For those sitting at an easel, the best choices include laminate flooring (easy clean up and installation), or vinyl, or tile. Of the three, the easiest on the back, for those on their feet for longer periods of time, the best choice is vinyl, or laminate, as both come with an underlayment that can provide some cushion. Tile, because of its construction, and installation, provides the least cushion, but easier clean up.
Once the determination on the type of flooring has been made, then the design element is really a matter of taste. Most artists opt for something that will not compete with the work that they are creating, but at the same time, offer a good contrast to the work. Depending on the other colors and the style of the home, most artists opt for flooring that is all white, or lighter in color, or they will opt for something so dark that it won’t show stains quickly or at all.
Installation of any of the types of flooring mentioned takes only a short time and can usually be completed in a day’s time, if not hours, depending on the amount of square footage in the room.