Rocks and Hard Places
More stores are using hard floors to soften their image
In jewelry stores across the country, the hush of plush carpet is giving
way to the sound of footsteps on hard floors. Architect Dick Marquette,
owner of Allsman Corp., with offices in Phoenix, AZ, and Leawood, KS, says
he's been designing more jewelry-store interiors with floors made of wood,
tile or stone reflecting, in some instances, the store owner's desire
for a more casual, less-intimidating atmosphere.
For the newly opened James Eliot store in Scottsdale, AZ, for example,
Marquette specified an almond-colored terra cotta floor. He has used hardwood
floors in several units owned by Amstrong Diamond Center, based in Munster,
IN, and used man-made tile for Thornton & Sons in Dixon, CA.
If you're thinking of rolling up your rugs, Marquette has a tip: stone
and tile floors are easier to maintain than wood floors they don't
get scuffed as quickly.
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