The art of flooring is having a renaissance. After years of smooth stone or polished floorboards being the only flooring story in town, we’re waking up to the beauty of patterned tiles and the incredible flexibility that they offer for designing. From companies like Bert & May (featured here recently), specialising in handmade patterned tiles, to high street retailers creating mismatched tile patterns by the roll, flooring has never looked so exciting.
Perhaps that is why we’ve been so captivated by the Instagram account I Have This Thing With Floors, an ever-updating roll of floor selfies, always including the photographer’s feet for scale. It’s a style of shoot the people behind the account have termed the ‘Selfeet’, and the result is a hypnotic and slightly disorientating collection of floor-facing images that provide a wonderful source of inspiration for anyone wanting to get creative on a horizontal plane.
Curated from Amsterdam, the images represent a dazzling array of international flooring styles. You’ll find the traditional motifs of Parisian apartment blocks (see also the Instagram Parisian Floors), breathtakingly intricate geometric floors from the Middle East, groovy modern patterns from the mall, and even a glorious, paint-splattered artist’s floor.
Some contributors draw witty parallels between their shoes, sneakers or even toe-nail colour (there are a lot of Birkenstock shots!) and the floor they are standing on. A pair of paws even makes an appearance. But the patterns and colour palettes – infinitely varied, rich and detailed – are the real stars of the show. Go and check it out – we defy you not to want to retile your own floor afterwards – or at least get a pedicure.
All images from I Have This Thing With Floors.