Nashville Real Estate

Six Top Flooring Ideas for 2011

Bamboo Flooring

Double-duty bamboo flooring looks great at home and while in the ground purifies the soil and the atmosphere.

Double-duty bamboo flooring looks great at home and while in the ground purifies the soil and the atmosphere. Picture courtesy of the Ambassador Floor Company.

We’ve all heard about the eco-friendly nature of bamboo floors. The hard wood creates a beautiful backdrop for furnishings in the home, and is also renewable due to the bamboo tree become mature every three years. Bamboo floors can be a bit more expensive but it is super strong and bodes well in climates with extreme humidity or dryness.

Rubber Tile Floors

Rubber tile floors come in many elegant applications for the home - incredible patterns on the tiles created added interest.  Photo courtesy of Johnsonite.

Rubber tile floors come in many elegant applications for the home - incredible patterns on the tiles created added interest. Photo courtesy of Johnsonite.

Rubber tile floors are not only for commercial installations. Tiles are made in intriguing colors and patterns, and can be installed to resemble an area rug. Totally durable, non-slip surfaces that are easy to clean.

Leather Floor Tiles

Leather floor tiles offer elegance and luxury - and can quiet loud spaces. Photo courtesy of Creative Home Decorating.

Leather floor tiles offer elegance and luxury - and can quiet loud spaces. Photo courtesy of Creative Home Decorating.

Leather floor tiles may seem a bit over the top, but when used in a thoughtful way, leather floor tiles can add a sense of elegance to a room….or an edge….or a masculine presence.  Leather floor tiles are durable and definitely produce an emotional response.  The tiles come in all kinds of colors due to sophisticated dying processes.

Concrete Floors

Concrete floors last basically forever and are flexible in terms of color and design application.

Concrete floors last (basically) forever and are flexible in terms of color and design application.

Concrete floors are perhaps the most durable kind of flooring. Made to last a lifetime, concrete floors are also easily transformed into a decorative anchor in any decor.  Stains and tints can be added to the concrete to achieve many unique looks.  Some worry about emissions from concrete, but that can usually be addressed with a proper sealing to the surface.  Concrete floors are easy to clean and ideal for those who suffer from allergies.

Cork Flooring

The auburn tones in this cork floor in the kitchen blend nicely with the other colors in the palette.

The auburn tones in this cork floor in the kitchen blend nicely with the other colors in the palette.

Cork flooring is naturally beautiful and it also has natural bug-repellant called suberin that is naturally occurring.  It is easy to clean and helps to reduce noise.  Cork has a somewhat bouncy quality to it, making it easy on the feet, back and legs.  It’s also an environmentally friendly material, coming from the bark of the cork oak tree – taking the bark and leaving the tree to continue living.

Penny Flooring

Encompassing 340,000 pennies, the floor in this trendy shoe shop in Nolensville, Indiana is quite unique.

Encompassing 340,000 pennies, the floor in this trendy shoe shop in Noblesville, Indiana is quite unique.

Indeed you read correctly, there’s a floor made entirely of pennies! While there may be only one known of its kind in the U.S., we thought it would be fun to include the photos from the Revolver shoe shop in Indiana.  If installed in a home, we wonder what the return on investment of a penny floor might be?

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2 responses

  1. There are quite a few floors made of pennies in the US. 🙂 – Our kitchen floor is one of them. Our penny floor is made of pennies that are all heads up & facing the same direction! 🙂 Our kitchen was on the front page of the Portland Press Herald.. you can read about it here: http://www.pressherald.com/life/homeandgarden/cents-and-sensibility_2011-04-17.html

    November 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

    • Wow…incredible! Your floor is amazing – and it’s hard to believe you got Abe’s face in the same direction 31,000+ times! Congratulations and thanks for reading/commenting!

      November 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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