Photo Gallery: Beautiful Homes, Gorgeous Floors
Flooring inspiration for every room, style and budget.
The HGTV personality and Toronto designer Tommy Smythe added an Escher-print floor to this Victorian home’s kitchen. The bright red lantern pendant and bold floors had two distinct focal points to the room.
Toronto design consultant and stylist Alison Booth broke through walls to create her vision of the perfect home. In the kitchen, modern hits include a dramatic black feature wall, chunky Corian countertops and industrial wire pendant lights, while rattan bar stools, off-cut oak floors and a rough-hewn bowl keep the overall look soft.
This charming room features a balanced blend of old world, rustic and French country elements. The antique harvest table, light cupboards and bench seating are offset by black pendant lights, black-trimmed windows and patio doors and bold floor tiles. A champion of the unexpected, Gambrel chose black subway tile with white grout for the backsplash. The double Wolf range with open shelving nearby makes this kitchen great for entertaining.
A vintage-looking kitchen table does double duty for dining and prep. “This country house kitchen was featured way back in 2001 and is still in style almost ten years later,” says House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma. “The checkerboard ceramic floor tiles are classic and you could never tire of the beautiful wood cabinets. Skipping the toe kick gives them the look of a repurposed armoire. And of course the showstopper is the functional display of her collection of stunning copper pots.”
The kitchen in designer Sloan Mauran‘s Palm Beach retreat is inspired by a modern Belgian aesthetic. The TV is recessed in the wall for a sleek look, and its chunky stone frame mirrors the thick edge on the marble peninsula. The range hood is clad in stainless steel and spans the stoves and work areas for an impactful effect.
"Tommy's tailored approach includes some smart design ideas like breaking up dark and light cabinets, laying the tile in a zigzag pattern and painting the door and window frames black," says House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma. &
A herringbone-patterned travertine floor, along with grasscloth wallpaper by Thibaut and a wood-panelled ceiling, bring texture and character to this room. The kitchen got a new lease on life with the addition of Ikea base cabinets fitted with custom doors to match the existing uppers. The marble-topped island was painted a contrasting grey and a $300 range hood in beadboard was painted a creamy white to match the cabinets.
Viki Mansell’s kitchen that was featured in our October 2009 issue is one of Suzanne Dimma’s favourites. It offers a fresh take on the all-white kitchen with the light weathered wood lower cabinets, whitewashed floor and crisp white accents.
Simple hardware and a bare light fixture keep the look modern, while a green metallic floral wallpapered panel on the ceiling softens it for balance. Polished concrete flooring — a loft staple — and mismatched wood chairs add an earthy, organic element.
Decked out with the latest stainless steel appliances, the kitchen of the 2010 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome is any homeowner’s dream. Marble countertops and a white beadboard ceiling balance cool grey walls and cabinets. Crystal lamps and a hanging lantern add a decorative layer and sparkle. A rustic farmhouse table replaces the ubiquitous island and the floor’s Bluestone pavers evoke the charm of a cobblestone street.
An ample, custom-made stainless steel island lends an industrial feel to this neutral kitchen. Maple flooring, in the same tones as the walls, runs from the kitchen up the steps to the living room, helping connect the two spaces.
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Don’t cover up classic hardwood if you want to channel a traditional and formal style — herringbone is far too beautiful to lay a rug over. In Patrick Frey’s Paris apartment, luxe fabrics and wallcoverings, a unique light fixture and classic chairs exude old-world charm.
When you enter the 2008 Princess Margaret Hospital Showhome, the first thing you notice is the floors. Then you notice the light streaming in from the wall of windows in the great room, where two sofas flank a creamy precast limestone mantle.
Mesh front doors were added onto the built-ins flanking the fireplace. New crown moulding enhances the overall look of the space. Niches for firewood were carved out on either side of the new window seat. Herringbone oak floors with a high gloss finish create a glamorous effect.
Original herringbone flooring and glass walls and roof endow this conservatory with unique period character. A big turn-of-the-century Chinese wedding cabinet offers a home for family clutter.
For those putting down completely new floors, wider floorboards are now an accessible option. Here, bleached wood floorboards contrast beautifully against the saturated palette of this Steven Gambrel living room design.
Simple wing chairs in the library are cosy perches for reading and relaxing. A compass inlaid in the wood flooring plays up the northern theme.
A large Tudor style window and exposed rafters balance the rustic appeal of the rugged pine floors. Vintage Marimekko bedding in black and white creates a simple and sophisticated look that coordinates with the bedroom’s openness. An area rug and curtain add some softness to the unadorned space.
A major appeal of the increasingly popular white-painted floor is flexibility: the neutral but fresh tone creates a clean canvas. In this oasis-like bathroom, it sets an airy and romantic mood, and the matte finish works with the white walls to give prominence to the raw wood beams and organic egg-shaped tub.
A petite bathroom looks instantly larger, thanks to marble used extensively through the space. By covering the tub surround, backsplash and floors with the same material, the homeowner created a seamless look that visually extends the room. The stainless steel mirror, mounted over the sink, adds sparkle and depth to the room, while the framed photos offer character and clean-lined sophistication.
A top-to-toe reno of this principal bath resulted in a glam modern space. Bands of black mosaic tile give the Carrara marble floor a lighter look. The contemporary tub is paired with more traditional wall-mount plumbing.
French designer Jacques Grange’s famous vanity at The Mark is a minty-fresh take on Art Deco. A bold black and white stripe tile floor resembles a geo-print carpet, and makes a graphic counterpoint for the spare lines of the vanity.
A bold, tribal-inspired work by Australian Aboriginal artist Charlie Wallabi Tjungurrayi offers a warm but unexpected welcome in the front foyer. The original oversized parquet floor has the look of herringbone.
Simple benches, mouldings and framed engravings keep the focus on doors leading to the mahogany-panelled library. Christian Liaigre furniture and a striking 19th century Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun painting over the fireplace add to the traditional look.
“This is a great example of using architectural language to maintain a hierarchy of spaces,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The double doors leading into the salon are grander, and black and white, while the secondary doors have less detail, and are simply white. This is a wonderfully simple space that still manages to be glamorous.”
The front hall of this handsome Vancouver home sets the tone for the rest of the rooms. Here, a rich backdrop of traditional woodwork and classic black and white checkerboard flooring is punctuated by vibrant works of art. The homeowners found the antique sterling-silver chandelier — originally designed to be gas lit — in Paris.
In this 650-year-old farmhouse, the original oak floor is a modern counterpoint to the floating wooden staircase in the main hallway. An elevator connects the different floors in the main living quarters. A glass door leads to the gallery, which contains the library.