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This is what works for me. It may not work for anyone else. It’s all right to let a floor just hang out there in front of God and everybody. Keep it clean, consistent, and in decent condition. It’s not necessary to hide it or flop “decorations” in place that hang up maintenance.
Inspired by the bare floors of new neighboring townhouses, I restored several softwood floors in this 1890 house to their original painted state, using solid color in place of the original fake oak grain. I can now dry mop three rooms and a hall in two minutes. Doing so cleans the reflected light in each space.
Small rugs are a safety hazard for elders and a handicap for the housekeeper. Choose a floor and make it wall to wall whatever, so that it can be maintained with one set of gear. Store nothing on the floor, and furnish with a necessary minimum fitted with after-market Magical Sliding Castors.