Flooring Options for a Minimalist Home

Minimalist homes are simple, spartan, and free from erroneous clutter. This is relatively easy to achieve if you have the self-control needed to ‘chuck out your chintz’, but for those of us who adore deep pile carpets and stacks of cushions, a minimalist room may not appeal. But, if ‘minimalist’ floats your boat, read on!

When the time comes to revamp your décor, it is a good idea to start with a blank canvas. Clear the room, pick a color for the walls, and select a type of flooring like an epoxy flooring Chicago, carpet, tiles, and more.


In colder climates, carpet is the most popular type of flooring on the market. It’s warm underfoot and cozy in winter, which is perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. For a minimalist room, stick to pale, neutral colors and low-pile. A pale gray wool twist is a nice option, especially for a bedroom, but you may need to call in twice a year to keep it clean.

Fit carpet in living rooms and bedrooms, but for hygiene reasons, avoid installing carpet in kitchens and bathrooms.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are simple and elegant. Combined with underfloor heating, a ceramic tiled floor is practical and hardwearing. Look for large tiles in plain colors: white looks attractive in a large room but neutral tones also work well. Ceramic tiles are suitable for any room in the home, including kitchens and bathrooms.

Polished Concrete

Concrete is utilitarian and very bang on-trend right now. When highly polished, concrete is hardwearing and surprisingly beautiful. It is also low maintenance and with the addition of a few strategically placed rugs and underfloor heating, very pleasant underfoot. In fact, it’s perfect for ground floor living rooms and open-plan spaces. It is also suitable for high-moisture environments such as a kitchen, bathrooms, or wet room.


Hardwood flooring in pale, neutral palettes works well in a minimalist home. Whitewash existing flooring or invest in soft gray or white planks. Oak, birch, or maple is a good choice, especially if you choose narrow planks with a uniform grain to provide a clean, minimalist look.

With the right tools, anyone can fit hardwood flooring. In a straightforward room with no awkward angles, it is surprisingly easy to install but remember to leave an expansion gap around the edges.

Marble and Granite

Marble and granite are beautiful and luxurious, which makes it a top choice in an up-market minimalist home. Marble and granite are natural materials and therefore not uniform in appearance, nevertheless, they look stunning when used in bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas. It also works well when extended outside into an indoor-outdoor living space. You can soften the appearance of marble or granite with a carefully chosen rug or two.


Modern vinyl flooring is practical, hardwearing, and suitable for any room in the home. You can buy wood and tile effect vinyl flooring, so choose a uniform color. Vinyl is a good budget choice for a kitchen or bathroom.

Pale colors work best in a minimalist home but consider black as an option if you want to create a more dramatic look.

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