Miles of Tile

From natural to high-tech, here's our roundup of the best flooring options for your next home makeover
miles of tile
There are so many flooring options…but we'll keep it simple. Main photo above: The clean, modern, and sophisticated look of Manhattan porcelain by Undefasa. undefasa.com. Inset photos: Armstrong VCT (left - #12 below), Fritz terrazzo tile (center and right - #3 below).

 

Have you looked down lately? If your floor is making you hang your head in shame, it might be time for a mini-facelift.

With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

We've rounded up some stellar, new floor tiles that will not only honor your home's mid-century roots but also make it so much easier to clean and maintain.

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1. Retro throwback
Linoleum was a favorite of Joe Eichler in the ‘50s, and the natural flooring material has come a long way in color and style since then. Produced from renewable materials such as linseed oil, resins, wood flour, and jute, linoleum is an ecologically responsible flooring choice. Marmoleum Click. $5.99 per square foot. Forbo-flooring.us

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2. Smart step
Durable vinyl squares will ward off the dirt and weight of heavy traffic while providing a slip-resistant and cushiony feeling underfoot. Azrock VCT by Tarkett comes in 73 textured colors and four solids, allowing you to recreate retro patterns. $2 per square foot. Azrock.com

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3. When in Rome
Take a cue from ancient Rome and try terrazzo tiles, which were originally made mixing pieces of marble with cement. A modern version, RGlass, combines natural stone chips and post-consumer recycled glass in a resin base, making it an ultra-durable flooring choice. $11 per square foot. Fritztile.com

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4. Natural beauty
Cork, a sustainable natural resource, provides acoustic insulation and a streamlined, modern look. The tiles are installed without glue and can go over other hard surfaces such as vinyl and old linoleum. Vallarex. $10 per square foot. Expanko.com

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5. Stone substitute
If you like the elegance of stone but not the high price tag, try a faux stone look made of durable porcelain tile. Manufacturers realistically emulate the look of natural stone through color and texture in a variety of sizes. La Jolla collection. $2.50 per square foot. Mannington.com

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6. Cork mosaic
Habitus mosaic cork tile is installed in similar method to ceramic and glass mosaic tile. Order it natural, with a custom stain, or apply your own stain or clear varnish after installation. Great in wet or dry areas. Starting at $12 per square foot. Habitusnyc.com