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10 Wacky Modern Flooring Options

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.

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.

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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?

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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 …

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.

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.

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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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