8 Unique Flooring Ideas from Rate My Space

Eight HGTV fans think outside the box to create eye-catching flooring.
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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 user, October Road.

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 user, Fauxdesign.

Sleek, Budget-Friendly Concrete

Rate My Space user, 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 in this room cost just $500) concrete is low maintenance and gives any space a modern, loft-style vibe.

Timeless Elegance

Although this bathroom is new, Rate My Space user, 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.

What Lies Beneath

Rate My Space user, 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.

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 user 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.

Playful + Artistic

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

New Life for Vinyl

Rate My Space user 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.