These days, not many of us stop and take note of what we are walking on or where we stand.  But over the years, lots of talented people have been putting lot of thought and creativity into the stuff that goes under our feet.

Treat your feet and feast your eyes: Viva Terrazzo…..

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Above is just a peek at the bedazzling variety of patterns produced by the terrazzo process–part construction part sculpture pure elegance that lasts a lifetime

Found here.

If your two feet happen to prefer wood to stone, but you still want the visual variety of Terrazzo, you need to budget for Parquet wood floors.

Floors Parquet types

Above selection, tip of the parquet iceberg, found here

The idea certainly appealed to the folks at the St Petersburg Winter Palace–the Hermitage, nice photo from here. 

But what do you do in 2015 to satisfy the floor fetish in your own contemporary home?

Well here’s one idea:

Grey wood is all the rage.  It seems we now favour a neutral background for our lives and ourselves, a bare stage on which to strut our stuff.

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But what does that say about us and how we value ourselves relative to the things around us?  Have we lost a step or two in always clambering to be the centre of attention? If Princes and High Priests were willing to share their habitat with the likes of this…

Duomo, Siena
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or this….

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Why can’t we just suck it up and give ourselves a floor worth dancing on?

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But, hang on, you don’t have to run out and replace your floor;  what a waste. The truth is you can dramatically raise the creative temperature of any room by covering parts of it with a piece of hand-woven cloth.  Oh yes you can…

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Zoe Luyendijk gets it and she’s got it, woven by hand in silk and wool to slip nicely between your foot and the floor while your eyeballs explode.  Fall in love here:

Surely we are ready to revive the art of the floor.  Why should fridges, counter tops, and faucets get all the attention.  Look down, imagine the possibilities.  Imagine your personal terrain.

Floor of San Giorgio Maggiore,  Venicefloor san giorgio maggiore venice katie5-2

Don’t stand for anything less.

And what about that ceiling?

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