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Decorating with Patterned Flooring

When redesigning a space, don’t let the flooring take a backseat when it comes to making decorating decisions. Here are some patterned flooring ideas that make a room stand out.

Patterned Flooring Ideas

Stone and slate patterns – The stylish elegance of stone and slate is easy to bring home in luxury vinyl tile. Incredible realism is achieved in the random clefts, mineral veining, and scale variations that look just like what you find in nature, but without the cold, hard qualities of natural stone. This patterned flooring option also has a gently textured surface that accentuates its distinctive look and feel.

Nature-inspired stone and slate laminate floors – Laminate stone floors have remarkable patterns that will fool any eye, yet are more affordable than authentic stone. Just like luxury vinyl tile, laminate is durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and is easy to clean and maintain. For the DIYer, laminate flooring is designed with Lock&Fold® technology for easy installation in any room.

Wood patterned flooring – Hardwood floors are timeless and enduring. Since the purchase of hardwood flooring is a large investment, you may not want to take a big design risk – and you don’t have to. The beautiful patterns found in the natural grain of many wood species will give you just the right accent. Native hardwoods like hickoryand walnut have light and dark patterns. Curly figuring is common to cherry and maple;  and the striated grain of exotic tigerwood is striking and sophisticated.

You can also get the look of traditional or exotic hardwood in laminate. You’ll find hundreds of patterned flooring styles to enhance your home, including many withhand-scraped textures.

Checkerboard & medallions – Add interest under your feet with a checkerboard floor. Maybe it’s the classic black & white pattern that always creates an elegant backdrop or consider using a creative mix of any two shades. Using floor medallions and accent borders of contrasting colors is another way to create an eye-catching pattern on the floor.

Decorating with Marble Floors

Nothing captures the look of luxury or the sense of timeless elegance more than marble floors. But if beautiful, gleaming marble is priced outside your floor decorating budget, you can get the look of real Carrera marble floors for less. Even better, you get the high style without the high maintenance.

Genuine Carrera Marble Flooring Looks

Luxury vinyl tile recreates the look of genuine Carrera marble floors, but at a fraction of the cost. The same milky white surface swirling with feathery veins of gray minerals is as natural as the real stone.

In a kitchen, these marble floors look clean and crisp, making a stunning contrast against dark cabinetry. In bathrooms, white marble floors make the room feel luxurious and larger. Luxury vinyl tile can be installed with grout for a true stone approach or without for a totally seamless look.

Marble Flooring Options In Vinyl Tile

The realism of genuine marble is also presented in budget-friendly vinyl tile. Perhaps you’d love to recreate the classic look of checkerboard marble floors? Easy. Alternateblack and white tiles to create a striking visual. In fact, you can do it yourself since vinyl tile is one of the easiest flooring options to install.

The Easiest Marble Floors You’ll Ever Own

Stone floors need lots of TLC to keep their looks. Porous surfaces are vulnerable to acidic liquids common to kitchens, like fruit juice and red wine. In bathrooms, their high iron content can cause rust from contact with moisture.

Luxury vinyl tile marble floors are moisture and stain-resistant, and they’re warmer underfoot than cold, hard stone. And unlike real marble, luxury vinyl doesn’t need any special care. Cleaning is a breeze with just a broom or vacuum and occasional damp mopping.

Marble is one of the earth’s most beautiful materials. With Armstrong luxury vinyl and vinyl tile options, there’s no reason not to invite this timeless, elegant look into your home.

Find the Perfect Bathroom Laminate Flooring

Maybe your bathroom doesn’t need a complete makeover, but it needs something more than a new set of towels. If you want to update your bathroom easily and affordably, install a new laminate floor. Armstrong laminate flooring is easy to install and maintain, offers long-term durability and comes in an array of innovative designs.

You’ll find flooring designs in realistic-looking wood and stone patterns that are hard to tell from the real thing. Plus, there are many other styles with dramatic visuals and rich colors. Nothing competes with bathroom laminate flooring when it comes to decorating options!

Bathroom Laminate Flooring Options
Wood-look laminates are a great option for a bathroom since you shouldn’t install real hardwood in this room. Oak laminate flooring is one of the more popular styles of laminate wood. This classic wood species with an open grain pattern, accented by dark swirls, can be stained in a variety of colors and works well with any bathroom décor. Pine is another popular choice for bathroom laminate flooring. Its light color brightens a room and can make a small bathroom appear bigger.

Go for the look of natural stone with stone laminate flooring. The Weathered Way design offers the look of subdued and weathered elegance with random blocks and tumbled stone. The Stone Creek pattern in soft neutral colors looks like tile and creates a soothing environment, perfect for a bathroom spa.

An eye-catching floor color can change the entire look of your bathroom and boost your mood. Browse Armstrong laminate in butterscotch oak, candied cherry or earthen copper colors to make you feel good all over the minute you step on the floor. Want to experience an exotic escape without leaving the house? Puesta del Sol laminate flooring will remind you of an ancient street in an old Castilian village. If you long for a day at the beach, try a white washed boardwalk look.

With such a range of design options available in laminate, you can find the perfect bathroom laminate flooring to quickly and easily create that fresh new look you want.

Bathroom Flooring Design Ideas

Designing a bathroom that fits your unique style can be an exciting project. Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing adult sanctuary or a safe and playful bathroom for kids, we have thousands of bathroom flooring products, one of which is sure to make a splash in your home.

Many styles offer both durability and aesthetic appeal, but it’s equally important to find one that can stand up to a high-moisture environment. Below is an overview of the Armstrong flooring options that meet moisture resistance, performance, and design needs in a bathroom setting.

If your design demands bathroom flooring with the look of natural stone or ceramic tile, consider Alterna™ engineered stone tile. Like stone and ceramic, Alterna tile is beautiful and durable, but Alterna offers a more comfortable surface that is kinder to your feet.

Vinyl flooring is prized for its versatility. It can be installed anywhere in your home, but with its superior resistance to moisture, vinyl is an excellent choice for your bathroom.

Duality™ Premium vinyl flooring is engineered with a fiberglass structure for long-lasting performance. This floor also offers superior visuals including enhanced dimension, depth of color, and stunning definition.

Luxe Plank® luxury vinyl is an innovative, water-resistant flooring that captures authentic hardwood and stone looks.

Laminate has come a long way from what you remember at your grandma’s house. Known for its easy maintenance and durability, laminate is a smart choice for your bathroom design.

From rustic, hand-scraped wood to natural stone and tile looks, you’re sure to find a laminate floor that blends seamlessly with your style and colors.

When designing a half bath or powder room, engineered wood flooring is a viable option. This real-wood flooring is highly resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.

Armstrong offers a wide range of wood species including red oak, smoky hickory, and creamy light maple. Due to the higher moisture content in full baths, we recommend choosing engineered stone, laminate, vinyl, or luxury vinyl flooring for baths that include a tub or shower.

There are countless bathroom designs that can make your bathroom your own. Spanish mission? Country farmhouse? Tropical oasis? Whatever style you choose, we have bathroom flooring ideas that can pull it all together beautifully.