Surprising Floor Surfaces

Try glass tile on a bathroom floor or rubber sheets in a kitchen
Aqua Green Tiles

Aqua Green Tiles

These tiles are a beautiful aqua green color and bring a unique look to the space.

By: Kim Hildenbrand

There's more to floor choices than carpet, hardwood and tile. These innovative floor surfaces are worth considering.

Rubber

Available in sheets or tiles, this resilient floor option is sleek, contemporary, and comfortable underfoot. Colors vary from earthy to bright and, like linoleum, run all the way through for a hue that won't fade or wear. The surface comes in a variety of patterns and textures, and finishes vary from glossy to matte. Rubber is quite durable, resists water and burns, and is easy to clean and install. A popular option for garages, rubber is also ideal for hardworking areas such as kitchens, baths, entries, and exercise rooms.

Glass

A natural choice on countertops and backsplashes, glass tiles are an eye-catching choice for bathroom floors. A surprisingly practical choice, glass can be used just like any other tile. It's easy to clean, and most types are texture to prevent slipping. Want to go green? Choose tiles crafted from recycled bottles and jars.

Rugs

The simplest and most cost-effective way to update the floor, rugs add a welcome dose of color, pattern, and softness. They can help define a space, such as a seating area, or cover worn or damaged spots. If you want to stay on the cutting edge, choose rich textures (such as shag), bold patterns, or black and white designs. You can also bring comfort and fashion outdoors with a weather-resistant rug.

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Stylish Rubber-Cork Tiles

Rubber-cork tile floors are a stylish, comfortable floor option in the home office. The durable, slip-resistant surface comes in a variety of vibrant colors. Shown: Capri cork Sequel. Photo courtesy of Capri cork

Chic Glass Floors

These dazzling glass tiles make an exciting design and environmental statement. Crafted from recycled glass and porcelain terrazzo, the tiles resist heat and scratches, and they’re easy to clean. Shown: EnviroPLANK, 24 x 36 inches. Photo courtesy of Recycled Glass Products

Bold Weather-Resistant Rugs

Laying a weather-resistant area rug is one of the easiest ways to lend comfort to an outdoor space. This bold style features cut pile accents atop a flatwoven background. It’s also recyclable and resists mold and mildew. Photo courtesy of Couristan, Inc.

Sleek Glass Tile

A unique option, glass floor tile lends chic, contemporary flair. This glass flooring is available in a wide variety of textures, colors and patterns. Photo courtesy of UltraGlas

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