Jennifer Connelly's 'outdated' flooring is back in style for 2024, and experts say it is an easy way to add subtle color

The actress's floors embody a simple, elevated style with subtly patterned geometric tiles – here's what makes this look timeless

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Who's afraid of a little pattern? Not Jennifer Connelly, that's for sure.

The He's Just Not That Into You actress took to Instagram to share a smile-inducing video of a face-off between her dog and cat, revealing bits of her entryway and kitchen in the process. Though the video was funny, we were most impressed by the bold, geometrically patterned tiles on her entrance floor. Jennifer's flooring idea is a brilliant way to introduce subtle patterns and colors into her house, according to experts.

'A geometric floor tile is always in style – I love how Jennifer Connolly's tiles feature contrasting colors but in a really subtle, underrated way,' says designer Kathy Kuo. 'This tiled design adds a pop of brightness and visual intrigue without overwhelming the space or creating any clashing or aesthetic tension.'

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Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a celebrated interior designer and international guru within the home and lifestyle space. She has 20+ years of experience in the design industry. 

Furthermore, experts assert that the placement of Jennifer's subtle tiles is spot on. 'The entryway tile idea is a fun, functional, and aesthetically pleasing addition to Jennifer Connelly's narrow entryway,' adds Elizabeth P. Lord-Levitt, principal designer at Elizabeth P. Lord Residential Design LLC. 

'The installation design of the two tiles creates a carpet runner effect, allowing for simple surround tile to highlight the patterned tile.'

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Elizabeth P. Lord-Levitt

Elizabeth Lord-Levitt is the principal designer and founder of Elizabeth P. Lord Residential Designs. She has a master's degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver. She has worked on countless design projects and has been honored with nine 'Best of Houzz' design awards.

For those hoping to replicate Jennifer's entryway, its benefits are more than just aesthetic. Elizabeth says, 'The functionality of the pattern tile with the contrasting pattern is also a great way to hide wear and tear, and debris tracked in from outside.' This functionality renders the style an excellent choice for making a bold impression in an entryway.

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Whether it's in the kitchen, bathroom, or on the floors, tile can add interest to any space in your home.

If you're looking to add some subtle, striking pattern to your home, a tile just might be the right choice. Whether it's in the hallway or in another, more traditionally tiled space, these small squares can have a big impact.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.