Regency author and researcher, Kathryn Kane, in her article entitled The now vanished ephemeral art: chalking the regency ballroom floor states that chalking ballroom floors was done at only the highest levels of society, and was in fashion between the years of 1808 to 1821. This is also supported by The Rules of the Assembly: Dancing at Bath and Other Spas in the Eighteenth Century, for the Jane Austen Society of North America, for JASNA, Allison Thompson. It is from these two articles upon which my post is based.
The designs were as varied as the hostesses. According to The Rules of the Assembly: Dancing at Bath and Other Spas in the Eighteenth Century, for JASNA, Allison Thompson writes in her article for the Austen Society of North America