Love it or Leave it: Patterned Floors

{Bold, Geometric Pattern on Painted Wood Floors by Mary McDonald}

Many of us love a good, bold pattern and we frequently introduce them into spaces through the use of graphic rugs. However, last week’s episode of Million Dollar Decorators got me thinking more about patterned floors after seeing the zig zag design Mary McDonald created for her client. Could you go beyond a bold, patterned rug and fully commit to all-over pattern through tile or painted wood floors? How do you feel about this look?


{A Bold Geometric Pattern on Painted Wood Floors by Christina Murphy}

{I love everything about this bathroom aside from the tiny chandelier. Image via Pinterest}


{Old World meets New World in a Beautiful Mexican Hacienda via New York Times}


{Rustic Bedroom in a Mexican Hacienda via New York Times}

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{Mary McDonald}

{Kelly Wearstler’s Glamorous Office via Sketch42}

{Kristen Buckingham’s Bohemian Kitchen}

{Geometric Bathroom via Pinterest}

{A Gorgeous Sanctuary via Cote de Texas}

{An Unexpected Twist on Classic Checkerboard Floors}

{Ink and White Checkerboard Floors offer a Spin on the Classic Black and White Version}

29 thoughts on “Love it or Leave it: Patterned Floors

  1. I think it really depends of the pattern, but overall, I usually like them. Not to have all over the house, because that would make me dizzy, but I love the idea of having it in my dining room.

    By the way, I just finished a post about the newest issue of High Gloss. I loved all the colors! So beautiful, Paloma!


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  2. we are redoing our bathroom this summer and that hexagonal floor you have (from pinterest) is definitely an inspiration. I am over the plain tile look so I want an old fashioned pattern!

  3. I absolutely love the patterned floors but seeing as how I can’t even afford the satellite package that includes bravo so I can watch MDD I guess this will have to be a leave it for me. I think they look fabulous and would definitely work for someone who has the money to change as soon as they tire of them. But for someone who doesn’t have that luxury I think sticking with a bold rug is the better choice.

  4. How can I leave them when I’ve just recently fallen in love with them?!? LOVE. Mary McDonald is proving herself the master, right?

    That Cote de Texas bathroom was designed by my dear friend and amazing talent, Julie Dodson. Such awesome examples, Paloma!

  5. I do love the images as shown but I might suggest, that when doing a patterned floor, that is the star of the “show”. The rest has to take a backseat as to not compete with the floor.

  6. I love patterned floors in smaller spaces, like bathrooms. Actually, I feel exactly the same way about wallpaper. Great in a small space, but overwhelming in a large room.

  7. Great examples. I personally am a little chicken to do boldly patterned floors (especially those that are permanent). You really have to ensure that the rest of the furnishings go well with it and are properly integrated, otherwise you will have a design disaster.

  8. Really loving patterned floors ever since I saw the one Mary McDonald did on MMD…I’m obsessed with it and want that look for my home office! Love the inspiration here…thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful post. Patterned floors are among the trendy home designs and will certainly stay because these just bring so much life to a home. The patterns do bring an energetic or lively ambience to the place. However, I do think this only works pretty well when done on certain areas only and not the whole house. Anyway, the first example you have is absolutely brilliant.

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