10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

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We’ve all seen our fair share of dime-a-dozen flooring – whether it’s hardwoods, carpet or linoleum, it’s all pretty predictable.

Or is it?

In an effort to show that there is still some creativity out there when it comes to flooring options, we’ve compiled a gallery of 10 wacky modern floors that you don’t see every day – for better or worse.


1. Yikes Stripes Flooring

Reminiscent of a pack of Yikes Stripes Gum, this installation at the MoMA in New York City was created by Jim Lambie and comprised only of individual strips of vinyl tape. Thank goodness this is a temporary installation because it seems that this flooring would lose its flavor just as fast as its gum counterpart.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://i-cdn.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/ny/4-21-lambie1.jpg

2. Tetris Flooring

If you saw this style of flooring in one individual room of a home, it might not strike you as overly wacky, however, notice that the theme is carried over within the entire floor plan. With that, it instantly turns the house into one giant game of Tetris, each room representing a different stage.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://www.calfinder.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/parquet-flooring-orange.jpg

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://www.calfinder.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/parquet-flooring-green.jpg

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://www.calfinder.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/parquet-flooring-layout.jpg

3. Nickels & Pennies

Rather than compile pieces of porcelain to achieve a texturized mosaic, these two floors use individual coins to craft a pretty funky sight to see. On the up side, materials would only cost about $10 but on the downside, can you imagine hand placing this many individual nickels and/or pennies?

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://cdn.trendhunterstatic.com/thumbs/nickle-tile-floor.jpeg

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://blog.blinds-2go.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/pennies2.jpg

4. The 10,000 Foot View

There is a reason people fight for the window seat when it comes to airplane rides, the view makes for the best seat in the house. That said, this airport creatively gives all of its visitors the perks of the window seat by printing the view from 10,000 feet on the floor of the walkways. This is one of our favs!

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://cdn.imgfave.com/image_cache/1279301267506518.jpeg

5. The Cosby Sweater

Considering this is carpet, this might not be the most left-of-center flooring you’ve ever seen but anytime your carpet looks like 50 Bill Cosby sweaters stitched together at the seems, it’s worth a mention on a list of wacky flooring.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo: http://www.interiordesign-center.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Funky-Modern-Flooring-Tiles-InterfaceFlor.jpg

6. The Chaotic Mosaic

We’ve all seen mosaic tile art before but this particular floor seems to have left any kind of form at the door. Using scrap pieces from all sorts of sources, this chaotic mosaic almost looks like you’re walking on top of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://mayang.com/textures/Architectural/images/Tiles/crazy_tiles_130356.JPG

7. The Art Walk

Although the mosaic in #2 loosely resembled a piece of Picasso’s art, the flooring in this unique hallway is actually a true piece of art. While some of the floors on this list are downright ugly, this wacky floor should be appreciated for its creative beauty.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring OptionsPhoto: http://cre.ations.net:999/image/640/80.jpg

8. Heated Floors

No, this wood floor doesn’t slow-fade into a glaring red surface – this is more of a schematic of the unique heating apparatus that lies below. The heated floor is a pretty common addition to wood floors – mostly engineered wood flooring. But, this is what it would look like if you could see through the floor. Wait! See-through floors. Wouldn’t that be wacky?Interesting idea …

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://hobrosolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/heated-flooring.jpg

9. Splatter Paint

This black and white spattered floor is funky, contemporary, modern and either the result of a sloppy painter, the remnants of a bloody massacre or memorabilia from the set of 101 Dalmatians. Either way, it’s creative and not your average flooring.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

Photo link: http://img.designswan.com/2011/08/floor/1.jpg

10. Not So Modern Checkers

The word modern probably doesn’t fit in this instance but it’s certainly wacky. Substantially outdated and likely straight off the set of Saved by the Bell, this pop art pattern hints at contemporary but misses the mark by about 20 years – proof that the 80s are an era that have no business in being revisited.

 10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

photo link: http://www.gharexpert.com/mid/81200874005.jpg



Flooring is a functional addition to a space, and also has a design aspect to it too. As we’ve seen, that last part can really go in any direction!

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  1. It never stops to amaze me of how creative people can be with all their creativity. Although I would say that these particular projects did not have a budget to worry about and the man hours put into these projects had to be fairly significant. But it would probably be safe to say that all their hard work and effort has paid off since I currently am looking at these projects. Thanks for sharing…

    • Rob Jones says:

      Some of these are pretty incredible. Most of them, although not all, were designed purely to freak people out, which I can kind of get behind. But, I think the underlying goal of any building material surface is to make some kind of impression, or at least aid in putting across a good impression in conjunction with other elements. If that approach is the classical music of design, then maybe the examples above are like free jazz. :-)

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Syed says:

    The first one made me a bit woobly but I wouldn’t mind the “10,000 foot view ” one at all. Walking around being amused… that’d be nice!

  3. Nan Fischer says:

    I love them all! The parquet floor is a great idea, and I DO love the view from 10,000′, especially since I don’t fly. :)

  4. Commercial painting says:

    What an innovative and creative ideas. Great! Nice one

  5. Commercial painting says:

    I love this. Its Excellent. What an innovative and creative ideas. Great! Nice one

  6. wow! amazing floors!

  7. Chelsea Herron says:

    I am completely obsessed with and desperate to know more about the “Tetris Flooring”….Company, Designer, Price, Website, etc. I would love talk with you about it! Thanks!!

  8. Kimo says:

    Great ideas Tetris would be fun to design

  9. Marty says:

    Does anyone know where to purchase see-thru flooring or which is best glass or acrylic?
    Thanks for your help.


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