I have been obsessed with flooring lately. A former mentor of mine said that all design begins with the foundation or the floor. The floor sets the tone for how we perceive a space. The following is a ranking of my favorite solutions, many of which are quite affordable. The photo above is of the Ameni Hotel in Greece by Stavros Papayianni.
4. Painted Wood. (Photo: Design Boner) Painting wood floors white or black is an inexpensive way to revive your space. High to semi-gloss recommended. IKEA's Tundra comes in a white and is a great cheap way to create this look. And you can go over vct, tile, low-cut pile carpet, etc.
3. Leather Floor Tiles. (Photo: Albertahardwood.com) More high end but still absolutely stunning! I love leather tile floors, very soft but with the warmth of wood.
2. Layered Rugs.
1. Epoxy. (Photo: Design Milk) An epoxy floor is usually seen more in commercial settings but I love the seemlesss fluidity of a white epoxy floor like the one found in this apartment in the Netherlands, designed by i29.