Many homeowners are tearing out that carpeting and showing off the concrete floor underneath. Painted concrete floors first showed up in urban homes and lofts but can complement a great many home styles. Think a modern, sleek kitchen or a children’s recreation room. Remember to choose a color that won’t show dirt easily. Grays and blues are popular choices. Many homeowners have tried painting themselves, but it may be best to hire a professional to do the final sealing. And, don’t worry about the cracks—that just adds to the character.
If you love the look of hardwood, but want a more environmentally friendly option, consider cork flooring. Cork (like bamboo flooring) is a naturally sustainable resource that mimics the look of hardwood. But, unlike hardwood, cork is also resistant to mold and mildew, which makes it a better choice for rooms like the kitchen where there is a lot of moisture.