is carried out using a cleaner, various stain removers,
- to protect the self-leveling floor several times a year, it is worth applying mastic or polish, which should be chosen taking into account the texture of the coating.
3D floors – a new trend in the flooring market, which is gaining popularity every day
3D self-leveling floor, due to its practicality, is perfect for the kitchen
3D floors are easy to maintain and have no special requirements