Printed flooring – coming to a living room near you soon?

This week I hired a carpet cleaner and cleaned all of my carpets.

That sounds like a bigger project than it actually is – my house is pretty tiny and only has four fairly small carpeted rooms – but it still took me about four hours of furniture shifting and emptying bucket after bucket of filthy water into the bath. It is Christmas after all, the time to really treat yourself.

I felt pretty good about it, never having cleaned a carpet in my life before, and my bedroom carpet in particular came up really nicely; the beer stain is completely gone now. (Don’t ask.) I even think it counts as exercise.

Now my carpets are your bog standard plain colours, nothing fancy here, so I was intrigued when UK Flooring Direct got in touch with me to ask me to take at look at what they think could be the flooring of the future – printed floor designs.

Dum dum dum dum!!

Picture it now – you’re on your way home from work, via Star Trek style transporter, and are beamed down into you living room. No shag pile for you though.


Instead, you find yourself as far from the world of work as you can imagine, standing on a graphic design of a tropical island paradise. (Piano optional.)

Printed beach floor

Now I’m guessing that printed floors are going to be a reality long before we’re teleporting to and from work, so it was interesting to have a look at what UK Flooring Direct thought might be the popular designs. I really liked the Monopoly board for a play room but I’m not sure about the optical illusion prints – I don’t imagine it would be terribly relaxing to be constantly feeling like you had a large hole in your living room floor.

Check out all the designs here.

What design will you have on your flooring of the future?

Post in collaboration with UK Flooring Direct.






  1. 2 January, 2015 / 12:31 am

    I actually really like this idea. I’m guessing these would be notably easier to keep clean than carpet, particularly for people like me who have dogs and cats as well as babies making a mess of the house. My personal favourite is the vw. I’m not sure why, I haven’t even got a vw but I like the effect :)

  2. 12 January, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    I love the optical illusions. I went to the website but couldn’t find them anywhere. Are they not for sale yet?

    • Jo Middleton
      12 January, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      I’m afraid not Colette – they are just speculating on what the future of flooring may hold!

    • Diana
      10 February, 2015 / 12:09 am

      They are on sale in UK. I found them on this website . I spoke to them and they can create and update any picture to the size of my room…and everything is done in a resin floor, so very strong seamless floor.

  3. 4 June, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    You did a very good thing to call professional cleaners! I work as a cleaner (Cleaners Up Ltd.) and I could say that carpets gather so much moisture and dirt that if you don’t clean them professionally they become a source of bacterias and mold. If you don’t want to call cleaners every year my advice is to take a steam cleaner. :)

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