11 Ways to Make a Bold, Fresh Statement with Your Flooring
While browsing home décor idea sites such as Houzz and Pinterest, you may notice a sweeping trend toward statement flooring. Textured slate, chevron painted, and bold-colored Moroccan tile designs are hot right now paired with neutral wall colors to add a unique flavor to your space. Remember, wall color isn’t the only option you have in making a dramatic statement to your home.
Here are a few ideas compiled from Houzz and Pinterest to get you thinking about unique flooring options. We’ll cover stone, tile, paint and more — everything but plain hardwood!
Slate Stone Flooring
Create unique texture by using natural stone such as slate for an earthy, urban look in your home. Keep in mind that natural stone is hard to clean and may require you to get on your hands and knees to scrub out stains and wipe out dirt.
Laid in a variety of patterns, brick delivers a rustic, rugged feel that, at the same time, has warmth and homeyness. It has great texture and often carries a natural range of color. Brick can even be painted for an altogether different style.
Whether it’s a subtle stencil design or a bright and bold pattern, painting your floors can be a challenging project but worth the effort. Click here for Valspar’s How to Paint a Floor tutorial.
Here, the floral pattern adds a new layer of interest to the already beautiful hardwood floor.
This bold chevron pattern is the perfect accompaniment to the solid aqua of the walls.
The traditional checkerboard or diamond pattern in a daring pink awakens this lounge and library with a vibrant, vintage vibe.
Tip: For a permanent beautifully distressed look, hold off on applying a clear coat finish until worn just the way you like.
White flooring can be used to create a range of looks, depending on the material. A sleek, shiny surface is the epitome of modern, while painted wood flooring, as pictured here, creates a quaint but contemporary room.
Mosaic Tile Flooring
Mosaic tile can be used to bring an ethnic look to your home, as pictured below in a CliqStudios.com customer’s Spanish-style kitchen design, or to bring some shimmer with glass mosaic tile in the second picture below.
The shine and monochromatic colors of this tile influence that classically traditional feel of the space.
Patterned Wood Flooring
Hardwood can be fun too. An understated pattern, such as the herringbone style pictured here, make the flooring the standout feature of this lux living room. Similarly, an uncommon color, like this almost-gray bleached oak, keeps things fresh.
Bright & Bold Splashes
Maybe solid tile or painted flooring isn’t for you. A dark neutral linoleum with bursts of radioactive neon bring new, unexpected energy to this contemporary kitchen.
Typically found in commercial environments, rubber tile is a great way to add a unique element to your kitchen. It’s also soft on the feet and great for wobbly little children.