I'm fascinated by this floor - the people who created this room certainly are daring! I love the pattern, but I have to admit that I'd be worried about commiting to such permanent color.
The first time I saw this rug, it actually reminded me of the floor in the photo above. Starting with a rug would be a good way to decide if a pattern is something you can live with. Then you could break out the stencil and paint!
I'll always have a soft spot for traditional black and white floors. They're grand and elegant and remind me of fabulous parties.
This is a similar floor in a different space. It seems to work best with modern fixtures and furniture.
A little zebra is exactly right going up the steps. Zebra is a pattern that can cross over into kitsch pretty quickly - but this is just the right amount.
I like that this room is very simple, except for the rug. That gives the room's owner a ton of flexibility to change the whole space just by swapping out the rug.