It's important that you pick styles and colours that will compliment your existing decoration or fit in with your new system. For a calmer, much more loosened up feel try picking lighter, much more neutral colours. You can achieve a warm cosy appearance with darker timbers. For a high end appearance that will ooze style and personality solid timber floor covering is hard to beat.
For even more structure or passion there are patterned vinyls or floor inset with rocks. For hardwearing areas stone ceramic tiles are great and can produce a really classy appearance. For those of you that are on a budget, yet would like a timber or stone floor there are a couple of different alternatives offered to you. Laminate and vinyl floor covering has started a massive way in the past couple of years and offers a cost effective solution to achieve a far more pricey appearance.