When my husband and I first moved into our rented place, we pretty much had to shield our eyes from the insanely patterned vintage linoleum that greets you at the door and runs straight through to the kitchen. But over the years, we've come to love our crazy floor, and if the Flickr group Vintage Floors is anything to go by, it seems we're not the only folks to embrace the (occasionally garish) past.

As the pages of photos in the Vintage Floors Flickr pool proves, a great floor makes a powerful statement. Above are a few favorites. Photos are by the following Flickr members, from left to right: