These 9 Rooms All Get One Thing Right
As the most foundational piece of the home, floors are something we typically approach with a high degree of caution. And with good reason: They’re expensive to replace, so they need to work with different décor schemes as our tastes change. So, naturally, we err toward the neutral—dare we say boring. Adventurous floors are definitely not for the faint of heart, but when done well, they can give your space that extra magazine-worthy oomph. Still not convinced? Keep scrolling to see our roundup of the most gorgeous floors we’ve ever seen, and get inspired to take the plunge!
It’s no surprise that one of our favourite floors also happens to be the brainchild of pattern-mixer extraordinaire Kelly Wearstler. The L.A.-based designer’s maximalist approach to design is evident in her choice to incorporate wood and stone into not one but two different patterns in this grand entryway. The urchin chandelier hanging overhead and gold and glass table echo the circular pattern that dominates the foyer. Yes, the room could feel overdone. But hewing closely to a neutral colour palette while adding thoughtful pops of colour and texture makes the space feel well considered and incredibly chic.
At first glance, this apartment is spare and a bit stark. The painted ceiling and modern light fixture keep the space from feeling dull, but the real hero piece of this room is the elaborate floor. The use of three different types of wood in a square pattern punctuated by beautiful stars gives the floor an almost three-dimensional feel, and the mix of midcentury furniture in a variety of textures coupled with a traditional, ornate fireplace and soft white walls makes the space feel layered, eclectic, and thoroughly modern.
This blue tile comes out of nowhere and stops us dead in our tracks. Continuing the graphic tile from the floor up the wall is a decidedly audacious choice, but it works thanks to the relative simplicity of the rest of the room. By sticking to classic materials such as reclaimed wood accents, timeworn brick, simple stainless steel appliances, marble countertops, and classic white dishes set atop exposed shelves, this kitchen feels layered, collected, and cohesive.
From top to bottom, there is nothing we don’t love about this kitchen. The natural light! The matte black cabinetry! Those beams! That classic subway tile! The elegant vintage island! This room has no shortage of eye candy. But it’s the floor that makes the room and ties it all together. The black-and-white tile is a nod to the checkerboard floors of yore but feels distinctly modern and gives the kitchen a global attitude.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t give a shout-out to the classic New York floor, characteristic of pre-war apartments throughout the city. We’d live in the world’s smallest studio if it had this floor. The rich wood tones reflect light beautifully and give the room a sense of history that is impossible to replicate in new construction. This home maintains many of its original architectural details, including the crown moulding and original door. But these elements are attractively complemented by modern furniture and industrial pendant lamps over the island.
Hex tile is gorgeous in nearly any incarnation. The unique shape is a nice departure from traditional square tiles, and the larger size makes any space feel bigger. What we love about this iteration is the white penny tile accenting each of the larger hexagonal shapes. It adds a sense of symmetry to the space without being overtly geometric. The matte black cast-iron tub and simple white walls ensure the floor is the primary focus of this striking bathroom.
Only Steven Gambrel could pair light blue with orange, brown, and white to such stunning effect. Contrary to throwing the space off balance, the dark brown–and-white geometric floor actually grounds the space and makes the room feel cohesive. With a pumpkin-hued range and bright orange accents throughout, the geometric floor also prevents the space from feeling too matchy-matchy. The thin marble island provides additional workspace, as well as a central place for the eye to rest.
Masters of some of the world’s most beautiful stonemasonry, the Moroccans do tile like nobody else. Walking on this cerulean floor feels like you’re stepping into the ocean. The pattern of this tile is actually relatively simple, but the diamond pattern and myriad blue hues throughout the room make the space feel elaborate and luxurious. We’d expect nothing less from the Royal Mansour, one of the most exclusive hotels in Morocco.
This gorgeous floor has us rethinking our aversion to the most ubiquitous trend of the past five years: chevron. This simple bath gets a dose of restrained yet luxurious pattern thanks to thin strips of marble tile in various shades of white and grey. The space feels reminiscent of a hammam and is utterly refined.
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