2023 Ideas to Steal: Flooring and Surfaces

Spice up your surfaces with tantalizing tile, top-of-the-line flooring, and decadent rugs and carpets


Photo by Alyssa Lee

What’s black, white, and checkerboard all over? Floors—especially in spaces like mudrooms, laundry rooms, and foyers. Traditional, yet wildly on trend, the mudroom in this remodeled 1929 Minneapolis Tudor by Welch Forsman Associates and Chisel Architecture is playfully vibrant and effortlessly fresh.

Product Launch

Photo by Sage E. Imagery

Minnesota-based Cambria debuted three designs last month: the stunning Brittanicca Gold Cool, Hailey, and Harlow—all part of its Luxury Series that features a mix of cool and warm tones that evoke organic forms.

A Quality Combo

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No matter the tile type or shape (believe it or not, we hear subway tiles are having a resurgence!), incorporating multiple tile finishes is becoming increasingly more common in kitchens, bathrooms, and other hardworking spots in the home. Take this daringly dark space styled by Minneapolis-based Creekwoodhill, for instance, where Mercury Mosaics’ 2-by-6-inch subway tiles in both satin and matte finishes add dimension and depth to a wet bar. Choose a combination of glossy, flat, textured, or smooth tiles to create your own take on this dramatic look.

Sensational Slabs

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Instead of a traditional tile, install a full slab backsplash. In this guest suite by Vela Interior Design and John Kraemer & Sons, the muted solid surface is the perfect canvas for colorful art and accessories, ranging from a brass incense holder to a serene miniature watercolor.

Editor’s Picks

From general flooring and tile to backsplashes and island countertops, there are countless vendors and manufacturers to choose from when revamping your floors and surfaces. Vet these 12 local companies when kicking off your next project.

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