Unique Flooring Options From Around the World

Looking for some truly fresh and unique flooring options for your home? Take a look at these thoroughly artistic floors, which all put an attractive twist on common flooring materials or use materials you’ve never seen on a floor before.

Roman Tile Floor

During the golden age of Rome, the most lavish homes boasted floors that were a true work of art. Tiny colored tiles were laid out with painstaking care to create beautiful mosaics. Geometric patterns were common, but so were animal motifs. Some Romans even had the luxury of heated floors!

Roman Tile Floor [source: ancestry.com]

Roman Tile Floor [source: ancestry.com]

These days, you too can have a mosaic floor like the Romans. Fortunately, you have the ability to choose pre-made patterns, with tiles already connected by a mesh backing, which makes precise installation much easier. You can even choose materials other than ceramic tiles, such as wood or brick, and endless arrays of colors are available as well. A Romanesque tile floor is infinitely customizable.

Perhaps the only downside to this unique flooring option is that the small shapes of the tiles mean that you’ll have a lot of grout to keep clean. If that’s not your thing, you may want to choose a darker color of grout, such as grey, to help mask the inevitable site of ground-in dirt.

Log End Floor

A unique twist on the traditional hardwood floor is the log end floor, so named because the wooden pieces are cut through the short side of the log rather than lengthwise, resulting in a series of round shapes. A log-end floor has a wonderfully rustic yet sophisticated look. The log pieces evoke the feel of a traditional log cabin, but the smooth, shiny finish is very high-class.

Log End Floor [source: www.trendir.com]

Log End Floor [source: www.trendir.com]

The design of a log end floor is very flexible. Whereas traditional hardwood floors offer little in the way of variety, you can mix and match sizes with a log end floor. Smaller pieces make the floor look somewhat busy, large pieces make a room seem bigger, and a blend of sizes makes an incredibly unique, attractive option. Pieces can appear to overlap (with the floor remaining smooth, of course) and can be arranged in myriad designs. You can even have an enormous piece, two or three feet in diameter or more, placed in the center for a bold statement piece.

The best thing about a log end floor is that you always feel like you’ve just stepped into a forest. It’s a unique flooring option whose appeal will simply never grow old.

Penny Floor

A new and intriguing trend is known as a penny or copper floor. It’s just as the name implies: a layer of pennies makes up the floor, held into place with a clear sealant. Although it takes quite a while to lay down all of the pennies by hand, it is a surprisingly affordable option compared to many other hard flooring options.

Penny Floor [source: www.handimania.com]

Penny Floor [source: www.handimania.com]

The result is a beautiful sea of varying shades of copper. If you had the time and patience, you could probably use the different shades to create a pre-planned pattern. It’s an incredible conversation starter and a rather unorthodox way to keep some emergency cash safe and sound.

Bamboo Cane Floor

Bamboo has quickly gained popularity as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood. It has the same smooth, shiny and grainy look of a traditional wooden floor and the same durability, but bamboo grows much faster than trees, making it a renewable resource.

Bamboo Cane Floor [source: yabb.info]

Bamboo Cane Floor [source: yabb.info]

But you don’t have to have a bamboo floor that imitates hardwood. You can also have a bamboo cane floor. Commonly available as a rug, you can also do a permanent installation. The canes are slightly rounded and won’t be smooth like wood. A bamboo cane floor is the perfect way to have a thoroughly unique floor for your deck, porch, patio or sunroom. You’ll instantly feel transported to the Caribbean when you step onto the reedy curves of a bamboo cane floor.

Below are photos of some of these flooring types in use.

  • Bamboo Cane Floor
  • Bamboo Cane Floor
  • Bamboo Cane Floor
  • [source: homeposh.com]
  • [source: founterior.com]
  • [source: www.houzz.com]
  • [source: dubaifurniture.co]
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • Bamboo Cane Floor
  • Log End Floor [source: youtube.com]
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade
  • courtesy: Ruby and Jade

When renovating a property, choosing a unique flooring option can increase the value and appeal of the home. It’s worth thinking outside of the box to see if you can put a new twist on an everyday material.

Special thanks to Houston Remodeling Contractors


Cathy Habas

This article was written by Cathy Habas for Hutbay Blog. Cathy is a professional freelancer who loves writing informative and interesting articles on interior design and home renovation.

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