Be Inspired: 8 Unique Flooring Ideas From Rate My Space

Eight HGTV fans think outside the box to create eye-catching flooring.

By: H Camille Smith

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Parquet floors are a chic alternative to standard hardwood planks.

Show-Stopping Entry 

Talk about making a great first impression! At first glance, this parquet floor looks like tile, but it's actually made up of alternating strips of maple and walnut. Each "tile" measures 13" x 13" and is composed of four strips of hardwood laid side by side. Installing this floor in the traditional parquet method was a painstaking process but the high-end look is certainly worth the trouble.

Design by Rate My Space contributor October Road.

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A painted area rug is a great cover-up for sections of hardwood that have seen better days.

Painted Perfection 

Want a really unique floor? Well, if you're handy with a paintbrush then a painted floor may be in your future. The look is one-of-a-kind and, despite appearances, is not that hard to accomplish. The key is in proper preparation: the most important step is to first thoroughly remove the polyurethane or varnish protecting the wood's surface, sand smooth, then prime with an oil-based primer. Now comes, the fun part: unleash your creativity and add the pattern of your choosing with paints made specifically for floors.

Design by Rate My Space contributor fauxdesign.

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Richly stained concrete floors give a space a hip, urban feel.

Sleek, Budget-Friendly Concrete 

Rate My Space contributor jpaustin knows how to stretch a buck! At first glance, the floor in this eclectic living room look like exotic wenge or ipe wood but it's actually stained concrete. In addition to being budget friendly (refinishing the floor cost just $500) concrete is low maintenance and gives any space a modern, loft-style vibe.

Black and White Bathroom with Floating Shelves and Double Vanity Sinks

Pinnacle Bathroom

A beautiful tile floor makes a sophisticated statement.

Timeless Elegance 

Although this bathroom is new, Rate My Space contributor TheresaManglinong was able to give it a timeless look thanks to her choice of a Carrara marble and granite floor laid in a classic basket-weave pattern.

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Tone-on-tone pattern proves diamonds are a floor's best friend.

What Lies Beneath 

Rate My Space contributor mallielu came up with a clever cost-saving way to add hardwood floors to their kitchen. They simply pulled up the existing vinyl, then sanded and stained the pine subfloor with alternating wood tones.

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Even new floors can use a little customization.

New Is Old Again 

Vintage honeycomb ceramic tile suits the style of this Victorian WC to a T. The home is nearly a century old, but this bath is down-to-the-studs new. The owner, Rate My Space contributor oldhousemama, did an impeccable job selecting fixtures and finishes to match the rest of the home. Once installed, she decided that the honeycomb tile could use a little spicing up so created a custom red floral pattern by painstakingly covering select tiles with red epoxy paint.

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This large-scale mosaic pattern is too pretty to cover with a rug.

Playful and Artistic 

Rate My Space contributor meigsart created a whimsical mosaic pattern that flows through her home by meticulously cutting large and small ceramic tiles to create this cheery floor.

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Remodeling on budget? Kicky paint colors keep it fun.

New Life for Vinyl 

Rate My Space contributor smallfreckles certainly is not afraid of color! Rather than going through the expensive and time-consuming process of tearing out the existing kitchen, they chose instead to brighten up their cabinets and vinyl floor with vibrant lime and orange paint. For best results, select paint that is specially made for vinyl and follow manufacturers' instructions on prep and application.

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