In feng shui, house or office flooring is important for obvious reasons - not only the flooring creates a big part of the visual impression of your space, it is also the main foundation that you walk upon.
The right choice and placement of flooring can also do an excellent job of guiding Chi, or Universal energy throughout your home or office, thus promoting good feng shui energy, while a poor choice of flooring will do the opposite.
Energy-wise, flooring being your foundation, you certainly want to have it strong and secure, as nobody likes walking on shaky ground!
There are so many types of flooring out there - from various woods such as oak, maple, pine, walnut, fir, cherry, eucalyptus, and bamboo floors to laminated flooring, cork, carpet, tiles, linoleum, stone, and more! You can find a variety of flooring in different finishes, patterns/grains, and colors/stains.
Be guided by the basic interior design principles, as well as your own likes. Your lifestyle needs to be taken into consideration; if you have a busy household with kids or active pets you will be wise to avoid high gloss finish or white carpeted floors.
It is also wise to go for a renewable resource for your flooring. For example, both bamboo and eucalyptus are fast growing and easily renewable, so these two, along with cork flooring, are eco-friendlier options for your home than fir or oak.
Feng shui-wise, it is also best when the flooring looks seamless, or continuous throughout most rooms in your home, because this guides the energy smoothly. If you have dark stained wood floors in the living room and white tiles in your open concept kitchen, this might be an abrupt transition and interrupt or block the flow of energy.
As here we are looking at the feng shui energy of flooring, we will focus on three main points:
The Choice of Material for Your Flooring
One thing that is helpful to know is that there is no wrong, or bad feng shui flooring material. It would be a truly poor feng shui choice to have carpet in your bathroom or kitchen or cold tiles in your bedroom. So, the choice of flooring material depends on location and is based on practical factors (durability, budget, etc).