For proof that the right floor really can make the room, look no further than these 18 showstopping examples. From tile to parquet to stone to concrete, they're all very different, but all breathtaking in their own special ways.
Above: A lovely parquet floor in a space from Made Journal — almost lovely enough to take your eyes off all those incredible moldings.
It's no secret that I am an enormous fan of encaustic tile, but this space, from Poppytalk, might be my favorite installation I've seen yet. The tiles are colorfully patterned and subtly textured, and somehow seem at once incredibly modern and as if they've been in the space for 100 years.
Tile floors in an airy Barcelona apartment from Trendland.
A lovely herringbone floor at the Artist Residence Hotel in London.
A gorgeous Art Deco-inspired marble mosaic tile floor from Cheryl Kaye.
Painted wood floors make a big impact in this home from Desire to Inspire.
A beautiful scalloped cement tile floor in a bathroom from Homepolish.
Mosaic tiles form a colorful pattern in a Barcelona hotel spotted on Happy Interior Blog.
A bubblegum pink concrete floor adds a touch of rosy warmth to a minimal office from Yellowtrace.
Black and white tile floors will always be a classic — this floor spotted on Domino adds a bit of a modern twist with a bold geometric pattern.
I learned the other day that this kind of flooring is called 'Versailles panels'. Aren't they lovely? Image from Architectural Digest.
Beautifully patterned tile graces a hallway from Kif Kef.
A gorgeous parquet floor from The D Pages.
A beautiful stone floor adds texture to the dining room of a 600-year-old Belgian manor house, spotted on Veranda.
This floor, made by artist Pernille Snedker Hansen from marbleized wood, is not quite like anything I've seen before. Image from Milk Decoration.
A parquet floor with Versailles panels from Garilab.
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