10 stylish flooring ideas

From traditional carpet to chequerboard vinyl flooring we have a stylish and beautiful range of options to suit all the rooms in your home.

From traditional carpet to chequerboard vinyl flooring we have a stylish and beautiful range of options to suit all the rooms in your home. Good interior decorating starts from the floor up so it is vital that you make the right flooring choice. We have a gorgeous selection of flooring ideas that will have you walking on the wild side and will leave you spoilt for choice.

A hallway has a very high footfall, so stone, or terracotta tiled flooring can be a great option in this area. Use flagstones in a range of sizes for a relaxed look to create a fabulous country-style rustic look.

Victorian tiled flooring is a great option, especially if you own a period home. Limestone, marble, basalt and granite are also ideal for heavily trafficked areas. Stone is porous and can stain, so use a sealant to protect it.

Kitchens need hardwearing flooring that can cope with spillages and stains. Concrete is hardwearing and can be poured onto an existing floor with no need for leveling. It only needs resurfacing every seven years. If you’re looking for a modern look to your kitchen, concrete flooring is a great choice.

Nothing can beat real wood flooring if you are looking for a long-term investment and timeless style. It looks better with age and you can transform a dark room quickly be painting existing floorboards white. Add a gorgeous rug to complement the classic country look.

Chequerboard vinyl flooring or ceramic tiles will add vintage charm to any bathroom. Team with traditional fixtures and fittings for a chic country style.

Rubber flooring is a great option for the kitchen or bathroom as it is water resistant and is easy to keep clean. It comes in a wide range of colours, so why not add a pop of bright colour such as bright pink or blue.

Carpet is a timeless and classic option for flooring and provides warmth and cosiness in the home. It is great for absorbing sound and provides insulation, which saves on heating bills.

Flagstone flooring

Limestone, marble, basalt and granite are ideal for heavily-trafficked areas, such as hallways

and kitchens

. Stone is porous and can stain, so use a sealant to protect it.

1/10 Similar flagstone flooring

hallway with flagstone flooring and staircase

(Image credit: Antony Crolla)

Stone Age

2/10 Parquet flooring

kitchen area with parquet flooring and cabinets

(Image credit: Robert Sanderson)

Parquet is a classic type of wood flooring with a geometric pattern. Its durability means it can be used in any room in the house.

Similar flooring
The Wood Flooring Company

3/10 Concrete 

kitchen with concrete flooring and cabinets

(Image credit: Hallie Burton)

Cool and chic, concrete is hard-wearing and can be poured straight onto an existing floor with no need for levelling. It only needs resealing every seven years and is perfect for a modern, industrial-chic kitchen like this.

Similar flooring
White & Reid

4/10 Whitewashed wood flooring

living area with armchair on whitewashed flooring

(Image credit: Tim Young)

Beautiful, renewable and recyclable, wood is sturdy underfoot, and works in any room in the house. Here, a wooden floor has been whitewashed to create a classic country look.

Similar wood flooring

5/10 Ceramic tiles

attic bathroom with bathtub and ceramic flooring

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

Ceramic tiles come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. These white ceramic floor tiles look perfect in this country-style bathroom.

Find similar tiles
Fired Earth

6/10 Vinyl flooring

hallway with green drawer and vinyl flooring

(Image credit: Claudia Dulak)

Modern, high-quality vinyl can replicate all manner of flooring, from wood and stone to tiles and mosaics. It's also cheaper and easier to maintain than the real thing.

Luxury vinyl flooring

7/10 Rubber flooring

blue dining room with dining table and green chairs

(Image credit: Antony Crolla)

Resilient yet soft, rubber is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens. It’s available in lots of colours and textures. This distinctive blue flooring has a smooth finish with low-profile studs for easy cleaning.

Rubber flooring
Every Floor Direct

8/10 Terracotta tiles

utility room with washbasin and terracotta tile flooring

(Image credit: David Brittain)

Create a traditional farmhouse look with terracotta tiles. Tough and hardwearing, they are best used in kitchens and utility rooms.

Similar tiles
Topps Tiles

9/10 Carpet

purple dining room with carpet and table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

Carpet is great for giving a room a homely feel. It’s also perfect for absorbing sound, and provides insulation - which saves on heating bills (as well as being nice and toasty underfoot!).

Similar carpet

10/10 Seagrass flooring 

living room with leather sofa and wooden cupboard

(Image credit: Dan Duchars)

Seagrass flooring is great for heavily-trafficked areas as it’s super hardwearing. Avoid using it in the bedroom as its distinctive texture means it can be scratchy underfoot.

Seagrass flooring
Alternative Flooring

Looking for more flooring ideas? Take a look through our channel pages for inspiring ideas for living roomsbedrooms and bathrooms. And check out our guide to kitchen flooring for top tips and essential advice.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.