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10 Floors To Try Now For Your Home

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Sunday, 15 March 2015 7:31 pm
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Time to redo the floors? Confused about what to put down? There was a time when the only legitimate answer was hardwood. But today the options are endless. Here are a few you might want to consider.

Cork

Cork floors are long lasting, easy care, soft under foot, and a great choice for everything from kids' rooms to bonus/play rooms to music rooms because of their insulation properties.

"Cork flooring also is much more comfortable to walk on than traditional hardwood and most certainly tile," said HGTV. "Long gone are the days when cork was available in any color so long as it was blonde—today's options span the color palette. Thanks to new factory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior."

Wood look tile

Whether your style is rustic or modern, there's a tile product that can transform your home with a chic look, and also keep it easy to care for.

"Manufacturers have gotten so good at creating wood grain-like surfaces on ceramic and porcelain that it's hard to tell you're standing on tile unless you look very close," said Flooring Concepts. "The plank-style tiles take the wood illusion one step further. You can get the look of wood at a more affordable price without worrying about scratches or refinishing. If well taken care of wood grain tiles will look great for years to come.

Wood look tile in a herringbone pattern

A classic pattern that brings extra interest to the floor, herringbone sets a beautiful foundation for any design style.

It takes a little longer to install and requires more product, but the result is undeniable.

Pennies

Have a small space where you can afford to do something cool and different? Just take a trip to the bank.

Who knew pennies could be so fancy?

Vinyl

The days when vinyl stood for tacky or tired are over.

"Vinyl is becoming more a more popular as technology continues to improve," said Beautiful Designs Made Simple. "Vinyl flooring looks more and more like hardwood or tile and it is more durable than ever. Vinyl floors can offer the look of real hardwood or tile for a fraction of the cost. They also offer easy maintenance and durability.

Belts

Yes, belts. This cool product from Ting flooring is made from reclaimed leather belts. "The old belts are honed to identical thickness, then glued into panels that can be used to cover floors or walls," said Houselogic.

Pebbles

Forget the large-format stones. At the bottom of the shower, pebbles make your feet feel like they're being massaged. Why not have that feeling all over your bathroom? You can buy pebbles already attached to mesh for easy installation at pretty much any home improvement store. Or, head to the beach or river and collect your own.

Brick

Brick used to be a favorite choice for floors but over the years has waned in favor of wood.

With the rustic industrial look in fashion and only growing in popularity, it makes sense that it would come back around. Check out some great ideas for using brick flooring here.

Paper

Want the look of wood planks but on a brown paper budget? Just use…brown paper.

"The goal was to create the look of old, reclaimed barn wood, with imperfections and distressing," said Freckle Face Girl, guest blogging on Remodelaholic. Head over here for a tutorial.

Porcelain Tile

Plain old porcelain tile is soooo yesterday. Today's options use ink jet technology to create standout designs. The same technology that is used to create wood look tile can also create stone and graphic patterns.

"The porcelain tile is printed to look like fabric or stone and is more practical and easier to maintain than natural stone, said Holly Bellomy Interiors. "The tile is cut after it is fired and is consistent in shape which makes it easy to create complicated designs and grout lines are thinner."

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  • Comment Link Andrew Tuesday, 12 May 2015 1:39 pm posted by Andrew

    These are really unique and interesting flooring ideas! The only problem with ideas like these is that they can be hard to service and replace in the event of a stain or damage: http://www.tomadamswc.com

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  • Comment Link A1 All American Roofing Co Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:08 pm posted by A1 All American Roofing Co

    That was a great finish, specially the belts, I never tought belt could use on flooring that was actually a cool design the only thing concern to me is how about the cleaning process of this flooring as you can seen theres a little gap on each belt so it is actually hard to clean at the long run

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  • Comment Link  Steve Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:40 am posted by Steve

    what about cost and care related durability

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  • Comment Link debs Monday, 16 March 2015 10:02 am posted by debs

    Interesting article, but what is not addressed, is the care of these type of finishes. My neighbor has tile that looks like wood and it is really hard to clean and maintain. She would never get it again, and it's something I would never consider after seeing how she struggles to maintain it and keep it looking decent. A follow up article on best practices to care and maintain these finishes would be great!

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