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7 Feature Floor Ideas That Are Far From Basic!

March 30, 2021
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From wood to marble or mosaic, choosing your home’s flooring is a big decision. While it’s easy to lean toward the everyday hardwood floors, tile or carpeting, why not add an unexpected dash of style by creating something a little different. It may even be a small design choice, such as laying the wooden floorboard in a zigzag pattern or mixing different colour tiles together to add visual interest underfoot.

Vista Mahogani, Saujana Impian by Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

Interior Firm: Surface R Sdn. Bhd.

If you’re wondering where to start, here are 7 stylish flooring ideas using different flooring materials to get your creativity fired up!

1. Herringbone pattern flooring

Laying your choice of wooden material in a herringbone pattern is a stylish way to go. The herringbone pattern floor can provide a classic look that works well in residential or commercial spaces. The zig-zag design style is different and fresh, and the pattern will help to muffle scratches and stains on your wooden floors.

Gold Coast Resort Condominium, Penang by ZGT Design Studio

Interior Firm: ZGT Design Studio

Take a design cue from this minimalist home where ZGT Design Studio pairs a classic herringbone style pattern with a dual-tone wooden floor to create a wow-factor in the living room.

Gold Coast Resort Condominium, Penang by ZGT Design Studio

Interior Firm: ZGT Design Studio

2. Statement “area rug” flooring

Whatever your preference, when it comes to tile, pattern rules underfoot. In this living room, colourful patterned tiles are laid in the centre, with white tiles surrounding its perimeter. It gives the effect of an area rug and it directs the eye downward, offering a visual delight to you and your guests.

Kota Kemuning by A Moxie Associates Sdn Bhd

3. Honeycomb pattern flooring

Squares and rectangles aren’t the only shape options for tiles, how about going for hexagons instead? A honeycomb patterned tiles in this bathroom floor lend some appeal to the room, especially when it is paired with white subway walls. The same monochrome tones are found in the sink cabinet, mirror, and shelf, creating a nice tie-in.

Prima Midah Height, Cheras by Doubble Interior Associates
Prima Midah Height, Cheras by Doubble Interior Associates

4. Geometrical pattern flooring

The kitchen is one of the best places to add interest underfoot using unique flooring options. In this landed home, Ambient Design Studio laid out geometrical patterned tiles to add visual interest to the kitchen’s overall look. When paired with grey built-in cabinets and a white countertop and barstools, the rest of a room doesn’t have to work so hard to look stylish as the patterned tiles provide a sense of balance in this otherwise austere space.

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ambient Design Studio

Petaling Jaya by Ambient Design Studio

Interior Firm: Ambient Design Studio

5. Checkered pattern flooring

Usually, tiles are the most popular choice for the kitchen as it stands up to wear and tear, such as water, food or cooking oil spills. To make your plain tiles look less boring, mix a different colour palette together or use a colour block to create a simple checkered design for your floors. Take design inspiration from this modern contemporary home that features a black and white checkered floor that looks so classically elegant! It also helps to make the overall kitchen feel upscale and special.

Vina Residency, Cheras by Lora Kitchen Design

Interior Firm: Lora Kitchen Design

6. Flower-pattern flooring

When choosing a suitable flooring option for your home, don’t feel tied down to one option, even if you live in a studio or loft with open space. Mixing different elements creates texture, contrast and visual interest. In this apartment, EMPT Studio installed a flower-patterned floor tile to create a visual separation between the kitchen and the living area. It also makes the kitchen a standout space in the entire home, especially when everything else is kept minimalist in approach.

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

Casa De Luna, Penang by EMPT Studio

Interior Firm: EMPT Studio

7. Polished concrete flooring

Floors take a beating under the best of circumstances, but nowhere more so than in the kitchen where it is the central area for cooking, family gatherings and more. So it's important to find a kitchen floor that can withstand constant traffic and make a style statement at the same time.

42 Jalan Irrawaddy by Nevermore Group

Interior Firm: Nevermore Group

Today, concrete flooring has risen in popularity due to its durability and its industrial-chic look. On top of that, concrete stays cool even in the hottest weather, so it’s ideal for our warm climate. However, be prepared for visible cracks to appear over time, which will require occasional resealing.

In this landed home, the concrete floor lends a very soothing overall atmosphere especially when it is paired with a neutral-toned kitchen cabinetry and white kitchen island.

42 Jalan Irrawaddy by Nevermore Group

Interior Firm: Nevermore Group

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