It’s relatively easy to swap a couch for a loveseat, but flooring is a whole other beast. Flooring feels so permanent, so difficult to change. There’s nothing worse than moving into an otherwise perfect space but being less-than-thrilled by its floors. Taking up quite literally the entire surface area of your home, flooring yields tremendous impact and as such, is crucial to your space’s overall appearance.
Whether you rent or simply lack the time or resources to remodel your floors, frustration with the 'wrong' ones is particularly potent. Enter: peel-and-stick floor tiles — the viral TikTok hack that can best be described as a godsend for modern kitchens everywhere.
Usually priced around $1 to $5 per square foot, this interior design idea looks near identical to the real deal, instantly elevating your space's aesthetic. Of course its adherence varies between products, but most stick-on flooring can be placed over a range of floor materials, including vinyl, plywood, concrete, tile, and perhaps the most dreadfully dated of them all — linoleum.
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One of our favorite design experts, Marco Zamora, utilized this trick in his own kitchen. Seeking to add some interest to his very white landscape, Marco opted for burgundy tiles, which he cut down to size with a box cutter and metal ruler. Since his original flooring already consisted of tile squares, Marco placed a sticker on every other square to achieve his desired checkerboard look. Though most opt to cover the entirety of their flooring, this tutorial proves how easily peel-and-stick tiles can be tailored to your own unique space.
With tremendous benefits and slim financial risk, you have little to lose and everything to gain by trying this viral home hack out for yourself. Marco's tiles are no longer available, but luckily for you, I've sifted through hundreds of search results to in pursuit of the most realistic, best looking peel-and-stick flooring on the market. Shop the following tiles to instantly elevate your home.
Best Peel-and-Stick Flooring
These floor tiles exude retro charm and designer appeal. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, they can withstand significant amounts of water.
Hardwood floors are timelessly chic, and reviewers rave that these tiles are indistinguishable from the real deal. Currently on sale for less than 60 cents per square foot, these are a steal.
These subway tiles lend a metropolitan flair. Being water and frost resistant, these are a wonderful option for areas like the bathroom, entryway, or even an outdoor patio. Consider laying them in a herringbone pattern for an elegant touch.
Black marble feels so luxe. These tiles expertly mimic its natural veins, lending an opulent feel to your space. These would look particularly striking in a foyer.
These marble mosaic tiles transport you to the streets of Paris. I could easily see floors like this in a subway station or a quaint brassiere.
These Amazon tiles look identical to the ones in Marco’s TikTok. Each set comes with ten white tiles and ten red ones, so if you’re wanting to achieve the same checkerboard design, look no further.
Mimicking the natural shade variations of a ceramic glaze, this flooring is rustically charming. One of Wayfair’s top-reviewed peel-and-stick options, these Spanish-inspired tiles promise to last for the long haul.
If you love pre-war NYC buildings as much as I do, consider these black-and-white diamond accent tiles. I happen to live in one of these apartments myself, and can confirm that many pre-war bathrooms have floors just like this.
How long does peel-and-stick flooring last?
Skeptics might question peel-and-stick flooring's durability — how can what is essentially a sticker withstand all the foot traffic floors receive, let alone the water and cleaning products they endure overtime? Fortunately, peel-and-stick flooring is surprisingly strong — so strong in fact that it often suits both residential and commercial use. Lasting between five to 20 years on average, its longevity seems too good to be true, but as someone who has used peel-and-stick flooring before, rest assured that this hack is as heavenly as it sounds.
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Formerly covering fashion at L’Officiel USA, style maven Julia Demer brings her love of design to Livingetc’s world of interiors. As the title’s Style Editor, Julia's work reflects a sharp eye for detail and an innate passion for aesthetics. Her journey began with a strong foundation in design, honing her craft at renowned establishments like The Row and even establishing her own eponymous fashion brand. Julia’s design background is evident in the way she thoughtfully curates shopping edits, always maintaining a focus on emerging trends while preserving timeless sensibilities. For Julia, fashion and interiors go hand in hand, reflecting her lifelong commitment to perfecting the art of style.
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