Published on January 7, 2019

Next to appliances and window treatments, flooring might be the least exciting element in a home. Little did we know that the most underrated place to make a statement is underneath your feet.

ICYMI: The internet is having a lot of fun with floors right now. According to this year’s Pinterest 100 report, a yearly rundown of the most-searched terms, “painted floor tiles” have seen a +1276% spike. And, no, people aren’t just painting their existing floor tiles: They’re creating faux mosaic scenes, mimicking herringbone, stenciling illusions, and more. And honestly, some of the DIY solutions have left us completely floored.

Here are 15 reasons to look down more often.

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Transform the dining room into a conversation starter by re-creating this zigzag scene in orange and white. Painter’s tape is all you need to complete the graphic pattern. Get the full how-to on HGTV.

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photo by dabito

Not unlike the interior of his New Orleans home, Dabito’s playful backyard boasts plenty of plants, bold textiles, and tile that wows. Get the details on his straightforward stenciling DIY on Old Brand New. Morocco or Louisiana? You decide.

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Upgrade tired hardwood floors with a subtle wash of mint green. A pared-down scheme of all-white walls and mid-century furnishings elevate the happy hue.

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The best way to emphasize an intricate pattern? A captivating hue set beneath a glossy finish to inspire a vision of elegance. Elevate the concept with a chic color-block for a scene-stealing effect.

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A glossy black coat over herringbone floors looks especially stunning in an apartment with plenty of charm and character. Continue this Parisian-approved look with a wrought-iron bed and quirky portraits.

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The classic checkerboard print gets a much-needed refresh with a bold splash of orange. The once “dated” kitchen trend has returned in full force—and we’re into it.  

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If you’re more of a yellow person, play up the sunny hue by playing up the scale. In an older farmhouse kitchen, a pattern as playful as this can be a great alternative to new flooring.

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Forget fussy prints and printed pillows on the bed: Relegate your wildest pattern dreams to the ground by copying this muted illusion of soft blues and blush pinks on the floor.

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This radical, whimsical treatment makes a case for embracing hot pink and swapping out the rug for a permanent, psychedelic illusion.

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Once spring rolls back around, add this simple patio refresh to your makeover to-do list. This checkerboard-inspired pattern by A Beautiful Mess looks so real that none of your guests will ever guess it’s just an illusion.

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We can’t decide which paint project we love more: that electric yellow fireplace or the architectural marvel on the floor.

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Chariloom’s semi-refurbished studio in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, boasts a dramatic, stenciled application. The floral-like design the team chose for its showroom brings playful new meaning to the worn wooden floors.  

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Too scared to take a roller to your floors? Fake the real deal by trying out this budget-friendly DIY from Paper & Stitch, which calls for peel-and-stick vinyl tiles.

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photo by Machelle Vanderhoeven for hunker

Plain, gray, concrete floors can feel cold and factory-like. When paired with shaggy rugs and warm linen furnishings, a bold stain, on the other hand, is a recipe for a cozy statement. This do-it-yourself acid stain approach is one clever way to color the surface for a unique look. Get the how-to on Hunker.

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As a part of the One Room Challenge, Brittany Watson Jepsen gave her home office a transformative facelift by painting applying this punchy, tumbling block print to the floors. While the end look takes an almost futuristic tone, the print actually dates back to ancient Greece. From laying the pattern to applying the primer, the blogger runs through the full DIY on The House That Lars Built.

See more flooring ideas:

7 Patterned Kitchen Floors That Got It Right

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