Changing your floors is generally one of those Big Deal kind of things — something that will take a major budget, and/or a lot of time, to bring about. But if you've got wood floors, or concrete floors, or anything paint-friendly, there's another option: adding an inexpensive coat of color to your floor. Just be sure not to paint yourself into a corner.
Above: The checkerboard in this space from Elle Decoration isn't just unpainted squares and stark white squares — the whitewashed, half-tone spaces in between lend subtlety and texture to the pattern.
Pastel colors lend a little softness to a wood floor from Bolig.
Angular shapes in bright colors lend a little excitement to this foyer, spotted on A Bolt of Blue.
A painted floor from Skona Hem.
Their transparency helps these painted floor squares from Design Milk play nicely with other elements. (The pattern being set on a diagonal — something we've seen from all the other patterns here — keeps things interesting.)
A diamond pattern in black and white from 1st Dibs.
Floors don't have to be patterned to be interesting — a single color can do the trick, as evidenced by this beautiful blue floor from Real Living via RSD Design.
A classic checkerboard from Vii Villa.